Women's Basketball Defeats Monmouth, 62-58

Dec. 21, 2016

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WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - The Providence College women's basketball team used a strong fourth quarter to hold off a feisty Monmouth squad on Dec. 21 in West Long Branch, N.J. to claim a 62-58 victory. Providence concludes the non-conference portion of its schedule with an 8-3 record, while Monmouth dropped to 5-6. Senior guard Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) paced the Friar effort with a game and season-high 19 points.

Providence held a 20-7 lead at the conclusion of the first quarter, having out-scored the Hawks, 12-0, in points off of turnovers. Providence also benefited from 7-0 run during a span of 1:14 to take a 15-5 lead with 3:19 remaining on the clock in the quarter.

Monmouth cut the lead to six (26-20) with 1:48 remaining in the second quarter, but a three-pointer from Clara Che (Valencia, Spain) followed by a lay-up from Allegra Botteghi (Bologna, Italy) pushed Providence's lead back out to 11 (31-20). The Hawks' Kayla Shaw nailed a three with 35-seconds left on the clock to make it an eight-point game at halftime (31-23).

Monmouth took its first lead of the game with 2:58 remaining in the third quarter as Christina Mitchell hit a pair of free throws (41-39). The Hawks extended their lead to as many as six (45-39) with 1:46 on the clock, but the Friars closed the quarter with a 5-2 scoring advantage to sneak within three at the break (47-44).

In the fourth quarter, the Friars battled to regain the lead (50-49) with 6:24 left. The lead would change hands four more times over the next four minutes before Jovana `Yoyo' Nogic (Lisbon, Portugal) gave the Friars an advantage that would last the rest of the night with 2:16 remaining in the game (56-55).

Nogic's bucket was the start of a 6-0 run to give Providence a 60-55 edge with 17 seconds left on the clock.

Monmouth's Kayla Quintana nailed a three-pointer on the other end to cut the deficit to two (60-58) with 10 seconds left and Beal was fouled immediately on the inbounds play. Beal made one of two free throws in the bonus situation, and Aliyah Miller (Southaven, Miss.) came up with a huge offensive board to maintain possession for Providence. Beal was fouled, once again, with five seconds left on the clock and sealed the game by hitting one of two free throws for a four-point lead, making the final score 62-58.

Beal shot 5-10 from the field in the game and was 9-11 from the free-throw line. Nogic and Botteghi each finished the night with 12 points.

Providence hauled in a season-high 47 rebounds to win the battle on the boards (47-40), including 18 offensive rebounds. Botteghi and junior Brianna Frias (Worcester, Mass.) led the team with nine rebounds each. Frias' nine boards marked a career-high, and she tied her career high with five offensive boards. Sophomore guard Maddie Jolin (Rehoboth, Mass.) tallied six points, three assists and eight rebounds. Miller completed the game with four points and seven rebounds.

Tyese Purvis came off the bench to lead Monmouth in scoring with 15 points. Mitchell finished the night with 14 points, while Shaw added 11.

The Friars open BIG EAST Conference play after Christmas with a pair of games against Xavier and Butler. Providence faces the Musketeers on Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 7:00 p.m. and will host the Butler Bulldogs on Friday, Dec. 30 at Noon. Both games will be played at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I.




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