(Editor’s note: University of Providence media release)
PHOENIX, Ariz. – The Argos rolled to their second win of the Phoenix Frontier Classic on Friday as they defeated the Benedictine at Mesa Redhawks, 68-42.
Kenedy Cartwright led all scorers with 15 points in the win. She also collected seven boards and an assist. Parker Esary, Kerstyn Pimperton, and Emilee Maldonado joined Cartwright in double digits tallying 12, 11, and 10 points, respectively. Esary also notched five boards, a steal, and an assist against the Redhawks.
Giselle Bocanegra and Rebecca Herrera tallied a team-high nine points for Benedictine at Mesa. Grace Russell, Brittany West, and Stephanie Orji collected three boards for the Redhawks.
The Argos scored first, but the Redhawks responded immediately after to knot the game at two. Maldonado hit a jumper to put the advantage back on the Argos side, 4-2. Providence would score 10 unanswered points to give the Argos a double-digit lead with three minutes to go, 14-2. Benedictine at Mesa would respond with a three of their own at the 2:41 minute mark to bring the game within nine, 14-5, but the Argos outscored the Redhawks 4-3 to take a 10-point advantage, 18-8.
Benedictine at Mesa would bring the deficit down under 10 one final time at the 6:26 mark of the second period, 22-13. The Argos extended their lead to as much as 18 but closed the period with a 17-point lead at the break, 36-19.
The Argos opened the second half with six-straight points to surpass the 20-point mark over the first three minutes of the third, 42-19. Providence extended their lead at the close of the period to lead by 26, 53-27.
A Maldonado three at the seven-minute mark put the Argos up by 30 in the final period, 59-29. The Redhawks went on an 11-3 run to cut the Argos lead to 22 with 4:40 remaining in the game, but that was as close as they would get before the Argos would close the game out with a 26-point win, 68-42.
The Argos will take a break for the holidays before returning for their first home conference matchup of the season against the Lewis-Clark Warriors on Friday, January 4 and the Montana Western Bulldogs on Saturday, January 5.