PROVIDENCE HITS THE ROAD TO FACE VILLANOVA... The Providence College women’s basketball team will face BIG EAST foe Villanova on Sunday, Jan. 3 at 1:00 p.m. at The Pavilion in Villanova, Pa. The game will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network via FOX Sports GO.
BIG EAST DIGITAL NETWORK... The Friars’ game vs. Villanova will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN). Fans can watch the game by downloading the FOX Sports GO app on a mobile device or tablet. The broadcast also can be accessed via the Internet by navigating to www. FOXSportsGO.com. The broadcast is free of charge and available internationally.
FRIARS ALL-ACCESS... A live audio broadcast of the game will be available via Friars All-Access (www.Friars.com). Play-by-play will be handled by Chris Fama.
FAMILIAR FOE... The Friars have played the Wildcats 67 times during the history of the two women’s basketball programs. It marks the most games vs. any opponent in program history.
PROVIDENCE VS. VILLANOVA ALL-TIME... The Friars and Wildcats have met 67 times during the all-time series. Villanova leads the all-time series vs. Providence, 41-26.
OVERTIME VS. THE WILDCATS... The Friars are 4-0 all-time vs. Villanova in games decided in overtime. The most recent overtime game was played on Jan. 23, 2013. The Friars earned a 65-60 victory.
FRIARS AND WILDCATS AT THE PAVILION... The Friars and Wildcats have met 28 times at The Pavilion in Villanova, Pa. The Wildcats lead the series on their home court, 22-6, including victories in each of the last four meetings.
LAST TIME PROVIDENCE DEFEATED VILLANOVA AT THE PAVILION... Providence last defeated Villanova at The Pavilion on Jan. 19, 2011. On that day, the Friars picked up a 58-53 win. Since then, Providence has lost four-straight games on the Wildcats’ home court. The most recent meeting at The Pavilion was on Feb. 27, 2015. Villanova earned a 71-62 victory on that day.
LAST TIME PROVIDENCE DEFEATED VILLANOVA... The Friars split with Villanova during the 2014-15 season, having secured a 51-49 victory to open the BIG EAST schedule on Dec. 3, 2014 in Providence, R.I.
CLARA CHE NETS CAREER-HIGH 15 POINTS IN MOST RECENT GAME VS. ST. JOHN’S... Freshman guard Clara Che led the Friars in scoring vs. St. John’s on Dec. 31 with a career-high 15 points. Che shot 4-7 from the field, including 3-5 from beyond the three-point arc. She also added two assists and two steals.
EVI IISKOLA STARTS 100th GAME FOR THE FRIARS... Senior Evi Iiskola played her 100th game in a Friar uniform on Tuesday, Dec. 29 against BIG EAST foe Seton Hall. In the Friars’ very next game on Thursday, Dec. 31, Iiskola made her 100th appearance in the starting line-up. During her career, she has averaged 32.2 minutes per game and has recorded 710 points, 361 rebounds, 161 assists and 56 steals. Iiskola joined the program as fourth-year Head Coach Susan Robinson Fruchtl’s first recruit.
SHARING THE ROCK... Sarah Beal has dished a season-high six assists in three games this year, including the Friars’ BIG EAST opener vs. Seton Hall on Dec. 29. For the season, Beal has handed out a team best 38 assists (3.2 apg). In 55 career games, she has dished 239 dimes (4.3 apg). Additionally, she has recorded 5+ assists in 24 career games, including three during the 2015-16 campaign.
NOGIC RANKS EIGHTH IN THE NATION IN THREE-POINT FIELD-GOAL PERCENTAGE... Jovana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic ranks second in the BIG EAST Conference and eigth in the nation among NCAA Division I players in three-point field-goal percentage (.516, 32-62).
BLOCK PARTY... Freshman Erica Meyer leads the Friars in blocked shots this season, with 19, and has swatted at least one shot in nine of the Friars’ 12 games. Meyer currently ranks fourth in the BIG EAST Conference in blocks per game (1.6 bpg). Meyer recorded a season-best four blocked shots vs. Richmond (Dec. 5), and recorded multiple blocked shots in a game six times.
FRIARS DEFEND THE DEEP BALL... The Friars rank second the BIG EAST in three-point field-goal percentage defense, having allowed their opponents to shoot a combined 27.2-percent from beyond the arc (52-191).
SARAH BEAL NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Dec. 21. It marked Beal’s third appearance of the season on the honor roll and fourth of her career. The previous week, Beal notched 15 second-half points, including eight of the Friars’ 11 points in OT to defeat URI, 64-55. Beal shot 4-9 from the field, hit 7-9 free-throws and added four assists and three boards.
FRIARS GRAB 48 BOARDS VS. URI... In the Friars’ overtime victory against Rhode Island on Dec. 20, the team hauled in a season-high 48 rebounds. It marks the most rebounds in a single game for the team since the 2013-14 season opener vs. UMass Lowell (Nov. 9, 2013). On that day, the Friars tied the program’s single-game rebounding record, with 65 boards.
FRIARS EARN FIRST ROAD VICTORY SINCE JAN. 23, 2015... Providence earned its first road victory of the season on Dec. 20 at Rhode Island (64-55, OT). It also marked the first road win for the program since Jan. 23, 2015 when it defeated Marquette, 66-58, in Milwaukee, Wis. Prior to the victory vs. URI on Dec. 20, the Friars had lost eight-consecutive road games.
ALIYAH MILLER NOTCHES FIRST CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE VS. RHODE ISLAND... Junior forward Aliyah Miller (Southaven, Miss.) tallied her first career double-double in the Friars’ victory over Rhode Island on Dec. 20. Miller scored 10 points and grabbed a career-high 13 boards to achieve the feat. Miller and Sarah Beal (two) are the only Friars to record double-doubles this season for Providence.
FRIARS RACK UP 88 POINTS VS. BRYANT... Providence defeated Bryant, 88-78, on Dec. 9 in Providence, R.I. It marks the most points in a single game for PC since Nov. 12, 2013 when it defeated Bryant 104-67.
SARAH BEAL SETS PROGRAM’S SINGLE-GAME STEALS RECORD... On Dec. 9 vs. Bryant, junior guard Sarah Beal collected 10 steals to set the Friars’ single-game steals record, previously held by Helen Jessie-Mency ‘91. Mency collected nine steals vs. Pitt on Feb. 5, 1991. For some perspective - Mency set the previous mark for steals in a game four years before Beal was born (1995).
MOST STEALS BY A BIG EAST PLAYER SINCE 2012... Sarah Beal’s 10 steals on Dec. 9 vs. Bryant are the most by a BIG EAST Conference player since Andrell Smith (USF) recorded 12 on Dec. 22, 2012 vs. Creighton.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE... In addition to setting the single game steals record at Providence, with 10 thefts, Beal also recorded 23 points vs. Bryant on Dec. 9 for her first double-double of the season. It marks the first points/steals double-double by a BIG EAST player since Dec. 22, 2012 when Andrell Smith (USF) recorded 27 points and 12 steals vs. Creighton. Beal notched her first double-double on Jan. 28, 2014 vs. Butler with 13 points and 13 assists.
DOUBLE-TROUBLE... Sarah Beal notched her second double-double of the season in the Friars’ game vs. Florida Gulf Coast on Dec. 12. Beal posted 12 points and a career-best 12 rebounds. Beal owns three double-doubles in her career and they all have come in different ways. On Jan. 28, 2014, she recorded 13 points and 13 assists vs. Butler. On Dec. 9, 2015, Beal posted 23 points and 10 steals vs. Bryant, followed by her 12 point/12 rebound performance vs. FGCU (Dec. 12).
THREE FRIARS NOTCH 20-POINT GAMES VS. BRYANT... Sarah Beal (23pts), Jovana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic (23pts) and Aliyah Miller (20pts) all reached the 20-point plateau vs. Bryant on Dec. 9. It marked the first time that the Friars have three 20+ point scorers in the same game since Nov. 9, 2013 in a 109-74 victory at UMass Lowell. In that game, former Friars Alexis Harris (31pts) and Tori Rule (23pts) joined current junior guard Sarah Beal (20pts) to achieve the feat.
20-SOMETHING... Sarah Beal and Jovana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic lead the Friars this season in 20-point games, with two each. Beal tallied 21 points vs. Monmouth (Nov. 28) and a season-high 23 points vs. Bryant (Dec. 9). Beal owns seven, 20+ point games in her career. Nogic dropped 20 points vs. Hartford (Nov. 25) and a career-best 23 points vs. Bryant (Dec. 9) in her rookie season. Aliyah Miller netted a career-high 20 points on Dec. 9 vs. Bryant, marking the first 20-point game of her career.
LONG DISTANCE... Jovana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic’s six three-pointers vs. Hartford (Nov. 25) are the second most makes in a single game by a BIG EAST player. Sydney Buck (Butler) hit seven triples vs. UCF on Nov. 29. Buck’s teammate Blaire Langlois also hit seven three-pointers vs. Ball State on Dec. 6.
HOME SWEET HOME... Providence has earned three of its four victories this season at home in Alumni Hall. The Friars are 3-5 overall this season on their home court.
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY FOR FRIARS SINCE 2013... With its 19-point victory over Hartford on Nov. 25 (69-50), Providence posted its largest margin of victory since Nov. 20, 2013. Ironically, the Friars’ opponent that day also was Hartford, and Providence earned a 79-53 win (+26).
FRIARS POST HIGHEST SHOOTING PERCENTAGE FROM THE FIELD SINCE 2006... On Nov. 25, the Friars shot 57.5-percent from the field vs. Hartford (23-40). It marked the highest field-goal percentage in a single game since Nov. 28, 2006 vs. New Hampshire (59.6-percent, 31-52).
WIRE-TO-WIRE... The Friars led their game vs. Hartford wire-to-wire on Nov. 25 to take a 69-50 victory. Providence last won wire-to-wire in its 2014-15 regular-season finale vs. Georgetown on March 1, 2014 (81-66).
EIGHT OF 11 PLAYERS ON THE ROSTER ARE UNDERCLASSMEN... Providence has a youthful look in 2015-16, as eight of its 11 players are freshmen or sophomores. The freshmen are the largest class, which is comprised of five players and there are three members in the sophomore class. The Friars have just one senior (Evi Iiskola) and two juniors (Sarah Beal and Aliyah Miller).
INTERNATIONAL FLAIR... The Friars have four international players on their roster this season, including senior Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland), sophomore Allegra Botteghi (Bologna, Italy), freshman Clara Che (Barcelona, Spain) and freshman Jovana “Yoyo” Nogic (Lisbon, Portugal). Each of the four players have competed in FIBA-sponsored events during their international careers, including three of the four players this past summer. Nogic played for Serbia [was born in Belgrade] in the FIBA U19 World Championships and FIBA U18 European Championships. Che represented Spain, who won the gold medal at the U18 European Championships. Botteghi competed for Italy at the FIBA U20 European Championships.
BEAL NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-BIG EAST TEAM... Despite limited action in 2014-15, junior Sarah Beal was named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team for the second-straight season. Prior to her sophomore campaign, Beal was an honorable mention pick. Beal concluded her rookie season [2013-14] with the Friars as a BIG EAST All-Freshman Team selection. Beal is the only current member of the team to have earned preseason or post-season honors from the BIG EAST.
EVI IISKOLA AND ALIYAH MILLER NAMED TEAM CAPTAINS... Senior Evi Iiskola and junior Aliyah Miller were selected to serve as team captains this season. Iiskola assumes the leadership role for the second-consecutive year, while Miller is a first-time captain.
NATIONAL EXPOSURE... The Friars will have three nationally-televised games this season, while 17 others will be broadcast on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) via FOX Sports GO. Providence will play Marquette (Jan. 22) and Xavier (Feb. 5) on FS1 (FOX Sports 1). The Friars will host Florida Gulf Coast on Dec. 12 in a game scheduled for broadcast on FS2 (FOX Sports 2). The Friars’ season opener vs. Boston College on Nov. 13 will be broadcast on the BIG EAST Digital Network, in addition to the 16 BIG EAST regular-season games that are not scheduled for national television on FS1 or FS2. BEDN is available free-of-charge on your mobile device or tablet by downloading the FOX Sports GO app or by navigating to www.FOXSportsGO.com from your desktop/laptop computer.
ROAD WOES... The Friars are 1-3 this season in road games. Prior to the Friars’ 64-55 overtime victory against Rhode Island on Dec. 20 of this season, Providence has not won a game on the road since Jan. 23, 2015. On that day, the Friars clipped Marquette, 66-58, in Milwaukee, Wis.
ALISON LEWIS LEAVES PROGRAM... Sophomore guard Alison Lewis has requested her release from the program, and will look to transfer for the second semester. As a freshman, Lewis played 18 games and appeared in the starting line-up three times and averaged 7.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. This season, Lewis appeared in all nine games off the bench and averaged 1.2 points and 1.7 rebounds.
WHO’S UP NEXT... The Friars remain on the road to face BIG EAST foe Georgetown on Jan. 5 (7:00 p.m.) at McDonough Arena in Washington, D.C. The game will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN). An audio broadcast of the game also will be available via Friars All-Access (www.Friars.com).
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