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Shooting out the Lights
Friday night's sharp shooter (Warkentine)

2/11- Providence’s women’s basketball squad saw themselves square off against the Canadian Mennonite University Blazers in a home-and-home series this past week. After losing by a wide margin 73-54 on Wednesday evening in Winnipeg, the Lady Freemen rebounded behind strong team play on Friday to take the re-match 67-62 in their home gym.

Wednesday’s match saw the Freemen struggle to find their stroke right from the opening whistle. And the Blazers took advantage, as they jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. By the second half Providence was able to string together multiple scoring plays, but were too far removed from the lead already and ultimately fell 73-54 in a game that was never truly in doubt for the Blazers.

The Lady Freemen were led by strong play from freshman Kristina Larson (16 pts., 6 rebounds, 4 steals), sophomore Sonia Radi (14 pts., 11 rebounds, 4 assts.) and junior Amanda Franz (8 pts., 10 rebounds, 3 assts.).

However, when the Freemen had the opportunity to host the Blazers in their home gym Friday evening, the match-up resulted in a much different twist. Led out of the gates by a hot-handed Radi (22 pts., 11 rbds., 6 assts., 6 steals), the Lady Freemen saw themselves competing with the Blazers early on. Providence continued their strong play and consistent shooting throughout the half as well to stay tight at the break.

Sophomore Melanie Warkentine (18 pts., 6 rebounds, 3 steals) took over with a hot-hand of her own in the second half and helped keep the Lady Freemen’s momentum going. Providence also worked to get their shooters open throughout the half, and didn’t panic bringing the ball up-court preventing the Blazers to regain any control.

Lady Freemen then finished out the game strong en route to an impressive 67-62 win over the talented Blazers squad.
Providence head coach Patti Parker says she was thrilled with the way her squad responded Friday and worked together as a team on the offensive end to pull out the big win. “I was impressed with our strong offensive play,” Parker says. “I am also incredibly happy with how the girls responded from Wednesday’s game. There is still a lot that we need to work on as we let them get too many second chance opportunities.”

The Lady Freemen next return to action this weekend when they host the Red River College Rebels Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

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