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PROVIDENCE HITS THE ROAD TO FACE CREIGHTON... The Providence College women’s basketball team will travel to Omaha, Neb. to face BIG EAST foe Creighton on Sunday, Jan. 17. The game will be played at D.J. Sokol Arena and is scheduled to tip-off at 2:05 p.m. (ET).
BIG EAST DIGITAL NETWORK... The Friars’ game vs. Creighton will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN). Fans can watch the game by downloading the FOX Sports GO app on a mobile device or tablet, or via the Internet by navigating to www. FOXSports-GO.com. The broadcast is free of charge and available internationally.
FRIARS AND BLUEJAYS ALL-TIME... Creighton owns a 5-0 record vs. Providence in the all-time series. The first meeting between the two teams dates back to March 21, 1987 as part of the National Invitation Tournament in Amarillo, Texas. The Bluejays earned a 91-89 victory on that day. The series continued between the two teams when the Bluejays joined the BIG EAST Conference. Since then, Creighton has posted a 4-0 record in regular-season league play vs. the Friars.
FRIARS AND BLUEJAYS IN OMAHA... Providence and Creighton have met twice during the all-time series at D.J. Sokol Arena in Omaha, Neb. The Bluejays earned victories in each game, including an 84-57 victory in the most recent meeting on Feb. 15, 2015.
FOUR OF LEAGUE’S TOP-FIVE THREE-POINT SHOOTERS WILL BE ON DISPLAY SUNDAY... Four of the league’s top-five three-point shooters will be on the court when Providence faces Creighton, including three freshmen. Creighton rookie Audrey Faber leads the league in three-point shooting percentage (.506, 44-87), followed by junior MC McGrory who is tied for second (.500, 24-48). Providence’s freshmen duo of Jovana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic and Clara Che are ranked fourth and fifth in the BIG EAST in three-point percentage, respectively. Nogic is shoot-ing .482 from beyond the arc (40-83), while Che checks in with a .432 shooting percentage (19-44). During BIG EAST Conference play, Che leads this group from long range, shooting .545 (12-22).
FRIARS FALL SHORT AGAINST XAVIER... The Friars led Xavier by as many as five points (47-42) with 6:30 remaining in the fourth quarter on Jan. 10. The Musketeers tied the game, 49-49, with 4:51 on the clock and eventually took the lead (51-49) with 3:57 remaining in regulation and held on for a 62-54 win. Providence committed four turnovers in the final 4:51 of the game, which the Musketeers converted into six points. Briana Glover led Xavier with 27 points and eight rebounds. Providence got a team-high 14 points from freshman Jovana ‘Yoyo’ No-gic in addition to five rebounds and two assists. Maddie Jolin contributed nine points, three rebounds and career highs in assists (four) and steals (six) in her first game as a member of the starting line-up.
FRIARS SHOOT 48-PERCENT FROM THE FLOOR IN LOSS TO XAVIER... On Jan. 10, the Friars shot 47.9 percent from the floor vs. Xavier (23-48). It marked the Friars’ highest shooting per-centage in a BIG EAST regular-season game since March 1, 2015 vs. Georgetown (.491, 28-57). Additionally, Providence knocked down an impressive 63.6-percent of its attempts from the floor vs. Xavier in the second half (14-22).
NEW LOOK LINE-UP... In the Friars’ game vs. Xavier (Jan. 10), three members of the team made their first appearance in the starting line-up this season, leaving Jovana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic and Bri-anna Frias as the only “regulars” in the line-up. Allegra Botteghi, Maddie Jolin and Clara Che joined Nogic and Frias as starters, replacing Beal, Iiskola and Miller. The starting-five for the Xavier game was the same group to fuel a furious comeback vs. Butler (Jan. 8) in the Friars’ previous game. Providence trailed Butler by 27 points in the fourth quarter before falling to the Bulldogs 77-67.
MADDIE JOLIN COLLECTS CAREER-BEST SIX STEALS IN BACK-TO-BACK GAMES... On Jan. 8 vs. Butler, freshman guard Maddie Jolin recorded a career-high six steals. Each of her six steals came during the final 1:59 of regulation, which fueled a furious come-back effort by the Friars. Providence trailed by 27 points in the fourth quarter, but eventually fell to the Bulldogs by a 10-point margin (77-67). On Jan. 10, Jolin recorded six steals for the second-consecutive games vs. Xavier. Her six steals vs. Butler and Xavier are tied for the most thefts in a single-game during BIG EAST Conference play. St. John’s Aliyyah Handford also has collected six steals this season (vs. Providence, 12/31).
FRIARS NEED A TEAM EFFORT ON OFFENSE... The Friars are 4-1 this season when three-or-more players reach double figures in the scoring column during a game. Conversely, Provi-dence is 0-11 on the year when two-or-fewer players reach double figures.
FRIARS COLLECT 11 OF 15 SECOND-HALF STEALS IN THE FOURTH QUARTER VS. BUT-LER... Providence collected a season-high 16 steals in its 77-67 loss to Butler (Jan. 8). Further-more, the squad recorded 11 of their 15 second-half steals in the fourth quarter. Providence’s 16 thefts are the most in a single-game since Feb. 26, 2013 vs. Marquette (18).
FOURTH QUARTER FLURRY... The Friars are averaging 18.4 points per game in the fourth quarter this season through 16 games (294 points). It marks the Friars’ most productive quar-ter, offensively, as they average 12.9 points in the first quarter (206), 11.1 points in the second (178) and 13.4 points in the third (214).
FRIARS DISH SEASON-HIGH 16 ASSISTS AGAINST GEORGETOWN... Providence dished a season-best 16 assists vs. Georgetown on Jan. 5. Freshman Clara Che recorded a career-best five hand-outs in the game, followed by junior Sarah Beal’s four dimes.
EVI IISKOLA STARTS 100th GAME... Senior Evi Iiskola played her 100th game in a Friar uni-form on Dec. 29 against BIG EAST foe Seton Hall. In the Friars’ very next game on Dec. 31, Iis-kola made her 100th appearance in the starting line-up. To date, Iiskola has played 105 games and has averaged 31.7 minutes per game. She has tallied 721 points, 364 rebounds, 165 assists and 57 steals as a Friar. Iiskola joined the program as fourth-year Head Coach Susan Robinson Fruchtl’s first recruit.
SHARING THE ROCK... Sarah Beal has dished a season-high six assists in three games this year, including the Friars’ BIG EAST opener vs. Seton Hall on Dec. 29. For the season, Beal has hand-ed out a team best 44 assists (2.8 apg). In 59 career games, she has dished 246 dimes (4.2 apg). Additionally, she has recorded 5+ assists in 24 career games, including three during the 2015-16 campaign.
NOGIC RANKS EIGHTH IN THE NATION IN THREE-POINT FIELD-GOAL PERCENTAGE... Jo-vana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic ranks fourth in the BIG EAST Conference and eighth in the nation among NCAA Division I players in three-point field-goal percentage (.482, 40-83). Nogic also ranks third in the nation among freshmen in three-point percentage.
MORE FROM DEEP... Clara Che is shooting a team-best 50-percent from beyond the three-point arc during BIG EAST Conference play (12-22), which ranks second in league play through six conference games. Overall, Che has hit 19-34 (.432) attempts from three-point territory, which ranks fifth in the league through 16 games overall.
BLOCK PARTY... Erica Meyer leads the Friars in blocked shots this season (25) and has swatted at least one shot in 12 games. Meyer currently ranks fourth in the BIG EAST Conference (all games) in blocks per game (1.6 bpg). Meyer recorded a season-best four blocked shots vs. Richmond (Dec. 5), and recorded multiple blocked shots in a game eight times, including the Friars’ most recent game vs. Xavier (three).
MEYER NEARING A FRESHMAN MILESTONE FOR BLOCKED SHOTS... Erica Meyer enters Sunday’s game vs. Creighton with 25 blocked shots. One more blocked shot will put her in a four-way tie for the third-most blocks by a freshman in program history (26), joining current Friar junior Aliyah Miller and former Friars Lauren Okafor and Emily Cournoyer. Andrea Mangum ‘90 holds the Friars’ program record for blocks in a season by a freshman with 41. Britt King ‘86 ranks second with 36.
ROOKIE IMPACT... A freshman has led the Friars in scoring eight times through 16 games, in-cluding six of the last seven contests. Of those eight games, Jovana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic has led the team in scoring six times, while Clara Che has led the squad twice.
SARAH BEAL NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Dec. 21. It marked Beal’s third appearance of the season on the honor roll and fourth of her career. The previous week, Beal notched 15 second-half points, including eight of the Friars’ 11 points in OT to defeat URI, 64-55. Beal shot 4-9 from the field, hit 7-9 free-throws and added four assists and three boards.
FRIARS GRAB 48 BOARDS VS. URI... In the Friars’ overtime victory against Rhode Island on Dec. 20, the team hauled in a season-high 48 rebounds. It marks the most rebounds in a single game for the team since the 2013-14 season opener vs. UMass Lowell (Nov. 9, 2013). On that day, the Friars tied the program’s single-game rebounding record, with 65 boards.
FRIARS EARN FIRST ROAD VICTORY SINCE JAN. 23, 2015... Providence earned its first road victory of the season on Dec. 20 at Rhode Island (64-55, OT). It also marked the first road win for the program since Jan. 23, 2015, when it defeated Marquette, 66-58, in Milwaukee, Wis. Prior to the victory vs. URI on Dec. 20, the Friars had lost eight-consecutive road games.
ALIYAH MILLER NOTCHES FIRST CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE VS. RHODE ISLAND... Junior forward Aliyah Miller (Southaven, Miss.) tallied her first career double-double in the Friars’ vic-tory over Rhode Island on Dec. 20. Miller scored 10 points and grabbed a career-high 13 boards to achieve the feat. Miller and Sarah Beal (two) are the only Friars to record double-doubles this season for Providence.
FRIARS RACK UP 88 POINTS VS. BRYANT... Providence defeated Bryant, 88-78, on Dec. 9 in Providence, R.I. It marks the most points in a single game for PC since Nov. 12, 2013 when it defeated Bryant 104-67.
SARAH BEAL SETS PROGRAM’S SINGLE-GAME STEALS RECORD... On Dec. 9 vs. Bryant, jun-ior guard Sarah Beal collected 10 steals to set the Friars’ single-game steals record, previously held by Helen Jessie-Mency ‘91. Mency collected nine steals vs. Pitt on Feb. 5, 1991. For some perspective - Mency set the previous mark for steals in a game four years before Beal was born (1995).
MOST STEALS BY A BIG EAST PLAYER SINCE 2012... Sarah Beal’s 10 steals on Dec. 9 vs. Bry-ant are the most by a BIG EAST Conference player since Andrell Smith (USF) recorded 12 on Dec. 22, 2012 vs. Creighton.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE... In addition to setting the single game steals record at Providence, with 10 thefts, Beal also recorded 23 points vs. Bryant on Dec. 9 for her first double-double of the sea-son. It marks the first points/steals double-double by a BIG EAST player since Dec. 22, 2012 when Andrell Smith (USF) recorded 27 points and 12 steals vs. Creighton. Beal notched her first double-double on Jan. 28, 2014 vs. Butler with 13 points and 13 assists.
DOUBLE-TROUBLE... Sarah Beal notched her second double-double of the season in the Fri-ars’ game vs. Florida Gulf Coast on Dec. 12. Beal posted 12 points and a career-best 12 re-bounds. Beal owns three double-doubles in her career and they all have come in different ways. On Jan. 28, 2014, she recorded 13 points and 13 assists vs. Butler. On Dec. 9, 2015, Beal posted 23 points and 10 steals vs. Bryant, followed by her 12 point/12 rebound performance vs. FGCU (Dec. 12).
THREE FRIARS NOTCH 20-POINT GAMES VS. BRYANT... Sarah Beal (23pts), Jovana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic (23pts) and Aliyah Miller (20pts) all reached the 20-point plateau vs. Bryant on Dec. 9. It marked the first time that the Friars have three 20+ point scorers in the same game since Nov. 9, 2013 in a 109-74 victory at UMass Lowell. In that game, former Friars Alexis Harris (31pts) and Tori Rule (23pts) joined current junior guard Sarah Beal (20pts) to achieve the feat.
20-SOMETHING... Sarah Beal and Jovana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic lead the Friars this season in 20-point games, with two each. Beal tallied 21 points vs. Monmouth (Nov. 28) and a season-high 23 points vs. Bryant (Dec. 9). Beal owns seven, 20+ point games in her career. Nogic dropped 20 points vs. Hartford (Nov. 25) and a career-best 23 points vs. Bryant (Dec. 9) in her rookie season. Aliyah Miller netted a career-high 20 points on Dec. 9 vs. Bryant, marking the first 20-point game of her career.
LONG DISTANCE... Jovana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic’s six three-pointers vs. Hartford (Nov. 25) are the sec-ond-most three-point makes in a single game by a BIG EAST player.
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY FOR FRIARS SINCE 2013... With its 19-point victory over Hartford on Nov. 25 (69-50), Providence posted its largest margin of victory since Nov. 20, 2013. Ironically, the Friars’ opponent that day also was Hartford, and Providence earned a 79-53 win (+26).
FRIARS POST HIGHEST SHOOTING PERCENTAGE FROM THE FIELD SINCE 2006... On Nov. 25, the Friars shot 57.5-percent from the field vs. Hartford (23-40). It marked the highest field-goal percentage in a single game since Nov. 28, 2006 vs. New Hampshire (59.6-percent, 31-52).
WIRE-TO-WIRE... The Friars led their game vs. Hartford wire-to-wire on Nov. 25 to take a 69-50 victory. Providence last won wire-to-wire in its 2014-15 regular-season finale vs. Georgetown on March 1, 2014 (81-66).
EIGHT OF 11 PLAYERS ON THE ROSTER ARE UNDERCLASSMEN... Providence has a youth-ful look in 2015-16, as eight of its 11 players are freshmen or sophomores. The freshmen are the largest class, which is comprised of five players and there are three members in the soph-omore class. The Friars have just one senior (Evi Iiskola) and two juniors (Sarah Beal and Ali-yah Miller).
INTERNATIONAL FLAIR... The Friars have four international players on their roster this season, including senior Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland), sophomore Allegra Botteghi (Bologna, Italy), freshman Clara Che (Barcelona, Spain) and freshman Jovana “Yoyo” Nogic (Lisbon, Portugal). Each of the four players have competed in FIBA-sponsored events during their international careers, including three of the four players this past summer. Nogic played for Serbia [was born in Belgrade] in the FIBA U19 World Championships and FIBA U18 European Champion-ships. Che represented Spain, who won the gold medal at the U18 European Championships. Botteghi competed for Italy at the FIBA U20 European Championships.
BEAL NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-BIG EAST TEAM... Despite limited action in 2014-15, jun-ior Sarah Beal was named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team for the second-straight season. Prior to her sophomore campaign, Beal was an honorable mention pick. Beal concluded her rookie season [2013-14] with the Friars as a BIG EAST All-Freshman Team selection. Beal is the only current member of the team to have earned preseason or post-season honors from the BIG EAST.
EVI IISKOLA AND ALIYAH MILLER NAMED TEAM CAPTAINS... Senior Evi Iiskola and junior Aliyah Miller were selected to serve as team captains this season. Iiskola assumes the leader-ship role for the second-consecutive year, while Miller is a first-time captain.
ROAD WOES... The Friars are 1-5 this season in road games. Prior to the Friars’ 64-55 overtime victory against Rhode Island on Dec. 20 of this season, Providence had not won a game on the road since Jan. 23, 2015. On that day, the Friars clipped Marquette, 66-58, in Milwaukee, Wis.
ALISON LEWIS LEAVES PROGRAM... Sophomore guard Alison Lewis has requested her re-lease from the program, and will look to transfer for the second semester. As a freshman, Lewis played 18 games and appeared in the starting line-up three times and averaged 7.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. This season, Lewis appeared in all nine games off the bench and averaged 1.2 points and 1.7 rebounds.
WHO’S UP NEXT... The Friars remain on the road to face Marquette on Friday, Jan. 22 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) and DePaul on Sunday, Jan. 24 at 3:00 p.m. (ET). The Friars’ match-up against Mar-quette with be nationally-televised on FS1, while Providence’s game vs. DePaul will be broad-cast on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN).
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