PROVIDENCE WELCOMES XAVIER TO ALUMNI HALL ON JAN. 10... The Providence College women’s basketball team will host Xavier in BIG EAST action on Sunday, Jan. 10 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. Tip-off is slated for 1 p.m. and the game will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN).
BIG EAST DIGITAL NETWORK... The Friars’ game vs. Xavier 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, or via the Internet by navigating to www. FOXSportsGO.com. The broadcast is free of charge and available internationally.
FRIARS AND MUSKETEERS ALL-TIME... Providence and Xavier have gone head-to-head four times during the all-time series between the two clubs. Xavier leads the all-time series, 3-1, including victories in each of the last two meetings.
FRIARS AND MUSKETEERS AT ALUMNI HALL... The series is tied, 1-1, between Providence and Xavier in games played at Alumni Hall. The Friars’ claimed their only victory of the all-time series at Alumni Hall (61-59) on Feb. 22, 2014.
SCOUTING XAVIER... The Musketeers enter Sunday’s game with a 12-3 overall record and a 3-1 mark in BIG EAST play. The Musketeers had their seven-game win streak snapped on Jan. 8 in Omaha, Neb. with a 74-47 loss to BIG EAST foe Creighton. Xavier’s 47 points in the game marked a season-low, as Leah Schaefer came off the bench to lead the squad in scoring with eight points. The Musketeers shot just 29.1-percent from the floor (16-55), and were out-scored 10-2 in points off of turnovers, despite committing the same number of turnovers as Creighton (11).
PLAYERS TO WATCH... Raeshaun Gaffney leads Xavier in scoring (12.5 ppg) and rebounding (4.7 rpg). Gaffney is one of six Musketeers averaging 4+ rebounds per game. Aliyah Zantt is second in scoring (10.7) and assists (2.1 apg) and leads the team in steals, with 29. Briana Glover is the only other Musketeer averaging double figures (10.6 ppg). Nine members of the roster have started in at least one game this season. Zantt and Glover are the only players to start all 15 games.
COME-BACK EFFORT FALLS SHORT AGAINST BUTLER... The Friars used a smothering defense in the fourth quarter of Friday’s loss to Butler, which yielded 14 Bulldog miscues and a 14-3 scoring advantage in points off of turnovers. During the fourth-quarter effort, Providence collected 11 of their 15 second-half steals, including a career-high six steals from freshman guard Maddie Jolin. Four of Jolin’s six thefts came during the final 1:59 of regulation. Providence trailed by as many as 33 points in the game, and faced a 27-point deficit (75-48) with 6:42 remaining in the game. The Friars closed the contest with a 19-2 scoring run, but the deficit proved too great. Butler escaped with a 77-67 victory.
FRIARS COLLECT 11 OF 15 SECOND-HALF STEALS IN THE FOURTH QUARTER VS. BUTLER... Providence collected a season-high 16 steals in its 77-67 loss to Butler on Jan. 8. Furthermore, the squad recorded 11 of their 15 second-half steals in the fourth quarter. Providence’s 16 thefts are the most in a single-game since Feb. 26, 2013 vs. Marquette (18).
FOURTH QUARTER FLURRY... The Friars are averaging 18.4 points per game in the fourth quarter this season through 15 games (277 points). It marks the Friars’ most productive quarter, offensively, as they average 13.0 points in the first quarter (195), 11.3 points in the second (169) and 13.1 points in the third (197).
FRIARS NEED A TEAM EFFORT ON OFFENSE... The Friars are 4-1 this season when three-or-more players reach double figures in the scoring column during a game. Conversely, Providence is 0-10 on the year when two-or-fewer players reach double figures.
MADDIE JOLIN PROVIDES SPARK... Freshman guard Maddie Jolin matched her career-high in minutes played on Jan. 8, logging 21 minutes vs. Butler. She recorded seven points, two rebounds and put up career-highs in assists (three) and steals (six). She helped to fuel a furious comeback vs. the Bulldogs, and recorded all seven points of her points in the second half. Additionally, all six of her steals came during the final 1:59 of regulation.
FRIARS DISH SEASON-HIGH 16 ASSISTS AGAINST GEORGETOWN IN MOST RECENT GAME... Providence dished a season-best 16 assists in its most recent game on Jan. 5 at Georgetown. It marked just the sixth time this season that the Friars handed out double-digit assists. Freshman Clara Che recorded a career-best five hand-outs in the game, followed by junior Sarah Beal’s four dimes.
TURNOVERS PROVE COSTLY... In the 10-point loss at Georgetown on Jan. 5, the Friars turned the ball over 20 times, compared to eight miscues by the Hoyas. Georgetown benefited by outscoring Providence, 26-7 in points off of turnovers.
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. To date, Iiskola has played 104 games and averaged 32.0 minutes per game. She has tallied 718 points, 364 rebounds, 165 assists and 57 steals as a Friar. 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 44 assists (2.9 apg). In 58 career games, she has dished 245 dimes (4.2 apg). Additionally, she has recorded 5+ assists in 24 career games, including three during the 2015-16 campaign.
NOGIC RANKS NINTH IN THE NATION IN THREE-POINT FIELD-GOAL PERCENTAGE... Jovana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic ranks fourth in the BIG EAST Conference and ninth in the nation among NCAA Division I players in three-point field-goal percentage (.487, 38-78). Nogic also ranks third in the nation among freshmen in three-point percentage.
MORE FROM DEEP... Clara Che is shooting a team-best 50-percent from beyond the three-point arc during BIG EAST Conference play (10-20), which ranks third in the league through five conference games. Overall, Che has hit 17-42 (.405) attempts from three-point territory, which ranks sixth in the league through 15 games.
BLOCK PARTY... Freshman Erica Meyer leads the Friars in blocked shots this season, with 22, and has swatted at least one shot in 11 of the Friars’ 15 games. Meyer currently ranks sixth in the BIG EAST Conference (all games) in blocks per game (1.5 bpg). Meyer recorded a season-best four blocked shots vs. Richmond (Dec. 5), and recorded multiple blocked shots in a game seven times, including the Friars’ most recent game vs. Butler (two).
ROOKIE IMPACT... A freshman has led the Friars in scoring this season during seven of the team’s 15 games, including five of the last six contests. Of those seven games, Jovana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic has led the team in scoring five times, while Clara Che has led the squad twice.
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 three-point makes in a single game by a BIG EAST player.
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). 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 have three nationally-televised games this season, while 17 others are scheduled for 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 1-5 this season in road games. Prior to the Friars’ 64-55 overtime victory against Rhode Island on Dec. 20 of this season, Providence had 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 hit the road for a BIG EAST match-up against Creighton on Sunday, Jan. 17. The game will be played at D.J. Sokol Arena in Omaha, Neb. and is scheduled to tip at 2:05 p.m. (ET). Providence’s game vs. Creighton marks the first of three-straight road games for the Friars, who also will face Marquette (Jan. 22) and DePaul (Jan. 24).
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