(Argo Athletics Media Release)
GREAT FALLS — No. T-18 Providence women’s basketball (4-0) picked up their fourth straight victory as they defeated Yellowstone Christian College , 69-53, on Tuesday evening in the McLaughlin Center.
Sophomore Parker Esary led the way for the Argos, garnering a double-double with a team-high 14 points, while also collecting 13 boards. Alicia Oatis followed closely behind scoring 10 points and collecting one rebound in the win. Emilee Maldonado led the Argos in assists with nine and steals with three.
Both squads opened the game to six points for a 6-6 tie. The Argos broke the tie as they went on a 10-2 run following the tie to take a 16-8 advantage with less than two minutes in the first quarter. However, the Centurions responded with two threes to close out the period and diminish the deficit to two, 16-14.
The second period opened to a layup from Parker Esary, but a Centurion three gave Yellowstone their first lead of the game, 19-18. Esary would follow with two free throws to help the Argos retake the lead, 20-19, before outscoring the Centurions 10-3 to take an eight-point lead into the break, 30-22.
The Argos came out of the locker room with a mission, continuing their momentum to outscore Yellowstone 14-3 to push their lead to 19, 44-25. Both teams continued to battle through the end of the period with the Centurions taking the slight advantage to reduce the deficit by two, 52-35.
Providence continued to lay it on in the final period as two free throws from Elly Teske push the Argos to their largest lead of the match, 63-41, with a little over six minutes left to play. Yellowstone went on a 12-4 run take the Argos’ advantage down to 14, 67-53, but two more free throws from Reed Hazard and two Centurion turnovers sealed the win for the Argos, 69-53.