Sarah Beal Sets Single-Game Steals Record In The Friars' 88-78 Win Over Bryant

Dec. 9, 2015

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's basketball team defeated Bryant, 88-78, on Dec. 9 at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. Junior guard Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) recorded her second career double-double with 23 points and a career-best 10 steals to lead a well-balanced Friar effort.

Beal's 10 thefts set a program record for steals in a single-game, which was previously held by Helen Jessie-Mency `91, with nine steals on Feb. 5, 1991. She also added four rebounds, three assists and one blocked shot.

Bryant held a 6-4 lead with 6:38 on the clock in the first quarter, before Providence raced out to a 15-point lead (27-12) with the help of a 23-6 scoring run. Bryant closed the quarter with two free throws and faced a 27-14 deficit.

The Bulldogs closed the gap to nine (32-23) with 6:58 on the clock in the second quarter, but Beal got Providence back to a double-digit lead with a three-point bucket. Beal's triple started a 10-4 scoring run that gave Providence a 15-point lead - matching its largest of the game (42-27) with 3:46 on the clock. Bryant answered with an 11-0 run to cut the deficit to four (42-38) with 1:12 on the clock. Beal halted the run as she converted a lay-up with 17-seconds left and Providence took a 44-38 lead into halftime.

Bryant opened the third quarter with an 11-2 scoring run to take a 49-46 lead and force a Providence timeout. The Friars dismissed the Bulldog's threat to regain the lead (52-51) with 3:37 left on the clock. It proved to be a lead that Providence would not relinquish.

The Bulldogs battled to get within one (63-62) with 8:47 left in the fourth quarter, but Providence used a 10-2 run to push its lead to nine (73-64) at the 6:16 mark. Bryant halted the run with a three-point bucket with 5:41 remaining in the game to get within six (73-67), but it would be as close as the Bulldogs could get down the stretch.

Freshman guard Jovana `Yoyo' Nogic (Lisbon, Portugal) and senior forward Aliyah Miller (Southaven, Miss.) also reached the 20-point plateau for the Friars and each posted career highs in the scoring column. Nogic netted 23 points, including 16 in the second half. Miller hit for 20 points and added five boards, two assists, one blocked shot and one steal.

Freshman Maddie Jolin (Rehoboth, Mass.) hit double figures for the first time in her career with the Friars in 21 minutes off the bench with 10 points, including a perfect 5-5 from the charity stripe. She also added three rebounds, one assist and one steal.

Sophomore Brianna Frias (Worcester, Mass.) finished the night with a team-high six rebounds and also played a critical role on the defensive end of the floor with a career-best four blocked shots.

Providence returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 12 against Florida Gulf Coast. The game will be played at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. and will be nationally-televised on FS2 (FOX Sports 2). Tip-off is slated for 2:30 p.m.




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