This West Virginia women's basketball team has had its ups and downs this season, but this by far is the biggest downer for the team all year. The Friars came into this game on an eight game losing streak, and were a very poor 6-14 on the season. WVU seemed to be gaining momentum after knocking off nationally ranked DePaul, and losing by eight points to the Connecticut Huskies, but everything changed against PC. This game could be the back breaker for a WVU team who has been dealt what seems to be a bad hand after losing Meg Bulger to a torn ACL.
The problem that is evident is that WVU is a very young and inexperienced team, but that being said this was clearly a lackluster effort. Coach Carey has said at times he doesn't know why some games the ladies come out on fire, and in others seem to have trouble just getting off the bus.
The Mountaineers started out well as they jumped out to a 13-8 lead. After the Friars stormed back on a 7-0 run to take their first lead of the game at 19-15, Owens stepped up as she has been doing the past few games. She drained one of WVU's three three-pointers to give the Mountaineers the lead back late in the first half at 24-21.
The second half was much of the same, as the teams battled back and forth throughout. Sanni had a nice hook shot in the lane that gave the Mountaineers a 37-34 lead early in the half, but WVU again could not extend the lead and eventually gave it up when Bove hit a shot for the Friars to give them the lead back at 39-38. The lead never extended past three points for the rest of the game, and with the game tied at 55-all, Ashley Powell made the biggest mistake of the game for WVU. While defending PC's Chelsea Mirandola, Powell committed a foul with three seconds to go, giving the Friars the chance to win the game from thre free throw line. Mirandola stepped up to the foul line and drained both foul shots to give Providence the lead, and after a desperation three was missed by Powell, the win.
With this loss, WVU drops to 12-9, and 4-6 in the Big East. With a number of tough games coming up, WVU is now in danger of missing out on the Big East tournament. First up is 8th-ranked Rutgers, which is coming off a big win over the UConn Huskies. Tip time for the game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.