Women's Hoops Falls To Seton Hall In BIG EAST First Round, 73-60

March 4, 2017

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MILWAUKEE, WIS. - The Providence College women's basketball team fell to Seton Hall, 73-60, in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament on Saturday, March 4 in Milwaukee, Wis. Senior guard Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) paced the Friars with 18 points and added five rebounds and five assists. Providence concludes its season with a 12-18 overall record; more than doubling its win total from a season ago. Seton Hall (12-18) moves on to the quarterfinals with the victory, where top-seeded DePaul awaits.

Seton Hall led the opening 20 minutes wire-to-wire and took its largest lead of the half (27-16) with 6:05 left in the second quarter. Providence cut the deficit to seven at the break (37-30). The Friars shot 42.9-percent from the field in the first half (12-28), while the Pirates shot 57.1-percent from the floor (16-28) and hit five three-point buckets (5-14).

In the third quarter, Seton Hall's JaQuan Jackson hit a three-pointer out of the gates to give the Pirates a 40-30 advantage. Providence responded with a 10-2 run to get within three (42-39) with 5:24 on the clock, but Seton Hall answered with a 10-2 run of its own to push the lead back to 10 (51-41) with 59-seconds left in the third.

Sophomore Clara Che (Valencia, Spain) stopped the bleeding with a three-pointer for Providence, making it a 51-44 game, but Lubirdia Gordon got an offensive board and scored on the put-back to give SHU a 53-44 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

The Friars opened the final frame with a 9-4 scoring edge to cut the Pirate's lead to four (57-53) with 6:12 remaining in regulation. Seton Hall responded, once again, with a 6-0 spurt to take a 63-53 lead with 3:20 to play.

Providence made it a six-point game with just under two-minutes to play (64-58), but it proved to be as close as the squad could get down the stretch. The Pirates used a 9-2 scoring edge to close out the game.

Allegra Botteghi (Bologna, Italy) finished the night with 16 points for Providence, while Yoyo Nogic (Lisbon, Portugal) added 11 points. Maddie Jolin (Rehoboth, Mass.) contributed eight points, six rebounds, five assists and one steal in the effort.

Kaela Hilaire led Seton Hall with 18 points, while Jackson chipped in 17 points. Gordon just missed a double-double with nine points and a game-high 12 rebounds.




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