Women's Basketball Hangs On To Defeat Creighton, 61-59

Feb. 14, 2016

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The Providence College women’s basketball team collected its first BIG EAST victory with a 61-59 win over Creighton on Feb. 14 in Providence, R.I. Junior guard Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) led four Friars in double figures with 13 points and also added three rebounds and a game-high four assists and three steals.

Providence took a 30-29 lead into the break, marking just the fourth halftime lead of the season, and first since Dec. 9 vs. Bryant University. Beal led all scorers in the first half with eight points on 4-6 shooting. MC McGrory led Creighton with seven points in the opening 20 minutes.

Creighton opened the second half with a Baily Norby lay-up, but Providence regained the lead less than 30-seconds later (8:48) with a lay-in from Brianna Frias (Worcester, Mass.). It would be a lead the Friars would not relinquish the rest of the game.

Providence pushed its lead to nine (50-41) on a Maddie Jolin (Rehoboth, Mass.) triple with 38-seconds remaining in the third quarter, and the Friars took a 50-43 lead into the final 10 minutes of play.

The Friars claimed their largest lead of the game at the 7:23 mark as freshman Jovana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic (Lisbon, Portugal) knocked down a three-point bucket from the left wing. From that point, Creighton steadily chipped away at the deficit and got within one (60-59) with 14-seconds left in regulation.

The Friars turned the ball over with nine-seconds on the clock, but Sydney Lamberty didn’t get a clean look at the go-ahead bucket for Creighton and Jolin came up with a timely defensive rebound for the Friars to seal the win with .04 seconds left on the clock. Jolin was fouled on the play and hit one-of-two free throws to give Providence a 61-59 victory.

Jolin and Nogic finished the night with 11 points each, while Aliyah Miller (Southaven, Miss.) collected 10 points and a team-high five rebounds. Jolin and senior Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) also hauled in five boards for the Friars. Two of Jolin’s five boards came off of the defensive glass in the final 1:17 of the game to keep the Bluejays off the scoreboard.

The Friars’ victory vs. Creighton marks the first during the all-time series between the two teams. Creighton leads the all-time series, 6-1. Providence also improves to 4-0 this season when leading at halftime.

The Friars return to action on Friday, Feb. 19 against DePaul. The game will be played at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. and will tip-off at 7:00 p.m. The BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) will broadcast the match-up live via FOX Sports GO.




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