St. John's Holds Off Late Push By Friars, 60-50

Jan. 22, 2017

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QUEENS, N.Y. - The Providence College women's basketball team was within striking distance in the final four minutes of the game, but the St. John's Red Storm defeated the Friars, 60-50, on Jan. 22 in Queens, N.Y. Senior Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) paced three Friars in double figures with a game-high 21 points. She also added a team-best seven rebounds and four assists.

St. John's went on a 10-0 run in the first quarter to take a 12-2 lead with 6:07 on the clock. The Friars called timeout and proceeded to outscore the Red Storm, 10-4, down the stretch to get within 16-12 after 10 minutes of play.

Providence took its first lead (24-23) with 3:18 left in the second quarter as Clara Che (Valencia, Spain) drained a three-point bucket. However, the Red Storm responded with a 7-0 run to close the quarter and take a 29-23 lead at halftime.

Beal led the Friars with 12 first-half points, while Akina Wellere tallied seven points for St. John's.

St. John's maintained control of the game in the third quarter, allowing the Friars get as close as five (36-31) with 6:13 on the clock. The Red Storm held a 46-36 advantage over Providence heading into the final 10 minutes of play.

A 9-2 run in the fourth quarter gave the Friars life and helped cut the deficit to 50-48 with 3:32 on the clock. During the stretch, Yoyo Nogic (Lisbon, Portugal) got loose for two of her five three-point buckets in the game, while Che added a third.

St. John's held off the Friars' threat with a 10-2 scoring run to close the game.

Nogic scored 12 points in the second half and finished the game with 15. She shot 5-10 from the field, including 5-9 from three-point range. Che also tallied double figures in the game, with 10. She and Nogic combined to hit 8-of-15 attempts from three-point territory.

St. John's capitalized on 13 Providence miscues on the afternoon, outscoring the Friars 18-7 in points off of turnovers.

Wellere led St. John's with 20 points. Aaliyah Lewis posted 10 points and nine assists, while Jade Walker contributed 10 points. Imani Littleton picked up seven points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

The Friars return to action on Friday, Jan. 27 against Marquette. The game will be played at Alumni Hall/ Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. and is scheduled to tip-off at 7:00 p.m. Providence will remain home at host No. 19/18 DePaul on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 1:00 p.m.




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