Jan. 16, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
PROVIDENCE HITS THE ROAD FOR BACK-TO-BACK ROAD GAMES... The Friars face Xavier on Saturday, January 18 at 2:00 p.m. The game will be played at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. It marks the first of two-straight road games for the Friars, who will remain on the road to face Marquette on Tuesday, January 21 (8 p.m. ET).
TUNE IN... Live streaming audio of the Providence College vs. Xavier 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 1:50 p.m. The game also will be available on WOON 1240 AM.
ALL-TIME VS. XAVIER... The Friars and Musketeers will meet for the first time during the history of the two women's basketball programs on January 18. Xavier was one of three institutions to join the BIG EAST Conference in 2013, along with Creighton and Butler.
SCOUTING XAVIER... Xavier enters Saturday's game with a 7-10 overall record and a 2-3 mark in BIG EAST action. The Musketeers are in the midst of a two-game losing streak, having dropped league games to Marquette (73-67) and Creighton (79-50). Xavier was picked to finish ninth in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches' Poll, released in October.
PLAYERS TO WATCH... Shatyra Hawkes leads Xavier in scoring (14.1 ppg) and assists (3.8 apg) through 17 games. Ashley Wanninger is second in scoring with an average of 11.2 points per game. Jenna Crittendon rounds out the list of Xavier players averaging double figures (11.1 ppg) and leads the Musketeers in rebounding (7.4 rpg). The trio of Hawkes, Wanninger and Crittendon have combined to hit 88 of Xavier's 111 three pointers this season (88-262, 0.336). Wanninger leads the way with 31, followed by Hawkes (29) and Crittendon (28). Aliyah Zantt leads the BIG EAST Conference in steals with an average of 2.6 thefts per game overall. Twenty-one of her 44 steals have come during league play, and is averaging 4.2 steals per game vs. conference opponents.
FRIARS SNAP WINLESS STREAK VS. GEORGETOWN... On January 15, the Friars defeated BIG EAST foe Georgetown, 70-61, in Providence, R.I. It marked the first victory over Georgetown since January 2, 2002. On that day, Providence earned a 59-55 victory over Georgetown in Providence, R.I. Prior to the victory, the Friars had dropped 12-straight games to the Hoyas.
SARAH BEAL FILLS STAT SHEET AND COMES UP BIG DOWN THE STRETCH VS. THE HOYAS... Freshman point guard Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) scored a career-high 21 points and added six rebounds, five assists and two steals in Providence's victory over Georgetown on January 15. The Friars held a 10-point lead with 2:20 to play in the game (58-48), and it was all Beal down the stretch, scoring Providence's final 12 points of the game. She hit 10-of-11 free throws and was 1-of-1 from the field. Her lone field goal in the stretch came with 1:22 remaining in the game, as she picked Katie McCormick clean at mid-court and took the ball to the basket. McCormick fouled her on the play and Beal completed the traditional three-point play, giving the Friars a 16-point cushion (64-48). For the game, Beal hit 12-of-15 free throws. She also committed only one turnover in 37 minutes of action.
HARRIS KEEPS DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORING STREAK ALIVE... Junior forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) scored 10 points vs. Georgetown on January 15 and kept her streak of double-digit games alive during BIG EAST play. Harris is the only Friar to score double digits in each of Providence's five league games this season. Harris has reached double figures in 13 of the Friars' 16 games overall.
PEARSON SHINES VS. GEORGETOWN... Senior guard Danielle Pearson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) played a significant role in the Friars' victory over Georgetown on January 15. Standing at just 5-feet, 9-inches tall, Pearson led the Friars in rebounding with eight rebounds and added six points, five assists and two steals in 37 minutes of action. She hit 2-of-3 shot attempts from the field and was 2-of-2 from the charity stripe.
MILLER TIME... Freshman forward Aliyah Miller (Southaven, Miss.) made her first appearance in the starting line-up vs. Georgetown on January 15 and was the catalyst on the defensive end of the floor for Providence. Miller anchored a Friar defense that held the Hoyas to 20, first-half points, and also played a key role in locking down fellow freshman Natalie Butler, who recorded just four points and five rebounds in the opening 20 minutes. Keeping Butler quiet offensively aided the Friars in mounting a 14-point advantage at halftime. Miller finished the game with a career-high four steals.
GETTING OFF TO A GOOD START... The Friars are 6-1 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 5-1 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).
THREE FOR THREE... Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland), Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) and Karin Robinson (Jamaica, N.Y.) have combined to hit 17-of-39 attempts from three-point territory during BIG EAST regular-season play, which is good for 43.6-percent. Iiskola leads the league in three-point percentage during BIG EAST play (66.7-percent, 4-6). Robinson ranks fifth (43.8-percent, 7-16), while Beal sits at 12th (35.3-percent, 6-17). The rest of the team is shooting a combined 9-43 from beyond the arc (0.209).
RULE RETURNS TO FORM VS. THE HOYAS... Preseason All-BIG EAST selection Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) came out of the gates slow in the first two games of the conference schedule, but has found her way back to form through the last three. On January 15, Rule reminded everyone why she's one of the top players in the league as she dropped 19 points on Georgetown. Rule hit 5-of-11 attempts from the field, including 4-of-6 from beyond the three-point arc. She also hit 5-of-5 attempts from the foul line. Rule has recorded double figures in three of the Friars' five league games, including each of the last three. Her 19 points vs. the Hoyas marks her highest points total of the season vs. a BIG EAST opponent.
CLOSING THE DEAL... Junior Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) and freshman Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) played similar roles in the victory over Georgetown, as each player exploded on significant scoring runs. Rule scored 11-straight points in the final 5:34 of the first half on 2-of-3 shooting from the field and a perfect 5-of-5 performance from the charity stripe. Beal tallied 12-straight points in the final 2:20 of the second half on 1-of-2 shooting from the field and hit 10-of-11 free throws.
FIRST IMPRESSION... Junior walk-on Annie Russian (Round Rock, Texas) appeared in her first game of the season as the Friars defeated Georgetown, 70-61, on January 15. Russian was forced into action off the bench, and played a career-high 18 minutes. She hauled in a career-best five rebounds and helped defend the Georgetown duo of Natalie Butler and Andrea White. Prior to Wednesday's game, Russian had appeared in just six games during the 2012-13 season and played a total of 12 minutes (2.0 mpg).
CHARITY CASE... The Friars shot 80-percent (20-25) from the free-throw line in their victory over Georgetown on January 15. The Friars' 20 free throws mark the second-highest single-game total of the season. On November 9, Providence netted a season-high 32 free throws vs. UMass Lowell. Additionally, the Friars' shooting percentage from the foul line vs. Georgetown (0.800) is the second-highest percentage of the year. On November 20, Providence shot 91.7-percent from the foul line against Hartford (11-12).
STREAKING AT THE LINE... Junior Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) has hit 10-consecutive free throws dating back to the second half of the Friars' game vs. DePaul on January 8. Rule finished that game 5-of-6 from the free-throw line, and since then has been perfect vs. Creighton (2-2) and Georgetown (5-5).
FRIARS DRAIN EIGHT THREE POINTERS VS. GEORGETOWN... Providence hit eight of its 22 three-point attempts against Georgetown on January 15 (0.364). The Friars' eight threes are tied for the second-most made during a single game this season. Providence hit a season-high 17 three-pointers vs. Bryant on November 12, and knocked down eight vs. Boston College on December 29.
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... Nine of the Friars' 16 games this season have been decided by 10 points or less and Providence holds a 3-6 record in those games. Providence recorded its third victory of the season under those circumstances on January 15 vs. Georgetown. The Friars came away with a 70-61 victory in Providence, R.I.
TAKING WHAT THE DEFENSE GIVES HER... Sophomore Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) has hit at least one three-point basket in each of the last three games she has played, and is 4-6 from beyond the arc during that time. Iiskola missed the Friars' most recent game vs. Georgetown (1/15) with an illness. 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. Iiskola currently leads the BIG EAST in three-point percentage during regular-season conference play (0.667, 4-6).
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 Friars' loss to Butler on January 1. It marked her fifth double-digit scoring game with the Providence, 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 12 of the Friars' 16 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 35 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 BIG EAST players this season, and Providence accounts for two of them.
DOUBLE-TROUBLE... Two players have recorded double-doubles this season through 16 games. Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) leads the Friars 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.
EIGHT OF NINE ACTIVE PLAYERS HAVE SCORED IN DOUBLE FIGURES... Eight of the nine active players on the roster have scored in double figures at least once this season. Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) leads the way with 13 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 12 double-digit games, while Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) checks in with 11.
20+ ASSISTS... The Friars have dished 20+ assists in four games this season, heading into Saturday's match-up against Xavier. 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 16 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 (1,121 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 8.3 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Robinson has played in 13 of the Friars' 16 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 remain on the road to face BIG EAST foe Marquette on Tuesday, January 21. The game will be played at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee, Wis. Tip-off is set for 8:00 p.m. (ET).
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