Women's Basketball Defeats St. John's, 49-44

Jan. 2, 2018

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JAMAICA, N.Y. - The Providence College women's basketball team defeated BIG EAST foe St. John's, 49-44, on Jan. 2 at Carnesecca Arena in Jamaica, N.Y. It marked the Friars' first victory over St. John's since Feb. 10, 2007, halting a streak of 14-straight losses to the Red Storm. Providence improved to 8-7 overall and 1-2 in the BIG EAST, while St. John's dropped to 7-7 (0-3 BIG EAST).

Providence went on a 12-0 run in the first quarter to take a 12-5 lead with 3:42 remaining on the clock. The Friars held on for a 14-13 lead at the conclusion of the opening 10 minutes.

Providence extended its lead to 22-17 with 3:21 on the clock in the second quarter. The Friars were fueled by back-to-back three point buckets by Maddie Jolin (Rehoboth, Mass.). St. John's finished the quarter with a 6-0 run over the last 2:23 to take a 23-22 advantage into the locker room at halftime.

Just three Friars cracked the scoring column for Providence in the first half, led by Jolin's nine points. Freshmen Kyra Spiwak (Arlington Heights, Ill.) and New York City native Chanell Williams (Bronx, N.Y.) added seven points and six points, respectively.

St. John's led by as many as four points in the third quarter with 2:55 showing on the game clock. Jolin rattled home her fourth three-point bucket of the night on the offensive end to bring Providence within one (33-32), and Jovana Nogic (Belgrade, Serbia) converted a pair of free throws less than a minute later to give the Friars a 34-33 lead (1:38). St. John's closed the quarter with two unanswered buckets from Tamesha Alexander. Her second came as time expired to give the Red Storm a 37-34 edge heading into the final frame.

The Friars held St. John's to 2-16 shooting in the fourth quarter and out-scored the Red Storm 15-7 to take the win. The Friars hit just 3-11 of their shots from the field in the final 10 minutes, but were able to seal the win with an 8-8 performance from the foul line.

Nogic scored nine of the Friars' 15 points in the decisive frame. She hit her only field goal of the evening -- a three pointer -- with 6:45 left in regulation to tie the game, 39-39. It was part of a 13-3 run that gave Providence a five-point lead with 16-seconds left (47-42).

Maya Singleton pulled St. John's within three (47-44) with seven seconds left, halting a streak of 11-straight misses by the Red Storm to that point. Nogic put the game away with a pair of free throws on the other end.

Providence was 6-6 from the foul line in the final 29-seconds of the game.

Jolin finished the night with a game-high 14 points on 5-6 shooting from the field, including 4-4 shooting from beyond the arc. Nogic tallied 11 points, while Williams completed the night with 10 points and four assists. Ny-Asia Franklin (East Orange, N.J.) posted four points and a team-high eight rebounds.

St. John's was led by Singleton's 13 points and game-high 18 rebounds. Qadashah Hoppie added 10 points and Kayla Charles contributed 10 rebounds.

The Friars return to action on Friday, Jan. 5 against Seton Hall. The game will be played at Walsh Gymnasium in South Orange, N.J. and will be nationally-televised on FS2. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.




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