Friars picked to finish sixth in BIG EAST Preseason Coaches' Poll.
Ninety-seven Friar student-athletes earned their varsity jackets.
Friars will face the Pirates in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament on March 8.
Sarah Beal earns unanimous selection to BIG EAST All-Freshman Team
Friars host the Red Storm on March 3 at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall.
2013-14: Played 29 games and appeared in the starting line-up 28 times... Averaged 11.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.5 steals per game... Led the team in assists (135) and steals (42)... Surpassed the 100-assist milestone on Feb. 5 vs. Villanova with a game-high six hand-outs... Became just the fourth Friar in the last decade to dish 100+ assists in a single-season... Her 135 assists mark the third-highest total all-time by a freshman in program history... Handed out a career-best 13 assists vs. Butler on Jan. 28... Her 13 assists were one shy of the BIG EAST single-game record by a freshman (14), and marked the most assists by a BIG EAST player in a single-game during the 2013-14 season... Also scored 13 points in the game vs. Butler to secure her first career double-double... Scored a career-high 27 points vs. Marquette on Jan. 21... Collected a career-best four steals in games vs. DePaul (2/1) and Bryant (11/12)... Hauled in a career-high nine rebounds vs. UMass Lowell (11/9)... Reached double figures in the scoring column 21 times, including four games with 20+ points... Tallied double figures in 14 of 18 BIG EAST games... On Feb. 22, she scored all of her game-high 18 points against Xavier in the second half, and propelled the Friars to a 61-59 victory... Also added six rebounds, three assists and one blocked shot vs. the Musketeers... Dished 5+ assists in 13 games... Hit a career-high eight field goals in three games - all vs. BIG EAST opponents: Georgetown (3/1), Marquette (1/21) and DePaul (1/8)... Each of those three games also were played on the road... Her 91 made free throws are the fourth highest total by a freshman in program history, and her 945 minutes played mark the third highest total by a freshman at PC... Named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week on January 27 and March 5... Is the first Friar to earn Freshman of the Week honors since Chelsea Marandola on December 26, 2005... Named to BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Feb. 3... Was a unanimous BIG EAST All-Freshman Team selection.
BEFORE PROVIDENCE: Attended New Hope Christian Academy (2011-13)... Averaged 16 points, six assists, three steals and three rebounds per game... NACA First-Team All-America selection... Two-time NACA Most Valuable Player (2012, 2013)... Helped her team earn a No. 1 ranking in the State of North Carolina... Spent her freshman year at Hickory Grove Christian High School, and her sophomore year at Oak Ridge Military Academy.
PERSONAL: Daughter of Darla Beal and the late Cerea Beal, Jr. ...Born October 12, 1995... Has one brother, Dane Sparrow, and one sister, Kim Beal... Planned major of study is currently undecided.
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