Jan. 14, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
PROVIDENCE WELCOMES GEORGETOWN TO ALUMNI HALL... The Friars will host Georgetown in BIG EAST Conference action on Wednesday, January 15 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
TUNE IN... Live streaming video of the Providence College vs. Georgetown 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 6:50 p.m.
PROVIDENCE VS. GEORGETOWN ALL-TIME... Providence and Georgetown have met 52 times in the history of the two women's basketball programs. The Friars hold a 27-25 advantage in the all-time series. However, the Hoyas have earned victories in each of the last 12 meetings between the two teams.
LAST TIME PROVIDENCE DEFEATED GEORGETOWN... The last time Providence defeated Georgetown dates back to January 2, 2002. On that day, the Friars earned a 59-55 victory over the Hoyas at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I.
FRIARS AND HOYAS ALL-TIME AT ALUMNI HALL... The Friars and Hoyas have met 25 times at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. Providence holds a 15-10 advantage vs. Georgetown on its home court. However, the Hoyas have earned victories in each of the last six games played at Alumni Hall.
LOOKING BACK... Last year, the Friars and Hoyas met twice. Georgetown defeated Providence, 79-64, during the regular season on January 5, 2013 in Providence, R.I. The Hoyas and Friars met for the second time on March 8, 2013 during first-round play of the BIG EAST Women's Basketball Championship in Hartford, Conn. Georgetown earned an 81-61 victory despite a career-high 35 points by Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.). Rule hit a BIG EAST Tournament and Providence College single-game record of 10 three-point field goals during the game.
SCOUTING THE HOYAS... The Hoyas enter Wednesday's game against Providence with a 7-9 overall record and a 1-3 mark in the BIG EAST. Georgetown recently snapped a six-game winless streak with an 85-79 victory over Butler on January 11. Three of the Hoyas' six losses during the winless streak were decided in overtime, including two conference games vs. Creighton and Marquette. Each overtime game was settled by a two-point margin.
PLAYERS TO WATCH... Three of the Hoyas top four scorers this season are first or second-year players. Senior Andrea White leads Georgetown in scoring with an average of 15.3 points per game. Freshman Natalie Butler is second on the team in scoring (15.0 ppg) and leads the BIG EAST in rebounding with 13.3 boards per game. Sophomore Katie McCormick and freshman Faith Woodard are contributing 11.2 and 10.4 points per game, respectively. Senior Samisha Powell leads the way with 3.4 assists per game.
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).
ROOKIE IMPACT... Wednesday's opening tip-off between Providence and Georgetown will feature three freshmen starters, and all three players are averaging more than 30 minutes per game this season and putting up double digits in the scoring column. The Friars boast starting point guard Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) who is ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in six statistical categories among league freshmen who have started a minimum of five games. She is tops among rookies in assists (4.3 apg), steals (1.6 spg) and three-point percentage (.333, 13-39). She is second among freshmen in scoring (10.7 ppg), field-goal percentage (.432, 63-146) and minutes per game (31.5 mpg). Georgetown forward Natalie Butler leads BIG EAST rookies in scoring (15.0 ppg), rebounding (13.3 rpg), field-goal percentage (.478, 86-180) and minutes per game (36.9 mpg). Faith Woodard also starts for the Hoyas and ranks third among rookies in scoring (10.4 ppg), assists (2.2 apg), free-throw percentage (.681, 62-91) and minutes per game (30.8 mpg). A full breakdown of freshmen rankings is located on Page 8 of the game notes. The rankings include freshmen who have started a minimum of five games this season.
THREE FOR THREE... Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland), Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) and Karin Robinson (Jamaica, N.Y.) have combined to hit 15-of-33 attempts from three-point territory during BIG EAST regular-season play, which is good for 45.5-percent. Iiskola is tied for the league lead in three-point percentage during BIG EAST play (66.7-percent, 4-6). Beal ranks sixth (41.7-percent, 5-12) and Robinson is tied for seventh (40-percent, 6-15). The rest of the team is shooting a combined 3-27 from beyond the arc (0.111).
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 four games, she is averaging 18.8 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.3 blocked shots and 1.0 steal per game. She ranks fifth among BIG EAST players in scoring and eighth in rebounding during league play. Harris is the only Friar to reach double figures in the scoring column during each BIG EAST game this season.
50/50... Three Friars are shooting 50-percent or better from the field during BIG EAST regular-season play (4 games), led by junior forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.). Harris has connected on 31-of-58 attempts from the floor vs. BIG EAST opponents (0.534). Sophomore Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) and freshman Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) are each shooting 50-percent from the floor. Iiskola has hit 13-of-26 attempts, while Beal has converted 22-of-44 shots.
HARRIS RECORDS BACK-TO-BACK 20-POINT GAMES IN BIG EAST PLAY... Junior Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) scored 20+ points in back-to-back games for the first time in her career in games vs. Villanova and DePaul. Harris scored 23 points against the Wildcats 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' game vs. DePaul on January 8, Harris tallied 21 points.
GETTING OVER THE HUMP... Eight of the Friars' 15 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 (4.3 apg) and is tied for first among her teammates in steals (1.6 spg). She has dished 5+ assists in seven of the Friars' 15 games, including a career-high eight dimes in her BIG EAST debut vs. Butler (1/1). Beal has collected two-or-more steals in eight games, including a career-best four thefts vs. Bryant (11/12).
TAKING WHAT THE DEFENSE GIVES HER... Sophomore Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) has hit at least one three-point basket in each of the Friars' last three games, and is 4-6 from beyond the arc during that time. Prior to the three-game stretch, Iiskola went 11-straight games without a three pointer. In fact, her only other made three-point field goal this year came against UMass Lowell in the season opener on November 9. Through 15 games overall, Iiskola leads the Friars in three-point percentage (0.357, 5-14). Iiskola also leads the Friars in free-throw percentage (0.782, 43-55) and is second in field-goal percentage (0.500, 54-108).
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.
TORI RULE LEADS FRIARS WITH SIX, 20+ POINT GAMES... Junior guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) has reached double figures in the scoring column during 11 of the Friars’ 15 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 34 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 FOR FOURTH TIME... Junior forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the fourth time this season on January 13. The previous week, Harris averaged 19.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots in games vs. Creighton and DePaul. She shot 59.3-percent from the field (16-27), and is the only Friar to reach double figures in each BIG EAST game this season.
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.
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. There have been eight 30+ point games by a BIG EAST player this season, and Providence accounts for two of them.
DOUBLE-TROUBLE... Two players have recorded double-doubles this season through 15 games. Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) leads the Friars and is tied for fifth among BIG EAST players 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.
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 12 double-digit scoring games, and she is the only Friar to record double-digits in each BIG EAST game this season. Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) is second on the team with 11 double-digit games.
20+ ASSISTS... The Friars have dished 20+ assists in four games this season, heading into Wednesday's match-up against Georgetown. 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 15 games 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 (1,120 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 Louisville, 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.
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 8.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Robinson has played in 12 of the Friars’ 15 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 December 29 and Providence's BIG EAST tilt against St. John's on Saturday, February 8 at 12:30 p.m.
WOON 1240 AM... The Friars 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 hit the road for back-to-back road games against Xavier and Marquette. The Friars will take face Xavier for the first time in program history on Saturday, January 18 at 2:00 p.m. The game will be played at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. On Tuesday, January 21 the Friars will take on Marquette at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee, Wis. Tip-off is set for 8:00 p.m. (ET).
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