Women's Hoop Falls To Columbia In Season Opener, 73-64

Nov. 10, 2017

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's basketball team fell to Columbia, 73-64, in its season opener on Nov. 10 in Providence, R.I. Junior guard Jovana Nogic (Belgrade, Serbia) led four Friars in double figures with 20 points. The Lions were led by Camille Zimmerman's game-high 25 points.

The Friars held a 20-13 lead after the opening 10 minutes of play. Columbia opened the second quarter on a 14-4 run to take a 27-24 advantage on the scoreboard with 3:29 remaining. The Lions extended their lead to four (30-26) with 1:44 on the clock, but the Friars answered with a 7-3 scoring run to take a one-point lead at halftime (34-33).

Nogic led the Friars in the first half with 11 points. Zimmerman tallied 14 points for the Lions in the opening 20 minutes.

The third quarter featured four ties and six lead changes. Columbia held the largest lead of the quarter (five points) on two occasions in the final minute of play, but each time Nogic answered to the cut the deficit to three. Heading into the fourth and final frame, the Lions held a 53-50 lead.

Columbia took a 59-53 lead with 7:20 left on the clock in the fourth quarter. Providence College junior Maddie Jolin (Rehoboth, Mass.) followed with a three-point bucket and senior Allegra Botteghi (Bologna, Italy) converted a traditional three-point play to knot the game, 59-59, with 5:57 left.

Columbia's Casey Riley answered with a three pointer to spark a 14-5 run that closed out the game and helped the Lions earn a 73-64 victory.

Nogic's 20 points came on 7-14 shooting from the field and a 5-6 performance from the free-throw line. It marked the eighth 20+ point game of her career at PC. Freshman point guard Chanell Williams (Bronx, N.Y.) tallied 14 points, two rebounds and a game-high three assists.

Joining Nogic and Williams in double figures for the Friars were Jolin (11 points) and junior Clara Che (Valencia, Spain), who notched 10 points. Senior forward Brianna Frias (Worcester, Mass.) led Providence on the glass with seven rebounds. Che and Botteghi each contributed six boards in the game.

The Friars will return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 14 against Northeastern. The game will be played at the Cabot Center in Boston, Mass. And will tip-off at 7:00 p.m.




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