KINGSTON, R.I. - The Providence College women's basketball team defeated Rhode Island, 64-55, in overtime at the Ryan Center on Dec. 20. Junior guard Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) scored all 15 of her points in the second half, including eight points in the decisive overtime session. Freshman Jovana `Yoyo' Nogic (Lisbon, Portugal) finished the day with a game-high 17 points for Providence.
Providence led 5-4 in the first half before URI used a 6-0 scoring run to take a 10-5 advantage with 2:15 on the clock. The Friars answered with a 6-0 run of their own to regain the lead (11-10) heading into the second quarter.
In the second quarter, the Rams got out to a six-point lead (20-14) with 5:51 on the clock. A 5-0 Friar run, capped by a Rachel Aho (Holden, Mass.) lay-in cut the deficit to one (20-19) with 4:35 remaining in the half. URI finished the half with a 7-6 scoring edge to claim a 27-25 lead at the break.
The Friars dominated the glass in the first half, 27-15, including 10 offensive boards. Providence out-scored the Rams, 7-0, in second-chance points.
URI led by as many as four (32-28) with 7:52 on the clock in the third quarter. Providence used an 8-2 scoring run to take a 36-34 lead with 2:10 on the clock. The Rams closed the quarter with five unanswered points and headed into the final 10 minutes of regulation with a 39-36 advantage.
URI regained its four-point edge just 13-seconds into the fourth quarter. Providence answered with back-to-back baskets to tie the game, 40-40, with 8:07 on the clock. The Friars eventually grabbed a 44-43 lead with 6:07 on the clock and Beal made it a 46-43 lead with a jumper at the 4:46 mark.
URI regained the lead with back-to-back buckets by Charise Wilson and Tayra Melendez (47-46) with 3:45 to play, but Nogic drilled a three on the other end to put Providence back in front (49-47). URI tied the game, 49-49, 30-seconds later (2:54). The two teams traded buckets down the stretch.
Beal made just one of two free throws with eight seconds left to give Providence a two-point lead (53-51), and the Rams forced overtime as Samantha Tabakman hit a lay-up with one second remaining.
The Friars controlled the overtime session, out-scoring the Rams, 11-2. Beal tallied eight of Providence's 11 points in the OT, while Nogic added a dagger from beyond the arc.
Junior Aliyah Miller (Southaven, Miss.) recorded the first double-double of her career with the Friars on 10 points and a career-high 13 boards. Senior Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) contributed nine points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals in 42 minutes of action.
Aho completed the day with career highs in points (eight) and rebounds (five). All five of her boards came off of the offensive glass.
Symone Bullard led the Rams with 16 points and Charise Wilson added 10. Melendez hauled in a team-best 12 rebounds.
Providence out-rebounded URI, 48-37. The Friars' 48 boards marked a season high. Eighteen of Providence's boards came came off of the offensive glass.
The Friars return to action with a pair of BIG EAST Conference games at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium vs. Seton Hall (Dec. 29) and St. John's (Dec. 31). Both games will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) and will tip-off at 1:00 p.m. To access BEDN, dowload the FOX Sports GO app on your mobile device or tablet. You also may view the game by navigating to www.FOXSportsGO.com.
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