PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The outside shooting duo of Alana Perkins and Nicole Gallagher led the way for the Bryant University women's basketball team in their first road game of the season. The Bulldogs fell to in-state foe Providence, 67-40, in Alumni Hall.
Perkins and Gallagher were the lone Bulldogs to post double-figures in Sunday's matchup as Gallagher shot four-for-seven from behind the arc and Perkins went three-for-nine from three-point range. Gallagher even posted her first double-double of the season as she led both teams with 12 rebounds. The inside presence of PC's Mary Baskerville deemed too much for the Black and Gold as she posted a season-best 18 points off nine-of-13 from the field.
Providence 67, Bryant 40
Records: Bryant 1-2, Providence 2-1
Location: Alumni Hall (Providence, R.I.)
- The Bulldogs started off strong in the first half as they pulled within one on two occasions in the first quarter thanks to both Gallagher and Perkins who combined for nine points in the first frame.
- The Friars kicked off the second half on a 13-0 run which helped them grow to a double-digit lead that the Bulldogs could not recover from.
How It Happened
- Providence jumped out to a quick six-point lead to start the game, but the Bulldogs immediately fought back when Kandis Taylor dished it to Gallagher for a corner three to get the offense going. Fatou Jallow followed it up in the very next possession with a floater just outside the paint to put Bryant within one, 6-5.
- The two teams went back-and-forth before the end of the quarter until back-to-back three's from Perkins put the Bulldogs within one for the second time of the game as they headed into the second quarter, 12-11.
- The Friars started the second quarter in the same fashion that they started the first, with a 6-0 run.
- Perkins ended the run with a steal and full court layup, but Bryant found themselves in foul trouble as Brooke Bjelko picked up her second foul and sat for the remainder of the quarter. PC outscored the Black and Gold, 15-7, in the second frame to give the Friars a nine-point cushion as they headed into the second half.
- Providence started to pull away in the third quarter when they opened the second half on a 7-0 run. Head coach Mary Burke called a timeout in an effort to stop the run, but the Friars hit back-to-back three's before Bjelko fought for an offensive rebound and got the put-back, 44-22.
- The Bulldogs finished the third quarter with nine points but was no match for PC's 22 as they posted their best shooting percentage of the game shooting nine-for-14 from the field in the third frame alone.
- Gallagher knocked down a three to start the fourth quarter and sparked a 9-2 run for Bryant to get within 17, 51-34. However, the Friars would not let up as they grew to their biggest lead of the game, 67-40, just before the final buzzer.
- Gallagher led with 12 points entirely from the three-point line shooting four-for-seven from three. She matched her points with 12 rebounds and added one assist and two steals.
- Perkins followed closely behind with 11 points shooting four-for-11 from the field and three-for-nine from three-point range. The sophomore pulled down five rebounds and contributed one steal.
- Bjelko went four-for-11 from the field for a total of eight points and five rebounds.
- The Bulldogs shot 16-for-56 as a team which is good for 28.6% while the Friars posted a 47.5 FG percentage off 28-of-59 shooting.
- Bryant outrebounded Providence, 39-33.
- Gallagher's double-double is the first of the season and of her career while her 12 rebounds mark a career-best and 12 points mark a season-best.
- Bryant is now 9-1 all-time against the Friars.
The Bulldogs remain on the road when they visit Iona on Friday, December 4 at 3 p.m.