|Kristi Larson laying it in
Lady Freemen hoops place third at Bemidji tourney
January 7-9, 2011 - The women’s basketball squad traveled to Bemidji this past weekend to take part in a NIAC-MCAC crossover tournament with high hopes to start 2011 with a bang.
And the Lady Freemen did just that. They ended the weekend’s action in third place after falling short (54-37) to the Trinity lions on Friday, they bounced back against the Assiniboine Community College Cougars to take the bronze medal match 73-28.
Providence started their first game of 2011 strong as they headed into the first-half break tied at 22 against a strong Trinity squad. Unfortunately, Trinity slowly took the lead as they offensively isolated in the post and came out pressuring the Lady Freemen aggressively to begin the second half. Providence regained their early style midway through the half, but it was too little too late and Trinity went on to take the game 54-37.
Freshman Kristina Larson scored 12 points and added five rebounds to lead Providence, while sophomore Melanie Warkentine totaled eight points, four rebounds and three steals.
The following day, Providence moved on to face ACC in the third place match. The Lady Freemen ran their offense well to begin the game and took early control. Providence continued their strong play throughout and stopped any quick runs attempted by the Cougars to take the game decisively 73-28. Offensively, the Lady Freemen continued their hot shooting off of strong team play on the offensive side of the ball as they dished out nine assists and shot 43% on field goals and three-point attempts.
Sophomore Sonia Radi led the team statistically as she had 22 points, eight boards, four assists, and three steals, while post Kathy Kallis had her first double-double of the season off an impressive 13 point and 11 rebound effort.
Providence head coach Patti Parker says the tournament was a good opportunity to prepare for the upcoming semester and she was happy with the way her squad performed.
"Overall, it was a good tournament to play in,” coach Parker said. “We were able to see in the first half that matching up with Trinity is possible, and that we can find the scoring opportunities we want when we play together as a team." Providence will hope to keep their impressive shooting efficiency going when they next return to action against the University of Winnipeg on Jan. 21 and 22 at Providence College.
Written by: Kaiten Critchlow