posted on: Thursday December 2, 2010
Dan McNamara ’13/ Sports Staff
As the Women’s Basketball Team prepared for their Thanksgiving trip to the Bahamas for the Junkanoo Jam, they were focusing in on Hartford and Hofstra instead of turkey and gravy.
The day after Thanksgiving, the Friars opened up the Junkanoo Jam against Arizona State. The Friars were unable to get a quick start as the Sun Devils jumped out to a 20-6 lead. After a 20-13 rally in the middle of the first half, the Friars got right back in the game. Rachel Barnes ’12 scored seven straight during that stretch. Despite this hot shooting, the Friars shot unusually poor in the first half, hitting just 10 of 34 from the field.
The game went back and forth in the second half as the Friars and Sun Devils exchanged baskets. The Friars ultimately fell short 63-56. Symone Roberts ’13 led the team with 18 points while Teya Wright ’11 posted 10 points and a game-high seven rebounds. Roberts’ speed and tenacity have made her a menace to other teams.
In the consolation game of the tournament, the Friars faced Alabama. The Friars took a 28-26 lead into halftime as the Friars held the Crimson Tide scoreless in the last two minutes of play. The Friars came out flat in the early stages of the second half as they fell victim to a 11-2 run and went down by seven.
With the Friars down 60-59, Roberts was again the catalyst of the team as she hit a three-pointer. With 1:22 remaining, Alabama hit two free throws to tie the game. With 46 seconds to go, the Friars had the ball and were going to hold it for a last shot. The Friars did everything right, but the ball would not fall and they headed to overtime.
The teams played competitively in the overtime period, but neither could establish a lead, so a second overtime period followed. Both sides traded baskets for the first 3:30 in the second overtime. After an Alabama bucket, the Friars turned the ball over, which led to an Alabama bucket to put them up 75-74. After an Alabama free throw, Roberts used her speed to send the game into a third overtime as she went coast to coast hitting a reverse lay up to tie the game at 76.
With 1:18 to go in the overtime period, the Friars trailed 82-80 after a free throw from Hankins. With 21.8 remaining after a Friars steal, Roberts drove to the rack but could not get the floater to fall as the Friars fell by two in triple overtime. The Friars were led by Hankins who netted 19 on the night while Wright added 11 points and 10 boards. Roberts also added 16 points on the night for the Friars.
On Wednesday, the Friars hosted Yale. The Friars opened up strong as they jumped out to a 10 point lead early and never looked back.
The Friars opened the floodgates in the second half as they went up 21 (59-38) with 12:14 remaining in the half. The Friars were able to withstand a Bulldog rally as Yale got within eight with 4:30 to play at 67-59 but were not able to get any closer as the Friars closed it out 74-62.
Wright and Hankins showed their tenacity throughout the game as they pounded the glass, each grabbing nine boards to help the Friars hold a 52-36 advantage on the glass. Lola Wells ’12 had a game-high seven assists while Hankins also added a game-high five blocks.
The Friars will take part in the Brown Bear Classic this weekend at Brown.
“It would be great to get people to our games like we had last season as we made our postseason run,” said Head Coach Phil Seymore. “We would love the students to see the progress we have made over the past season and could use all the student support.”