Women's Hoops Falls To St. John's, 80-61

Dec. 31, 2015

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's basketball team fell to St. John's in BIG EAST action, 80-61, on Dec. 31 in Providence, R.I. BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year Aliyyah Handford led all scorers for St. John's with 23 points. Freshman Clara Che (Valencia, Spain) paced the Friars with a career-high 15 points.

St. John's used a 13-2 run to take a 23-16 lead with 7:36 remaining on the clock in the second quarter to force a Friar timeout. When play resumed, Providence answered with a 9-1 run to take a 25-24 lead (5:32). At the 4:15 mark, SJU's Jade Walker cashed in on a lay-up to give her squad a 26-25 advantage. The Red Storm carried a 34-31 lead into the locker room at halftime.

St. John's took control of the game with a 24-9 scoring advantage in the third quarter and never looked back.The Red Storm led by as many as 25 points with 6:29 remaining in the game.

The Red Storm shot a season-high 58.5-percent from the floor (31-53), while Providence checked in at 38.3-percent (22-57). The Friars committed 20 turnovers and the Red Storm earned a 25-16 scoring advantage off of those miscues.

Joining Che in double figures or Providence was senior Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland), with 10 points. Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) contributed eight points and a game-high six rebounds. The Friars out-rebounded St. John's, 34-27.

Providence College returns to action with a pair of BIG EAST road games at Villanova on Jan. 3 at 1:00 p.m. and Georgetown on Jan. 5 at 7:00 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN). To watch the game, navigate to www.FOXSportsGO.com. Fans also can access the game on their mobile device or tablet by downloading the FOX Sports Go app.

- GO FRIARS! -

 

 

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