Redhawks Effort Not Enough Against Friars
Dec. 20, 2008
NEW ORLEANS, La. (Saturday, December 20, 2008) – The Redhawks women’s basketball team’s trip to the “Big Easy” started unsuccessfully as they dropped a 67-59 decision to Providence in their first game of the Tulane DoubleTree Classic in New Orleans, Louisiana on Saturday afternoon. The Redhawks dropped their third-straight road game in a game that was much closer than the final score indicated.
In a game that featured seven lead changes and six ties, it was the Friars (6-4) who would pull ahead last. With 9:24 remaining Sonya Daugherty scored on a floating lay-up to knot the game at 40-all. The Friars answered with a wide-open three-pointer from the corner by 2007 Second Team All-Big East selection Chelsea Marandola off an inbounds play with nine minutes remaining to give the Friars the lead for good.
Daugherty tried to keep the Redhawks (4-6) in the game following the three-pointer as she kept it a two-point game on four free throws. 6’4 junior Emily Cournoyer then went on a 6-0 run for a 52-44 lead. The Redhawks tried to make a run at the lead using a 7-2 run capped by a Toré Fite deep three-pointer from the top of the key with 3:11 remaining to make it a two-point game, 56-54.
The Friars answered by scoring 10 of the game’s final 14 points led by Cournoyer who scored 12 of the Friars final 21 points after sitting out all but four minutes of the first half in foul trouble.
The Redhawks started the game on fire as they jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead. The Friars answered with a 7-0 run to grab their first lead of the game. An 11-4 run by the Friars gave them a 10-point lead, their largest of the game, 22-12. Fite then sparked an 11-0 run which gave the lead back to the Redhawks, 23-22 with 3:47 left in the opening half.
The Friars regained the lead, 24-23 heading into the locker room on free throws by Shantee Darrian.
The Redhawks shot just 25-percent in the first half while the Friars shot 40-percent. The Redhawks defense and ability to drive into the lane with Cournoyer out made up the difference in shooting. The Redhawks forced 14 first-half turnovers that led to 11 points.
The Redhawks started the second half with an 11-2 run to grab their biggest lead of the game 34-26. The Friars answered with an 8-0 run to pull even 34-34 with 14:19 remaining with the Redhawks countering with a 4-0 run to grab their final lead of the game before a 6-0 Friar run erased their lead.
Thanks to Cournoyer and Darrian the Friars dominated the paint outscoring the Redhawks 46-24. 32 of the Friars 43 second half points came in the paint. They also held the edge in second-chance points 15-4
The Friars finished shooting 50-percent from the floor including 57-percent in the second half. The Redhawks shot just 34-percent but were helped offensively by a 42-percent three-point percentage and a 14-4 edge in points from the charity stripe.
After turning the ball over 14 times in the opening half the Friars committed just six miscues in the second.
Daugherty, looked healthy after being limited due to an injury the last four games, finishing with a game-high 19 points (16 points in the second half). She played all but two minutes in the game and added two assists and three steals.
Fite, seeing her first action of the season after sitting out the semester, scored a career-high 16 points on 5-10 shooting including 3-4 from beyond the three-point line.
Crysta Glenn scored nine points and added six rebounds. Lesley Adams scored five points and collected career-highs of nine rebounds and four steals.
Cournoyer scored a team-high 16 points for the Friars with all of those points coming in the second half on 8-11 shooting from the field. Marandola scored 14 points on 6-13 shooting and Darrian added 11 points and a team-high nine rebounds off the bench.
The Redhawks look to snap their road skid as they face Alabama State in the third place game of the DoubleTree Classic tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. in Fogelman Arena. The game can be heard live on KGIR/ESPN 1220 AM or on www.kgir.com. The game can also be seen live via webcast and GAMETRACKER on www.tulanegreenwave.cstv.com.