Jan. 7, 2014
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PROVIDENCE COLLEGE TO FACE DE PAUL IN BIG EAST PLAY ON JANUARY 8.. The Friars will face BIG EAST foe DePaul on Wednesday, January 8 at McGrath-Phillips Arena in Chicago, Ill. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. (CT) / 8 p.m. (ET). The game will be televised on FOX College Sports Atlantic. Please check with your cable and/or satellite provider for availability.
TUNE IN... Live streaming audio of the Providence College vs. DePaul game will be available via Friars All-Access at www.Friars.com. Play-by-play will be provided by Chris Fama. The pre-game broadcast begins at 6:50 p.m. (CT) / 7:50 p.m. (ET).
PROVIDENCE VS. DE PAUL ALL-TIME... Providence and DePaul have met 11 times during the history of the two women's basketball programs. The Blue Demons hold a 7-4 advantage in the all-time series. Providence has earned victories in two of the last four meetings.
FRIARS VS. BLUE DEMONS IN CHICAGO... Providence is 0-5 all-time vs. DePaul in Chicago, Ill. In the most recent meeting on the Blue Demons' home court, DePaul recorded a 79-67 victory on January 19, 2013. Providence is 2-0 vs. DePaul at neutral sites and 2-2 vs. the Blue Demons at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I.
SCOUTING THE BLUE DEMONS... DePaul was picked to finish first in the BIG EAST Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll, released on October 16 in New York City. The Blue Demons earned eight first-place votes and a total of 79 points in the poll. DePaul enters Wednesday's game with a 10-4 overall record and a 1-1 mark in the BIG EAST Conference. DePaul fell to Creighton, 86-78, in its most recent league game on January 4 in Omaha, Nebraska. Creighton was picked to finish second in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches' Poll, earning two first-place votes and 67 points. This season, DePaul has posted a 6-1 record at home in McGrath-Phillips Arena.
PLAYERS TO WATCH... Jasmine Penny leads the Blue Demons in scoring with 16.4 points per game. Penny leads the league in field-goal percentage (0.623), having connected on 94-of-151 attempts from the floor. In two BIG EAST games, she is averaging 26.5 points per game. Megan Rogowski is second on the team in scoring (13.9 ppg), while BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year Brittany Hrynko checks in with 11.6 points and a team-best 5.7 assists and 2.1 steals per game. Hrynko leads the BIG EAST in total assists (80) and is second in assists per game behind Seton Hall's Ka-Deidre Simmons (5.8 apg). Chanise Jenkins is fourth on the team in scoring (10.8 ppg), and Megan Podkowa rounds out the list of players in double figures at 10.2 points per game. Podkowa leads DePaul in rebounding (6.6 rpg) and is second on the team in three-point percentage (.356, 16-45) and free-throw percentage (.806, 25-31). In BIG EAST play, Hrynko joins Penny as the only two players averaging double figures in the scoring column (17.0 ppg).
COMMON OPPONENTS... Providence and DePaul have played two common opponents this season: Dartmouth and Duquesne. Providence posted a 1-1 mark in those games with a 82-72 victory over Dartmouth and a 83-78 loss to Duquesne. DePaul recorded a 2-0 record with an 88-77 victory over Duquesne and a 90-76 win over Dartmouth.
WHAT HAPPENED LAST SEASON... Providence and DePaul last met on January 19, 2013 at McGrath-Phillips Arena in Chicago, Ill. DePaul earned a 79-67 victory. A final box score from the game is below (box score available in PDF copy only).
FRIARS DEFEATED BY SINGLE-DIGIT MARGIN IN EACH OF THEIR FIRST TWO BIG EAST GAMES... The Friars enter Wednesday's game against DePaul with a 0-2 record in BIG EAST play. Providence opened the season with a 68-65 loss to Butler on January 1 and fell to Villanova, 68-59, in its most recent game on January 4. The average margin of defeat for Providence in its first two league contests has been a slim 5.5 points per game. LAST TIME OUT... Providence was defeated at Villanova, 68-59, in its most recent game on January 4. The Friars trailed 35-25 at halftime, but battled back in the second half to take a 43-40 lead with the help of an 18-5 scoring run during the first 8:38 of play. Villanova regained the lead (44-43) with 10:04 left in the game and held on for the victory. Providence shot the ball well from the floor in the final 10 minutes, connecting on 6-of-11 attempts, but were hampered by six turnovers during the same stretch of time. Villanova scored off of five of the turnovers for a total of 11 points. Junior forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) paced the Friars with a game-high 23 points and eight rebounds. She hit 10-of-16 shots from the field and also added one assist and one block. Freshman Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) netted 16 points for the Friars on 7-of-13 shooting and joined Harris with a team-best eight rebounds. Beal scored 12 of her 16 points in the second half. She also dished two assists in 35 minutes of action. Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) finished the day with nine points, four rebounds and team-highs in blocks (two) and steals (two).
HARRIS AND BEAL FUEL SECOND-HALF COME-BACK AT VILLANOVA... Junior Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) and freshman Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) combined to score 24 of the Friars' 34 points in the second half vs. Villanova on January 4. The duo nailed 10-of-15 shots from the floor, including 1-of-1 attempts from beyond the arc. Beal scored 12 of her 16 points in the final 20 minutes. Harris also contributed 12 points in half, en route to a game-high 23.
ALEXIS HARRIS NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... Junior forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, January 6 for her performance last week in games vs. Butler and Villanova. It marks the third time this season (and third time in career) that she has been recognized on the weekly honor roll. Last week, Harris averaged 18.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.0 block per game. Harris netted 14 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals against Butler on January 1. It marked just the third double-digit game of her career during BIG EAST regular-season play. Six of her nine boards came off the offensive glass, marking a career high. She followed with 23 points against Villanova on January 4 on 10-of-16 shooting from the field. She added eight boards, one assist and one block. Her 23 points marked the second 20+ point game of her career, and first vs. a BIG EAST opponent.
HARRIS RANKS AMONG TOP-5 IN SCORING AND REBOUNDING DURING BIG EAST PLAY... Junior forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) is one of three players who ranks among the top-5 in scoring and rebounding during BIG EAST regular-season play, joining Natalie Butler (Georgetown) and Andrea White (Georgetown). Harris is third in scoring (18.5 ppg) and tied for fifth in rebounding (8.5 rpg). Harris notched double-digits in the scoring column in back-to-back games to open up league play. Harris recorded 14 points and nine rebounds in the BIG EAST opener vs. Butler on January 1. She followed with 23 points and eight rebounds against Villanova on January 4. It marked the first time in her career she has scored in double figures in back-to-back league games. Her 23 points vs. the Wildcats is the second-highest point total of her career, and also marks a career best in BIG EAST play.
SARAH BEAL INTRODUCES HERSELF TO THE BIG EAST... Freshman point guard Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) is averaging 10.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game in BIG EAST Conference play. She dished a career-high eight assists in her BIG EAST debut vs. Butler on January 1. Her previous career-high was seven, which she recorded on four different occasions. Beal also added five points, five rebounds, one block and one steal in 35 minutes of action. On January 4 vs. Villanova, Beal recorded 16 points, eight rebounds and two assists. Twelve of her 16 points came in the second half. Beal ranks seventh among BIG EAST players in assist/turnover ration during league play (1.7), tied for fourth in assists (5.0 apg), sixth in defensive rebounds (6.0 drpg), 15th in rebounds (6.5 rpg) and tied for 26th in scoring (10.5 ppg).
FREE-THROW WOES... Providence shot 70.1-percent from the free-throw line during non-conference play, hitting 164-of-234 attempts in 11 games. Through two BIG EAST games, the Friars have fallen nearly 20-percentage points to 53.1-percent (17-32). Providence shot a season-low 50-percent from the line against Butler on January 1 (9-18), and then followed with its third-lowest percentage of the season vs. Villanova (57.1-percent, 8-14).
EVI IISKOLA LEADS FRIARS IN FIELD GOAL AND FREE-THROW PERCENTAGE... Sophomore Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) leads the Friars in field-goal percentage and free-throw percentage through 13 games. Iiskola is shooting 51.1-percent from the field (47-92) and 78.4-percent from the charity stripe (40-51). She also ranks eighth in the BIG EAST in each category. In two league games this season, Iiskola has converted 6-of-10 attempts from the field (60-percent). She is one of seven players shooting 60-percent or better in league play.
SHE GETS EVEN BETTER LATE IN THE GAME... Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) is 9-for-10 from the floor in the final five minutes of games (90-percent). Her nine field goals are the most of any player on the team in the last five minutes of play, despite the fact four players have attempted more shots than her during that time span. She also is 7-for-9 at the free throw line in the last five minutes (77.8-percent).
HEATING UP DOWN THE STRETCH... Through 13 games, Providence is shooting 48.5 percent from the field during the final 10 minutes of play (95-196), including an impressive 52.3-percent (45-86) in the final five minutes. During the first 30 minutes of play this season, the Friars are shooting 39.7-percent from the field (253-637).
THE TREND CONTINUES IN CONFERENCE PLAY... Through two BIG EAST Conference games, the Friars are shooting 58.3-percent (14-24) in the final 10 minutes of play, including a blistering 60.0-percent in the final five minutes (9-15). During the first 30 minutes of play, the Friars are shooting 37.2-percent (35-94).
HARRIS RECORDS SECOND 20+ POINT GAME OF HER CAREER... Junior Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) scored 23 points in the Friars' most recent game on January 4 vs. Villanova. It marks her highest point total in a BIG EAST game, and her second-highest scoring output overall during her career. Earlier this season, she scored a career-high 31 points vs. UMass Lowell (11/9).
BEAL DISHES CAREER-HIGH EIGHT ASSISTS IN BIG EAST DEBUT... Freshman point guard Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) dished a career-high eight assists in her BIG EAST debut vs. Butler on January 1. Her previous career-high was seven, which she recorded on four different occasions. Beal also added five points, five rebounds, one block and one steal in 35 minutes of action. Through 13 games, Beal is averaging a team-best 4.5 assists.
KARIN ROBINSON NOTCHES FIRST 20+ POINT GAME WITH THE FRIARS... Junior Karin Robinson (Jamaica, N.Y.) scored a game and career-high 23 points in the loss to Butler on January 1. It marked her fifth double-digit scoring game with the Friars and first 20+ point performance. Robinson hit 8-17 shots from the floor, including 5-10 from three-point territory. Her eight field goals made and five three-point field goals made marked single-game career highs. Robinson missed three games this season due to injury and recently returned to the court vs. Boston College on December 29.
TORI RULE LEADS FRIARS WITH SIX, 20+ POINT GAMES... Junior guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) has reached double figures in the scoring column during nine of the Friars’ 13 games, including six games with 20+ points. Her most recent 20-point performance came against Boston College on December 29, as she scored 23 points on 8-13 shooting from the floor, including 4-8 from beyond the arc. Earlier this season, Rule notched a season-high 32 points against Dartmouth (11/18). Rule has 32 double-digit scoring games in her career, including 11, 20+ point games. Rule has recorded 30+ points three times.
FRIARS HIT EIGHT THREE-POINTERS VS. BOSTON COLLEGE... The Friars shot a season-best 53.3-percent from beyond the three-point arc vs. Boston College on Sunday, December 29. Providence hit 8-of-15 attempts from three-point territory. The Friars’ eight threes are the second most recorded by the team in a game this season. Providence hit 17 three-pointers against Bryant on November 12.
TORI RULE NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, December 30. It marked the second time this season she has earned honor roll status. Rule registered her sixth, 20+ point game of the season with 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting against Boston College (12/29). Earlier this season, Rule was tabbed BIG EAST Player of the Week (Nov. 25).
20+ ASSISTS... The Friars have dished 20+ assists in four games this season, heading into Wednesday's match-up against DePaul. Prior to this season, the Friars played 81-straight games without reaching 20 assists. The last time Providence recorded 20+ assists in a game, prior to the 2013-14 season, dates back to December 1, 2010. On that day, PC recorded 20 assists vs. Yale.
FRIARS' 28 ASSISTS VS. BRYANT ARE THE MOST IN A SINGLE GAME SINCE JANUARY 21, 1998... The Friars recorded 28 assists during their victory against Bryant on November 12. It marks the most assists in a single game for Providence since January 21, 1998. On that day, Providence dished 29 assists in a 103-92 loss to West Virginia. Providence has dished 20+ assists in four of its 13 games this season.
30-POINT SCORERS... Juniors Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) and Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) have each scored 30+ points in a game this season. It's the first time since the 1989-90 season that two different players have eclipsed the 30-point mark. That year, Dottie VanGheem recorded three, 30+ point games, while Andrea Mangum hit the milestone once. Additionally, there have been six, 30+ point games by a BIG EAST player this season and Providence accounts for two of them.
FRIARS ARE 4-1 THIS SEASON WHEN FOUR-OR-MORE PLAYERS SCORE DOUBLE-FIGURES... The Friars are 4-1 on the season when four-or-more players reach double-figures in the scoring column. The only loss in that stretch came against Duquesne, 83-78, during which four players tallied double-digits. Providence had a season-high seven players in double figures in a 104-67 victory over Bryant (11/12).
EVERY ACTIVE PLAYER HAS SCORED IN DOUBLE FIGURES... Each of the eight active players on the roster have scored in double figures at least once this season (Annie Russian has not played in a game this season, to date). Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) leads the way with 10 double-digit scoring games, and she is the only Friar to record double-digits in each BIG EAST game this season.
FRIARS RECORD 100+ POINTS IN BACK-TO-BACK GAMES... The Friars scored 100+ points in back-to-back games to start the season. The last time Providence scored 100+ points in back-to-back games was during the 1993-94 season. The Friars' 109 points against UMass Lowell and 104 points against Bryant mark the 48th and 49th, 100-point games in program history (1,118 games all-time).
FRIARS' 38 FIELD GOALS MADE VS. UMASS LOWELL ARE MOST SINCE FEBRUARY 10, 2007... The Friars connected on 38-of-79 attempts from the field in their season opening victory against UMass Lowell on November 9. It marks the most field goals made in a single game since February 10, 2007 against St. John's. On that day, the Friars hit 38-of-79 attempts from the floor in a 93-77 victory.
FRIARS HIT 17 THREE-POINT BUCKETS IN WIN OVER BRYANT... The Friars hit 17-of-33 (51.5-percent) attempts from three-point range in a 104-67 victory over Bryant on November 12. The Friars' 17 three-pointers are the most by Providence in a single game, using statistics available beginning with the 1996-97 season. The NCAA introduced the three-point line during the 1986-87 season.
FRIARS' 109 POINTS MOST SINCE JANUARY 3, 1992... The Friars' 109 points vs. UMass Lowell are the most scored by the team since January 3, 1992. On that day, the Friars defeated Pittsburgh, 109-90, in Providence, R.I. Earlier that same season, Providence notched 116 points in a victory over Ball State on November 30 (116-80).
THE LAST TIME PROVIDENCE HIT TRIPLE DIGITS PRIOR TO 2013-14 SEASON... The last time Providence scored 100+ points in a game, prior to the 2013-14 season, was on January 3, 2007. The Friars defeated the Cardinals, 106-94, in double-overtime. Providence eclipsed the 100-point mark in each of its first two games this season.
LAST TIME PROVIDENCE SCORED 100+ POINT IN A GAME OF REGULATION LENGTH PRIOR TO 2013-14 SEASON... The last time Providence scored 100+ points in a game of regulation length (40 minutes), prior to 2013-14 season, dates back to December 30, 1998. On that day, Providence defeated West Virginia, 100-95, in Providence, R.I.
FRIARS RECORD LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY SINCE 1997... The Friars 37-point victory over Bryant on November 12 (104-67), marks the largest margin of victory for the Friars since defeating Puerto Rico, 88-45 (+43), on November 28, 1997 at the San Juan Shoot-out in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
DOUBLE-TROUBLE... Two players have recorded double-doubles this season through 13 games. Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) leads the way with five double-doubles, marking the first five of her career. Sophomore Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) has recorded one double-double, and owns two in her career.
FRIARS' 65 REBOUNDS VS. UMASS LOWELL TIES PROVIDENCE COLLEGE SINGLE-GAME RECORD... The Friars recorded 65 rebounds against UMass Lowell on November 9. The Friars' 65 boards ties the program record for rebounds in a single-game at Providence College. Last season, the Friars recorded 65 rebounds against Villanova (1/23/13).
FRIARS CELEBRATE 40th SEASON OF WOMEN'S BASKETBALL AT PROVIDENCE COLLEGE... The 2013-14 campaign marks the 40th season of women's basketball at Providence College, which coincides with the start of a new era of BIG EAST Conference basketball. The program's first season of "varsity" competition was during the 1974-75 season, under the direction of Head Coach Kay McDonald. Providence finished its inaugural season with a 9-4 overall record.
WBCA JUNIOR/COMMUNITY COLLEGE COACHES' ALL-AMERICAN KARIN ROBINSON JOINS FRIARS FOR 2013-14 SEASON... Junior Karin Robinson (Jamaica, N.Y.) joins the Friars for her first season of NCAA Division I women's basketball after spending the last two seasons at the community college level. She began her career at Coffeyville Community College (2011-12), and played the 2012-13 season at Monroe Community College. Robinson averaged 10.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 3.1 steals per game at Monroe CC and was one of just 10 players named to the 2013 WBCA Junior/Community College All-America Team. This season, Robinson is averaging 9.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.7 steals per game. Robinson has played in 10 of the Friars’ 13 games (missed three games due to injury). She recently scored a career-high 23 points against Butler on January 1 in her BIG EAST debut.
TRANSFER SHEQUANA HARRIS TO SIT OUT AFTER PLAYING 2012-13 SEASON AT CHARLOTTE... Sophomore Shequana Harris (Bronx, N.Y.) will sit out the 2013-14 season due to NCAA transfer rules. Harris played the 2012-13 season at Charlotte and enrolled at Providence College this past summer. While at Charlotte, Harris saw action in 17 games as a freshman and averaged 1.7 points per game. Prior to college, she attended Murry Bergtraum High School in New York, where she was named 2012 New York City Player of the Year by the New York Post. She also was rated as a three-star recruit by ESPN/Hoopgurlz as a senior.
TRACY LIS '92 TO HAVE HER JERSEY RETIRED ON JANUARY 25... On Saturday, January 25, Providence College will honor three of its all-time greatest basketball players. Former Friar men's basketball players Kevin Stacom '74 and Joe Hassett '77 and women's basketball player Tracy Lis '92 will be honored at the men's and women's home games that day as banners will be unveiled with their names and numbers (Stacom #25, Hassett #10 and Lis #22). The banners will be presented at a halftime ceremony of each game. All three former Friars will join the Friar Legends Forever Tradition. On January 25, the Friar men's team will play Xavier at the Dunkin' Donuts Center at noon and the Friar women's basketball team will play Seton Hall in Mullaney Gymnasium at 2:30 p.m. Lis will become the second player in Providence College women's basketball history to have her jersey retired, and the third honoree overall. In 2010, former Associate Athletic Director Helen Bert and former Friar great Kathy Finn Hill `84 were honored. Lis, a native of Cromwell, Conn., is one of the greatest players to ever wear a Friar uniform. She played for the Providence College women's basketball team from 1988-92, and is the program's all-time leading scorer with 2,534 career points. She is the only Friar to eclipse the 2,000-point plateau in the history of the program. Lis also ranks fifth in career rebounding with 821 boards. She also ranks fourth all-time among BIG EAST Conference career leaders in points (1,296), ninth in scoring average (19.6 ppg), third in free throws made (302), ninth in steals (183) and 11th in field goals made (455) in conference action. In 1990, she led the Friars to the program's first BIG EAST Tournament title. That same season, the Friars advanced to the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Tournament. In 1991, she guided the program to its highest national ranking in the Associated Press Top-25 at No. 15. In 1992, Lis received the BIG EAST Special Achievement Award and was named ECAC Player of the Year. Lis was a two-time First-Team All-BIG EAST selection. In 2004, Lis was one of 15 players honored as a member of the BIG EAST Conference Silver Anniversary Team. During her career, Providence made four-consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament and compiled a 96-31 record (.755). Providence also advanced to the BIG EAST Championship game three-straight years (1989-91). Lis played professionally for the New England Blizzard in the American Basketball League (ABL).
FOX SPORTS 1... The Friars have two games broadcast on national television this season. FOX Sports 1, which reached 90-million homes across the United States, has picked up the Friars' game vs. Boston College on Sunday, December 29 at 3:00 p.m. and Providence's BIG EAST tilt against St. John's on Saturday, February 8 at 12:30 p.m.
WOON 1240 AM... The Friars will have five games broadcast, locally, on WOON 1240 AM this season; vs. Bryant (11/12), at Rhode Island (12/21), at Xavier (1/18), at St. John's (2/8) and at Seton Hall (2/18). Audio coverage of all games (home and away) will be available via the internet at www.Friars.com. In addition to the audio coverage, all home games (with the exception of televised contests) will feature live streaming video.
WHAT'S NEXT... Providence returns home to Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium for back-to-back BIG EAST Conference games against Creighton and Georgetown. The Friars host Creighton on Saturday, January 11 at 2:00 p.m. The Hoyas come to town on Wednesday, January 15 for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off. Providence will provide a live video stream of each game on www.Friars.com via Friars All-Access.
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