Second-Half Surges Propels Women's Basketball To 63-55 Win Over Boston College

Dec. 21, 2017

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's basketball team used a strong second half to defeat Boston College, 63-55, on Dec. 21 in Providence, R.I. The Friars halted a 14-game winless streak at the hands of the Eagles to earn their first win over Boston College since Feb. 4, 1998.

Providence trailed by as many as 11 points with 4:34 remaining in the second quarter (24-13). The Friars closed the half with an 8-2 run to get within five (26-21) at the break.

The Friars opened the third quarter on a 7-0 run to take their first lead since the opening minutes of the first quarter (28-26). The Eagles fought back to tie the game on two occasions at 4:36 (28-28) and 3:40 (30-30) of the frame, but Providence closed the third quarter on a 12-2 run. Providence out-scored Boston College 21-6 overall during the third and built a 10-point lead (42-32) heading into the final 10 minutes.

Providence pushed out to an 18-point lead (52-34) with 7:41 left in regulation and forced a timeout. The Eagles responded with a 19-5 run to cut the deficit to four (57-53) with 1:09 to play, but the Friars sealed the game with a 6-8 showing at the free-throw line in the final 42-seconds.

Jovana Nogic (Belgrade, Serbia) led four Friars in double figures with 18 points and added three assists. Clara Che (Valencia, Spain) contributed 15 points on 6-10 shooting from the field , which was just one point shy of her career high.

Ny-Asia Franklin (East Orange, N.J.) scored 10 of her 13 points in the decisive second half and she added six boards, two assists and one steal. Allegra Botteghi (Bologna, Italy) rounded the list of double-digit scorers with 10 points, including eight in the second half. Franklin and Botteghi were efficient from the field, shooting a combined 11-14 from the floor (.786).

Maddie Jolin (Rehoboth, Mass.) led the Friars on the glass with eight rebounds and chipped in four points one assist and one steal.

Milan Bolden-Morris paced Boston College with 16 points, while Taylor Ortlepp added 12. Georgia Pineau narrowly missed a double-double on nine points and a game-high nine rebounds.

Providence finished the game shooting 47.8-percent from the field (22-46), thanks in large part to an impressive second half shooting performance (.700, 14-20).

The Friars finish non-conference play with a 7-5 overall record and will open the BIG EAST Conference schedule on Thursday, Dec. 28 against Georgetown. The game will be played at Alumni Hall / Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. and will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) via FOX Sports Go. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.




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