FRIARS HIT THE ROAD TO TAKE ON DE PAUL... Providence College will face nationally-ranked DePaul on Monday, Jan. 2 at McGrath-Phillips Arena in Chicago, Ill. The game will tip-off at 9:00 p.m. ET.
PROVIDENCE VS. DE PAUL ALL-TIME... The Friars and Blue Demons have me 17 times during the history of the two women’s basketball programs. DePaul leads the all-time series, 13-4, including victories in each of the last seven meetings.
THE LAST TIME PROVIDENCE DEFEATED DE PAUL... The Friars last defeated DePaul on Jan. 7, 2012. On that day, Providence claimed a 60-52 victory at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. At the time of the game, DePaul was ranked 20th in the Associated Press Top-25 and 18th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll.
FRIARS VS. DE PAUL ALL-TIME IN CHICAGO... The Friars are winless against DePaul on their home court in Chicago, Ill., having fallen to the Blue Demons in each of the eight meetings between the two teams. Providence is 0-7 vs. DePaul at McGrath-Phillips Arena, which opened in 2000.
LAST TIME THE FRIARS DEFEATED A RANKED OPPONENT... The last time Providence defeated a nationally-ranked opponent dates back to Jan. 23, 2013 when it knocked off then-No. 25 Villanova, 65-60, in overtime in Providence, R.I.
PROVIDENCE EARNS FIRST-EVER WIN OVER BUTLER... The Friars’ victory over Butler on Friday marked the first win in the all-time series for Providence. The Bulldogs entered the match-up with a perfect 6-0 record against the Friars since joining the BIG EAST during the 2013-14 season.
FRIARS POST 17-POINT MARGIN OF VICTORY AGAINST BUTLER... The Friars’ 17-point margin of victory over Butler (61-58) is the largest for Providence during BIG EAST Conference regular-season play since defeating Pittsburgh by 20 (91-71) on Feb. 20, 1999.
HIGHEST FIELD-GOAL PERCENTAGE IN BIG EAST PLAY SINCE 2009-10 SEASON... The Friars shot 52.2-percent from the field in their victory over Butler on Dec. 30, hitting 24-46 shot attempts from the floor. It marks the highest field-goal percentage in BIG EAST regular-season play for Providence since shooting 55.6-percent against then-No. 24/18 Georgetown on Jan. 10, 2010 (25-45).
FRIARS SHOOT SEASON-BEST 53.8-PERCENT FROM THREE-POINT TERRITORY AGAINST BUTLER... Providence shot a season-high 53.8-percent (7-13) from three-point territory against Butler on Dec. 30. The Friars’ hot-shooting against the Bulldogs came on the heels of shooting a season-low 13.6-percent (3-22) in their previous game against Xavier on Dec. 28. Yoyo Nogic paced the Friars from beyond the arc against Butler, hitting 5-7 attempts from long range. Maddie Jolin knocked down 2-3 three-point attempts vs. the Bulldogs.
FOUR FRIARS REACH DOUBLE FIGURES IN THE SCORING COLUMN AGAINST BUTLER... Yoyo Nogic paced four Friars in double figures in Providence’s 68-51 victory over Butler on Dec. 30, with 18 points. The Friars are 6-1 this season when four-or-more players score in double figures.
NOGIC RANKS 10TH IN THE NATION IN THREE-POINT PERCENTAGE... Yoyo Nogic leads the BIG EAST and ranks 10th in the nation in three-point field-goal percentage, through games played Dec. 30. She is shooting 50.6-percent from three-point range (40-79), and is coming off of a 5-7 performance from beyond the arc (.714) against Butler. Through two games of BIG EAST Conference play, Nogic has drained 8-14 attempts from deep (.571).
MORE FROM THREE... In addition to leading the BIG EAST in three-point percentage, Nogic also leads the league in three-point field-goal made (40) and three-point field goals per game (3.08). She ranks inside the top-25 nationally in each of those categories, among 250 players ranked, at No. 22 and No. 24, respectively.
THREE-HEADED MONSTER... As a team, the Friars lead the BIG EAST Conference in field-goal percentage (.456, 338-742), three-point percentage (.394, 86-218) and free-throw percentage (.770, 134-174). The Friars also rank among the top-20 in the nation in three-point percentage (11th) and free-throw percentage (19th). Providence ranks 32nd in the nation in field-goal percentage.
SARAH BEAL SHOWCASING HER OFFENSIVE EFFICIENCY... Senior guard Sarah Beal is having her best season as a Friar shooting the basketball. Beal ranks second in the BIG EAST in field-goal percentage (.479), having converted 70-146 attempts from the field. Last year, she shot a personal-best of 37.9-percent from the field (125-330). This year, Beal is playing to her strengths, all but eliminating the three-point bucket from her arsenal. Beal has shot 25.1-percent from three-point territory during her career (45-179), and is 1-3 from long range in 2016-17.
CLARA CHE SETTING UP THE OFFENSE... Sophomore Clara Che is leading the Friars in assist this season (42), with an average of 3.23 dimes per game. She has recorded 4+ assists in six games this season, including each of the last three. On Nov. 16, Che dished a career-high seven assists against North Dakota State. In the Friars’ most recent game against Butler, she handed out a game-high five assists, matching her personal best in BIG EAST regular-season play.
PROGRAM REVEALS THROWBACK UNIFORMS TO CELEBRATE PROVIDENCE COLLEGE’S CENTENNIAL... Providence College is celebrating its centennial in 2016-17 and the Friars recently revealed a throwback uniform, which will be worn on Jan. 8 during the Friars’ BIG EAST Conference match-up against Villanova. The 80s-era inspired uniforms were revealed via the team’s social media accounts on Dec. 31. To see the video reveal, follow the team on Twitter (@ProvidenceWBB), Instagram (@ProvidenceWBB) and Facebook (ProvidenceWBB).
FINISH DOWN THE STRETCH... The Friars have shown significant improvement this season in multiple facets of the game, but the team is still looking to clear some hurdles when it comes to finishing close games. Each of the Friars’ four losses have been decided by single digits. Providence is 2-4 this season in games decided by eight points or less, including a 1-3 mark in games decided by four points or less.
FRIARS COMPLETE NON-CONFERENCE PLAY WITH 8-3 RECORD... The Friars finished non-conference play with a 62-58 victory over Monmouth on Dec. 21. The Friars posted an 8-3 record during the non-conference portion of it’s schedule, marking the most victories in non-conference play since going 8-6 during the 2011-12 campaign.
FRIARS HAUL IN SEASON-HIGH 47 REBOUNDS VS. MONMOUTH... The Friars recorded a season-high 47 rebounds in their victory over Monmouth (62-58) on Dec. 21. Providence’s 18 offensive rebounds in the game also marked a season high. Brianna Frias and Allegra Botteghi each collected a game-high nine rebounds. Frias’ nine boards marked a career high. She had collected a total of 10 rebounds in the previous six games she played leading up to the Monmouth game. Maddie Jolin and Aliyah Miller also crashed the boards vs. Monmouth, recording eight and seven rebounds, respectively.
MADDIE JOLIN THRIVING IN SIXTH-MAN ROLE... Maddie Jolin has made a significant impact on the court this season, averaging 27.8 minutes per game off the bench. She ranks third on the team in scoring (10.5 ppg), rebounding (4.4 rpg) and assists (2.0 apg). She is shooting 43.8-percent from the field (46-105), 42.4-percent from three-point territory (25-59) and 70,4-percent from the foul line (19-27). Jolin also leads the Friars’ guards in rebounding this season, and has recorded 5+ rebounds in five games. She recorded a career-high nine boards against Hartford on Nov. 22.
FLIPPING THE SCRIPT AWAY FROM HOME... The Friars are 5-3 this season on the road (includes neutral site game). Heading into the season, the Friars had earned just one victory in their previous 20 games away from home and were 2-28 on the road during the last two seasons combined (includes neutral site games).
MILLER AND BOTTEGHI LEADING THE WAY ON THE GLASS... Aliyah Miller and Allegra Botteghi are leading the Friars on the boards this season through 13 games. Miller is averaging 6.7 rebounds per game, while Botteghi checks in with 6.2 boards per contest. Botteghi has led the team in rebounding seven times overall. Miller has led Providence on the boards five times and has recorded double-digit rebounds in two games.
BALANCED ATTACK... Five different Friars have led the team in scoring through 13 games this season. Sara Beal and Yoyo Nogic have each paced the Friars’ offense a team-best five times. Four players are averaging double figures in the scoring column, led by Nogic’s 13.9 points per game.
DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORERS... Seven of the 12 players on the roster who have seen game action have hit double digits in the scoring column at least once through 13 games. Sarah Beal leads the team with 11 double-digit scoring games. Yoyo Nogic has reached double figures 10 times.
SARAH BEAL RANKS 11th ALL-TIME AT PROVIDENCE IN CAREER ASSISTS... Sarah Beal has recorded 41 assists this season and owns 336 assists during her career with the Friars. Her 336 assists rank 11th all-time at Providence College. Beal is looking upward at Chrissy Vozab ‘02, who currently holds 10th place on the list with 338 career assists. Vozab played in 109 career games for the Friars from 1998-02.
ANOTHER MILESTONE LOOMING... Sarah Beal has played 85 games during her career and has recorded a total of 969 points. Beal is 31 points shy of the 1,000-point career milestone. During the 43-year history of the program, 32 players have achieved the feat. The most recent player to score 1,000 points was Tori Rule ‘15. Rule tallied 1,271 points in 106 games during her career (2011-15).
DOUBLE TROUBLE... Two Friars have recorded double-doubles this season through 13 games. Senior forward Aliyah Miller recorded her first double-double of the season, and third of her career, in a 77-65 victory at Hartford on Nov. 22. She tallied 10 points and 10 rebounds vs. the Hawks. On Nov. 27, junior Allegra Botteghi notched her first double-double of the season, and third of her career, in a 75-59 victory over Miami (OH). She registered 14 points and 12 rebounds vs. the RedHawks.
YOYO NOGIC HAS HIT 26-CONSECUTIVE FREE THROWS... Yoyo Nogic has hit each of her 17 free throw attempts this season (17-17) through 13 games. Furthermore, Nogic has hit 26-consecutive free throws during a streak that began on Jan. 17, 2016 vs. Creighton. Nogic has been exceptional from the line during her young career with the Friars, hitting 42-46 attempts overall (.913).
SARAH BEAL NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... Sarah Beal was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, Dec. 26. It marked the third time this season that Beal had been recognized on the honor roll, and the eighth time in her career. In the Friars’ only game the previous week, Beal led the team with a season-high 19 points in a 62-58 victory over Monmouth. She shot 5-10 from the field (0.500) and 9-11 from the free-throw line (0.818). Beal also grabbed four rebounds and tallied one assist, one blocked shot and one steal.
MADDIE JOLIN NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... Sophomore Maddie Jolin was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Nov. 28, marking the first league honor of her career. Jolin averaged 14.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game as the Friars posted three victories over Hartford, UNCW and Miami (OH). She shot 50-percent from the floor (14-28), including 7-14 shooting from three-point range (50-percent). Jolin also converted 9-12 free throws (75-percent). She reached double figures in the scoring column in all three games. She narrowly missed her first career double-double against Hartford on Nov. 22 with 16 points and a career-high nine rebounds. She posted 17 points against UNCW on Nov. 26 as she hit 6-8 shots from the field, including a 6-8 effort from beyond the arc.
FRIARS OPENED SEASON WITH SEVEN-STRAIGHT WINS... The Friars opened the 2016-17 season with seven-straight victories. It marked the first 7-0 start for Providence since the 1990-91 season, when the team also started the year 7-0.
SIX-STRAIGHT DOUBLE-DIGIT VICTORIES... Prior to the Friars’ loss to Brown on Dec. 4, the Friars recorded six-straight victories - all of which were decided by double figures. The last time the program recorded six-consecutive wins in double figures dates back to the 1990-91 campaign. During that season, the Friars also reeled off six-straight wins decided by double figures against Villanova (+27), Iona (+45), Seton Hall (+24), Pittsburgh (+11), Georgetown (+14) and Boston College (+29).
FOUR-STRAIGHT ROAD VICTORIES... The Friars logged four-consecutive wins on the road prior to their loss to Brown on Dec. 4. Providence defeated Hartford (77-65), UNCW (65-49), Miami (OH) (75-59) and Bryant (62-51). The last time Providence won four-consecutive games away from home was during the 1991-92 campaign against Villanova (82-80, 2OT), Pittsburgh (91-83), Georgetown (89-88) and St. John’s (82-79).
FRIARS OVERCOME LARGEST HALFTIME DEFICIT SINCE 2012-13 SEASON TO EARN VICTORY... On Nov. 19, the Friars rallied from a 10-point deficit at halftime (41-31) to defeat Binghamton, 71-58. It marks the largest halftime deficit that the Friars have rallied back from to earn a win since Jan. 23, 2013. That day, Providence trailed then-ranked No. 25 Villanova, 29-10, at halftime (-19) and battled back to earn a 65-60 victory in overtime.
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY SINCE 2013... The Friars defeated North Dakota State, 86-63, on Nov. 16 in Providence, R.I. It marked Providence’s largest margin of victory (+23) since Nov. 20, 2013, when it defeated Hartford by 26 points (79-53).
NOGIC AND CHE NAMED TO OCEAN STATE TIP-OFF ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM... Yoyo Nogic and Clara Che were named to the Ocean State Tip-Off All-Tournament Team on Dec. 4. Nogic averaged a team-best 15.0 points and added 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game, while shooting a blistering .579 from the field (11-19) and 4-6 from three-point territory (.667). Che averaged 11.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and led the team in assists (3.5 apg) and steals (3.0 spg).
WHAT’S NEXT... Providence will travel to Milwaukee, Wis. to face Marquette on Wednesday, Jan. 4. the game is scheduled to tip-off at 8:00 p.m. ET on the BIG EAST Digital Network via FOX Sports GO.
SCHEDULE UPDATE... The Providence women’s basketball team announced that two of its game times have been changed/adjusted. The Friars’ BIG EAST Conference game vs. DePaul on Sunday, Jan. 29 has been moved from a Noon tip-off to a 1:00 p.m. tip. Additionally, Providence’s conference game vs. Seton Hall on Sunday, Feb. 19 also has been moved from a Noon start to a 1:00 p.m. tip-off.
OLIVIA ORLANDO SIGNS NLI TO ATTEND PROVIDENCE COLLEGE... Providence College women’s basketball Head Coach Jim Crowley announced on Nov. 10 that Olivia Orlando (Winthrop, Mass.) has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the College beginning in the Fall of 2017. Orlando is the first student-athlete to sign a NLI to attend Providence College and play for Crowley, as he embarks on his first season as the program’s head coach in 2016-17. Orlando, a 5-foot, 10-inch, guard, currently attends Tilton School, where she is coached by Tara Brisson. Orlando enters the 2016-17 campaign with 920 career points and is on track to become the program’s all-time leading scorer by season’s end (1,104 points). During her three seasons at Tilton School, she has averaged a double-double with 14.0 point and 10.4 rebounds per game. Orlando is a three-time Lakes Region All-Star and NEPSAC All-Star (2014-16). She also has earned NEPSAC Championship Game Most Valuable Player honors during her career, in addition to Blackburn Tournament MVP recognition and Nickerson Tournament All-Tournament Team honors. While with the program, Tilton School has compiled a 65-12 overall record, including an impressive 40-3 mark at home. Orlando, a three-year captain, has helped guide Tilton School to three-consecutive Lakes Region Championships and two NEPSAC titles.
DORIS BURKE ‘87 TO HAVE JERSEY RETIRED... On Saturday, Feb. 11, Providence College will honor six of its all-time greatest athletes. Former Friar men’s basketball players Otis Thorpe ‘84 and the late Bruce “Soup” Campbell ’78 and women’s basketball player Doris Burke ’87, as well as hockey greats Lou Lamoriello ‘63, Ron Wilson ‘77 and Cammi Granato ’93 all will be recognized as they join the Friar Legends Forever Tradition. The six individuals will be honored during a halftime ceremony at the men’s basketball game vs. Butler on Feb. 11. Following the game, the Athletic Department will hold a dinner to honor the group at the Omni Hotel in Downtown Providence. Burke’s jersey will also be unveiled at Alumni Hall, where it will remain along with previous women’s basketball Friar Legends, during halftime at the women’s basketball home game vs. Seton Hall on Sunday, Feb. 19. Tip-off is for that game is slated for 1:00 p.m. The Friar Legends Forever Tradition began in 1996. To earn the honor, the player or coach must have made a significant impact on Friar basketball and he/she must have received national recognition during his/her career at Providence. Burke will become the fourth player in Providence College women’s basketball history to be honored, and the fifth honoree overall. In 2010, former Associate Athletic Director Helen Bert and former Friar great Kathy Finn Hill `84 were honored. In 2014, Tracy Lis `92 was honored. Most recently, Andrea Mangum ’90 joined the Friar Legends in 2015. Burke (formerly Sable) was a member of the women’s basketball team from 1983-87. Burke led the Friars in assists during three of her four seasons with the program and finished her career with 602 handouts. Burke is ranked second all-time at PC in career assists and also ranks 10th all-time in career scoring (1,372 points). She was a three-time All-BIG EAST selection, including a member of the First Team as a senior in 1987. She also was honored as a KODAK District 1 All-America selection. Burke has since been inducted into the Providence College Athletics Hall of Fame. Professionally, Burke is widely known as a pioneer in the world of television sports broadcasting. She is a versatile commentator who works a variety of ESPN assignments, including the NBA, women’s college basketball regular-season and NCAA Championship, men’s college basketball regular season and Championship Week, in addition to assignments for other ESPN properties. Since 2003, Burke has taken on additional roles and assignments for NBA coverage, including sideline reporter and game analyst during select ESPN NBA telecasts. She also serves as a sideline reporter for NBA playoff games and the NBA Finals on ABC.
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