PROVIDENCE HITS THE ROAD TO FACE SETON HALL... Providence will travel to South Orange, N.J. to face BIG EAST foe Seton Hall on Friday, Jan. 20. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 7:00 p.m. and will be televised on FS2.
PROVIDENCE VS. SETON HALL ALL-TIME... The Friars and Pirates have met 61 times during the history of the two programs. Seton Hall leads the all-time series, 33-28. The Pirates have earned victories in each of the last eight meetings. Five of the eight meetings during SHU’s current winning streak vs. Providence have been decided by 10 points or less.
FRIARS AND PIRATES ALL-TIME AT WALSH GYMNASIUM... The Friars and Pirates have met 27 times at Walsh Gymnasium in South Orange, N.J. Seton Hall leads the series 17-10 on its home court, 17-10.
LAST TIME PROVIDENCE DEFEATED SETON HALL... The Friars last defeated Seton Hall on Feb. 11, 2012. On that day, the Friars claimed a 62-47 victory at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I.
HOME COURT ADVANTAGE... Seton Hall has compiled an 8-10 overall record this season. The Pirates are 7-3 on the year at Walsh Gymnasium.
OFFENSE/DEFENSE... Seton Hall ranks third in the BIG EAST in scoring offense, averaging 66.8 points per game. On the flip side, the Pirates rank 10th in scoring defense, yielding 73.3 points per game to their opponents. Despite their rank in scoring defense, the Pirates average a league best 10.9 steals per game.
PLAYERS TO WATCH... JaQuan Jackson leads Seton Hall in scoring (16.3 ppg), followed by Kaela Hilaire’s 11.4 points per contest. Hilaire also is contributing a team-best 4.6 assists and 2.2 steals per game. Lubirdia Gordon is tops on the team in rebounding (6.3 rpg) and blocked shots (28).
BOTH TEAMS LOOKING TO HALT WINLESS STREAKS... Seton Hall enters Friday’s game on a six-game winless streak. The Pirates won their BIG EAST opener against St. John’s, 64-59, on Dec. 30 and followed with six-straight losses. Four of the six losses were decided by 17-or-more points. The Friars are in the midst of a five-game winless streak, including four losses decided by seven points or less.
SECOND QUARTER PUTS FRIARS BEHIND EIGHT-BALL VS. CREIGHTON... The Friars fell to Creighton, 58-51, in BIG EAST play on Jan. 14 in Providence, R.I. It marked the Friars’ fifth loss in conference play decided by single digits. PC held an 18-10 lead after the first 10 minutes, but Creighton responded with a 15-4 scoring advantage in the second quarter to take a 29-22 lead at halftime. The Bluejays pushed their lead to as many as 15 (47-32) in the third quarter with 1:36 left. Providence’s Sarah Beal converted a three-point play with six-seconds remaining on the clock to get within 12 heading into the final frame (47-32). The Friars closed the deficit to five (50-45) with 3:26 left in regulation as Providence started the fourth quarter with 10-3 edge in the scoring column. Creighton held off the threat with a three-point bucket by Lauren Works with 2:43 remaining in the game. Providence was unable to get closer than six points down the stretch. Beal led all scorers with 18 points on 6-9 shooting from the field, and a 6-7 performance from the foul line. Freshman Ny’Dajah Jackson (Oakland, Calif.) added nine points for the Friars off the bench.
LOOKING AT THE CLOSING STRETCH... Seven of the Friars’ last 11 regular-season games will be played on the road, including five of seven during the month of February.
GETTING OFF TO A GOOD START... The Friars are 7-3 this season when leading their opponent at halftime. Providence is 1-5 on the year when trailing at halftime and 1-1 when tied at with their opponent at the break.
FLIPPING THE SCRIPT AWAY FROM HOME... The Friars are 5-5 this season on the road (includes neutral site games). Heading into the 2016-17 season, the Friars had earned just one victory in their previous 20 games away from home and were 2-28 on the road during the last two seasons combined (includes neutral site games).
CLOSE, BUT NO CIGAR... The Friars enter Friday’s game with a 9-9 overall record. Eight of the Friars’ nine losses have been decided by single digits. Providence is 2-8 this season in games decided by 10 points or less, including a 1-6 mark in games decided by five points or less.
DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORERS... Seven of the 12 players on the roster who have seen game action have hit double digits in the scoring column at least once through 18 games. Sarah Beal has reached double figures a team-best 14 times, followed by Yoyo Nogic, who has scored in double figures 13 times. Nogic leads the Friars with three, 20-point games.
SARAH BEAL RANKS 10TH ALL-TIME IN CAREER ASSISTS... Sarah Beal has recorded 46 assists this season and owns 341 dimes during her career. Her 341 assists rank 10th on the Friars’ all-time list. Heading into Friday’s game vs. Seton Hall, Beal is looking upward at Symone Roberts ‘13 who ranks ninth all-time in career assists, with 351.
1,000 AND COUNTING... Sarah Beal became the 33rd player in program history to reach the 1,000-point career milestone on Jan. 4, 2017 when the Friars faced Marquette. Beal entered the game needing 21 points and finished with a season-high 24 points to achieve the feat. To date, she has played 90 career games with the Friars and currently ranks 31st on the Friars’ all-time career scoring list (1,024).
DOUBLE TROUBLE... Two Friars have recorded double-doubles this season through 18 games. Senior forward Aliyah Miller recorded her first double-double of the season, and third of her career, in a 77-65 victory at Hartford on Nov. 22. She tallied 10 points and 10 rebounds vs. the Hawks. On Nov. 27, junior Allegra Botteghi notched her first double-double of the season, and third of her career, in a 75-59 victory over Miami (OH). She registered 14 points and 12 rebounds vs. the RedHawks.
YOYO NOGIC’S FREE-THROW STREAK COMES TO AN END AGAINST CREIGHTON... Yoyo Nogic made 19-consecutive free throws this season before registering her first miss from the line vs. Creighton on Jan. 14. Nogic entered the Creighton game, 17-17, from the foul line. She was fouled by the Bluejays while shooting a three-pointer in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter. Nogic hit the first two to bring her streak to 19-straight on the year (and 28-straight makes dating back to last season), but missed the third attempt. Nogic has been exceptional from the line during her young career with the Friars, hitting 44-49 attempts overall (.898).
NOGIC RANKS 12TH IN THE NATION IN THREE-POINT PERCENTAGE... Yoyo Nogic currently ranks 12th in the nation in three-point field-goal percentage, having hit 52-of-111 attempts from long range (.468). She also ranks 23rd in the nation in three-pointers made (52) and 29th in three-point field goals per game (2.89). Furthermore, Nogic’s 52 makes ties her previous single-season best, set last season in her rookie campaign. For her career, Nogic is a 43.5-percent shooter from three-point range (104-239).
MORE ON PERCENTAGES... Yoyo Nogic is the only player ranked in the top-10 among BIG EAST players in both field-goal percentage and three-point percentage. She ranks 10th in field-goal percentage, having converted 88-188 attempts from the field overall. Nogic ranks second in three-point percentage, having hit 52-111 attempts from beyond the arc (.468).
SIXTH MAN... Maddie Jolin is generally the first Friar off the bench and has flourished in the sixth-man role. Averaging 28.5 minutes per game, she ranks third on the team in scoring (10.9 ppg), rebounding (4.3 rpg) and assists (1.8 apg).
CLARA CHE SETS UP THE OFFENSE... Clara Che leads the Friars in assists this season with 55 (3.1 apg). She ranks 12th in the BIG EAST in assists and 13th in assist/turnover ratio (1.2). Che has dished 4+ assist in seven games this season, including a career-high seven assists vs. North Dakota State (Nov. 16).
FRIARS LEAD THE LEAGUE IN THREE-POINT PERCENTAGE AND FREE-THROW PERCENTAGE... The Friars enter Friday’s game leading the BIG EAST in three-point percentage and free-throw percentage. Providence also ranks among the top-20 in the nation in each category. The Friars are 16th in the nation in three-point percentage (.380, 112-295) and 20th in free-throw percentage (.766, 177-231).
FRIARS POST 17-POINT MARGIN OF VICTORY AGAINST BUTLER... The Friars’ 17-point margin of victory over Butler (61-58) on Dec. 30 is the largest for Providence during BIG EAST Conference regular-season play since defeating Pittsburgh by 20 (91-71) on Feb. 20, 1999.
HIGHEST FIELD-GOAL PERCENTAGE IN BIG EAST PLAY SINCE 2009-10 SEASON... The Friars shot 52.2-percent from the field in their victory over Butler on Dec. 30, hitting 24-46 shot attempts from the floor. It marks the highest field-goal percentage in BIG EAST regular-season play for Providence since shooting 55.6-percent against then-No. 24/18 Georgetown on Jan. 10, 2010 (25-45).
FRIARS SHOOT SEASON-BEST 53.8-PERCENT FROM THREE-POINT TERRITORY AGAINST BUTLER... Providence shot a season-high 53.8-percent (7-13) from three-point territory against Butler on Dec. 30. The Friars’ hot-shooting against the Bulldogs came on the heels of shooting a season-low 13.6-percent (3-22) in their previous game against Xavier on Dec. 28. Yoyo Nogic paced the Friars from beyond the arc against Butler, hitting 5-7 attempts from long range. Maddie Jolin knocked down 2-3 three-point attempts vs. the Bulldogs.
FRIARS COMPLETE NON-CONFERENCE PLAY WITH 8-3 RECORD... The Friars finished non-conference play with a 62-58 victory over Monmouth on Dec. 21. The Friars posted an 8-3 record during the non-conference portion of it’s schedule, marking the most victories in non-conference play since going 8-6 during the 2011-12 campaign.
FRIARS HAUL IN SEASON-HIGH 47 REBOUNDS VS. MONMOUTH... The Friars recorded a season-high 47 rebounds in their victory over Monmouth (62-58) on Dec. 21. Providence’s 18 offensive rebounds in the game also marked a season high. Brianna Frias and Allegra Botteghi each collected a game-high nine rebounds. Frias’ nine boards marked a career high. She had collected a total of 10 rebounds in the previous six games she played leading up to the Monmouth game. Maddie Jolin and Aliyah Miller recorded eight and seven rebounds, respectively.
SARAH BEAL NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... Sarah Beal was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, Dec. 26. It marked the third time this season that Beal had been recognized on the honor roll, and the eighth time in her career. In the Friars’ only game the previous week, Beal led the team with a season-high 19 points in a 62-58 victory over Monmouth. She shot 5-10 from the field (0.500) and 9-11 from the free-throw line (0.818). Beal also grabbed four rebounds and tallied one assist, one blocked shot and one steal.
MADDIE JOLIN NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... Sophomore Maddie Jolin was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Nov. 28, marking the first league honor of her career. Jolin averaged 14.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game as the Friars posted three victories over Hartford, UNCW and Miami (OH). She shot 50-percent from the floor (14-28), including 7-14 shooting from three-point range (50-percent). Jolin also converted 9-12 free throws (75-percent). She reached double figures in the scoring column in all three games. She narrowly missed her first career double-double against Hartford on Nov. 22 with 16 points and a career-high nine rebounds. She posted 17 points against UNCW on Nov. 26 as she hit 6-8 shots from the field, including a 6-8 effort from beyond the arc.
FRIARS OPENED SEASON WITH SEVEN-STRAIGHT WINS... The Friars opened the 2016-17 season with seven-straight victories. It marked the first 7-0 start for Providence since the 1990-91 season, when the team also started the year 7-0.
SIX-STRAIGHT DOUBLE-DIGIT VICTORIES... Prior to the Friars’ loss to Brown on Dec. 4, the Friars recorded six-straight victories - all of which were decided by double figures. The last time the program recorded six-consecutive wins in double figures dates back to the 1990-91 campaign. During that season, the Friars also reeled off six-straight wins decided by double figures against Villanova (+27), Iona (+45), Seton Hall (+24), Pittsburgh (+11), Georgetown (+14) and Boston College (+29).
FOUR-STRAIGHT ROAD VICTORIES... The Friars logged four-consecutive wins on the road prior to their loss to Brown on Dec. 4. Providence defeated Hartford (77-65), UNCW (65-49), Miami (OH) (75-59) and Bryant (62-51). The last time Providence won four-consecutive games away from home was during the 1991-92 campaign against Villanova (82-80, 2OT), Pittsburgh (91-83), Georgetown (89-88) and St. John’s (82-79).
FRIARS OVERCOME LARGEST HALFTIME DEFICIT SINCE 2012-13 SEASON TO EARN VICTORY... On Nov. 19, the Friars rallied from a 10-point deficit at halftime (41-31) to defeat Binghamton, 71-58. It marks the largest halftime deficit that the Friars have rallied back from to earn a win since Jan. 23, 2013. That day, Providence trailed then-ranked No. 25 Villanova, 29-10, at halftime (-19) and battled back to earn a 65-60 victory in overtime.
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY SINCE 2013... The Friars defeated North Dakota State, 86-63, on Nov. 16 in Providence, R.I. It marked Providence’s largest margin of victory (+23) since Nov. 20, 2013, when it defeated Hartford by 26 points (79-53).
NOGIC AND CHE NAMED TO OCEAN STATE TIP-OFF ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM... Yoyo Nogic and Clara Che were named to the Ocean State Tip-Off All-Tournament Team on Dec. 4. Nogic averaged a team-best 15.0 points and added 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game, while shooting a blistering .579 from the field (11-19) and 4-6 from three-point territory (.667). Che averaged 11.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and led the team in assists (3.5 apg) and steals (3.0 spg).
WHAT’S NEXT... Providence will travel to Queens, N.Y. on Sunday, Jan. 22, to face St. John’s on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) via FOX Sports GO. Tip-off is set for 2:00 p.m.
OLIVIA ORLANDO SIGNS NLI TO ATTEND PROVIDENCE COLLEGE... Providence College women’s basketball Head Coach Jim Crowley announced on Nov. 10 that Olivia Orlando (Winthrop, Mass.) has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the College beginning in the Fall of 2017. Orlando is the first student-athlete to sign a NLI to attend Providence College and play for Crowley, as he embarks on his first season as the program’s head coach in 2016-17. Orlando, a 5-foot, 10-inch, guard, currently attends Tilton School, where she is coached by Tara Brisson. Orlando enters the 2016-17 campaign with 920 career points and is on track to become the program’s all-time leading scorer by season’s end (1,104 points). During her three seasons at Tilton School, she has averaged a double-double with 14.0 point and 10.4 rebounds per game. Orlando is a three-time Lakes Region All-Star and NEPSAC All-Star (2014-16). She also has earned NEPSAC Championship Game Most Valuable Player honors during her career, in addition to Blackburn Tournament MVP recognition and Nickerson Tournament All-Tournament Team honors. While with the program, Tilton School has compiled a 65-12 overall record, including an impressive 40-3 mark at home. Orlando, a three-year captain, has helped guide Tilton School to three-consecutive Lakes Region Championships and two NEPSAC titles.
DORIS BURKE ‘87 TO HAVE JERSEY RETIRED... On Saturday, Feb. 11, Providence College will honor six of its all-time greatest athletes. Former Friar men’s basketball players Otis Thorpe ‘84 and the late Bruce “Soup” Campbell ’78 and women’s basketball player Doris Burke ’87, as well as hockey greats Lou Lamoriello ‘63, Ron Wilson ‘77 and Cammi Granato ’93 all will be recognized as they join the Friar Legends Forever Tradition. The six individuals will be honored during a halftime ceremony at the men’s basketball game vs. Butler on Feb. 11. Following the game, the Athletic Department will hold a dinner to honor the group at the Omni Hotel in Downtown Providence. Burke’s jersey will also be unveiled at Alumni Hall, where it will remain along with previous women’s basketball Friar Legends, during halftime at the women’s basketball home game vs. Seton Hall on Sunday, Feb. 19. Tip-off is for that game is slated for 1:00 p.m. The Friar Legends Forever Tradition began in 1996. To earn the honor, the player or coach must have made a significant impact on Friar basketball and he/she must have received national recognition during his/her career at Providence. Burke will become the fourth player in Providence College women’s basketball history to be honored, and the fifth honoree overall. In 2010, former Associate Athletic Director Helen Bert and former Friar great Kathy Finn Hill `84 were honored. In 2014, Tracy Lis `92 was honored. Most recently, Andrea Mangum ’90 joined the Friar Legends in 2015. Burke (formerly Sable) was a member of the women’s basketball team from 1983-87. Burke led the Friars in assists during three of her four seasons with the program and finished her career with 602 handouts. Burke is ranked second all-time at PC in career assists and also ranks 10th all-time in career scoring (1,372 points). She was a three-time All-BIG EAST selection, including a member of the First Team as a senior in 1987. She also was honored as a KODAK District 1 All-America selection. Burke has since been inducted into the Providence College Athletics Hall of Fame. Professionally, Burke is widely known as a pioneer in the world of television sports broadcasting. She is a versatile commentator who works a variety of ESPN assignments, including the NBA, women’s college basketball regular-season and NCAA Championship, men’s college basketball regular season and Championship Week, in addition to assignments for other ESPN properties. Since 2003, Burke has taken on additional roles and assignments for NBA coverage, including sideline reporter and game analyst during select ESPN NBA telecasts. She also serves as a sideline reporter for NBA playoff games and the NBA Finals on ABC.
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