Nov. 9, 2007
Providence, RI - The Brown women's basketball team (0-1) was defeated 79-45 by Providence College (1-0) in its season opener at the Pizzitola Sports Center on Friday evening. Sophomore Shae Fitzpatrick (Lynnfield, MA) posted a team-high 16 points, as rookie Sarah Delk (Atlanta, GA) added nine.
The Friars came out ready to play, as they jumped on the Bears from the start gaining a 10-1 lead after the first five minutes. Although Brown was able to chip away at the deficit, the team was never able to gain a lead on the talented Big East squad. The Friars shot a stellar 55 percent from the field and went 38 percent from the three.
Fitzpatrick, who tied her career-high 16 points tonight, was one factor that helped Brown stay in the game. She knocked down a three at the 11:30 mark, and sophomore Christina Johnson (Oakland, CA) followed with a lay-up to cut the Friars' lead to seven. Providence was able to make a run, increasing its lead to 39-23 at the half.
The Friars' Shantee Darrian opened the half with a quick lay-up, but Fitzpatrick answered right back with one of her own to bring the Bears back within 16. However, PC kept building on its lead and never let the Bears' back in the game.
Providence, who had five players in double-digit scoring, was led by Catherine Bove's 13 points. Following Bove in scoring was Kendria Holmes with 12 points, and Mi-khida Hankins with 11, as Darrian had a game-high six rebounds.
Despite the loss, the Bears saw some positives, including out-rebounding the Friars 11-7 on the offensive boards. Also showing promise was Delk, who in her collegiate debut was able to tally nine points and a team-high five rebounds in her 23 minutes. Freshman Sadiea Williams (Lunenburg, MA) added six points and senior captain Annesley O'Neal (Franklin, GA) went five-for-six from the charity stripe. Sophomore Natalie Bonds (Taveres, FL) also pulled down five rebounds.
The Bears are back in action on Sunday, as they travel to Hamden, CT, to take on Quinnipiac at 1:00 p.m.