Fourth Quarter Rally Falls Short In 62-46 Loss To Virginia Tech

Nov. 20, 2015

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's basketball team fell to Virginia Tech, 62-46, on Friday, Nov. 20 at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va. Junior Aliyah Miller (Southaven, Miss.) led the Friars with 13 points and seven rebounds, while Sidney Cook posted 16 points and eight rebounds for the Hokies.

Virginia Tech started the game on a 11-0 run and forced a Friar timeout with 5:41 left in the first quarter. The Friars responded with back-to-back buckets from Brianna Frias (Worcester, Mass.) and Miller to get within 11-4. Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) hit a long-range three from just inside the midcourt line as time expired to make the score 14-7.

Virginia Tech's lead grew to 21-7 heading into the media timeout (4:50). Miller hit the Friars' first bucket of the second quarter at the 4:22 mark, but Virginia Tech responded with five-straight points to take a 26-9 lead with 3:11 to play. The Hokies took a 28-11 lead into the break at halftime. Beal and Miller combined to score nine of the Friars' 11 points in the half. Miller led the Friars with six rebounds. Sidney Cook led Virginia Tech with nine points, while Hannah Young chipped in seven points.

Providence was trailing by as many as 25 (58-33) with 4:22 remaining in the fourth quarter. Providence heated up offensively and went on a 14-0 run to cut the deficit to 12 (58-46) with 1:58 to play. Tech scored four unanswered points to close out the game and earn the 62-46 win.

The Friars had their best shooting performance in a half this season during the final 20 minutes of action against the Hokies. The Friars sank 13-of-29 attempts from the field (.448), including 3-of-8 attempts from beyond the three-point arc (.375).

Freshman Clara Che (Valencia, Spain) contributed eight points in the game, while Beal finished the night with seven points. All eight of Che's points came in the second half. Jovana `Yoyo' Nogic (Lisbon, Portugal) tallied five points and a team-high three assists.

The Friars return to action on Wednesday, Nov. 25 against Hartford. The game will be played at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. and is scheduled to begin at Noon.




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