PC Women Bounce Visiting Monmouth at Alumni Hall

PC Friars news release…

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Junior guard Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) poured in a season-high 21 points to lead the Providence College women’s basketball team to a 71-59 victory over Monmouth on Nov. 28 in Providence, R.I. The Friars have won back-to-back games and improved to 2-3 overall. Monmouth dropped to 1-3 with the loss.

Providence took a 34-28 lead into the locker room, despite a 27-18 deficit on the boards. The Friars’ hot shooting prevailed, as the team netted 41.9-percent of its attempts from the field (13-31), including 4-7 from beyond the arc (57.1-percent). Providence also benefited from 12 Monmouth turnovers in the half, and out-scored the Hawks, 12-4, in points off of turnovers. Beal led the Friars with 11 first-half points, while Jasmine Walker collected 10 points and eight rebounds for Monmouth.

In the third quarter, Monmouth cut the deficit to four points on two separate occasions under the four-minute mark. Providence responded each time to keep the Hawks at bay with lay-ups from freshmen Rachel Aho (Holden, Mass.) and Erica Meyer (Wilton, Conn.). The Friars took a 52-45 lead into the fourth quarter. The Friars controlled play in the final stanza, and pushed their lead out to as many as 13 (69-56) with 1:46 remaining.

Though Beal led the Friars offense with 21 points, the victory was a total team effort. Junior Aliyah Miller (Southaven, Miss.) narrowly missed her first collegiate double-double with 18 points and nine rebounds. Senior Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) registered her second-consecutive double-digit game with 11 points and added five boards. Freshman Jovana `Yoyo’ Nogic (Lisbon, Portugal), who dropped 20 points in the Friars’ most recent game against Hartford, chipped in nine points vs. Monmouth and dished a career-high seven assists.

Providence shot better than 45-percent from the field for the second-straight game as it connected on 28-62 attempts (28-62). The Friars were lethal from three-point territory at 58.3-percent (7-12).

The Friars also recovered from an nine-rebound deficit on the glass in the first half (27-18) to finish the game just one board off the Hawks’ pace (43-42).

The Friars return to action on Tuesday, Dec. 1 against non-conference opponent Albany. The game will be played at SEFCU Arena in Albany, N.Y. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.