Women's Basketball Claims Savannah Invitational Title

Nov. 23, 2017

Box Score

SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Providence College women’s basketball team defeated Stetson, 56-45, on Nov. 23 to claim the Savannah Invitational title with a 3-0 tournament record. Junior Jovana Nogic (Belgrade, Serbia) scored a game-high 18 points and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Senior Allegra Botteghi (Bologna, Italy) also was honored at the conclusion of play as a member of the All-Tournament Team.

The Friars trailed 20-6 after the first quarter of play. The team shot just 21-percent from the field (3-14), while Stetson made good on 44-percent of its attempts (4-9), including 4-5 from beyond the arc. The Hatters also took advantage at the charity stripe, hitting 8-8 free throw attempts.

Stetson led by 15 (25-10) with 4:43 remaining in the second quarter, but the Friars managed to cut the deficit to seven at halftime (27-20) with a 10-2 run. The Friars held the Hatters to just one field goal during the stretch on seven shot attempts.

The Friars started the third quarter with an 11-4 scoring advantage to tie the game, 31-31, and forced a Stetson timeout w/ 5:15 on the clock. Nogic notched six points in the run, while Maddie Jolin (Rehoboth, Mass.) chipped in three on a baseline three-pointer.

Stetson answered with a quick 5-0 spurt to regain the lead (36-31), but the Friars responded with a 7-1 run to close the quarter and take their first lead of the game (38-37). Nogic scored nine of the Friars’ 18 points in the third quarter, including a three from to give Providence the lead.

Stetson knocked down the first bucket of the fourth quarter to take the lead back (39-38), but the Friars answered on their next offensive possession to reclaim the lead and never looked back.

 

 

Junior college transfer Ny-Asia Franklin (East Orange, N.J.) came up big for the Friars in the final 10 minutes, scoring 10 of her 14 points. Botteghi finished the day with six points and led Providence on the glass with five rebounds. Franklin also hauled in a team-best five boards.

Overall, the Friars out-scored the Hatters, 18-8, in the decisive fourth quarter.

The Friars return to action on Wednesday, Nov. 29 against Yale University in New Haven, Conn. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3/WatchESPN. and is scheduled to tip-off at 6:00 p.m.

- GO FRIARS! -

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