The West Virginia women's basketball team's final 3-point attempt was off the mark at the buzzer as the Mountaineers fell 51-48 at Providence, Saturday.
The Mountaineers (12-5, 3-2) owned the first half, heading into the locker room with a 28-18 lead. Out of the half, the Friars (10-8, 2-3) went on a 13-4 run to tie the game at 32-32 with 10:37 remaining. The teams traded the lead with the final tie at 45-45 and 4:05 left. With sloppy play, neither team scored until the 2:26 mark when a Providence layup turned 3-point play, followed by an additional 3-point play allowed the Friars a six-point lead, 51-45, and under two minutes in the game.
Brooke Hampton found Christal Caldwell on the right win for a 3-pointer at the 1:05 mark, but the final three attempt at the buzzer was off the mark.
The Mountaineers' shooting went cold in the second half as WVU was 37.5 percent (9-24) from the field in the first half and only 28.6 percent on 6-of-21 shooting in the second half. WVU shot 33.3 percent (15-45) on the day, while Providence went from 19.4 percent shooting (6-31) in the opening half to 44 percent (11-25) in the final half to finish 30.4 percent from the field.
The Friars took advantage behind the arc, making 5-of-14 (35.7%) to the Mountaineers' 2-of-14 attempts (14.3%).
WVU was led in scoring by Asya Bussie with 14 points, while Caldwell and Taylor Palmer each chipped in 13.
Providence's Rachel Barnes recorded 19 points, including a pair of crucial 3-pointers to lead all players in scoring. Barnes was also 5-of-8 from the free throw line. Behind Barnes Alicia Cropper and Lola Wells contributed 13 and 10 points, respectively.
The Mountaineers converted 76.2 percent of their free throws for 16 additional points, while the Providence made 60 percent of its free throws for 12 points.
WVU won the battle of the boards, out-rebounding Providence 45-32. Caldwell led all players on the glass as she pulled down nine rebounds and Jess Harlee and Bussie assisted with eight boards each.
However, turnovers proved costly as WVU turned the ball over 23 times to the Friars' 13 turnovers.
The Mountaineers return to the court as they face Marshall in the Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. in Charleston, W.Va.