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Providence women heading to the Round of 16 in Iowa

Posted at 8:08 PM, Mar 16, 2024
and last updated 2024-03-17 00:15:28-04

GREAT FALLS — Providence defeated Reinhardt (Ga.) 80-69 in the second round of the NAIA women's basketball tournament and will move on the championship sight in Sioux City, Iowa.

Ashlee Maldonado finished with a game-high 23 points and six assists. Maddy Dixon, Keanna Salave’a and Taliah Lee combined for another 38 points for the Argos.

Providence jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead, but Reinhardt evened the score at 6 and controlled the rest of the first quarter. The Eagles held Providence to 26% from the field in the opening quarter, which put the Argos in a 17-11 hole.

The Argos trailed until under four minutes in the second quarter when a free throw from Salave’a evened the score at 23. They then went on a 13-4 run to end the first half to go ahead 36-27 heading into the locker room.

Providence went ahead by as much as 15 in the third quarter and had a 59-47 lead going into the fourth. Reinhardt quickly cut into the lead, making it just a six-point game at 61-55. The Eagles kept chipping away at the lead and eventually only trailed 67-64 with under four minutes to go.

Lee stepped up for the Argos, draining back-to-back 3-pointers down the stretch and giving Providence a 73-66 lead. Reinhardt’s Niya Moon answered with a triple of her own to make it just a four-point game. But with just around a minute to go, Dixon scored a layup which sealed the deal.