Women's Hoops Drops Regular-Season Finale At Seton Hall

Feb. 28, 2016

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SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - The Providence College women’s basketball team fell to Seton Hall in its regular-season finale, 71-54, on Feb. 28 in South Orange, N.J. Sophomore Allegra Botteghi (Bologna, Italy) led the Friars with 14 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. It marked her second double-double of the season and career.

Providence trailed 7-4 in the first quarter of play before going on an 11-3 run to take a 15-10 lead with 4:17 remaining on the clock. Seton Hall answered with a 14-3 run to close the quarter and take a 24-18 lead.

Seton Hall pushed its lead to 13 (31-18) with 6:07 left in the second quarter. Botteghi scored back-to-back buckets at 5:42 and 5:04 to get the Friars within nine (31-22). Seton Hall closed the second quarter with an 11-5 scoring advantage and took a 12-point margin into the locker room at halftime (42-30).

Botteghi led the Friars with 10 points in the first half on 4-6 shooting from the floor, and also hauled in a team-high five rebounds. Aleesha Powell led Seton Hall with 11 points in the opening half.

Seton Hall out-scored Providence 18-5 in the third quarter as the Friars shot just 14-percent from the field (2-14).

In the fourth quarter, Providence got within 14 points (64-50) with 3:22 on the clock and out-scored the Pirates 19-11 overall in the final 10 minutes.

During the game, Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) dished five assists and moved into 13th place on the Friars’ all-time career list with 293. She passed Sonya Lewis ’94 (290) and Paulette Hassett ’78 (291).

Beal also added eight points and two rebounds vs. the Pirates. Clara Che (Valencia, Spain) contributed eight points, followed by Aliyah Miller (Southaven, Miss.) with seven. Senior Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) added six points, six boards and three assists.



Tiffany Jones led Seton Hall with 18 points and seven rebounds, while Tabatha Richardson-Smith posted a double-double on 10 points and 13 boards.

The Friars will enter the BIG EAST Tournament as a No. 10 seed and will face No. 7 seed Creighton in the First Round on Saturday, March 5 at 3:00 p.m ET (2:00 p.m. CT). The Friars and Bluejays split the season series, each winning a game on their home court. The BIG EAST Tournament will be played at McGrath-Phillips Arena in Chicago, Ill.

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