Jan. 10, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
PROVIDENCE SET TO HOST CREIGHTON IN BIG EAST MATCH-UP... The Friars will host Creighton University on Saturday, January 11. The game will be played at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.
TUNE IN... Live streaming video of the Providence College vs. Creighton 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 1:50 p.m.
PROVIDENCE VS. CREIGHTON ALL-TIME... Providence and Creighton will meet for just the second time in the history of the two women's basketball programs, and first during BIG EAST Conference regular-season action. Creighton leads the all-time series, 1-0.
THE ONE AND ONLY... Creighton earned a 91-89 victory over Providence in the third-place game of the Women's National Invitational Tournament on March 21, 1987 in Amarillo, Texas. Diann Reynolds led the Friars with 22 points, while Mary Burke and Doris (Sable) Burke chipped in 20 and 17 points, respectively. The Friars led 48-43 at halftime, but were out-scored 48-41 in the second half. The Bluejays converted 29-of-37 free throws in the game, compared to 11-of-16 for the Friars, marking an 18-point scoring advantage at the stripe. Creighton was led by Tanya Warren, who scored a game-high 35 points. Pam Gradoville and Janet Ensign scored 19 and 12 points, respectively.
SCOUTING CREIGHTON... Creighton was picked to finish second in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches' Poll, having picked up two first-place votes and 67 points overall. The Bluejays are 3-1 in their inaugural season as a BIG EAST member and recently knocked off DePaul, the preseason favorite, 86-78 on January 4. Creighton's only loss of the season in BIG EAST play came against St. John's, 67-48, on January 8. Marissa Janning and Sarah Nelson, who were each selected to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team, are leading the way for Creighton. Janning is averaging 15.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.0 steal per game. Nelson is averaging 12.8 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.1 assists per game. As a team, the Bluejays are averaging 60.8 points and 36.2 rebounds per contest.
FRIARS FALL TO DE PAUL IN MOST RECENT GAME... The Providence College women's basketball team fell to DePaul, 91-71, in BIG EAST play on Wednesday, January 8 in Chicago, Ill. The Friars were led by junior forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.), who recorded 21 points and eight rebounds. Providence moves to 5-9 overall and 0-3 in the BIG EAST, while DePaul improves to 11-4 (2-1 BIG EAST). Providence trailed by six (31-25) with 5:22 remaining in the first half as Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) converted two free throws for the Friars. DePaul finished the half on a 21-11 run to take a 52-36 lead into halftime. Harris led the Friars with 14 points and seven rebounds. Megan Rogowski led DePaul with 17 points. In the second half, the Blue Demons pushed their lead to 19 (66-47) with 11:44 remaining on the clock. Providence closed the gap to eight (72-64) on a 17-6 scoring run with 7:33 to play. DePaul responded with eight-straight points to regain control of the game over the next two minutes. Freshman point guard Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) finished the game with 18 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals for Providence. Rule and sophomore Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) netted 12 and 11 points, respectively. Rogowski completed the night with 30 points on 10-22 shooting from the field, including 8-17 from three-point territory. Jasmine Penny contributed 23 points and seven rebounds. Chanise Jenkins contributed 17 points, six rebounds and three steals, while Jessica January added 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals. Brittany Hrynko dished a game-high nine assists.
HARRIS OFF TO SOLID START IN BIG EAST PLAY... Junior forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) is off to a solid start, statistically, in BIG EAST regular-season action. Through three games, she is averaging 19.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.3 blocked shots and 1.0 assist per game. She ranks second in scoring and fifth in rebounding during conference play. Harris and Georgetown's Natalie Butler are the only players who rank among top-5 in each of those categories.
UN-BEAL-IEVEABLE... Freshman point guard Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) is averaging 13.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.0 steal per game in BIG EAST Conference play. She's reached double figures in the scoring column in two of three league games, including 18 points in the Friars' most recent game vs. DePaul on January 8. Beal's 18 points against the Blue Demons mark her second-highest scoring out-put of the season, having hit a career-best eight field goals in the game (8-15, 0.533). 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 has recorded on four 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.
GETTING OFF TO A GOOD START... The Friars are 5-1 this season when leading at halftime. Providence's only loss of the season when leading at the half came against Drexel on November 15. The Friars held a 32-24 edge against the Dragons at the break, but were defeated 62-52.
DEFENSE... Providence is 4-1 this season when holding their opponent under 40-percent from the field. Drexel stands as the only opponent to earn a win vs. Providence when shooting below 40-percent (37.1-percent, 26-70).
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 14 games. Iiskola is shooting 50.5-percent from the field (51-101) and 77.4-percent from the charity stripe (41-53).
SHE GETS EVEN BETTER LATE IN THE GAME... Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) is 9-for-12 from the floor in the final five minutes of games (75-percent). Her nine field goals are tied for the most of any player on the team in the last five minutes of play, despite the fact three 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).
HARRIS RECORDS BACK-TO-BACK 20-POINT GAMES IN BIG EAST PLAY... Junior Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) has scored 20+ points in each of the last two games for the Friars. It marks the first time in her career that she has scored 20+ points in back-to-back games. Harris scored 23 points in the Friars' game against Villanova on January 4. It marks her highest single-game point total vs. a BIG EAST opponent, and her second-highest scoring output overall during her career. In the Friars' most recent game against DePaul, Harris netted 21 points. Harris is the only Friar to reach double figures in each of the Friars' BIG EAST games this season.
GETTING OVER THE HUMP... Eight of the Friars' 14 games this season have been decided by 10 points or less and Providence holds a 2-6 record in those games.
SHE CAN DISH IT AND SHE CAN TAKE IT... Freshman point guard Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) leads the Friars in assists (4.4 apg) this season and ranks second among her teammates in steals (1.6 spg). She has dished 5+ assists in seven of the Friars' 14 games, including a career-high eight dimes in her BIG EAST debut vs. Butler (1/1). Beal has collected two-or-more assists in eight games, including a career-best four thefts vs. Bryant (11/12).
NOT AFRAID TO MIX IT UP INSIDE... Senior guard Danielle Pearson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) stands at just 5-foot, 9-inches tall but ranks second among her teammates in rebounding (4.9 rpg). Earlier this season, Pearson hauled in a career-best 16 boards against UMass Lowell (11/9), and has recorded 5+ rebounds in seven games. Pearson also ranks second among her teammates in assists (2.6 apg).
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 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 10 of the Friars’ 14 games, including a team-best 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 33 double-digit scoring games in her career, including 11, 20+ point games. Rule has recorded 30+ points three times.
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 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. Harris averaged 18.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.0 block per game vs. the Bulldogs and Wildcats. Harris netted 14 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals against Butler on January 1. 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 first 20+ point game of her career vs. a BIG EAST opponent.
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). Rule entered the season as one of 10 players named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team.
20+ ASSISTS... The Friars have dished 20+ assists in four games this season, heading into Saturday's match-up vs. Creighton. 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 14 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.
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, to date). Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) leads the way with 11 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 (1,119 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.
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 14 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 8.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.6 steals per game. Robinson has played in 11 of the Friars’ 14 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 will play its second-straight game at home in Alumni Hall on Wednesday, January 15. The Friars will host BIG EAST foe Georgetown for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off. Providence will provide a live video stream of the game on www.Friars.com via Friars All-Access.
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