Women's Basketball Defeats North Dakota State, 86-63

Nov. 16, 2016

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's basketball team defeated North Dakota State, 86-63, in non-conference action on Nov. 16 in Provdence, R.I. The Friars improved to 2-0 on the season, while NDSU dropped to 1-2 overall. Sophomore guard Maddie Jolin (Rehoboth, Mass.) came off the bench to lead five Friars in the scoring with 18 points. Jolin hit 6-11 attempts from the field and also grabbed three rebounds and dished one assist.

The Friars took a 36-21 lead into halftime after shooting 16-32 (50-percent) from the field in the first half. Senior Aliyah Miller (Southaven, Miss.) led the way with 10 points on 5-6 shooting and also hauled in five boards. Junior Allegra Botteghi (Bologna, Italy) added six points and a team-high six rebounds through the first 20 minutes of play.

The Bison were plagued by a poor shooting performance in the first half, hitting just 9-31 (29-percent) from the field, including a 1-9 performance from three-point territory (11-percent). Taylor Thunstedt led NDSU with seven first-half point, and Emily Spier came off the bench to record six points and four boards.

Providence quickly pushed its lead to 20 (43-23) just 2:40 into the third quarter and never looked back. The Friars led by as many as 29 in the fourth quarter (71-42) with 6:50 remaining in regulation.

Providence enjoyed another solid shooting performance in all facets of the game on Wednesday. The team knocked down 32-59 field goal attempts (54-percent), including an impressive 7-15 from three-point territory (47-percent). The Friars also buried all 15 of their free-throw attempts, which improves their foul shooting percentage to 96.9-percent through two games (31-32).

Sophomore Clara Che (Valencia, Spain) had a terrific afternoon for Providence, as she tallied career highs in points (16) and assists (seven). She shot 6-7 from the floor, including a 2-3 performance from three-point territory. Che also added three rebounds and tied her career high in steals, with three.

Senior Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.), who earned BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll recognition after the Friars' season opener, checked in with 13 points, four rebounds and two assists. She shot 5-10 from the floor and was 3-3 from the foul line.

Miller and sophomore Jovana `Yoyo' Nogic (Lisbon, Portugal) rounded out the list of double-digit scorers for Providence with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Miller also contributed five rebounds, two assists and one blocked shot.

Botteghi narrowly missed a bid for a double-double as she finished the day with eight points and a game-high nine rebounds.

Providence won the battle on the boards, 38-32, but gave up 12 offensive rebounds to the Bison. It seemed to be the only advantage for NDSU in the game, as it out-scored Providence 16-6 in second-chance points.

The Friars will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 19 against Binghamton. The game will be played at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. and is scheduled to tip-off at 4:00 p.m. Upon completion of the Friars' match-up against Binghamton, the team will hit the road for eight-consecutive road games.




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