Women's Basketball Defeats Bryant In Ocean State Tip-Off Tournament, 62-51

Dec. 3, 2016

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's basketball team defeated Bryant, 62-51, in the opening game of the Ocean State Tip-Off Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 3 in Providence, R.I. The Friars improve to 7-0 on the year, matching its best start since the 1990-91 season. Bryant drops to 3-3 overall.

The two teams were knotted up, 26-26, at halftime as the Friars battled through an uncharacteristic shooting performance. Providence hit just 11-32 shots from the field in the opening 20 minutes of play (.343). Junior Allegra Botteghi (Bologna, Italy) kept the Friars in the mix with 11 first-half points on 5-9 shooting, and also added a team-best four rebounds.

In the third quarter, the game was tied 38-38 with 3:08 on the clock. Bryant's Ivory Bailey nailed a jump shot with 1:44 left to give the Bulldog's a two-point advantage (40-38), but Providence closed out the quarter with a 6-0 scoring advantage to take a 44-40 lead.

The Friars would maintain their lead the rest of the way. Providence pushed its lead to double figures (57-47) with 3:19 to play and held off the Bulldogs down the stretch.

Botteghi finished the day with 13 points and nine rebounds, narrowly missing her second-straight double-double. Sophomore Clara Che (Valencia, Spain) also tallied 13 points for Providence and added four rebounds and two assists.

Senior Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) chipped in 11 points, four rebounds and a team-best four assists and three steals. Senior Aliyah Miller (Southaven, Miss.) rounded out the double-digit scorers with 10 points and also contributed five rebounds.

The Friars advance to the championship game of the Ocean State Tip-Off Tournament, scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4. Providence will face the winner of Brown and Rhode Island, who tipped off just after the Friars' victory vs. Bryant. The championship game will be preceded by a consolation game at 1:00 p.m.

- GOFRIARS! -


 

 

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