Women's Hoops Defeats Butler In BIG EAST Action, 68-51

Dec. 30, 2016

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Jovana `Yoyo' Nogic (Lisbon, Portugal) paced four Friars in double-digits with a game-high 18 points as the Providence College women's basketball team defeated Butler, 68-51, on Dec. 30 in Providence, R.I. The Friars improved to 9-4 overall and 1-1 in the BIG EAST Conference, while the Bulldogs dropped to 3-10 (0-2 BIG EAST).

The Friars shot 52.2-percent on the day (24-46), including 53.8-percent from three-point territory (7-13). Nogic led the way, shooting 75-percent from the overall (6-8), including a blistering 71.4-percent from long range (5-7). Her five three-pointers tied her season high, which she previously set in two other games vs. Binghamton (5-7) and Miami OH (5-10).

Sophomore Maddie Jolin (Rehoboth, Mass.) recorded 13 points on 5-7 shooting (.714), including a 2-3 performance from beyond the arc. Ten of Jolin's 13 points came during the second half. Joining Nogic and Jolin in double figures were Aliyah Miller (Southaven, Miss.) and Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.). Miller tallied 12 points, while Beal chipped in 11. Beal also led the Friars in rebounding (six) and added four assists.

Sophomore Clara Che (Valencia, Spain) had a solid outing for the Friars, hauling in a career-high five rebounds, while dishing a game-high five assists. She also added five points and one steal.

Kristen Spolyar led Butler with 11 points, while Tori Schickel contributed 10 points and a team-best six rebounds.

Providence controlled the game throughout, leading for 38:50. Butler's only lead came early in the first quarter (4-3) with 7:56 on the clock. Nogic nailed a triple on the Friars' next possession to regain lead and never looked back.

The Friars' victory over Butler on Friday marked the first win in the all-time series for Providence. The Bulldogs entered the match-up with a perfect 6-0 record against the Friars since joining the BIG EAST during the 2013-14 season.

Additionally, the Friars' 17-point margin of victory is the largest during BIG EAST Conference regular-season play since defeating Pittsburgh by 20 (91-71) on Feb. 20, 1999.

The Friars return to action on Monday, Jan. 2 against DePaul at McGrath-Phillips Arena in Chicago, Ill. The game will be nationally-televised on CBS Sports Net and is scheduled to tip-off at 9:00 p.m. ET. Providence will remain on the road to face Marquette on Wed., Jan. 4 in Milwaukee, Wis. The game will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) and will tip-off at 8:00 p.m. ET.




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