Women's Basketball Falls To 18th-Ranked Villanova, 63-55

Dec. 30, 2017

Box Score

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's basketball team gave 18th-ranked Villanova all it could handle during their BIG EAST match-up on Dec. 30 in Providence, R.I. The Friars led for the majority of the game, but it slipped away from them late in the fourth quarter and `Nova escaped with a 63-55 victory.

Villanova started the game on a 6-0 run with back-to-back three pointers, but the Friars responded well. After a season-low five points against Georgetown in the BIG EAST opener, Jovana Nogic (Belgrade, Serbia) tallied 11 of the Friars' 15 points in the first quarter. Providence held a 15-13 lead at the conclusion of the opening 10 minutes.

The Wildcats regained the lead early in the second quarter as they started the action with a 6-0 run. Sophomore guard Ny'Dajah Jackson (Oakland, Calif.) came up with a steal for the Friars and went coast-to-coast for a lay-in to halt the run. Nogic followed with a three pointer to give Providence back the lead (20-19) with 7:41 on the clock.

Villanova answered on the other end with a jumper from Alex Louin at the 6:18 mark of the second, but the Friars finished the second quarter with an 11-4 scoring advantage to take a 31-25 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Nogic finished the first half with 18 points on 7-10 shooting from the field, including a 4-5 performance from beyond the arc.

In the third quarter, the Friars got out to a 10-point lead (35-25) on back-to-back buckets by Clara Che (Valencia, Spain) and Ny-Asia Franklin (East Orange, N.J.). The Wildcats fought back to get within one (37-36), but the Friars bounced back out to a 44-38 lead with 26-seconds on the clock. Villanova's Mary Gedaka hit a three pointer to end the quarter to make it a three-point game heading into the final frame (44-41).



The Wildcats stepped up in the fourth quarter and out-scored the Friars, 22-11. Maddie Jolin (Rehoboth, Mass.) hit a three-pointer with 4:58 left to tie the game, 51-51. From there, Villanova went on a 10-0 run to take 61-51 lead and seal the victory.

Nogic finished the day with 26 points on 9-15 shooting from the field, including a 4-8 shooting performance from three-point territory. She also contributed four rebounds, two assists and one blocked shot. Jolin added 10 points and five rebounds and two assist.

The Wildcats were paced by Mary Gedaka, who posted 24 points on 11-12 shooting.

The Friars return to action on Tuesday, Jan. 2 against BIG EAST foe St. John's. The game will be played at Carnesecca Arena in Jamaica, N.Y. and will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) via FOX Sports Go. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.


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