Women's Basketball Sweeps Season Series Over St. John's

Jan. 28, 2018

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's basketball team defeated St. John's, 70-68, on Jan. 28 in Providence, R.I. to sweep the season series over the Red Storm. The Friars improved to 9-14 overall (2-9 BIG EAST), while St. John's dropped to 12-10 (5-6 BIG EAST). It marked the first set of consecutive wins over St. John's since earning back-to-back wins on Feb. 7, 2001 (83-63) and Feb. 6, 2002 (62-51).

Junior guard Jovana Nogic (Belgrade, Serbia) paced the Friars with a game-high 27 points on 9-17 shooting from the field overall, and hit 5-7 attempts from three-point territory. It marked Nogic's eighth 20+ point game of the season and 15th of her career.

Providence was efficient on the offensive end in the opening 20 minutes of play, shooting 56-percent from the field (14-25), including 57.1-percent from three-point territory (4-7). The Friars built a 10-point lead (23-13) with 8:35 remaining in the second quarter. St. John's battled back to within three on two occasions midway through the frame, but the Friars stayed poised and took a 37-30 edge into halftime.

Maddie Jolin (Rehoboth, Mass.) led the Friars with 11 points in the first half on 3-4 shooting from the field, including a 3-3 performance from beyond the three-point arc.

In the third quarter, Nogic went off for 15 of her 27 points and the Friars led by as many as 21 (59-38) with 1:07 left in the frame. Nogic hit 5-of-6 shots from the floor in the quarter, including all four of her attempts from beyond the arc.

St. John's closed the third quarter with five-straight points from Qadashah Hoppie to cut the deficit to 16 (59-43) heading into the final 10 minutes of play.

Midway through the fourth quarter (5:25), Providence maintained a 19-point cushion with the scoreboard in favor of the Friars, 67-48. At that point, St. John's exploded on a 17-2 run to cut Providence's lead to four (69-65) with just eight seconds to play.

Nogic hit one of two free throws to keep it a two-possession game and the Red Storm's Shamachya Duncan connected on a three-pointer as time expired, but SJU's come-back effort fell short.

Chanell Williams (Bronx, N.Y.) tallied 13 points, four rebounds and three assists for Providence. Jolin finished the day with 11 points, four rebounds and one steal.

The Friars shot 50-percent from the field for the game (26-52), marking the sixth time this season Providence has shot 50-percent or better in a game. PC was impressive from beyond the arc, converting 8-14 attempts to produce its best percentage from three-point territory during BIG EAST play this season (57.1-percent).

Hoppie led four St. John's players in double figures with 19 points.

The Friars return to action on Friday, Feb. 2 against Marquette at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee, Wis. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. (ET) and the game will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) via FOX Sports Go.




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