Women's Basketball Falls To Marquette, 92-85

Feb. 21, 2016

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's basketball team fell to BIG EAST foe Marquette, 92-85, on Feb. 21 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. Freshman Jovana `Yoyo' Nogic led five Friars in double figures with 19 points and added a game-high seven assists. Her seven dimes matched her previous career high set against Monmouth on Nov. 28.

Providence took a 43-36 lead into the locker room at halftime with a well-balanced effort in the opening 20 minutes of play. Sophomore Allegra Botteghi (Bologna, Italy) led all scorers in the first half with 11 points on 4-6 shooting from the field. Senior Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) and junior Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) chipped in nine and eight points, respectively.

Seven of eight Friars who saw action in the opening half scored, while shooting a collective 16-31 from the floor (51.6-percent), including 5-11 (45.5-percent) from three-point territory.

Marquette shot 48.4-percent from the floor in the first half (15-31), including 4-14 from beyond the arc. Allazia Blockton led the Golden Eagles with nine points.

Marquette started the third quarter on a 18-6 run to take a 54-49 lead, which included a 10-0 run during a span of three minutes and 12 seconds. Freshman guard Clara Che (Valencia, Spain) halted the run with a three-pointer from the left wing with 3:17 remaining in the quarter to get PC within four (56-52). Marquette answered with six-straight points to push its lead to eight (60-52) with 2:24 on the clock. Providence closed the quarter with a 9-2 advantage in the scoring column backed by three-straight triples, including two from Nogic. Marquette took a one-point lead into the final 10 minutes of play (62-61).

Providence regained the lead in the fourth quarter with a pair of free throws from Nogic at the 5:09 mark (72-70), but Marquette responded with a jumper from Natisha Hiedeman and a three-point bucket from Danielle King to take the lead (75-72). It proved to be a lead the Golden Eagles would not relinquish. Marquette held on with a solid 11-12 free-throw shooting performance down the stretch to take the eventual 92-85 win.

Nogic's team-leading 19 points came off of 6-14 shooting from the field, including a 5-10 performance from three-point territory. She scored 14 of her 19 points in the second half. Beal finished the day with 16 points and six assist, while connecting on 8-15 field-goal attempts.

Botteghi posted double figures for the fifth time in the last seven games with 15 points and was 6-11 from the floor. She added a career-high 10 rebounds for her first career double-double. Iiskola and freshman Maddie Jolin (Rehoboth, Mass.) netted 13 and 12 points, respectively.

Overall, Providence hit 11-27 attempts from three-point territory in the game, marking the most three pointers made in a single game this season. The Friars also dished out a season-high 20 assists on the night, with Nogic and Beal combining for 13.

Freshman Erica Meyer (Wilton, Conn.) played 23 minutes off the bench and, despite foul trouble, was able to record three blocked shots, two points and two rebounds. She now has 36 blocked shots this season, which is tied for second-most by a freshman in program history all-time with Britt King `86.

Marquette was able to pull away in the second half with the help of a 29-12 rebounding advantage. The Golden Eagles finished the game with a 44-29 edge in rebounding overall. Erika Davenport led all scorers with 22 points for Marquette and added nine boards. McKayla Yentz contributed a double-double with 16 points and 10 boards, while Blockton completed the day with 18 points and seven rebounds. King (14 points) and Hiedeman (10 points) also finished in double figures for Marquette.

The Friars return to action next weekend with a pair of road games against St. John's (Feb. 26) and Seton Hall (Feb. 28). Both games will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) via FOX Sports GO.




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