Jan. 18, 1998

    Hinds Scores Career High 27 in Providence's 81-73 Victory

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Providence College women's basketball team defeated Georgetown, 83-71 this afternoon in Alumni Hall. The win was the second straight and eighth overall for the Friars.

    With PC ahead 38-34 at the half, the Friars and Hoyas see-sawed for the first 13 minutes of the second half with 11 lead changes. Down 61-60 with 7:32 remaining, Providence went on a 23-10 run to end the game.

    Sophomore Meghan Hinds (Perrsyburg, OH) scored a career best 27 points including 10-11 from the charity stripe to lead the home team. Freshman Jen Gombotz (Southington, CT) added 12 points, five boards and three steals.

    Senior captain Julie Wheeler (Morgantown, WV) tallied her second career double-double as she registered 11 assists and 11 points.

    "We are beginning to jel as a team," said second year PC head coach Jim Jabir. "The players are executing well and we were able to get contributions from everyone today. This is probably the most gratifying win for us since I have been here."

    "Meghan Hinds did for us tonight what we think she can do every night," he explained. "She becomes very hard to contain when her jumper goes down because she is also an excellent penetrater."

    Georgetown's junior forward Syltia Thomas grabbed a game high 13 boards along with her 12 points.

    Providence won the rebound battle, 43-39 and finished the game shooting 48% from the line compared to the Hoya's 35%.