November 3, 2012



Providence, R.I.-Senior forward Brianna Edwards (Minneapolis, MN) tallied a game-high 26 points to go along with 14 rebounds to lead Div. I Providence College to an 83-37 victory over Rhode Island College in an exhibition contest played at Alumni Hall on Saturday afternoon.


Senior forward Courtney Burns (Rockland, MA) led Rhode Island College with eight points and four rebounds, while freshman guard Danielle LeBlanc (Warwick, RI) chipped in with seven points and a pair of assists. Senior guard Ashley O’Dell (Lincoln, RI) added five points and a team-high five rebounds in the loss, while freshman forward Vandell Andrade (Providence, RI) registered six points, three rebounds, two blocks and two steals.


 "We played hard and competed," RIC Head Coach Kara Williamson said. "It's a great opportunity for our team to be tested physically and mentally in our first game of the season. It will help make us stronger as individuals and as a unit."


Providence opened up the ballgame with a 9-0 run, capped off by a jumper from senior guard Symone Roberts (New Britain, CT) with 17:36 on the clock. Rhode Island College finally halted the scoring drought with 16:53 remaining in the first half thanks to a basket from Burns and soon went on a 7-2 run over the next few minutes to pull within two.


Moments later, O’Dell drained a long three pointer to put the Anchorwomen up, 12-11, with 13:31 on the clock. It would prove to be the only lead of the game for Rhode Island College. 


The Friars quickly surged ahead of RIC to regain the lead and stole the momentum through the final 13 minutes of the first half to head into the break with a 40-20 lead. The hosts were sparked by a 29-8 run to close out the frame, led by 15 points and six rebounds from Edwards.



 Senior forward Courtney Burns


Providence outrebounded the Anchorwomen, 25-12, in the first half and was aided by 11 offensive rebounds. The Friars also closed out the first 20 minutes with 30 points in the paint, whereas RIC did not record a single basket in the paint.


The Anchorwomen opened the second half with back-to-back buckets from Andrade, cutting the deficit to 16. However, that would prove to be the closest Rhode Island College would come in the game as the Friars soon opened up a 16-4 run to take a 56-28 lead with 12:21 left to play.


After LeBlanc converted a difficult layup attempt for the Anchorwomen with 12:03 on the clock to snap the skid, Providence responded with 16 unanswered points of their own to take a commanding, 72-30, lead with 5:37 remaining in the game. The Friars outscored RIC, 11-7, during the final five minutes of action en route to the victory.


Aside from a dominating performance from Edwards, the Friars were led by Roberts, who finished with 18 points, four rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals. Sophomore guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, MN) added 12 points, three rebounds and four steals, while sophomore forward Chanise Baldwin (Pontiac, MI) finished with nine points and 10 rebounds.


Providence College owned RIC on the glass, tallying 26 offensive boards and outrebounding the Anchorwomen, 53-26, in total. Turnovers also plagued Rhode Island College as they coughed up the ball 31 times, compared to just 20 for the Friars. Providence totaled 34 points off turnovers in the win.


The Friars shot 47 percent (35-for-75) from the field on the day, while the Anchorwomen shot just 30 percent (14-for-46) in the loss.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will tip-off the 2012-13 season against Bowdoin (8 p.m.) on Friday, Nov. 16 in semifinal action of the Babson Invitational.