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FRIARS HOST CREIGHTON FRIDAY NIGHT... The Providence College women’s basketball team will host BIG EAST foe Creighton on Friday, Jan. 16 at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. Tip-off is set for 8:01 p.m.
FRIARS AND BLUEJAYS SQUARE OFF ON FOX SPORTS 1... The Friars and Bluejays will square off in a nationally-televised game on FOX Sports 1. To watch the game, please check your cable/satellite listings. FOX Sports 1 content also is available on your mobile device or tablet using the FOX Sports GO app. To watch the game using the app, you will be asked to provide a username and password affiliated with your cable/satellite provider. Lisa Byington and LaChina Robinson will be on the call.
FRIARS ALL-ACCESS... A live audio stream of the game also will be available as part of Friars All-Access on the college’s athletic web site. Friars All-Access is a subscription service. Play-by-play will be provided by Chris Fama.
PROVIDENCE VS. CREIGHTON ALL-TIME... Providence and Creighton have met three times during the history of the two women’s basketball programs. Creighton leads the all-time series, 3-0, including a 2-0 mark during BIG EAST Conference regular-season play.
IMPACT PLAYER TO WATCH... In two previous games vs. the Bluejays (2013-14 season), Alexis Harris has led the way on the stat sheet. She averaged a team-best 15.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and shot an impressive 65-pecent from the floor (13-20) vs. Creighton.
LOOKING TO SEAL THE DEAL... Providence has held a halftime lead vs. four of its six BIG EAST opponents this season, yet the team has posted a 1-5 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 also stands as Villanova’s only loss during conference play, thus far.
HOME AND AWAY... Providence is out-scoring its opponents at home in Alumni Hall by a margin of +0.9 points per game. The Friars are scoring an average of 63.2 points, while allowing 62.4 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).
FRIARS ARE 2-3 WHEN LEADING AT HALFTIME... Providence is 2-3 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’ three losses this season when leading at the break came during league play vs. St. John’s, Georgetown and Seton Hall.
GETTING OVER THE HUMP... Ten of the Friars’ 17 games this season have been decided by 10 points or less. Providence has recorded a 2-8 record in those contests. Additionally, five games have been decided by five points or less, in which Providence has posted a 1-4 record. The lone victory among those four games came against BIG EAST foe Villanova (51-49) on Dec. 3.
EVI IISKOLA NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... Junior Evi Iiskola was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the first time in her career on Monday, Jan. 12. In two games vs. Georgetown and Seton Hall the previous week, Iiskola averaged a team-best 15.0 points on 53-percent shooting from the field (9-17) and 83-percent shooting from the free-throw line (10-12). She also averaged 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steal per game. In the 68-67 loss to Seton Hall on Jan. 11, Iiskola scored a season-high 19 points and posted six rebounds and two assists.
IISKOLA STEPS UP WHEN TEAM NEEDS HER MOST... In the first four BIG EAST Conference games this season, Evi Iiskola averaged 2.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. She shot an uncharacteristic 28-percent from the field (4-14) and hit just 2-4 free throws. With the recent loss of Tori Rule and Sarah Beal to injury, Iiskola has embraced her role as a leader on the floor and has played her best basketball of the season. In the last two games (without Rule and Beal), Iiskola averaged 15.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steal per game. She’s shooting a blistering 53-percent from the field (9-17), and recently scored a season-high 19 points against Seton Hall (Jan. 11).
KARIN ROBINSON SHINES IN STARTING ROLE... Senior guard Karin Robinson has started each of the Friars’ last three games at the point guard position, since Sarah Beal fell victim to injury, and has risen to the challenge. Through 17 games overall, Robinson has averaged 4.6 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. Since being inserted into the starting line-up in the last three games, Robinson has averaged a team-best 13.3 points, 3.3 assists and 3.0 steals per game. She has scored in double figures each game, including a season-high 17 points against Georgetown (Jan. 9). She also dished a season-best five assists vs. Xavier on Jan. 4.
HARRIS AND BALDWIN A TOUGH DUO TO BEAT ON THE GLASS... Alexis Harris and Chanise Baldwin each recorded a double-double in the Friars’ most recent game vs. Seton Hall. Harris recorded 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Baldwin posted 14 points and 12 boards. Their combined effort on the glass helped the Friars secure their third-largest rebounding margin of the season (+9, 43-34), and top rebounding performance overall during BIG EAST Conference play.
CHANISE BALDWIN RECORDS DOUBLE-DIGIT BOARDS IN THREE-STRAIGHT BIG EAST GAMES... Senior Chanise Baldwin has hauled in double-digit rebounds during each of the Friars’ last three games. During BIG EAST Conference play, she ranks third among BIG EAST players in rebounding (9.0 rpg). Her current stretch of double-digit rebounding games marks the longest of her career.
FRIARS RISE UP... In the wake of injuries to Tori Rule and Sarah Beal, the Friars have played inspired basketball. Three players have averaged double-figures in the scoring column, including Evi Iiskola (15.0 ppg), Alexis Harris (15.0 ppg) and Karin Robinson (14.0 ppg). Additionally, the Friars’ scoring average has increased from 55.8 points per game in the previous four leagues match-ups with Rule and Beal to 64.0 points per game (+8.2). The Friars also have improved their rebounding average from 34.2 rebounds per game to 42.5 boards per contest (+8.3).
IISKOLA AT HER BEST VS. THE PIRATES... Junior Evi Iiskola recently scored a season-high 19 points vs. Seton Hall on Jan. 11. In the last four meetings between the two teams, which includes three meetings during the 2013-14 campaign, Iiskola averaged 15.3 points per game vs. the Pirates. During that span, she has shot a blistering 65.3-percent from the field, hitting 17-of-26 field-goal attempts. Last season, Iiskola scorched Seton Hall for a career-high 21 points in the first round of the BIG EAST Conference Tournament.
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 currently owns 1,150 career points, and ranks 20th all-time in scoring at Providence. Rule has played 100 career games and has averaged 11.5 points per game. The senior guard is currently sideline indefinitely with an injury.
WHO’S NEXT... Upon her return to the floor from injury, Tori Rule will need 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 three each. Both players recorded double-doubles in the Friars’ most recent game vs. Seton Hall on Jan. 11. Harris posted 15 points and 11 boards, while Baldwin contributed 14 points and 12 rebounds. Harris owns 15 double-doubles in her career and Baldwin has collected the first three of her career in 2014-15. Harris and Baldwin are tied for fourth in the BIG EAST in double-doubles.
500 AND COUNTING... Alexis Harris owns 548 career rebounds heading into Friday’s game vs. Creighton. Harris is on pace to crack the top-20 on the Friars’ all-time rebounding list. She currently is 35 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 17 games in 2014-15, Harris is second on the team in rebounding with 120 boards (7.1 rpg).
DEFENSE... The Friars have allowed eight of their 17 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 seven of their 17 games, including each of the last two vs. Georgetown (42) and Seton Hall (43).
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.).
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 with back-to-back road games vs. Marquette and DePaul. Providence will face the Golden Eagles on Friday, Jan. 23 in Milwaukee, Wis. at 8:00 p.m. Providence will travel directly to Chicago, Ill. to face the Blue Demons on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 3:00 p.m. (ET).
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