FRIARS HOST SETON HALL IN SUNDAY MATINEE... The Providence College women’s basketball team will host Seton Hall on Sunday, Jan. 11 at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. Tip-off is slated for 1:05 p.m.
TUNE IN... The Providence College vs. Seton Hall women’s basketball game will feature live streaming video via Friars All-Access at www.Friars.com. Play-by-play will be provided by Chris Fama. Friars All-Access is a subscription service.
SCOUTING SETON HALL... The Pirates enter Sunday’s game with a 14-2 overall record, including a 3-1 mark in BIG EAST play. Each of Seton Hall’s two losses were suffered on the road in games vs. West Virginia (89-87) and St. John’s (59-50). The Pirates won their most recent game vs. Xavier on Jan. 9 by a score of 78-54 in South Orange, N.J. Three Pirates are averaging double figures, led by Tabatha Richardson-Smith (17.0 ppg). Ka-Deidre Simmons (16.4 ppg) and Daisha Simmons (15.6 ppg) rank second and third on the team, respectively. Bra’Shey Ali is averaging just shy of a double-double with 9.5 points per game and a team-best 9.3 rebounds per contest. The Simmons duo has combined to dish 145 of SHU’s 202 assists on the season.
PROVIDENCE VS. SETON HALL ALL-TIME... Providence and Seton Hall have met 57 times during the history of the two women’s basketball programs. The Pirates have earned victories in each of the last four meetings, including a three-game sweep of the Friars last season. Each of those games was decided by 10 points or less, including a meeting in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament on Mar. 8, 2014 (88-79).
LAST TIME PROVIDENCE DEFEATED SETON HALL... The last time Providence defeated Seton Hall dates back to Feb. 11, 2012 in Providence, R.I. On that day, the Friars captured a 62-47 victory.
LAST MEETING AT ALUMNI HALL... The last time Providence hosted Seton Hall at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. dates back to Jan. 25, 2014. The Pirates escaped with a 90-87 win.
FRIARS FALL TO 0-9 ON THE ROAD... The Friars recently fell to 0-9 on the road with a 69-61 loss to BIG EAST foe Georgetown on Jan. 9. The Friars are looking forward to their return to Alumni Hall to host Seton Hall on Jan. 11, where they have posted a 4-3 record this season.
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 59.9 points per game on offense and give up an average of 71.9 points per game defensively (-12.0).
BALDWIN BATTLING ON THE BOARDS... Chanise Baldwin has pulled down double-digit rebounds in each of the Friars’ last two games, and has a total of four, double-digit rebounding games on the season. She leads Providence on the glass with 7.4 rebounds per game, and improves to 8.4 boards per contest during BIG EAST regular-season play. In Providence’s most recent game, Baldwin hauled in a game-high 10 rebounds. Through 16 games, she has led her teammates on the boards nine times.
ROBINSON RISES TO THE CHALLENGE... Senior Karin Robinson has taken over as the Friars’ starting point guard during each of the last two games. She has responded well, leading the team in scoring (14.5 ppg), assists (3.5 apg) and steals (2.0 spg), while playing a team-high 36.0 minutes per game.
IISKOLA STEPS UP... As the Friars deal with the injury bug, senior Evi Iiskola will be looked upon to step up her game. In Providence’s most recent game at Georgetown on Jan. 9, she cracked double digits in the scoring column with 11 points on 5-10 shooting from the field and added two rebounds, two assists and one steal. It marked her first game in double figures since netting a season-high 14 points against UMass Lowell on Dec. 6.
LOOKING TO SEAL THE DEAL... Providence has held a halftime lead vs. three of its five BIG EAST opponents this season, yet the team has posted a 1-4 record in league play. It’s only BIG EAST victory of the season came against Villanova in the league opener on Dec. 3 (51-49). It stands as Villanova’s only loss during conference play this season.
FRIARS ARE 2-2 WHEN LEADING AT HALFTIME... Providence is 2-2 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’ two this season when leading at the break came against St. John’s and Georgetown. PC led St. John’s 26-23 at the break, but fell to the Red Storm, 68-52. In the Friars’ most recent game on Jan. 9, Providence led Georgetown 34-29 at halftime, but lost to the Hoyas 69-61.
GETTING OVER THE HUMP... Nine of the Friars’ 16 games this season have been decided by 10 points or less. Providence has recorded a 2-7 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 SITS IN 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 Sunday’s game vs. Seton Hall 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).
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. 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 537 career rebounds heading into Sunday’s game against Seton Hall. Harris is on pace to crack the top-20 on the Friars’ all-time rebounding list. She currently is 46 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 16 games in 2014-15, Harris is second on the team in rebounding with 109 boards (6.8 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 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 16 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 six of their 16 games, including 42 boards in their most recent game against Georgetown on Jan. 9.
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 overall 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 to action on Friday, Jan. 16 against BIG EAST foe Creighton. The game will be played at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. and will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1. Tip-off is slated for 8:00 p.m.
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