PC Women Fall Short Against Villanova at Alumni Hall

PC news release…

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Providence College women's basketball team posted a valiant effort against Villanova on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I., but Wildcats held on for a 72-66 victory.

Providence moves to 6-16 (1-10 BIG EAST) on the season while Villanova improves to 17-5 (7-4 BIG EAST). Junior guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) led all scorers with 29 points on 11-of-20 shooting from the field, including 2-for-4 from beyond the 3-point arc.

 Providence jumped out to an early 11-2 lead with 16:59 on the clock in the first half. Villanova captured its first lead at 10:59 mark (16-15). The Friars and Wildcats exchanged baskets for the remainder of the half, but Villanova headed into the locker room with a one point advantage (34-33).  

 Devon Kane finished the half with 11 points for the Wildcats. Junior guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) paced the Friars' offense with 10 points.

 Prior to the match-up with Villanova, freshman guard Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) was two assists shy of the 100-assist mark. She eclipsed the milestone with six assists in the first 20 minutes of play (104).

The Wildcats extended their lead to 12 points (62-50) with 7:36 left to play in regulation. The Friars were able to pull within five points of Villanova with 15 seconds left (71-66) but that was as close as they would get.

Four Wildcats finished with double digits in the scoring column led by Lauren Burford (19). Kavunaa Edwards tallied 13 points while Taylor Holeman and Kane notched 12 points apiece.

Freshman forward Aliyah Miller (Southaven, Miss.) joined Rule in double figures with a career-best 11 points. In addition Miller hauled in five boards and tallied one steal.

Providence returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 8 when the Friars travel to Queens, N.Y. for a 12:30 p.m. match-up with St. John's. The BIG EAST game will be broadcast on national television on FOX Sports 1.