Women's Hoops Improves To 4-0 With 77-65 Victory At Hartford

Nov. 22, 2016

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WEST HARTFORD, CONN. - The Providence College women's basketball team improved to 4-0 as it defeated Hartford, 77-65, on Nov. 22 in West Hartford, Conn. Sophomore guard Maddie Jolin (Rehoboth, Mass.) paced the Friars with 16 points and added a career-high nine rebounds. Senior forward Aliyah Miller (Southaven, Miss.) checked in with her third career double-double on 10 points and 10 rebounds

Providence closed the first quarter with a 7-0 run to take an 18-15 lead. The Friars showed their ability to close again in the final 3:55 of the second quarter as the team went on an 11-4 run to take a 35-31 lead at halftime.

Jolin led the Friars with 12 first-half points and seven rebounds. Providence dominated the glass in the opening 20 minutes with a 21-10 rebounding advantage. Sierra DaCosta led Hartford with nine points.

The Friars' lead ballooned to as many as 18 with 25-seconds left in the third quarter (59-41). Hartford cut the deficit to 15 as DaCosta hit a three-pointer from the wing, but sophomore Clara Che (Valencia, Spain) matched the effort with a three-pointer as time expired in the quarter.

Despite facing what seemed to be an insurmountable deficit, Hartford chipped away at the Friars' lead in the fourth quarter and cut the lead to six (71-65) with 3:01 left in the game. That's when sophomore Jovana `Yoyo' Nogic (Lisbon, Portugal) stepped into a timely three-pointer at the top of the arc to give Providence some breathing room with 2:39 on the clock. Nogic's triple helped the Friars close the game on a 6-0 run for the 12-point win (77-65).

Senior Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) finished the night with 14 points and a season-high seven assists. She played a critical role in breaking the game open in the second half, as she tallied eight points and four assists in the final 20 minutes. Beal has dished 5+ assists in a single game 31 times during her career.

Nogic also completed the game with 14 points on 5-10 shooting from the field, including a 4-9 performance from three-point territory. She also matched her career high in steals, with three.

Junior Allegra Botteghi (Bologna, Italy) rounded out the list of Friars in double figures with 12 points, and also contributed four rebounds, three assists and one steal.

The Friars won the battle on the boards, 31-24, and also out-scored the Hawks in the paint, 38-18.

Deanna Mayza led the Hawks with a game-high 18 points, while DaCosta closed the game with 15 points.

The Friars return to action at the UNCW Hampton Inn Thanksgiving Classic on Nov. 26-27. Providence will face UNCW in the opening round of the tournament on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 2:00 p.m. The Friars conclude tournament play against Miami (OH) on Sunday, Nov. 27 at Noon.




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