PROVIDENCE SET TO HOST CREIGHTON... Providence will host Creighton on Saturday, Jan. 14 at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. Tip-off is slated for Noon and the game will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) via FOX Sports GO.
FRIARS ALL-TIME VS. CREIGHTON... Providence and Creighton have met eight times during the history of the two women’s basketball programs. Creighton leads the series, 7-1.
THE ONE AND ONLY... The Friars’ lone victory over Creighton came on Feb. 14, 2016 in Providence, R.I. On that day, the Friars claimed a 61-59 victory and marked the only conference win of the year for the Friars. Providence and Creighton eventually met in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament on March 5 in Chicago, Ill. The Bluejays exacted revenge with a 70-53 victory and advanced through the tournament field and into the BIG EAST title game, where they fell to St. John’s, 50-37.
FRIARS AND BLUEJAYS AT ALUMNI HALL... The Friars and Bluejays have met three times at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. Creighton leads the series vs. Providence at Alumni Hall, 2-1. However, Providence claimed a 61-59 victory in the last meeting between the two teams on the Friars’ home court (Feb. 14, 2016).
FRIARS LOOK TO FINISH DOWN THE STRETCH... The Friars have shown significant improvement this season in multiple facets of the game, but the team is still looking to clear some hurdles when it comes to finishing close games. Seven of the Friars’ eight losses have been decided by single digits. PC is 2-7 this season in games decided by eight points or less, including a 1-6 mark in games decided by five points or less. Four of the Friars’ five losses in BIG EAST play have been decided by five points or less.
FRIARS ENDURE POOR SHOOTING NIGHT AGAINST GEORGETOWN... The Friars shot a season-low 29.2-percent from the field during their loss to Georgetown on Jan. 10, hitting just 14-48 attempts from the floor. Sophomore guard Maddie Jolin was the only Friar to reach double figures in the game, with 15 points. Providence’s lowest field-goal percentage prior to this was 34.4-percent shooting vs. Monmouth on Dec. 21. Providence is 6-3 this season when it shoots 45-percent or better from the field, and 3-5 when it shoots less than 45-percent.
GETTING OFF TO A GOOD START... The Friars are 7-3 this season when leading their opponent at halftime. Providence is 2-5 on the year when tied or trailing at the break.
DEFENDING THE THREE-POINT LINE... Through six BIG EAST games, the Friars lead the conference in three-point field goal percentage defense. While the Friars have given up the most three-point attempts in league play, they have allowed their opponents to hit just 25-percent from beyond the arc (33-132). Only two teams during BIG EAST play have posted a three-point shooting percentage above 30-percent vs. the Friars: Georgetown (.353) and Xavier (.313).
THREE-HEADED MONSTER... As a team, the Friars lead the BIG EAST Conference in field-goal percentage (.444, 425-958), three-point percentage (.385, 110-286) and free-throw percentage (.763, 164-215). The Friars rank among the top-25 in the nation (NCAA Division I) in three-point field goal percentage (16th) and free-throw percentage (23rd). Providence is 39th in the nation in field-goal percentage, among 344 teams ranked.
NOGIC RANKS SEVENTH IN THE NATION IN THREE-POINT PERCENTAGE... Yoyo Nogic ranks second in the BIG EAST and seventh in the nation in three-point field-goal percentage, through games played Jan. 11. She is shooting 47.7-percent from three-point range (51-107). Through six BIG EAST regular-season games, Nogic has drained 19-42 attempts from deep (.452).
MADDIE JOLIN THRIVING IN SIXTH-MAN ROLE... Maddie Jolin has made a significant impact on the court this season, averaging 28.4 minutes per game off the bench. She ranks third on the team in scoring (11.3 ppg), rebounding (4.4 rpg) and assists (1.9 apg). She is shooting 43.2-percent from the field (63-146), 40-percent from three-point territory (32-81) and 75.6-percent from the foul line (34-45). Jolin has posted 10 double-digit scoring games overall and has hit double-figures in four of six BIG EAST games.
CLARA CHE SETTING UP THE OFFENSE... Sophomore Clara Che is leading the Friars in assist this season (54), with an average of 3.2 dimes per game. She has recorded 4+ assists in seven games this season. On Nov. 16, Che dished a career-high seven assists against North Dakota State. During BIG EAST regular-season action, Che is averaging 3.5 assists per game, which ranks ninth in the league.
BALANCED ATTACK... Five different Friars have led the team in scoring through 17 games this season. Yoyo Nogic and Sarah Beal have each paced the Friars in the scoring column a team-best six times. Three players are averaging double figures in the scoring column, led by Nogic’s 14.2 points per game. Allegra Botteghi is knocking on the door at 9.2 points per game.
DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORERS... Seven of the 12 players on the roster who have seen game action have hit double digits in the scoring column at least once through 17 games. Sarah Beal and Yoyo Nogic have reached double figures a team-leading 13 times each. Nogic leads the Friars with three, 20-point games this season. Beal recorded her first 20-point game of the year in the Friars’ game against Marquette (24 points).
SARAH BEAL RANKS 10TH ALL-TIME IN CAREER ASSISTS... Sarah Beal has recorded 45 assists this season and owns 340 dimes during her career. Her 340 assists rank 10th on the Friars’ all-time list. Heading into Saturday’s game vs. Creighton, Beal is looking upward at Symone Roberts ‘13 who ranks ninth all-time in career assists, with 351.
DOUBLE TROUBLE... Two Friars have recorded double-doubles this season through 17 games. Senior forward Aliyah Miller recorded her first double-double of the season, and third of her career, in a 77-65 victory at Hartford on Nov. 22. She tallied 10 points and 10 rebounds vs. the Hawks. On Nov. 27, junior Allegra Botteghi notched her first double-double of the season, and third of her career, in a 75-59 victory over Miami (OH). She registered 14 points and 12 rebounds vs. the RedHawks.
YOYO NOGIC HAS HIT 26-CONSECUTIVE FREE THROWS... Yoyo Nogic has hit each of her 17 free throw attempts this season (17-17) through 17 games. Furthermore, Nogic has hit 26-consecutive free throws during a streak that began on Jan. 17, 2016 vs. Creighton. Nogic has been exceptional from the line during her young career with the Friars, hitting 42-46 attempts overall (.913).
FLIPPING THE SCRIPT AWAY FROM HOME... The Friars are 5-5 this season on the road (includes neutral site game). Heading into the season, the Friars had earned just one victory in their previous 20 games away from home and were 2-28 on the road during the last two seasons combined (includes neutral site games).
FRIARS POST 17-POINT MARGIN OF VICTORY AGAINST BUTLER... The Friars’ 17-point margin of victory over Butler (61-58) on Dec. 30 is the largest for Providence during BIG EAST Conference regular-season play since defeating Pittsburgh by 20 (91-71) on Feb. 20, 1999.
HIGHEST FIELD-GOAL PERCENTAGE IN BIG EAST PLAY SINCE 2009-10 SEASON... The Friars shot 52.2-percent from the field in their victory over Butler on Dec. 30, hitting 24-46 shot attempts from the floor. It marks the highest field-goal percentage in BIG EAST regular-season play for Providence since shooting 55.6-percent against then-No. 24/18 Georgetown on Jan. 10, 2010 (25-45).
FRIARS SHOOT SEASON-BEST 53.8-PERCENT FROM THREE-POINT TERRITORY AGAINST BUTLER... Providence shot a season-high 53.8-percent (7-13) from three-point territory against Butler on Dec. 30. The Friars’ hot-shooting against the Bulldogs came on the heels of shooting a season-low 13.6-percent (3-22) in their previous game against Xavier on Dec. 28. Yoyo Nogic paced the Friars from beyond the arc against Butler, hitting 5-7 attempts from long range. Maddie Jolin knocked down 2-3 three-point attempts vs. the Bulldogs.
FRIARS COMPLETE NON-CONFERENCE PLAY WITH 8-3 RECORD... The Friars finished non-conference play with a 62-58 victory over Monmouth on Dec. 21. The Friars posted an 8-3 record during the non-conference portion of it’s schedule, marking the most victories in non-conference play since going 8-6 during the 2011-12 campaign.
FRIARS HAUL IN SEASON-HIGH 47 REBOUNDS VS. MONMOUTH... The Friars recorded a season-high 47 rebounds in their victory over Monmouth (62-58) on Dec. 21. Providence’s 18 offensive rebounds in the game also marked a season high. Brianna Frias and Allegra Botteghi each collected a game-high nine rebounds. Frias’ nine boards marked a career high. She had collected a total of 10 rebounds in the previous six games she played leading up to the Monmouth game. Maddie Jolin and Aliyah Miller recorded eight and seven rebounds, respectively.
SARAH BEAL NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... Sarah Beal was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, Dec. 26. It marked the third time this season that Beal had been recognized on the honor roll, and the eighth time in her career. In the Friars’ only game the previous week, Beal led the team with a season-high 19 points in a 62-58 victory over Monmouth. She shot 5-10 from the field (0.500) and 9-11 from the free-throw line (0.818). Beal also grabbed four rebounds and tallied one assist, one blocked shot and one steal.
MADDIE JOLIN NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... Sophomore Maddie Jolin was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Nov. 28, marking the first league honor of her career. Jolin averaged 14.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game as the Friars posted three victories over Hartford, UNCW and Miami (OH). She shot 50-percent from the floor (14-28), including 7-14 shooting from three-point range (50-percent). Jolin also converted 9-12 free throws (75-percent). She reached double figures in the scoring column in all three games. She narrowly missed her first career double-double against Hartford on Nov. 22 with 16 points and a career-high nine rebounds. She posted 17 points against UNCW on Nov. 26 as she hit 6-8 shots from the field, including a 6-8 effort from beyond the arc.
FRIARS OPENED SEASON WITH SEVEN-STRAIGHT WINS... The Friars opened the 2016-17 season with seven-straight victories. It marked the first 7-0 start for Providence since the 1990-91 season, when the team also started the year 7-0.
SIX-STRAIGHT DOUBLE-DIGIT VICTORIES... Prior to the Friars’ loss to Brown on Dec. 4, the Friars recorded six-straight victories - all of which were decided by double figures. The last time the program recorded six-consecutive wins in double figures dates back to the 1990-91 campaign. During that season, the Friars also reeled off six-straight wins decided by double figures against Villanova (+27), Iona (+45), Seton Hall (+24), Pittsburgh (+11), Georgetown (+14) and Boston College (+29).
FOUR-STRAIGHT ROAD VICTORIES... The Friars logged four-consecutive wins on the road prior to their loss to Brown on Dec. 4. Providence defeated Hartford (77-65), UNCW (65-49), Miami (OH) (75-59) and Bryant (62-51). The last time Providence won four-consecutive games away from home was during the 1991-92 campaign against Villanova (82-80, 2OT), Pittsburgh (91-83), Georgetown (89-88) and St. John’s (82-79).
FRIARS OVERCOME LARGEST HALFTIME DEFICIT SINCE 2012-13 SEASON TO EARN VICTORY... On Nov. 19, the Friars rallied from a 10-point deficit at halftime (41-31) to defeat Binghamton, 71-58. It marks the largest halftime deficit that the Friars have rallied back from to earn a win since Jan. 23, 2013. That day, Providence trailed then-ranked No. 25 Villanova, 29-10, at halftime (-19) and battled back to earn a 65-60 victory in overtime.
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY SINCE 2013... The Friars defeated North Dakota State, 86-63, on Nov. 16 in Providence, R.I. It marked Providence’s largest margin of victory (+23) since Nov. 20, 2013, when it defeated Hartford by 26 points (79-53).
NOGIC AND CHE NAMED TO OCEAN STATE TIP-OFF ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM... Yoyo Nogic and Clara Che were named to the Ocean State Tip-Off All-Tournament Team on Dec. 4. Nogic averaged a team-best 15.0 points and added 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game, while shooting a blistering .579 from the field (11-19) and 4-6 from three-point territory (.667). Che averaged 11.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and led the team in assists (3.5 apg) and steals (3.0 spg).
WHAT’S NEXT... Providence will hit the road for back-to-back games against Seton Hall and St. John’s. The Friars will face the Pirates on Friday, Jan. 20 in South Orange, N.J. at 7:00 p.m. The match-up between Providence and Seton Hall will be televised on FS2. On Sunday, Jan. 22, the Friars will make their way to Queens, N.Y. to face St. John’s at 2:00 p.m. on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) via FOX Sports GO.
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