PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's basketball defeated Marquette in BIG EAST play, 66-64, on Jan. 27 in Providence, R.I. Marquette, who is receiving votes in the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll, fell to 16-5 overall (7-3 BIG EAST). The Friars improved to 10-11 (2-8 BIG EAST).
Sophomore Yoyo Nogic (Lisbon, Portugal) tallied a career-high 27 points and hit the game-winning shot with five seconds left in regulation. Senior guard Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) chipped in 25 points, six rebounds and five assists.
The Friars started the game red-hot from the field, converting 9-of-13 attempts from the field (69-percent), including a 6-6 performance from three-point territory. Providence led by as many as 10 points (18-8) with 4:10 on the clock. Marquette crept back within four points (21-17), but Clara Che (Valencia, Spain) hit a three-pointer as time expired in the quarter, and the Friars took a 24-17 lead into the break.
The Golden Eagles used a 12-0 scoring run to take a 34-26 lead with 2:23 on the clock in the second quarter. Aliyah Miller (Southaven, Miss) halted the run with a lay-up at the 1:55 mark and Beal followed with five-straight points to get Providence within one (34-33) with eight seconds left. Marquette took a 37-34 lead into halftime as McKayla Yentz hit a three-point bucket as time expired.
Nogic paced the Friars with 12 first-half points and Beal added 11 points and four assists. Nogic was 4-5 from three-point territory in the opening half in just 13 minutes of action before taking a seat with foul trouble. Yentz led the Golden Eagles with nine points.
The Golden Eagles pushed their lead out to 10 in the third quarter (49-39) with 5:45 left on the clock. The Friars responded with an 11-2 run to close the quarter and get within one (51-50) heading into the final frame. Nogic scored seven of the Friars' 11 points during the run.
The teams traded baskets in the opening 1:29 of the fourth quarter and the Friars eventually took a 57-55 lead with 5:19 left in the game. It marked the Friars' first lead since midway through the second quarter (26-25).
Providence held a seven-point cushion (62-55) at the 3:27 mark, but Marquette wouldn't go away quietly. The Golden Eagles tied the game, 64-64, with 36-seconds remaining on a Erika Davenport lay-up to cap a 9-2 run.
The Friars burned their final timeout with 35 seconds on the clock to draw up their last offensive play of the game. Nogic cashed in with a jumper just inside the paint as the shot clock expired to give Providence a 66-64 lead.
After a Marquette timeout, the Golden Eagles came up empty on the offensive end as the Friars defended well. Danielle King's effort under the hoop was well contested and Davenport couldn't put home the offensive rebound.
Miller finished the night with 11 rebounds, including a career-high nine boards off of the defensive glass. Providence won the battle of the boards overall, 31-22.
The Friars took advantage of 10 Marquette miscues, outscoring the Golden Eagles, 17-7, in points off of turnovers. Meanwhile, Providence took excellent care of the basketball, having committed a season-low nine turnovers in the game.
Nogic hits 7-of-11 three-point field goals during the game, marking a career-high. She previously hit a career-high six three-pointers vs. Hartford as a rookie (11/25/15). This season, she has hit five-or-more three-point baskets in six games. Nogic also has posted six, 20+ point games during her career.
Beal logged her 11th, 20+ point game and was just two points shy of matching her career high. In six career games vs. Marquette, she has produced four, 20-point games.
Providence returns to action on Sunday, Feb. 29 against No. 21/19 DePaul. Tip-off is set for 1:00 p.m. at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. The BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) will broadcast the game live via FOX Sports GO.
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