Feb. 14, 1998

Providence Women Travel to Villanova for a Valentine Day BIG EAST Game

PROBABLE STARTERS          Pts/Reb       Ht   Yr.  Hometown
G   14   Meghan Hinds      11.6/3.1     5-10  So   Perrysburg, OH
G    3   Mandy Saunders    10.9/5.1(a)  5-5   Sr   Richmond, VA   
C   45   Dani Trippany     4.2/2.6      6-5   Fr   Massena, NY
F   33   Kerri Sullivan    5.0/3.5      6-1   So   Walpole, MA
F   20   Jennifer Gombotz  12.0/5.0     6-0   Fr   Southington, CT
OFF THE BENCH               Pts/Reb   Ht   Yr.   Hometown
F   13   Kerri Chatten      16.6/8.5  6-1   Sr   Hopkinton, MA
G   34   Julie Wheeler      8.9/2.1   5-9   Sr   Morgantown, WV   
C   15   Monika Roberts     7.4/4.5   6-2   Fr   Antioch, CA      
F   44   Dana Simonelli     6.4/3.7   6-1   Jr   Toms River, NJ
F   50   Zahra Williams     1.5/1.1   6-0   So   Hyattsville, MD
F   22   Amy Drechsler      2.7/1.1   6-2   Fr   Rochester, NY
G   12   Abby Charbonneau   1.1/0.9   5-7   Fr   Webster, MA

THE FRIARS AT A GLANCE: The Providence Friars are 10-12 overall and 6-8 in the BIG EAST - currently third in the BIG EAST 7 Division behind Rutgers (1st) and Miami (2nd). Earlier this week, the Friars fell to the University of Miami, 90-79. The Friars are 1-2 in their last three games.

THE LAST THREE GAMES: Providence fell to Miami, 90-79 on Wednesday in Providence. The Friars were led by Julie Wheeler who sank seven three-pointers en route to a team high 25 points. Her 18th point of the evening was her 1,000th of her career. Senior Mandy Saunders tallied 23 points and 10 assists. PC was out-rebounded, 53-25 which proved the difference. The Friars fell to second ranked Connecticut, 95-46 last Sunday in front of a sold out crowd at the Providence Civic Center (12,993). Saunders and junior Kerri Sullivan each scored 10 points in the loss. Against Boston College on Wednesday, the Friars got a career performance out of freshman Monika Roberts. The forward tallied 21 points (8-14 FG) and pulled down seven boards in 22 minutes. Four other players scored in double figures including Saunders with 20 points and a perfect 10-10 from the charity stripe.

THE PC-VILLANOVA: The Friars lead the 17 year series with the Wildcats, 18-16. Providence won the two regular season matchups a year ago, although faced Villanova in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament and lost, 66-54 in Storrs, CT. In the last five years, Villanova leads winning six of the ten games.

HEAD COACH JIM JABIR: The Friars are coached by Jim Jabir who begins his second year with Providence. Last season Jabir directed the Friars to a 13-14 overall tally. Jabir spent the previous six seasons at Marquette and has an overall 11-year record of 181-147. For more detailed information on Jabir - look on the following page.

INJURY UPDATE: Senior Kerri Chatten is still listed day to day with a badly sprained ankle. She was injued January 3 vs. Pittsburgh and has missed ten games since then. At the time of her injury, she led the team in points with 16.6 per game and rebounds with 8.5 per game. Freshman Abby Charbonneau is doubtful for today with a knee sprain. Freshman Monika Roberts is questionnable with two stress fractures.

FRIARS LOSE TO WVU THE HARD WAY Providence shot 53% from the field, 53% from three-point territory, out-rebounded their opponent - but lost! West Virginia shot 50% from the field, 53% from three-point territory and broke the BIG EAST record while sinking 16 treys as a team. The Mountaineers won the offensive game, 103-92 on January 21.

HINDS BREAKS INTO STARTING ROLE: After being the first person off the bench for the two months of the season, Hinds has earned a starting role and has started 13 of 21 games. She tallied a career best of 28 points against Georgetown on January 18.

SULLIVAN FEELING WELL...PLAYING WELL: After two-years of off and on injuries, junior Kerri Sullivan is finally feeling well and playing well. The forward has started the last eight games and has averaged 20.4 minutes in those games. She hit her career high of 12 points at Boston College on January 8, 1998. Against UConn, Sullivan scored a team best 10 points.

GOMBOTZ STEALING THE SHOW: Freshman Jen Gombotz is first on the team in points with 258 scored for a 12.3 scoring mark. She has started in all 21 games and is one of only two players to do so. Gombotz is also tops on the team in steals with 35. To the right is her breakdown by game. She has scored 11 games in double-digits.

ROBERTS HITS FOR CAREER HIGH VS EAGLES: Freshmen center Monika Roberts scored a career high 21 points against Boston College on February 4th. She previously had her career best of 16 points in the last outing against Boston College on January 8. Roberts was 8-14 from the field and pulled down seven boards in the 22 minutes.

WHEELER HITS 1,000 POINTS LOOKS FOR ANOTHER RECORD: Senior co-captain Julie Wheeler broke into the 1,000 point club as she hit the century mark against Miami on February 10, 1998. Wheeler hit seven three-pointers in the game and scored a team best 25 points. Wheeler is also just shy of a BIG EAST record. She has 151 career three-pointers in BIG EAST games and needs 4 to break the all-time record held by Wendy Davis (UConn '92). Wheeler broke the all-time record for three-pointers attempted (398) in the BIG EAST last season.

COUNTING ON MANDY: Senior guard Mandy Saunders has made 32 consecutive free-throws dating back to January 21. In the last game against Miami, Saunders was 11-11. She is also one of the most consistent all-around on the court as seen by her 89 starts in her 99 career games played. This season, Saunders is 75-87 (.862) on the free-throw line. In BIG EAST games, the guard is 46-50 for .920. Saunders is SECOND all-time in the BIG EAST in free-throw percentage as she has hit on 235 of 269 attempts for a .871 percent. She has taken double the amount of FT's than the athletes ranked first (59 FT) and second (97 FT's) in the BIG EAST. Saunders is also ninth all-time in 3-pt field goal percent in the BIG EAST shooting at a 37% mark.

Providence vs. Villanova
PC leads 18-16
Date       Site                   Score
1/24/81    Villanova, PA.         59-69 
12/29/81   Jamaica, N.Y. *        56-68 
1/28/82    Providence, R.I.       57-69 
1/8/83     Providence, R.I.       71-49
3/5/83     Providence, R.I. #     71-69
1/21/84    Providence, R.I.       78-63
1/23/85    Villanova, PA.         68-76 
2/23/85    Providence, R.I.       65-54
1/4/86     Villanova, PA.         61-63 
2/1/86     Providence, R.I.       78-67
2/2/86     Boston, MA. #          60-71
1/10/87    Villanova, PA.         80-90 
2/11/87    Providence, R.I.       67-65
1/11/88    Providence, R.I.       84-63
2/13/88    Villanova, PA.         57-66 
1/14/89    Providence, R.I.(2OT)  83-82
2/15/89    Villanova, PA.         83-84 
3/4/89     South Orange, N.J. #   68-64
1/8/90     Villanova, PA.         89-76
2/7/90     Providence, R.I.(2OT)  89-87
1/26/91    Villanova, PA.         97-70
2/25/91    Providence, R.I.       74-69
1/24/92    Villanova, PA.(2OT)    82-80
2/26/92    Providence, R.I.       76-80
1/13/93    Villanova, PA.         71-69
2/27/93    Providence, R.I.       80-84
1/18/94    Providence, R.I.       85-83
2/20/94    Villanova, PA.         80-81
1/15/95    Providence, R.I.       67-75
2/11/95    Villanova, PA.         65-79
2/3/96     Providence, R.I.       73-82
1/2/97     Providence, R.I.       89-67
2/25/97    Villanova, PA.         80-73
3/1/97     Storrs, CT. #          54-66
*    BIG EAST Invitational
#    BIG EAST Tournament
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