Providence, RI- The Big East proved to be too tough for the Bears tonight as the Providence women's basketball team (5-4) defeated Brown (2-6) 55-30 at the Pizzitola Sports Center in the first day of the Brown BEAR Basketball Classic.
Providence College's Mi-Khida Hankins went 5-for-10 from the floor and brought down eight rebounds and Teya Wright added 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting to lead the Friar offense.
Sophomore guard Sheila Dixon led the Bears in scoring for the second consecutive game with nine points on 3-of-5 shooting from the floor and went 3-for-4 from beyond the arc. She also brought down three boards in her 18 minutes of play. Junior Hannah Passafuime pulled down a team high seven rebounds and also added seven points and one steal for the Bears.
A three pointer by Dixon brought the score to just 9-5 six minutes into the game and that was the last basket the Bears scored until freshman Lauren Clarke netted two free throws with 5:00 remaining in the half as PC jumped to a 22-7 lead. Brown's Passafuime put in a jumper and freshman Jordin Juker added a free throw to head into halftime with a 29-10 deficit. The Friars scored 14 of their 29 points off Brown's 14 first-half turnovers as their bench combined for 16 points. The Bears displayed some feisty defense as well, forcing PC into 11 turnovers before the intermission.
Clarke added the first score of the second half on a made free throw, but the Friars were able to shut the Bears down and push its lead up to 41-15 with 12:09 remaining in the game. That was when the Bears intensified their pressure defense holding the Friars, who average 69 points-per-game, to just 26 points in the second half and ended the game on a 15-14 run. Even though Brown held Providence to its second lowest point total of the season, it was not enough as the Friars charged to a 55-30 victory.
Providence will now match up with Florida tomorrow at 4 p.m. and the tournament will then conclude on Sunday when Brown takes on the Gators at 2 p.m.