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Providence Friars Triumph Over Butler Bulldogs in Thrilling Big East Tournament Opener!

 In a high-stakes showdown to kick off the 2024 Big East Tournament, the Providence Friars faced off against the Butler Bulldogs in a riveting basketball spectacle. The Friars won the tip-off, but Butler's Riley Makalusky quickly stole the spotlight, draining a three-pointer. The game unfolded with a series of impressive plays, including layups, backdoor cuts, and three-pointers that kept fans on the edge of their seats.


As the clock winded down in the first quarter, the Bulldogs managed to seize a 28-23 lead, with Jordan Meulemans hitting a crucial three at the buzzer. Olivia Olsen, for the Friars, responded with a strong performance at the free-throw line, contributing to the Friars' 28-23 lead at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter saw the Friars maintaining their momentum, with Olivia Olsen and Brynn Farrell leading the charge. Oliva's easy layup, coupled with Brynn's layup, forced the Bulldogs to call a timeout. The Friars continued to dominate, showcasing their skills with steals, layups, and three-pointers. At halftime, Providence held a 56-43 lead, shooting an impressive 55.6% from the field and 66.7% from beyond the arc.


The third quarter featured more stellar plays from Emily Archibald, Brynn Farrell, and Olivia Olsen, extending the Friars' lead to 56-43 by the end of the quarter. The fourth quarter sealed the victory for the Friars, securing a 75-60 win over the Bulldogs.


Oliva Olsen emerged as a standout player for the Friars, recording 16 points, 12 boards, and 3 assists. Emily contributed 17 points and 7 boards, showcasing the Friars' balanced team performance with four players in double digits. Coach Bath emphasized the team's commitment to the next play, both in basketball and life. On the Butler Bulldogs' side, Caroline Strande shone with 20 points and 7 boards. Coach Austin Parkinson expressed pride in his team, noting their peak performance at the right time going into next season.


Looking ahead, Coach Bath and the Friars are gearing up for a challenging matchup against UConn Huskies in round two. The coach highlighted the team's readiness for the upcoming test, emphasizing the importance of staying focused and taking each play as it comes. The Providence Friars' victory sets the stage for an exciting journey in the Big East Tournament, showcasing their determination and skill on the basketball court.


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