Jan. 20, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
PROVIDENCE COLLEGE AND MARQUETTE SET TO SQUARE OFF... The Providence College women's basketball team will face Marquette University in BIG EAST Conference action 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).
TUNE IN... Live streaming audio of the Providence College vs. Marquette 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 7:50 p.m. (ET).
SCOUTING MARQUETTE... Marquette enters Tuesday's game against Providence with a 12-4 overall record, including a 3-2 mark in BIG EAST Conference play. The Golden Eagles are 3-0 on the road in league play, but have posted an 0-2 mark vs. conference opponents at the Al McGuire Center. In fact, Marquette is a perfect 7-0 away from its home court this season. The Golden Eagles were picked to finish fifth in 2013-14 BIG EAST Preseason Coaches' Poll, and currently sit in fourth place heading into Tuesday's game. During BIG EAST Conference play, the Golden Eagles lead the league in rebounding margin (+13.7), and are second in rebounds per game (41.8).
PLAYERS TO WATCH... Katherine Plouffe leads the Golden Eagles, and is one of just three two BIG EAST players who are averaging a double-double this season, with 19.3 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. Georgetown freshmen Natalie Butler joins Plouffe in that category with 14.9 points and a league best 13.4 boards per contest. Katie Young is second on the team in scoring (12.9 ppg) and rebounding (8.9), and is first among her teammates in blocked shots (13). Arlesia Mores rounds out the list of Golden Eagles averaging double figures with 10.8 points per game. Brooklyn Pumroy leads Marquette in assists (5.3 apg) and steals (1.6 spg). Pumroy ranks third in the BIG EAST in assists and ninth in steals.
PROVIDENCE VS. MARQUETTE ALL-TIME... The Friars and Golden Eagles will meet for the ninth time during the history of the two women's basketball programs on January 21. Marquette leads the all-time series, 5-3. However, the Friars have earned victories in three of the last five meetings.
FRIARS AND GOLDEN EAGLES AT THE AL MCGUIRE CENTER... Providence and Marquette have met have met four times at the Al McGuire Center and the series is tied, 2-2. The Friars have earned victories in each of the last two games played on Marquette's home court.
LAST MEETING BETWEEN THE TWO TEAMS... Providence and Marquette last met on February 26, 2013 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. The Golden Eagles captured an 81-70 victory on that day. Junior Tori Rule (Minneapolis Minn.) led all scorers with 25 points for Providence, while Katherine Plouffe checked in with 20 points. A full box score of the game is below (available in PDF format only).
LAST MEETING AT THE AL MCGUIRE CENTER... The Friars pulled off a 52-50 victory over Marquette on January 21, 2012, as Rachel Barnes converted two free throws with less than a second remaining in regulation. The Friars were led offensively by Teya Wright, who scored 18 points. Barnes finished the night with 11 points. Katherine Plouffe recorded 16 points and 11 rebounds for Marquette in the loss.
GETTING IT DONE IN TIGHT GAMES... Each of the Friars' three victories over Marquette have been decided by single digits, including two games decided by two points. A full breakdown of the all-time series is located on Pg. 7.
TORI RULE NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... Providence College junior guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, January 20, for her performance last week vs. Georgetown and Xavier. Rule averaged 18.5 points and 4.0 rebounds last week, shooting 7-of-13 from three-point territory (53.8-percent). Rule notched 19 points in a victory over Georgetown on Jan. 15 and followed with a game-high 18 points against Xavier on Jan. 18. The Friars' victory over Georgetown snapped a streak of 12-straight losses to the Hoyas. Rule leads the Friars' offense this season with an average of 16.4 points per game. She also is contributing 3.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.4 steals per contest. Rule has earned BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll recognition three times on the year (12/9, 12/30 and 1/20). She also was named BIG EAST Player of the Week on November 25, and was one of 10 players named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team in October.
RULE NETS 18 POINTS IN LOSS TO XAVIER... Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) recorded a game-high 18 points in a 75-52 loss to Xavier on Jan. 18 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rule also grabbed five rebounds and dished one assist. She hit 6-of-17 shots from the floor, including 3-of-7 from three-point territory. It marked the 36th double-digit scoring game of her career and 13th of the 2013-14 season.
DOUBLE TROUBLE... Junior forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) recorded her team-best sixth double-double of the season on Jan. 18 vs. Xavier with 13 points and 11 rebounds. It marked her first career double-double vs. a BIG EAST Conference opponent.
HARRIS KEEPS DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORING STREAK ALIVE... Junior forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) scored 13 points against Xavier on Jan. 18 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 six league games this season. Harris has reached double figures in 14 of the Friars' 17 games overall.
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.
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).
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 the Friars' game vs. Georgetown, Russian had appeared in just six games during the 2012-13 season and played a total of 12 minutes (2.0 mpg).
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.
TORI RULE LEADS FRIARS WITH SIX, 20+ POINT GAMES... Junior guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) has reached double figures in the scoring column during 13 of the Friars' 17 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 36 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.
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.
HARRIS AND IISKOLA HAVE EACH POSTED DOUBLE-DOUBLES THIS SEASON... Two players have recorded double-doubles this season through 17 games. Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) leads the Friars with six double-doubles, marking the first six 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 14 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 13 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 Tuesday's match-up against Marquette. 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 17 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 (1,122 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 8.0 points, 2.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.3 steals per game. Robinson has played in 14 of the Friars' 17 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 return to Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. to host Seton Hall in BIG EAST Conference play. The game is scheduled for Saturday, January 25 at 2:30 p.m. At halftime, the program will honor former Friar great Tracy Lis '92. The athletics department will add Lis to its prestigious Friars Legends Forever Tradition, as it will retire her uniform. Lis also will be honored at the men's basketball game earlier that day; a Noon tip-off at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.
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