Women's Basketball Falls To Marquette, 79-74

Jan. 4, 2017

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MILWAUKEE, WIS. - The Providence College women's basketball team fell to Marquette, 79-74, on Jan. 4 at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee, Wis. Senior guard Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) led all scorers with a season-high 24 points. With 3:46 remaining in the game, Beal became the 33rd player in program history to reach the 1,000-point career milestone, as she connected on a short jumper. Beal entered the game needing 21 points to reach the milestone.

The two teams were tied 12-12 after the first quarter, but the Golden Eagles outscored the Friars 25-10 in the second quarter to take a 37-22 lead at halftime. Clara Che (Valencia, Spain) scored on a driving lay-up with 4:56 left on the clock in the 2nd quarter to get the Friars within six (26-20), but Marquette finished the quarter on a 9-0 run.

In the third quarter, the Friars ripped off a 9-0 run during a span of 2:45 to get within six (42-36) with 5:22 on the clock. Marquette responded with a 13-5 run to take a 55-41 lead with 2:02 remaining. Providence managed to cut the deficit to nine heading into the final quarter (58-49) with an 8-3 edge in the scoring column down the stretch.

The Golden Eagles used a 10-0 run in the fourth quarter to claim their largest lead of the game (72-55) with 4:31 left in regulation. Providence closed the gap to five (79-74) with 19-seconds left in regulation, but the comeback attempt fell short.

Yoyo Nogic (Lisbon, Portugal) joined Beal in double figures with 21 points. It marked the first time this season that two players recorded 20+ points in a single game. The last time two Friars hit 20+ points in the same game was Jan. 22, 2016. On that day, Beal and Maddie Jolin (Rehoboth, Mass.) posted 21 and 20 points, respectively.

Marquette dominated the glass with a 37-25 advantage on the boards, including a 13-4 edge in offensive rebounding. The Golden Eagles outscored the Friars 14-2 in second-chance points.

Marquette was led offensively by Allazia Blockton's 18 points. Erika Davenport contributed a double-double on 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Natisha Hiedeman added 14 points.

The Friars return to action on Sunday, Jan. 8 against Villanova at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. The game will be nationally-televised on FS1 and will tip off at 2:00 p.m.

Providence College will be wearing 80s-inspired throwback uniforms in recognition of the College's centennial celebration. The uniforms will be white with gold lettering and gold and black trim. The uniform shorts also feature the Friars' previous athletic logo (PC), which was retired after the 2001-02 sports calendar, and replaced with the current logo -- known as the Friar Head.




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