No. 23 DePaul Uses Late Fourth-Quarter Rally To Defeat Friars

Jan. 2, 2017

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CHICAGO, ILL. - The 23rd-ranked DePaul University women's basketball team used a late fourth-quarter rally to defeat Providence College, 61-56, on Jan. 2 in Chicago, Ill. The Friars held a 54-49 lead with 3:36 remaining in the game, but DePaul used a 12-2 scoring advantage to close the game and earn the come-from-behind victory.

Providence moved to 9-5 overall on the season (1-2 BIG EAST), while DePaul improved to 11-4 (3-0 BIG EAST). Yoyo Nogic (Lisbon, Portugal) led four Friars in double figures with 16 points, while Brooke Schulte dropped a game-high 23 points for DePaul.

Six players found the scoring column for Providence in the first half led by Nogic's team-high eight points. The Friars led by as many as six in the second quarter 21-15 with 8:09 on the clock. DePaul fought back to take a 24-23 lead with 3:27 left, but Providence went on a 6-0 run to close the half and took a 29-24 lead into halftime.

Providence gained its largest lead of the game (31-24) as Allegra Botteghi (Bologna, Italy) opened the third quarter with a lay-up. The quarter went on to feature seven lead changes and three ties. DePaul mounted a four-point advantage (47-43) with 2:26 on the clock, but the Friars finished the quarter with a 4-0 spurt to tie the game heading into the final frame (47-47).

Maddie Jolin (Rehoboth, Mass.) got the scoring started in the fourth quarter with a three-pointer to give Providence a 50-47 advantage. Providence improved its lead to 54-49 with 3:36 on the clock as Botteghi hit a jumper off a feed from Nogic.

Moments later Tanita Allen nailed a three-point bucket that sparked a 12-0 DePaul run, giving the Blue Demons a 61-54 lead with 12 seconds left on the clock. Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) halted the run with a late bucket, but the Friars ran out of time.

Jolin contributed 11 points, seven rebounds, one assist and three steals in the Friar effort. Beal and Botteghi each finished the night with 10 points. Botteghi scored eight of her 10 points in the second half and also hauled in a team-high nine rebounds during the game. Beal grabbed six boards and collected two steals.

Jacqui Grant aided the Blue Demons with a double-double on 14 points and 11 rebounds. Tanita Allen came off the bench to add eight points.

The Friars return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 4 against Marquette in Milwaukee, Wis. The game will tip-off at 8:00 p.m ET and will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) via FOX Sports GO.




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