Women's Hoops Wins Double-Overtime Thriller Against Colgate, 92-85

Nov. 11, 2016

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's basketball team earned a thrilling, 92-85, double-overtime victory over Colgate to open the 2016-17 season on Friday, Nov. 11 in Providence, R.I. It also marked the first victory for Head Coach Jim Crowley, since taking over the reins of the Friars' program in May.

Five Friars reached double figures in the win, led by sophomore Jovana `Yoyo' Nogic (Lisbon, Portugal), who matched her career high with 23 points on 6-16 shooting from the field, including a 4-9 performance behind the arc. Nogic also was a perfect 7-7 from the charity stripe.

Providence trailed by as many as nine (29-20) with 7:14 remaining in the second quarter. The Friars closed the half on a 23-4 run to take a 43-33 lead at halftime. Providence shot an impressive 59-percent from the field in the opening half (17-29), including a 6-10 performance from beyond the three-point arc (60-percent). At the break, Nogic led Providence with 14 points.

In the third quarter, sophomore Clara Che (Valencia, Spain) put the Friars ahead by 12 (45-33) with a lay-up just 28 seconds into the action. Colgate responded with a 17-6 run to cut the Friars' lead to one (51-50) with 3:14 remaining in the quarter. Freshman Ny'Dajah Jackson (Oakland, Calif.) jumped into the action to score seven-straight points for Providence, giving the Friars a 58-52 lead with 1:16 on the clock. Colgate closed the third quarter with a 5-0 run to get within 58-57 heading into the final 10 minutes of regulation.

The Friars opened the fourth quarter with back-to-back baskets by Jackson and senior Aliyah Miller (Southaven, Miss.) to take a 62-57 lead. The Raiders would make it interesting down the stretch, as they went on a 14-5 run to gain a four-point advantage (73-69) with 2:25 remaining in regulation. However, the Friars would respond nicely on the defensive end of the floor, giving up just two points in the final two minutes. Meanwhile, Senior Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) came up with two timely baskets and Nogic tied the game with a pair of free throws with 9-seconds left to force overtime (73-73).

Beal converted a traditional three-point play to start the overtime session give the Friars a 76-73 lead with 4:02 on the clock. Colgate answered with back-to-back baskets to take a 77-76 advantage with 3:06 left. Nogic followed with her fourth three-point bucket of the game to put the Friars ahead by two (79-77), but the Raiders were able to force a second overtime after converting a lay-up with 35-seconds on the clock.

In the second overtime, Beal nailed a jumper to start the scoring, then the Raiders responded with a three-pointer to take a 82-81 lead. From there the Friars out-scored Colgate 11-3 in the final 3:56 of play to take the 92-85 victory.

Beal finished the night with 17 points, 15 of which came after the halftime break. She also grabbed eight rebounds and added four assists, two steals and one blocked shot. With her four assists, she moved into a tie for 12th on the Friars' all-time career assist list (299) with Diann Reynolds `88.

Junior Allegra Botteghi (Bologna, Italy) contributed 16 points and four boards, while sophomore Maddie Jolin (Rehoboth, Mass.) added 15 points, four assists and three boards.

Jackson posted 11 points in her debut with the Friars, hitting 3-3 field goal attempts and 5-5 shots from the foul line. Miller led the Friars on the glass with 11 rebounds. She also dished a career-high four assists and tallied two blocked shots and one steal.

Providence shot 47.9-percent from the floor in the game (34-71), including a 40-percent clip from three-point territory (8-20). The team enjoyed an impressive night at the charity stripe, hitting 94.1-percent of their attempts (16-17).

The match-up marked the first double-overtime game for Providence since Feb. 6, 2013, when it defeated Pittsburgh, 85-83, in Pittsburgh, Pa.

The Friars return to action on Wednesday, Nov. 16 against North Dakota State University. The game will be played at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. and is scheduled to tip-off at Noon. The match-up between Providence and North Dakota State will serve as the backdrop for the program's annual Project Providence initiative. The event welcomes hundreds of local elementary and middle school students for an educational opportunity that focuses on the importance of education, proper nutrition and strength and conditioning. The program is followed by the game between the Friars and Bison.




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