BOSTON, MASS. - The Providence College women's basketball team erased a 20-point deficit in the fourth quarter and rallied to defeat Northeastern in overtime, 98-95, on Nov. 14 in Boston, Mass. Jovana Nogic (Belgrade, Serbia) led all scorers with a career-high 31 points, and Maddie Jolin (Rehoboth, Mass.) posted 18 of her career-high 23 points in the fourth quarter to spark her team to victory.
Providence improved to 1-1 overall on the season, while Northeastern dropped to 0-2.
The Friars found themselves trailing 26-23 at the end of the first quarter. The opening 10 minutes was a track meet, with both teams shooting over 70-percent from the field. Seven Friars cracked the scoring column in the first quarter, led by Nogic's eight points.
Providence started the second quarter on a 10-2 run and took a 33-28 lead with 6:29 remaining on the clock. The Huskies answered with three-consecutive three pointers to halt PC's momentum and take a 37-33 lead into the media timeout (4:58). The Huskies closed the quarter with a 7-4 edge in scoring and took a 44-37 lead into the locker room.
The Friars shot 56-percent from the field in the first half (14-25), including 50-percent from three-point territory (3-6). Northeastern shot the ball at a 59-percent clip (16-27), including a 6-11 performance from beyond the arc (55-percent).
Nogic paced the Friars with 12 first-half points. Classmate Clara Che (Valencia, Spain) added six points and dished a team-best three assists. Three Huskies hit double figures in the scoring column led by Stella Clark's 14 points off the bench.
Northeastern started the third quarter with a 6-0 scoring spurt to take a 50-37 lead and force a Providence timeout with 7:08 on the clock. The Huskies drilled a three-pointer on their first possession out of the break to extend the lead to 9-0 (53-37). Overall, Northeastern held a 21-13 advantage in scoring during the third quarter and bolstered its lead to 65-50 heading into the final 10 minutes of regulation.
In the fourth quarter, the Huskies took their largest lead of the game with 9:09 remaining in regulation (71-51). On the Friars' next offensive possession, Jolin hit a three-point bucket and ignited one of the most improbable comebacks of all-time. Jolin tallied 10-straight points en route to a 15-0 Providence run, cutting the Huskies' lead to just five (74-69) with 5:37 on the clock.
Northeastern halted the run with a traditional three-point play to make it an eight-point margin (77-69), but Nogic answered with a jumper on the other end. Northeastern followed with a pair of free throws to get back to an eight-point lead (79-71), but the Friars went right back to work.
Providence went on a 12-3 run to take an 83-82 lead with 58-seconds left in the game, capped by a lay-up from Ny-Asia Franklin (East Orange, N.J.) Franklin was fouled on the play, but was unable to convert the free throw. However, she made up for it on the defensive end as she hauled in a rebound as Providence still held a one-point lead. She got the ball out to Che, who was fouled, and the Spaniard made both attempts to give Providence an 85-82 advantage with 22-seconds left.
On the Huskies' ensuing offensive possession, it appeared Northeastern was last to touch the ball out of bounds on the endline. After an official review, the initial call was overturned and Northeastern got the ball. That possession led to a three-point bucket by Clark to tie the game, 85-85, and the two teams went to overtime.
The overtime featured four lead changes and three ties, but the Friars prevailed in the end. Nogic scored eight of Providence's 13 points in the extra frame.
Providence shot a blistering 86.7-percent in the decisive fourth quarter (13-15) and finished the game 37-61 from the field overall (60.7-percent).
Franklin notched her first career double-double with the Friars on 15 points and 12 rebounds. Five of her 12 boards came off of the offensive glass. Che also tallied 15 points for Providence and added a game-high five assists.
Clark completed the night with 28 points for Northeastern. Gabby Giacone added 20 points, while three other Huskies finished in double figures.
The Friars return to action on Saturday, Nov. 18 against Penn State. The game will tip-off at 1:00 p.m. at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. The game will be televised on YurView (Cox channel 4 & 1004).
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