PROVIDENCE HITS THE ROAD FOR BACK-TO-BACK BIG EAST GAMES... The Providence College women's basketball team will play back-to-back BIG EAST Conference road games vs. Butler and Xavier. Providence will take on Butler on Friday, Jan. 2 at Hinkle Fieldhouse (2 p.m.). The Friars remain on the road to face Xavier on Sunday, Jan. 4 at the Cintas Center (2 p.m.).
TUNE IN... The Friars' games vs. Butler and Xavier will feature live streaming audio via Friars All-Access at www.Friars.com. Play-by-play will be provided by Chris Fama. Friars All-Access is a subscription service. The games also will be broadcast locally on WOON 1240 AM.
PROVIDENCE ALL-TIME VS. BUTLER... The Friars and Bulldogs will meet for just the third time in the history of the two women's basketball programs on Jan. 2. Butler leads the all-time series, 2-0, after sweeping the Friars during its inaugural season in the BIG EAST during 2013-14. Both games were decided by three points. On Jan. 1, 2014, the Bulldogs earned a 68-65 victory in Providence, R.I. On Jan. 28, 2014, Butler came away with a 72-69 win at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind.
PROVIDENCE VS. XAVIER ALL-TIME... The all-time series between Providence and Xavier began during the 2013-14 season, and is tied 1-1. Xavier won the first meeting between the two teams, 75-52, at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio on Jan. 18, 2014. The Friars evened the series with a 61-59 victory over Xavier in Providence, R.I. on Feb. 22, 2014.
FRIARS HEAD INTO WEEKEND WITH 1-1 RECORD IN BIG EAST PLAY... The Friars' 51-49 victory over Villanova on Dec. 3 marks the first win for PC in a BIG EAST opener since the 2009-10 season. That year, Providence also knocked off Villanova by a score of 52-38 in Providence, R.I. On Dec. 30, the Friars held a 26-23 lead at halftime vs. St. John's, but fell to the Red Storm by a score of 68-52.
PROVIDENCE SEEKING FIRST ROAD WINS OF THE SEASON... The Friars are currently 0-6 on the road this season. Conversely, Providence has posted a 4-2 record at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. Providence holds its opponents to an average of 61.6 points per game at home in Alumni Hall, but has given up an average of 73.5 points per game on the road (+11.9 ppg).
FRIARS FINALLY HEALTHY... For the first time this season, the Friars suited up all 13 players during their game on Dec. 30 vs. St. John's. Freshman Alison Lewis made her collegiate debut vs. the Red Storm, while sophomore Aliyah Miller dressed for a third-straight game. Sophomore Miranda Simpson also dressed for the first time since Nov. 26 vs. Dayton.
FRIARS ARE 2-1 WHEN LEADING AT HALFTIME... Providence is 2-1 this season when holding a lead at halftime. On Dec. 21, the Friars held a 25-21 lead vs. Duquesne at halftime and went on to win the game, 67-56. Providence also led UMass Lowell at the half (35-28) on Dec. 6 and won the game, 66-54. On Dec. 30, the Friars suffered their first loss of the season when leading at halftime. Providence went to the break with a 26-23 lead over St. John's, but fell to the Red Storm, 68-52.
LEWIS MAKES SEASON DEBUT... Freshman guard Alison Lewis made her collegiate debut with the Friars on Dec. 30 vs. St. John's. The rookie, who has been recovering from injury, came off the bench to play four minutes vs. the Red Storm and recorded two points and one assist.
GETTING OVER THE HUMP... Seven of the Friars' 13 games this season have been decided by 10 points or less. Providence has recorded a 2-5 record in those contests. Additionally, three games have been decided by three points or less, in which Providence has posted a 1-2 record. The lone victory among those three games came against BIG EAST foe Villanova (51-49) on Dec. 3.
TORI RULE MOVES INTO 20th PLACE ON ALL-TIME CAREER SCORING LIST... Senior Tori Rule became the 32nd player in program history to record 1,000 career points. She achieved the feat on Nov. 23 against Virginia Tech, as she hit her first bucket of the game at the 16:03 mark of the first half. Rule enters the weekend with 1,136 career points, and ranks 20th all-time in scoring at Providence. Rule has played 98 career games with the Friars and has averaged 11.6 points per game.
WHO'S NEXT... Tori Rule needs 55 points to pass Mi-Khida Hankins `11 and take sole possession of 19th on the Friars' all-time career scoring list. Hankins played 115 games from 2007-11 and recorded 1,190 points (10.3 ppg). For a complete list of 1,000 point scorers at Providence College see page 5 of game notes.
DOUBLE-TROUBLE... Alexis Harris leads the team with two double-doubles this season. She recorded 16 points and 12 rebounds vs. Hartford on Nov. 20. She followed with 15 points and 11 rebounds against Virginia Tech on Nov. 23. Harris owns 14 double-doubles in her career. She recorded a team-best 12 double-doubles as a junior in 2013-14. Chanise Baldwin is the only other Friar to record a double-double (vs. Rhode Island - 12 pts/12 rebs).
500 AND COUNTING... Alexis Harris owns 523 career rebounds heading into Friday's game at Butler. Harris is on pace to crack the top-20 on the Friars' all-time rebounding list. She currently is 60 rebounds shy of tying Jen Gombotz `01 for 20th place on the list (583). As a junior during the 2013-14 season, Harris recorded a career-best 259 boards for Providence. Through 13 games in 2014-15, Harris leads the Friars with 95 boards (7.3 rpg).
THE DAILY DIME... Sarah Beal leads the Friars in assists this season with 5.0 hand-outs per game. She has dished a season-high seven assists in games vs. Richmond (Nov. 14), Rhode Island (Dec. 7) and Florida Gulf Coast (Dec. 11). Beal also has recorded 5+ assists in eight of the Friars' 13 games. Beal's career high in assists is 13 (vs. Butler 1/28/14).
100-ASSISTS IN THE LAST DECADE... Sarah Beal finished the 2013-14 season with 135 assists. She is just the fourth Friar in the last decade to dish 100+ assists in a single season. Kendria Holmes achieved the feat in consecutive seasons (2006-07 and 2007-08) with 103 and 117 assists, respectively. Lola Wells `12 recorded 101 hand-outs in 2010-11. Symone Roberts `13 dished 135 assists during the 2012-13 slate. This season, Beal has recorded 62 assists through the first 13 games (4.8 apg).
DEFENSE... The Friars have allowed seven of their 13 opponents to shoot 45-percent or better from the field this season, including four teams who shot better than 50-percent. The Friars have posted a 1-6 record in those game. Providence's only victory when allowing an opponent to shoot 45-percent or better came against UMass Lowell on Dec. 6. The River Hawks hit 22-48 field-goal attempts (45.8-percent).
FRIARS' 27 MADE FREE THROWS VS. DUQUESNE... The Friars' 27 made free throws vs. Duquesne on Dec. 21 are the most makes in a single-game at the line since Nov. 9, 2013 vs. UMass Lowell. On that day, Providence hit 32-44 free throw attempts (.727).
20/20... Tori Rule leads the Friars with four 20+ point games this season vs. Brown (20), Bryant (20), Villanova (22) and Boston College (23). Sarah Beal is the only other Friar to eclipse 20 points. She notched 24 points vs. Brown, marking the highest scoring effort by a Friar this season. Rule has 18, 20+ point games in her career, while Beal has achieved the feat five times.
FRIARS' 80 POINTS MARK SEASON HIGH... The Friars' 80 points vs. Bryant mark a season high. It is the most points for PC in a single game since Jan. 25 of last season vs. Seton Hall (87). Providence reached 80+ points in four games during the 2013-14 campaign, including two 100+ point games.
PROVIDENCE'S 44 BOARDS VS. BROWN... Providence out-rebounded Brown, 44-37, on Nov. 18. It marks the most rebounds for the Friars in a single-game since Dec. 21, 2013 vs. Rhode Island. On that day, Providence also recorded 44 rebounds. The Friars have hauled in 40+ rebounds in five of their 13 games.
ALEXIS HARRIS NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-BIG EAST TEAM... Senior forward Alexis Harris was named to the 2014-15 Preseason All-BIG EAST Team, which is voted on by the league's 10 head coaches. The announcement was made at BIG EAST Media Day in New York City on Oct. 22. Harris, an All-BIG EAST Second Team selection as a junior, averaged 14.0 points and 8.9 rebounds per game for the Friars in 2013-14. During BIG EAST Conference regular-season play, she remained a steady force with 15.1 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Harris also notched 12 double-doubles last season, which are the most by any returning player in the BIG EAST. The forward reached double-figures in the scoring column 23 times and also posted 14 double-digit rebounding games. Furthermore, Harris was one of just four players in the BIG EAST to record multiple 30-point games. She hit for a career-high 31 points against UMass Lowell on Nov. 9, and 30 points against Seton Hall on Jan. 25.
SARAH BEAL NAMED PRESEASON ALL-BIG EAST HONORABLE MENTION... Sophomore guard Sarah Beal was named a Preseason All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention selection, which is voted on by the league's 10 head coaches. The announcement was made at BIG EAST Media Day in New York City on Oct. 22. Beal enjoyed an impressive rookie campaign as the program's floor general, averaging 11.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and a team-best 4.7 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Her 135 assists mark the third-highest total all-time by a freshman in program history. Beal handed out a career-best 13 assists vs. Butler on Jan. 28, 2014, which is one hand-out shy of the BIG EAST single-game record by a freshman and also marked the most assists in a single game by a league player during the 2013-14 season. Beal also proved to be an effective scorer, having recorded 21 double-digit scoring games. She notched a career-best 27 points against Marquette on Jan. 21.
FRIARS PICKED TO FINISH SIXTH IN BIG EAST PRESEASON POLL... Despite recording just seven wins a year ago and finishing 10th in the BIG EAST standings, the league's head coaches picked the Friars to finish sixth in the conference in 2014-15. The roster is filled with more height, length and defensive presence and will join forces with a proven ability to score the basketball, with the likes of Alexis Harris, Sarah Beal and senior guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.).
NATIONAL EXPOSURE... Providence College has three nationally-televised games on FOX Sports 1 this season, including its match-ups vs. Creighton (Jan. 16), Seton Hall (Feb. 6) and Villanova (Feb. 27). The Friars also have four games on the BIG EAST Digital Network. Games scheduled for broadcast on the league's digital network may be viewed by downloading the FOX Sports GO app on your mobile device or tablet, and is free of charge. Additionally, Providence is scheduled to make two appearances for a national audience on ESPN3, including games vs. Florida Gulf Coast (Dec. 11) and St. John's (Feb. 8).
MONTHLY COACH'S SHOW... The Friars produce a monthly Coach's Show, called Friar Hoop Scoop, which provides a behind-the-scenes look at the women's basketball program. The show is posted online during the first week of each month and may be viewed on each of the program's social media platforms, including its YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/ProvidenceCollegeWBB. The next show will be released on January 5-6.
WHAT'S NEXT... After completing games vs. Butler and Xavier this weekend, the Friars will face a third-straight opponent on the road vs. Georgetown. Providence will travel to Washington, D.C. to play the Hoyas on Friday, Jan. 9 at 7:00 p.m.
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