Women's Basketball Falls To Xavier In Regular-Season Finale, 67-57

Feb. 26, 2017

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CINCINNATI, Ohio - The Providence College women's basketball team fell to Xavier, 67-57, on Sunday, Feb. 26 at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Sophomore guard Maddie Jolin (Rehoboth, Mass.) tallied 18 points and 10 rebounds for her first career double-double, and also contributed a team-high four assists. The Friars will await word on their opponent for the First Round of the BIG EAST Women's Basketball Tournament, slated to begin on March 4.

The game was tied, 20-20, with 6:18 remaining in the second quarter. The Musketeers closed out the final six minutes of the first half with a 17-8 scoring advantage to take a 37-28 lead at halftime. The Friars cashed in on 12 field goals in the first half (12-31), compared to Xavier's 11 (11-28). However, the Musketeers enjoyed a 10-point scoring advantage at the free-throw line, shooting 11-11 from the stripe. Providence converted 1-5 attempts from the foul line in the opening 20 minutes.

Providence opened the third quarter with a 13-4 scoring run to tie the game, 41-41. Xavier held off the threat with a 10-2 run heading into the media timeout (4:01) for a 51-43 lead.

The Friars clawed back to within one (52-51) at the close of the third quarter with the help of an 8-1 run.

In the fourth, the Friars ran out of gas. Xavier outscored Providence 15-6 in the final frame as the Friars shot just 18.2-percent from the floor (2-11).

Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) joined Jolin in double figures with 16 points on 7-12 shooting. Yoyo Nogic (Lisbon, Portugal) had her 10-game double-digit scoring streak come to an end as she finished the day with nine points. Allegra Botteghi (Bologna, Italy) chipped in eight points and eight boards.

Raeshaun Gaffney led Xavier with 16 points. Na'Teshia Owens added 14 points, while Kindell Fincher scored 11.

The Friars will travel to Milwaukee, Wis. to compete in the BIG EAST Tournament, presented by Jeep, on March 4-7. Marquette University will serve as host for this year's tournament at the Al McGuire Center. The BIG EAST will release it official bracket at the conclusion of today's slate of regular-season games.




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