Butler Takes Advantage Of Strong Third Quarter To Defeat Friars, 68-57

Jan. 21, 2018

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INDIANAPOLIS, IND. - The Providence College women's basketball team fell to Butler, 68-57, on Sunday, Jan. 21 at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. The Bulldogs used a 10-point scoring edge in the third quarter to turn around a 35-32 halftime deficit and earn the win. Butler improved to 13-8 overall and 5-4 in the BIG EAST. Providence dropped its sixth-straight game and fell to 8-13 (1-8 BIG EAST).

The Friars used a balanced offensive attack in the first half as seven of the nine players who saw game action cracked the scoring column. Providence shot 56.5-percent from the floor (13-23), including 4-6 from beyond the arc (66.7-percent), while Butler converted 42.3-percent (11-26) of its attempts.

Providence used a key 9-0 run in the final 3:17 of the second quarter to take a 35-32 lead into the locker room at halftime. Defensively, the Friars held Butler without a field goal over the final 3:35 of the quarter.

Jovana Nogic (Belgrade, Serbia) tallied 13 first-half points to lead Providence, including five points during the Friars' 9-0 run. Clara Che (Valencia, Spain) added seven points.

The turning point in the game came in the third quarter as Butler got the action started with an 11-2 run to take a 46-37 lead. The Bulldogs out-scored the Friars 16-6 in the quarter and took a 48-41 lead into the final frame.

Providence got within three (50-47) with 8:36 left in the game, but Butler answered with an 11-3 scoring run to take a 61-50 edge at the 4:31 mark. The Friars responded with back-to-back buckets by Che and Chanell Williams (Bronx, N.Y.) to cut the deficit to seven (61-54), but the Bulldogs created separation with a 7-3 scoring advantage down the stretch.

Che paced the Friars with 14 points on 4-7 shooting. Nogic was scoreless in the second half as she attempted just two shots from the floor and both attempts came during the final 3:21 of the game. Williams and Maddie Jolin (Rehoboth, Mass.) each tallied nine points and three assists for Providence.

Tori Schickel finished the day with 27 points and nine rebounds for Butler. Whitney Jennings (16 points) and Michelle Weaver (10 points) also recorded double figures.

The Friars return to action on Friday, Jan. 26 against Seton Hall at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. Tip-off is set for 11:30 a.m. as part of the program's annual Project Providence event. The game will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) via FOX Sports Go.




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