Women's Basketball Falls To Columbia In Overtime, 66-64

Dec. 7, 2016

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NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Providence College women's basketball team fell to Columbia in overtime, 66-64, on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at Levien Gymnasium in New York, N.Y.

Providence started the game 6-6 from the field to take a 16-5 lead with 4:04 left in the first quarter. The Friars finished the frame 7-12 (.583) from the field overall and took an 18-5 lead into the break.

In the second quarter, the Friars were just 1-10 from the field. Columbia went on a 10-0 run before Providence earned its first bucket of the quarter with 1:50 on the clock. Despite the Friars' offensive struggle, they took a 20-15 advantage into halftime. Jovana `Yoyo' Nogic (Lisbon, Portugal) led Providence with eight points, while Columbia got nine first-half points from Camille Zimmerman.

The Friars pushed out to an eight-point lead (29-21) with 5:42 remaining in the third quarter. From there, Columbia went on a 10-0 run, including an 8-8 performance from the free-throw line, to give the Lions their first lead of the game with 2:48 on the clock (31-29). At the conclusion of the third quarter, Columbia held a 41-38 lead. The Lions outscored the Friars 26-18 in the third quarter and took advantage at the free-throw line, hitting all 12 of their attempts. Meanwhile, Providence shot just 2-2 from the charity stripe in the third quarter.

The fourth quarter featured eight lead changes and three ties. The Friars held a 54-51 lead with 1:25 left on the clock, but back-to-back buckets by the Columbia's Tori Oliver and Zimmerman gave the Lions a one-point edge with 20-seconds remaining in the game (55-54). After a Providence timeout, senior Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) sliced to the hoop for a bucket, which rimmed out. Fellow senior Aliyah Miller (Southaven, Miss.) hauled in the offensive board and was fouled. Miller made one of two free throws to tie the game and Nogic came up with a steal on the defensive end to send the game to overtime (55-55).

Columbia took a 64-61 lead on a three-pointer by Paulina Koerner with 1:26 left in OT. After both teams committed turnovers on their ensuing offensive possessions, Beal converted a traditional three-point play with 22-seconds left to tie the game, 64-64.

The Lions called timeout, which advanced the ball to Columbia's frontcourt. Zimmerman muscled her way to the rim for her 27th point of the night with eight seconds remaining in the game, and the Friars' attempt on the other end fell short as time expired.

Beal led the Friars with 17 points and added four rebounds and a game-high five assists. Nogic finished the game with 13 points, four rebounds and a game-high three steals. Sophomore Clara Che (Valencia, Spain) scored 10 of her 12 points after halftime, while Miller rounded out the double-digit scorers with 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Zimmerman collected 10 rebounds to go along with her 27 points in the Lions' victory. Oliver chipped in 13 points and seven rebounds, including six boards off of the offensive glass.

Providence returns to action on Saturday, Dec 10 against Boston College. The game will tip-off at 4:00 p.m. at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Mass.




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