FRIARS SET TO HOST VILLANOVA ON FS1... Providence College will host BIG EAST foe Villanova on Sunday, Jan. 8 at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. The game will be televised on FS1 and is scheduled to tip-off at 2:00 p.m.
FRIARS WILL WEAR THROWBACK UNIFORMS TO CELEBRATE PROVIDENCE COLLEGE’S CENTENNIAL... The Friars will wear throwback uniforms for their game against Villanova on Jan. 8 in recognition of the College’s centennial celebration. The 80s-era inspired uniforms are white with gold lettering and gold and black trim. The shorts feature the Friars’ previous athletic logo, which is an interlocking PC. The logo was last used during the 2001-02 sports calendar before the athletic department re-branded and implemented the current logo. The throwback 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).
FAMILIAR FOE... The Friars have played the Wildcats 69 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... Villanova leads the all-time series vs. Providence, 43-26. The Wildcats have earned victories in eight of the last 10 regular-season games, including each of the last three.
THE LAST TIME PROVIDENCE DEFEATED VILLANOVA... The Friars last defeated Villanova on Dec. 3, 2014. On that day, the Friars secured a 51-49 victory at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I.
OVERTIME VS. THE WILDCATS... The Friars are 4-0 all-time vs. Villanova in overtime. The last time the two teams played in overtime dates back to Jan. 23, 2013. The Friars earned a 65-60 victory on that day. At the time of the game, the Wildcats were ranked 25th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll and were receiving votes in the Associated Press Top-25. Three of the four overtime games were played at Alumni Hall.
FRIARS AND WILDCATS ALL-TIME AT ALUMNI HALL... The Friars and Wildcats have met 32 times at Alumni Hall. Providence owns a 19-13 record vs. Villanova on its home court.
PROVIDENCE TIES... Villanova Associate Head Coach Joe Mullaney, Jr. has ties to Providence College. He served as Head Coach for the Providence College women’s basketball program for three seasons (1980-83), leading the Friars to two Northeast AIAW Regional Tournament berths (1981, 1982) and consecutive 20-win seasons. The Friars finished the 1981-82 campaign with a 25-9 record and followed with a 24-6 mark during his final season as head coach in 1982-83. He also played for three season at Providence College on the men’s basketball team under Head Coach Dave Gavitt. Mullaney is the son of Friar Legend Joe Mullaney, who coached the men’s basketball program for 18 seasons, compiling a 319-164 record (0.660). During that time, Mullaney led two teams to the NIT Championship in 1961 and 1963, while coaching six All-Americans. Mullaney Gymnasium is named in honor of the late Joe Mullaney, Sr.
FRIARS LOOK TO 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’ six losses have been decided by single digits, including each of the last two games against No. 23/22 DePaul (61-56) and Marquette (79-74), who is receiving votes in the AP Top-25. PC is 2-6 this season in games decided by eight points or less, including a 1-5 mark in games decided by five points or less.
FRIARS THREE LOSSES IN BIG EAST PLAY... Each of the Friars’ three losses in BIG EAST play have been decided by five points or less. Providence held halftime leads in two of those games vs. Xavier and No. 23-22 DePaul, but second half lapses proved to be costly. In both games, the Friars lost fourth-quarter leads within the final four minutes. The game against Marquette was a different story, as the Friars faced their largest halftime deficit of the season (-15), and found themselves trailing by as much as 17 with 4:31 left in the fourth quarter. Providence cut the lead to five, but the come-back effort fell short.
SARAH BEAL REACHES 1,000-POINT MILESTONE... Senior guard Sarah Beal tallied a season-high 24 points against Marquette on Jan. 4 and surpassed the 1,000-point career milestone. Beal entered the game needing 21 points and achieved the feat with 3:46 remaining in the game on a short jumper in the paint. Beal became the 33rd player in program history to reach 1,000 career points. She enters Sunday’s game against Villanova with 1,003 points and ranks 32nd all-time in scoring at Providence.
BEAL AND NOGIC COMBINE TO SCORE 45 OF FRIARS’ 74 POINTS AT MARQUETTE... Sarah Beal and Yoyo Nogic combined to score 45 of the Friars’ 74 points in the team’s most recent game against Marquette on Jan. 4. Beal tallied a game and season-high 24 points, marking her first 20-point game of the year. Nogic added 21 points for her third 20-point game of the 2016-17 campaign. What’s even more impressive is their respective shooting percentages. Beal shot 11-14 from the field (.786), while Nogic connected on 8-13 attempts from the field (.615), including a 5-9 performance from beyond the three-point arc (.556).
THREE-HEADED MONSTER... As a team, the Friars lead the BIG EAST Conference in field-goal percentage (.452, 387-856), three-point percentage (.398, 102-256) and free-throw percentage (.769, 150-195). The Friars also rank among the top-15 in the nation in three-point percentage (10th) and free-throw percentage (14th). Providence ranks 34th in the nation in field-goal percentage (NCAA rankings as of Jan. 5).
NOGIC RANKS 10TH IN THE NATION IN THREE-POINT PERCENTAGE... Yoyo Nogic ranks second in the BIG EAST and 10th in the nation in three-point field-goal percentage, through games played Jan. 4. She is shooting 50.5-percent from three-point range (49-97), and is coming off of a 5-9 performance in the Friars’ most recent game against Marquette (.556). Through four BIG EAST regular-season games, Nogic has drained 17-32 attempts from deep (.531).
MORE FROM THREE... Nogic leads the league in three-point field-goals made (49) and three-point field goals per game (3.27). She ranks inside the top-20 nationally in each of those categories at No. 9 and No. 16, respectively.
SARAH BEAL SHOWCASING HER OFFENSIVE EFFICIENCY... Senior guard Sarah Beal is having her best season as a Friar shooting the basketball. Beal leads the Friars and ranks fourth in the BIG EAST in field-goal percentage (.497), having converted 86-173 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-percent from three-point territory during her career (45-180), and is 1-4 from long range in 2016-17.
MADDIE JOLIN THRIVING IN SIXTH-MAN ROLE... Maddie Jolin has made a significant impact on the court this season, averaging 27.9 minutes per game off the bench. She ranks third on the team in scoring (10.3 ppg), rebounding (4.4 rpg) and assists (2.1 apg). She is shooting 41.5-percent from the field (51-123), 40.8-percent from three-point territory (29-71) and 72.7-percent from the foul line (24-33). Jolin also leads the Friars’ guards in rebounding this season, and has recorded 5+ rebounds in six games, including three of the last five.
CLARA CHE SETTING UP THE OFFENSE... Sophomore Clara Che is leading the Friars in assist this season (50), with an average of 3.3 dimes per game. She has recorded 4+ assists in seven games this season, including four of the last five. On Nov. 16, Che dished a career-high seven assists against North Dakota State. During BIG EAST regular-season action, Che is averaging 4.3 assists per game, which ranks fifth in the league.
MILLER AND BOTTEGHI LEADING THE WAY ON THE GLASS... Aliyah Miller and Allegra Botteghi are tied for the team lead in rebounding this season through 15 games, with each averaging 6.1 boards per contest. Botteghi has led the team in rebounding eight 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 15 games this season. Yoyo Nogic and Sarah Beal have each paced the Friars in the scoring column a team-best six times. Three players are averaging double figures in the scoring column, led by Nogic’s 14.5 points per game. Allegra Botteghi is knocking on the door at 9.9 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 15 games. Sarah Beal leads the team with 13 double-digit scoring games. Yoyo Nogic has reached double figures 12 times. Nogic leads the Friars with three, 20-point games this season. Beal recorded her first 20-point game of the year in the Friars’ most recent game against Marquette (24 points).
SARAH BEAL LOOKING TO CRACK TOP-10 ALL-TIME AT PROVIDENCE IN CAREER ASSISTS... Sarah Beal has recorded 42 assists this season and owns 337 assists during her career. Her 337 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. Beal needs just two assists to claim sole possession of 10th place.
DOUBLE TROUBLE... Two Friars have recorded double-doubles this season through 15 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 15 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).
FLIPPING THE SCRIPT AWAY FROM HOME... The Friars are 5-5 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).
PROVIDENCE CLAIMS FIRST-EVER WIN OVER BUTLER... The Friars’ victory over Butler on Dec. 30 marked the first win in the all-time series for Providence. Butler had won each of the six previous meetings between the two teams since joining the BIG EAST in 2013-14 season.
FRIARS POST 17-POINT MARGIN OF VICTORY AGAINST BUTLER... The Friars’ 17-point margin of victory over Butler (61-58) on Dec. 30 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.
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 recorded eight and seven rebounds, respectively.
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 host BIG EAST foe Georgetown on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be played at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. The match-up will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) 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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