FRIARS SET TO TIP-OFF AT GEORGETOWN... The Providence College women’s basketball team will travel to Washington, D.C. on Friday, Jan. 9 to face BIG EAST foe Georgetown. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m. at McDonough Arena.
TUNE IN... The Providence College vs. Georgetown women’s basketball game 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.
LIVE VIDEO STREAM... Georgetown will offer a live video stream of Friday’s game on it’s athletic web site at www.GUHoyas.com. If you have an existing Friars All-Access account, you will be able to view the live stream on Georgetown’s site. Live stats also will be available at www.GUHoyas.com.
PROVIDENCE VS. GEORGETOWN ALL-TIME... The Friars and Hoyas have met 54 times during the history of the two women’s basketball programs. Providence leads the all-time series, 28-26. However, the Hoyas have claimed victories in 13 of the last 14 meetings.
LAST TIME PROVIDENCE DEFEATED GEORGETOWN... The last time Providence defeated Georgetown dates back to Jan. 15, 2014 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. On that day, the Friars captured a 70-61 victory.
FRIARS AND HOYAS AT McDONOUGH ARENA... Providence and Georgetown have met 24 times at McDonough Arena during the all-time series. Georgetown leads the series vs. Providence on its home court, 14-10, including victories in each of the last 10 games played at the venue.
LAST TIME PROVIDENCE DEFEATED GEORGETOWN AT McDONOUGH ARENA... The last time the Friars defeated Georgetown at McDonough Arena dates back to Feb. 8, 1996. On that day, Providence earned an 89-88 victory. Since then, the Hoyas have earned victories in each of the last 10 games played at McDonough.
SINGLE DIGIT MARGIN... Six of the last 10 games between Providence and Georgetown have been decided by single digits, including each of the last two meetings.
BALDWIN SHINES IN LOSS TO XAVIER... Chanise Baldwin recorded her second double-double of the season - and career - in a 71-59 loss to Xavier on Jan. 4. Baldwin netted a career-best 16 points on 6-9 shooting from the field, and also made 4-6 attempts from the charity stripe. She added 12 rebounds, including a career-best nine defensive boards.
ROBINSON ANSWERS THE CALL... Senior Karin Robinson was inserted into the starting line-up against Xavier on Jan. 4 after sophomore Sarah Beal was sidelined with an injury. Robinson posted double figures in the scoring column for just the second time this season (12 points) and added four rebounds and season highs in assists (five) and steals (three).
FRIARS SEEKING FIRST ROAD VICTORY... The Friars are currently 0-8 on the road this season. Conversely, Providence has posted a 4-3 record at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I.
HOME AND AWAY... Providence is out-scoring its opponents at home in Alumni Hall by a margin of +1.1 points per game. The Friars are scoring an average of 62.7 points, while allowing 61.6 points per game defensively. When on the road, the Friars average just 59.8 points per game on offense and give up an average of 72.2 points per game defensively (-12.5).
FRIARS ARE 2-1 WHEN LEADING AT HALFTIME... Providence is 2-1 this season when holding halftime lead. On Dec. 21, the Friars held a 25-21 lead vs. Duquesne at halftime and went on to win, 67-56. Providence also led UMass Lowell at the half (35-28) on Dec. 6 and won the game, 66-54. The Friars only loss this season when leading at the break came against St. John’s. PC led 26-23 at the break, but fell to the Red Storm, 68-52.
GETTING OVER THE HUMP... Eight of the Friars’ 15 games this season have been decided by 10 points or less. Providence has recorded a 2-6 record in those contests. Additionally, four games have been decided by five points or less, in which Providence has posted a 1-3 record. The lone victory among those four games came against BIG EAST foe Villanova (51-49) on Dec. 3.
TORI RULE MOVES INTO 20th PLACE ON FRIARS’ 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 Friday’s game against Georgetown with 1,150 career points, and ranks 20th all-time in scoring at Providence. Rule has played 100 career games with the Friars and has averaged 11.5 points per game.
WHO’S NEXT... Tori Rule needs 41 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 career points (11.0 ppg). For a complete list of 1,000 point scorers at Providence College see page 5 of game notes.
DOUBLE-TROUBLE... Chanise Baldwin and Alexis Harris lead the team in double-doubles this season, with two each. Harris recorded 16 points and 12 rebounds vs. Hartford (Nov. 20), and followed with 15 points and 11 rebounds against Virginia Tech (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 notched her first career double-double vs. Rhode Island on Dec. 7 with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Baldwin recently recorded her second double-double vs. Xavier (Jan. 4) with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
500 AND COUNTING... Alexis Harris owns 528 career rebounds heading into Friday’s game against Georgetown. Harris is on pace to crack the top-20 on the Friars’ all-time rebounding list. She currently is 55 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 15 games in 2014-15, Harris is second on the team in rebounding with 100 boards (6.7 rpg).
THE DAILY DIME... Sarah Beal leads the Friars in assists this season with 4.7 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’ 15 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 66 assists during the 14 games she has played.
DEFENSE... The Friars have allowed eight of their 15 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 1-7 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 15 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 program’s most recent show was released on Jan 6.
WHAT’S NEXT... The Friars return home to Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. to host Seton Hall on Sunday, Jan. 11 at 1:00 p.m. Seton Hall leads the all-time series, 29-28, including victories in each of the last four meetings.
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