Women's Basketball Uses Strong Second Half To Defeat Wright State, 74-69

Nov. 22, 2017

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SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Providence College women’s basketball team improved to 2-0 at the Savannah Invitational (3-2 overall) with a 74-69 victory over Wright State on Nov. 22 in Savannah, Ga. Junior guard Jovana Nogic (Belgrade, Serbia) netted a game-high 26 points in the victory.

Wright State held a 12-11 lead at the conclusion of the first 10 minutes. Providence used a 9-0 run during a span of 2:21 in the second quarter to take a 22-17 lead with 4:46 left on the clock. Providence went cold down the stretch as Wright State answered with an 8-0 run to take a 25-22 advantage at halftime.

Allegra Botteghi (Bologna, Italy) led the Friars with eight first-half points and three rebounds. Chelsea Welch contributed a team-high six points for Wright State.

The Friars out-scored the Raiders, 27-20, in the third quarter as the team shot an impressive 87.5-percent from the field (7-8), including 5-6 attempts from beyond the arc. Providence also cashed in at the free-throw line, hitting 8-8 attempts from the stripe.

In the fourth quarter, Providence got out to its largest lead of the game (59-49) with 4:59 to play. Wright State wouldn’t go away easily, as it chipped away at the lead and got within three (70-67) with 13-seconds left on the clock. Nogic sealed the game at the free-throw line down the stretch, hitting each of her four attempts (4-4).

The Friars were 17-21 (.810) from the free throw line in the fourth quarter and finished 25-31 for the game (.806).

Nogic and fellow junior Maddie Jolin (Rehoboth, Mass.) combined to score 34 of the Friars’ 52 points in the second half. Nogic hit for 21 in the final 20 minutes, while Jolin notched 13 of her 16 points in the decisive stretch. Jolin also completed the night with a team-best three assists and two steals.

 

 

Botteghi, who held the fort down for the Friars in the first half, finished the night with a season-high 12 points.

Providence withstood a 36-23 deficit on the glass, which provided Wright State a 15-2 advantage in second-chance points. The Raiders also out-scored the Friars 40-14 in the paint.

Sophomore Ny’Dajah Jackson (Oakland, Calif.) had another solid performance for Providence off the bench with seven points, four rebounds and two assist. Junior transfer Ny-Asia Franklin (East Orange, N.J.) added seven points, two rebounds and one assist before taking a seat with five fouls.

Chelsea Welch scored 24 points to lead Wright State’s offense, followed by Lexi Smith (15) and Mackenzie Taylor (12). Smith recorded a double-double with 10 rebounds, including nine off of the offensive glass.

The Friars return to action for their final game at the Savannah Invitational on Thursday, Nov. 23 against Stetson. Tip-off is slated for 4:30 p.m.

- GO FRIARS! -

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