PROVIDENCE COLLEGE SET TO FACE XAVIER... Providence College travels to Cincinnati, Ohio to face BIG EAST foe Xavier on Friday, Jan. 19 at the Cintas Center. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.
TUNE-IN... The Friars’ game vs. Xavier will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) via FOX Sports Go. Download the FOX Sports Go app on your mobile device or tablet to watch the game, or tune in via the internet on your desktop/laptop computer by navigating to http://www.FOXSportsGo.com. The app is not available internationally, but the game may be watched via the internet.
FRIARS VS. MUSKETEERS ALL-TIME... The Friars and Musketeers have played eight times since Xavier joined the BIG EAST in 2013-14. The Musketeers lead the all-time series, 7-1, including victories in each of the last six games.
PROVIDENCE VS. XAVIER AT THE CINTAS CENTER... Providence and Xavier have met four times at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Musketeers are 4-0 vs. Providence on their home court.
THE FRIARS’ LONE VICTORY... Providence owns one victory vs. Xavier in the all-time series. On Feb. 22, 2014, the Friars claimed a 61-59 win at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I.
THREE OF THE LAST FOUR... Three of the last four meetings between Providence and Xavier have been decided by 10 points or less, including both games played between the two teams last season (2016-17). On Dec. 28, 2016, Xavier escaped with a 54-51 victory at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. The Musketeers earned the season sweep with a 67-57 win at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio on Feb. 26, 2017.
SCOUTING XAVIER... Xavier enters the weekend with an 8-10 overall record and a 1-6 mark in the BIG EAST Conference. The Musketeers defeated Butler in their BIG EAST opener on Dec. 29 (69-62), but have lost six-straight games. Six of Xavier’s eight victories have come on its home court at the Cintas Center, where the team has posted a 6-3 overall mark (0-2 BIG EAST). The Musketeers were picked to finish 10th in the BIG EAST according to the preseason coaches’ poll, released in October. A total of 13 players have seen game action this season, and 11 of those 13 players have cracked the starting line-up at least once. Only two players are averaging more than 25 minutes per game: Anniina Aijanen (28.8 mpg) and Jada Byrd (25.6 mpg).
PLAYERS TO WATCH... Imani Partlow leads the Musketeers scoring (10.9 ppg) and is second on the team in rebounding (5.1 rpg). She’s shooting a team-best .525 from the floor (42-80), including .558 (29-52) during BIG EAST play. She ranks fourth in the BIG EAST in field-goal percentage during regular-season conference play. Partlow has played just 11 games overall, with eight appearances in the starting line-up. She has played in all seven BIG EAST games and has cracked the starting line-up five times. A’riana Gray is the team leader in rebounding (5.7 rpg) and also contributes 5.3 points and a team best 1.0 steal per game. Aaliyah Dunham is Xavier’s top distributor this season, averaging 3.0 assists per contest, while also adding 6.6 points and 1.8 rebounds per contest. Eight players on the roster have attempted at least 25 three-point buckets this season. Dunham is shooting a team-best .463 from beyond the arc (19-41).
FRIARS OWN SIX VICTORIES ON THE ROAD THIS SEASON... Providence has registered six of its eight wins away from home this season. Three of those wins came on a neutral court during the Savannah Invitational (Nov. 21-23). Providence defeated Northeastern (98-95 OT), Yale (55-51) and St. John’s (49-44) on its opponent’s home court. The Friars’ four losses this season on the road came against Quinnipiac (62-36), Sacred Heart (78-75), Seton Hall (65-56) and Creighton (73-56). During BIG EAST Conference action, the Friars have compiled a 1-2 record on the road.
PROVIDENCE LOSES FOR FIRST TIME THIS SEASON WHEN SHOOTING BETTER THAN 45-PERCENT FROM THE FLOOR... The Friars shot 50-percent (24-48) from the field in a 73-56 loss to Creighton Jan. 13. It marked the first time this season that the Friars lost a game when shooting better than 45-percent from the field. Providence enters Friday’s game against Xavier with a 5-1 record when shooting 45-percent or better from the field. The Friars are 4-1 when shooting 50-percent or better.
FRIARS ARE IN THE MIDST OF FOUR-GAME WINLESS STREAK... The Friars are currently in the midst of a four-game winless streak. It marks the longest stretch of consecutive losses for Providence this season. The stretch started with a 65-56 loss to Seton Hall on Jan. 5. The Friars then fell to DePaul (71-48), Marquette (77-60) and Creighton (73-56). Marquette and DePaul were both receiving votes in the national polls at the time of play.
SINGLE DIGITS... Providence is 5-6 in games decided by 10-points or less, including a 4-2 mark in games decided by five points or less.
FRIARS COME UP JUST SHORT... Six of the Friars’ 11 losses this season have been decided by a single-digit margin, including two by five points or less.
1,000-POINT MILESTONE... On Jan. 10 vs. Marquette, junior Jovana Nogic became the 34th player in program history to eclipse 1,000 points. She hit the milestone just 1:30 into the game on a three-point bucket. Nogic finished the game with 24 points. Heading into Friday’s game at Xavier, Nogic ranks 31st on Providence all-time career scoring list with 1,038 points.
WILLIAMS SHINES IN STARTING ROLE... Freshman Chanell Williams made her first collegiate start on Jan. 2 at St. John’s and has started each of the Friars’ games since then (five games total). As a member of the starting line-up, she is averaging 11.0 points per game, 4.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game. She has hit double figures in the scoring column in four of her five starts, including a career-high 16 points against Seton Hall (Jan. 5). During the five-game stretch of starts, she also has pulled down a career-high six rebounds on two occasions and collected a career-best five steals. Williams also has shot an impressive .487 from the field during her time as a starter (19-39). On Jan. 8, she earned BIG EAST Freshman of the Week honors for the first time in her career.
NOGIC RANKS THIRD IN THE NATION IN FREE-THROW PERCENTAGE... Jovana Nogic ranks first in the BIG EAST and third in the nation in free throw percentage. She has shot 95.5-percent from the foul line (64-67). At one point during the season, Nogic had converted 33-consecutive attempts from the foul line. For her career, she has cashed in on 92.4-percent of her attempts at the line (122-132). She has made a single-game career high of eight free throws in two games this season vs. Boston College (8-10) and St. John’s (8-8).
CURRENT STREAK AT THE FREE-THROW LINE... Nogic’s current streak of consecutive free throws made stands at 23. In the Friars’ most recent game against Creighton, she finished 3-3 from the charity stripe.
NOGIC HOLDS SINGLE-SEASON RECORD FOR THREE-POINTERS... Jovana Nogic set the Providence College single-season record for three-pointers, with 91, during the 2016-17 season. The previous record was held by Julie Wheeler ‘98, which she set during the 1994-95 season, with 82. For her career, Nogic has hit 196-487 attempts from three-point territory (.402). The Providence College record for career three-pointers made was set by Wheeler (252) in 101 games (1994-98). Nogic has hit 50+ three-pointers during each of her three seasons with the team.
NOGIC RANKS AMONG NCAA ACTIVE CAREER LEADERS FROM BEYOND THE ARC... Jovana Nogic ranks tied for 17th among active NCAA Division I players in career three-point percentage. Nogic has hit 40.1-percent of her attempts from beyond the arc (202-504). Additionally, she ranks tied for 15th among active NCAA career leaders in three-pointers made per game (2.51).
DOUBLE-TROUBLE... Junior college transfer Ny-Asia Franklin recorded the first double-double of her career with the Friars on Nov. 14 against Northeastern. She posted 13 points and 13 boards against the Huskies. Franklin joins Allegra Botteghi (4) and Maddie Jolin (1) as the only active players on the current roster to record a double-double.
FRANKLIN PACES THE FRIARS ON THE BOARDS... Ny-Asia Franklin leads Providence in rebounding with an average of 4.9 boards per game. She has pulled down 5+ rebounds in nine games this season, including five of the last six. She grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds against Northeastern (Nov. 14), and has registered a season-high eight boards during BIG EAST regular-season play twice vs. Villanova (Dec. 30) and St. John’s (Jan. 2).
PROVIDENCE EARNS FIRST WIN OVER ST. JOHN’S SINCE 2007... The Friars defeated St. John’s, 49-44, on Jan. 2 at Carnesecca Arena in Jamaica, N.Y. It marked the Friars’ first BIG EAST victory of the season and first win over St. John’s since Feb. 10, 2007. Heading into the match-up, the Friars had dropped 14-straight games to St. John’s.
FRIARS FALL SHORT IN UPSET BID OF NO. 18/18 VILLANOVA... Providence College gave 18th-ranked Villanova all it could handle during their BIG EAST match-up on Dec. 30 in Providence, R.I. The Friars led for the majority of the game, but it slipped away from them late in the fourth quarter and `Nova escaped with a 63-55 win. Villanova started the game on a 6-0 run with back-to-back three pointers, but the Friars responded well. After a season-low five points against Georgetown in the BIG EAST opener, Jovana Nogic tallied 11 of the Friars’ 15 points in the first quarter. Providence held a 15-13 lead at the conclusion of the opening 10 minutes. The Wildcats regained the lead early in the second quarter with a 6-0 run. Sophomore guard Ny’Dajah Jackson came up with a steal for the Friars and went coast-to-coast for a lay-in to halt the run. Nogic followed with a three pointer to give Providence back the lead (20-19) with 7:41 on the clock. Villanova answered on the other end with a jumper from Alex Louin at the 6:18 mark of the second, but the Friars finished the second quarter with an 11-4 scoring advantage to take a 31-25 lead at halftime. Nogic finished the first half with 18 points on 7-10 shooting from the field, including a 4-5 performance from beyond the arc. In the third quarter, the Friars got out to a 10-point lead (35-25) on back-to-back buckets by Clara Che and Ny-Asia Franklin. The Wildcats fought back to get within one (37-36), but the Friars bounced back out to a 44-38 lead with 26-seconds on the clock. Villanova’s Mary Gedaka hit a three pointer to end the quarter to make it a three-point game heading into the final frame (44-41). The Wildcats stepped up in the fourth quarter and out-scored the Friars, 22-11. Maddie Jolin hit a three-pointer with 4:58 left to tie the game, 51-51. From there, Villanova went on a 10-0 run to take 61-51 lead and seal the victory. Nogic finished the day with 26 points on 9-15 shooting from the field, including a 4-8 shooting performance from three-point territory. She also contributed four rebounds, two assists and one blocked shot. Jolin added 10 points and five rebounds and two assist. The Wildcats were paced by Gedaka, who posted 24 points on 11-12 shooting.
COMBINATION OF TURNOVERS AND SEASON-LOW SHOOTING PERFORMANCE DOOM FRIARS IN BIG EAST OPENER... Providence fell to Georgetown, 75-43, in its BIG EAST opener on Dec. 28. The Friars found themselves trailing 19-0 after just eight minutes of action and never recovered. At the end of the night, Georgetown had out-scored Providence, 35-0 in points off of turnovers, 22-0 in fast-break points and 42-8 in the paint. The Friars committed 30 turnovers in the game and shot a season-low 27.7-percent from the field (13-47).
FRIARS CLAIM A WINNING RECORD IN NON-CONFERENCE PLAY IN BACK-TO-BACK SEASONS... The Friars finished non-conference play with a 7-5 mark and have secured a winning record in non-conference action in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the 2010-11 and 2011-12 campaigns. Last season, Providence finished the non-conference portion of their schedule with an 8-4 record.
FRIARS CLAIM SAVANNAH INVITATIONAL TITLE... Providence posted a 3-0 record and claimed the Savannah Invitational title in Savannah, Ga. The Friars defeated Savannah State (78-48), Wright State (74-69) and Stetson (56-45).
FRIARS EARN FIRST IN-SEASON TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP SINCE 2012... The Friars last won an in-season tournament championship during the 2012-13 season, as part of the Fordham Holiday Classic in Bronx, N.Y. Providence College defeated Colorado State (71-53) and Lafayette (66-54) on Dec. 29-30, 2012. Last season, the Friars competed in two in-season tournaments. Providence finished 2-0 at the UNCW Hampton Inn Thanksgiving Classic, but the tournament did not award a champion. The Friars also participated in the first annual Ocean State Tip-Off Tournament, and fell to Brown in the championship game.
CHANELL WILLIAMS NAMED BIG EAST FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK... Chanell Williams was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week on Jan. 8. Williams averaged 11.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists for the Friars last week. She shot 50-percent from the field (12-24) and posted a 1.33 assist/turnover ratio. The rookie guard led Providence to its first win over St. John’s in more than a decade, halting a run of 14-straight victories by the Red Storm, with 10 points, four assists and .667 shooting from the field. She went on to tally a career-high 16 points and six rebounds against Seton Hall. Williams became the first Friar to earn Freshman of the Week honors since Sarah Beal ’17 on March 6, 2014.
MADDIE JOLIN NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... Jolin earned BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll recognition for the second time in her career on Jan. 8. She paced the Friars with an average of 15.7 points per game and shot .533 from the field (16-30), including .529 from three-point territory (9-17). Jolin also contributed 3.3 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game. She is the only Friar to score in double figures during each game of the regular-season BIG EAST schedule. Jolin capped the week with a 20-point performance against #RV/RV DePaul on Jan. 7, marking her second 20-point game of the season and fourth of her career. She also collected a season-high five steals against the Blue Demons, marking the third time in her career that she has picked up 5+ steals in a single game.
NOGIC NAMED BIG EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK... Jovana Nogic was named BIG EAST Player of the Week on Nov. 27. It marks the first time in her career that she has earned the honor, and comes on the heels of being named Most Valuable Player at the Savannah Invitational on Nov. 23. Nogic led the Friars to a 3-0 record and the tournament title at the Savannah Invitational, where she averaged 22.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. She shot an impressive 43.5-percent from the field (20-46), including a blistering 57.1-percent from three point territory (16-28). Nogic also was a perfect 12-12 from the foul line.
BOTTEGHI NAMED TO SAVANNAH INVITATIONAL ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM... Allegra Botteghi was named to the Savannah Invitational All-Tournament Team on Nov. 23. She played steady basketball throughout the tournament and averaged 7.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. Botteghi posted a tournament-high 12 points in the Friars’ victory over a tough Wright State team on Nov. 22. She also led Providence in rebounding in two of three games at the Savannah Invitational. In the Friars’ game against Stetson, Botteghi tallied a team-best six points and four rebounds in the first half to keep Providence in good position to stage a comeback.
JOLIN NAMED TO OCEAN STATE TIP-OFF ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM... Junior guard Maddie Jolin earned Ocean State Tip-Off All-Tournament Team honors on Dec. 3. She averaged 15.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steal per game at the event in games vs. Brown and Rhode Island. Her scoring and rebounding averages were tops on the team. She shot .579 from the field (11-19), .500 from three-point territory and 1.000 from the charity stripe (2-2) while averaging 32 minutes per game. Jolin tallied 16 points and nine rebounds against Brown and followed with 14 points, six boards, three assists and two steals against Rhode Island.
MADDIE JOLIN SPARKS IMPROBABLE COMEBACK... Junior guard Maddie Jolin tallied 18 of her career-high 23 points in the fourth quarter, as the Friars mounted an improbable come-back victory against Northeastern on Nov. 14. The Huskies led 71-51 with 9:09 remaining in the game, before Jolin rattled off 10-consecutive points en route to a 15-0 run by the Friars. Jolin shot 6-7 from the field in the final quarter, including a 3-3 performance from three-point territory. She also hit 2-3 free-throw attempts. For the game, Jolin was 8-11 from the field, including 4-5 from beyond the arc.
NOGIC DRAINS CAREER-HIGH 31 POINTS... Jovana Nogic led the Friars with a career-best 31 points on Nov. 14 against Northeastern. She complemented a red-hot Maddie Jolin in the fourth quarter with nine points, and took control in the overtime, scoring eight of the Friars’ 13 points in the extra session. For the game, Nogic shot 12-19 from the field and hit 6-6 shots from the free-throw line. Nogic’s 31 points are the second most scored by a BIG EAST Conference player this season. Audrey Faber (Creighton) notched 34 points against Drake on Dec. 3.
THIRTY SOMETHING... Jovana Nogic is the first Friar to score 30+ points in a game since Tori Rule ‘15 dropped 30 points against Marquette on March 7, 2015. Nogic’s 31 points against Northeastern marks the second-highest scoring total in the BIG EAST Conference this season.
FRIARS IN OVERTIME GAMES UNDER JIM CROWLEY... Providence is 2-2 in overtime games under the direction of second-year Friars Head Coach Jim Crowley. In his first season with the program (2016-17), Providence posted a 1-2 mark in overtime games. The Friars are 2-0 in overtime games when they score 90+ points.
JOVANA NOGIC NAMED TO ANN MEYERS DRYSDALE AWARD WATCH LIST... Junior Jovana Nogic was announced as a candidate for the inaugural Ann Meyers Drysdale Award. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced its watch list, comprised of 20 players, on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Named after the first player, male or female, to be named to the All-America Team in four-straight seasons, the annual award recognizes the top shooting guard in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball. Nogic led the BIG EAST Conference and finished 19th in NCAA Division I in three-point field goal percentage (.429) and 20th in three-point field goals made per game (3.03). She ranked second in the BIG EAST and 25th in the nation in three-point field goals made (91).Additionally, Nogic hit at least one three-point bucket in 28 of the Friars’ 30 games. She knocked down three-or-more three-point attempts in 18 games, including six games with five-or-more makes from beyond the arc. On Jan. 27, 2017, Nogic recorded a career-best seven three-point makes (7-11) vs. eventual BIG EAST Tournament Champion Marquette. Her shooting prowess also extends to the free-throw line, where she knocked down 33-of-36 attempts (.917). Nogic is one of five players to land on the watch list from the BIG EAST Conference, joining Ashton Millender (DePaul), Natisha Hiedeman (Marquette), Allazia Blockton (Marquette) and Akina Wellere (St. John’s). The Selection Committee for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award is composed of top women’s college basketball personnel, including media members, head coaches, sports information directors and Hall of Famers. By mid-February, the watch list of 20 players for the 2018 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award will be narrowed to just 10. In March, five finalists will be presented to Ms. Drysdale and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. Fans also will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite finalist at www.hoophallawards.com.
HOW THE FRIARS FARED IN 2016-17... The Friars finished the season with a 12-18 overall record and a 4-14 mark in the BIG EAST Conference. The Friars’ 12 wins marked a seven-game improvement in the win column, compared to the previous season when they finished 5-24 (2015-16). It also marks the most wins overall in a single-season since 2011-12, when the team finished the year 13-17. In conference play, Providence’s four victories marked the most since 2011-12 when the team finished 5-11.
FRIARS PICKED TO FINISH NINTH IN BIG EAST PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL... The Friars were picked to finish ninth in the 2017-18 BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The announcement was made at the league’s annual media day on Oct. 18 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
2017-18 BIG EAST PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL
1. Marquette (9) 81
2. DePaul (1) 73
3. Villanova 61
4. Creighton 58
5. Georgetown 43
6. Seton Hall 40
7. St. John’s 37
8. Butler 29
9. Providence 18
10. Xavier 10
HIGHEST FINISH IN BIG EAST SINCE 1997-98... Providence finished in a three-way tie for seventh place in the BIG EAST Conference regular-season standings. It marks the highest finish for the program since conference realignment, and best finish overall in league play since 1997-98 when the team finished fourth in the BIG EAST 7 division.
WHAT’S NEXT... The Friars finish a stretch of three-consecutive road games on Sunday, Jan. 21 against Butler at 1:00 p.m. The game will be played at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind.
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