Live Video - Providence vs. Marquette (Free) - Jan. 23
Live Audio - Providence vs. Marquette (Friars All-Access subscription) - Jan. 23
Live Audio - Providence vs. DePaul (Friars All-Access subscription) - Jan. 25
FRIARS SET TO PLAY BACK-TO-BACK ROAD GAMES... The Providence College women’s basketball team will play back-to-back road games vs. Marquette and DePaul this weekend.
FRIARS ALL-ACCESS... A live audio stream will be available for each game as a part of Friars All-Access on the college’s athletic web site. Friars All-Access is a subscription service. Play-by-play will be provided by Chris Fama.
LIVE VIDEO / TELEVISION COVERAGE... Friday’s game vs. Marquette will feature a live video stream, which can be found on Marquette’s athletic web site www.GoMarquette.com. The video stream is free of charge. On Sunday, the Friars’ game vs. DePaul will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
PROVIDENCE VS. MARQUETTE ALL-TIME... Providence and Marquette have met 10 times during the history of the two women’s basketball programs. The Golden Eagles lead the all-time series, 7-3, including victories in each of the last three meetings.
FRIARS AND GOLDEN EAGLES AT THE AL McGUIRE CENTER... The Friars and Golden Eagles have met five times at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee, Wis. Marquette leads the series on its home court, 3-2.
LAST TIME PROVIDENCE DEFEATED MARQUETTE... Providence last defeated Marquette on Jan. 21, 2012 in Milwaukee, Wis. On that day, Providence edged Marquette, 52-50, as Rachel Barnes ‘12 hit two free throws with just one second remaining in regulation.
PROVIDENCE VS. DE PAUL ALL-TIME... The Friars and Blue Demons have met 13 times during the history of the two women’s basketball programs. DePaul leads the all-time series, 9-4, including an 8-2 advantage during BIG EAST Conference regular-season action. The Blue Demons have earned victories in each of the last three meetings. DePaul also has earned victories in each of the six meetings played vs. Providence at McGrath Phillips Arena.
LAST TIME PROVIDENCE DEFEATED DE PAUL... The Friars last defeated DePaul on Jan. 7, 2012 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. On that day, the Friars notched a 60-52 win vs. the Blue Demons.
FRIARS IN SEARCH OF THEIR FIRST ROAD VICTORY... Providence is winless on the road this season with an 0-9 record. Five of the nine losses on the road have been decided by 10 points or less.
LOOKING TO SEAL THE DEAL... Providence has held a halftime lead vs. five of its seven BIG EAST opponents this season, yet the team has posted a 1-6 record in league play. It’s only BIG EAST victory of the season came against Villanova in the league opener on Dec. 3 (51-49). It also stands as one of Villanova’s two losses in conference play this season.
HOME AND AWAY... At home in Alumni Hall, the Friars are scoring an average of 62.2 points, while allowing 62.7 points per game defensively (-0.4 scoring margin). When on the road, the Friars average just 59.9 points per game on offense and give up an average of 71.9 points per game to their opponent (-12.0).
FRIARS ARE 2-4 WHEN LEADING AT HALFTIME... Providence is 2-4 this season when holding a halftime lead. On Dec. 21, the Friars held a 25-21 lead vs. Duquesne at halftime and went on to win, 67-56. Providence also led UMass Lowell at the half (35-28) on Dec. 6 and won the game, 66-54. The Friars’ four losses this season when leading at the break came during league play vs. St. John’s, Georgetown, Seton Hall and Creighton.
GETTING OVER THE HUMP... Ten of the Friars’ 18 games this season have been decided by 10 points or less. Providence has recorded a 2-8 record in those contests. Additionally, five games have been decided by five points or less, in which Providence has posted a 1-4 record. The lone victory among those four games came against BIG EAST foe Villanova (51-49) on Dec. 3.
IISKOLA STEPS UP WHEN TEAM NEEDS HER MOST... In the first four BIG EAST Conference games this season, Evi Iiskola averaged 2.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. She shot an uncharacteristic 28-percent from the field (4-14) and hit just 2-4 free throws. With the recent loss of Tori Rule and Sarah Beal to injury, Iiskola has embraced her role as a leader on the floor and has played her best basketball of the season. In the last three games (without Rule and Beal), Iiskola has led the team in scoring (13.3 ppg), field-goal percentage (.565, 13-23) and three-point percentage (.571, 4-7). She has tallied double-figures in the scoring column in each game, and recently scored a season-high 19 points against Seton Hall (Jan. 11).
KARIN ROBINSON SHINES IN STARTING ROLE... Senior guard Karin Robinson has started each of the Friars’ last four games at the point guard position, since Sarah Beal fell victim to injury, and has risen to the challenge. Through 18 games overall, Robinson has averaged 4.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. Since being inserted into the starting line-up in the last four games, Robinson has averaged 11.5 points, 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game. She has scored in double figures in three of the four games, including a season-high 17 points against Georgetown (Jan. 9). She also dished a season-best five assists vs. Xavier on Jan. 4.
FRIARS RISE UP... In the wake of injuries to Tori Rule and Sarah Beal, the Friars have played well as a unit. In the last four games, four players have averaged double-digits in the scoring column, including Karin Robinson (11.5 ppg), Chanise Baldwin (11.3 ppg), Lex Harris (11.0 ppg) and Evi Iiskola (10.5 ppg).
BALDWIN NEARLY AVERAGING A DOUBLE-DOUBLE IN LAST FOUR GAMES... Chanise Baldwin has nearly averaged a double-double in the Friars’ last four games with 11.3 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. She has shot 52-percent from the field (14-27) and 68-percent from the free-throw line (17-25).
MORE ABOUT BALDWIN AT THE FREE-THROW LINE... In looking at Chanise Baldwin’s recent success at the free-throw line the last four games (68-percent, 17-25), it’s worth noting the margin of improvement when compared to her career stats at the line. During the current season, Baldwin sits at 52-percent shooting overall from the charity stripe (37-71). She also is a 52-percent shooter from the line during her career (52-100).
TORI RULE SITS IN 20th PLACE ON FRIARS’ ALL-TIME CAREER SCORING LIST... Senior Tori Rule became the 32nd player in program history to record 1,000 career points. She achieved the feat on Nov. 23 against Virginia Tech, as she hit her first bucket of the game at the 16:03 mark of the first half. Rule currently owns 1,150 career points, and ranks 20th all-time in scoring at Providence. Rule has played 100 career games and has averaged 11.5 points per game. The senior guard is currently sideline indefinitely with an injury.
WHO’S NEXT... Upon her return to the floor from injury, Tori Rule will need 41 points to pass Mi-Khida Hankins ‘11 and take sole possession of 19th on the Friars’ all-time career scoring list. Hankins played 115 games from 2007-11 and recorded 1,190 career points (11.0 ppg).
DOUBLE-TROUBLE... Chanise Baldwin and Alexis Harris lead the team in double-doubles this season, with three each. Both players recorded double-doubles in the Friars’ game vs. Seton Hall on Jan. 11. Harris posted 15 points and 11 boards, while Baldwin contributed 14 points and 12 rebounds. Harris owns 15 double-doubles in her career and Baldwin has collected the first three of her career in 2014-15.
500 AND COUNTING... Alexis Harris owns 552 career rebounds heading into the weekend slate of games vs. Marquette and DePaul. Harris is on pace to crack the top-20 on the Friars’ all-time rebounding list. She currently is 31 rebounds shy of tying Jen Gombotz ‘01 for 20th place on the list (583). As a junior during the 2013-14 season, Harris recorded a career-best 259 boards for Providence. Through 18 games in 2014-15, Harris is second on the team in rebounding with 124 boards (6.9 rpg).
DEFENSE... The Friars have allowed eight of their 18 opponents to shoot 45-percent or better from the field this season, including four teams who shot better than 50-percent. The Friars have posted a 1-7 record in those game. Providence’s only victory when allowing an opponent to shoot 45-percent or better came against UMass Lowell on Dec. 6. The River Hawks hit 22-48 field-goal attempts (45.8-percent).
FRIARS’ 27 MADE FREE THROWS VS. DUQUESNE... The Friars’ 27 made free throws vs. Duquesne on Dec. 21 are the most makes in a single-game at the line since Nov. 9, 2013 vs. UMass Lowell. On that day, Providence hit 32-44 free throw attempts (.727).
20/20... Tori Rule leads the Friars with four 20+ point games this season vs. Brown (20), Bryant (20), Villanova (22) and Boston College (23). Sarah Beal is the only other Friar to eclipse 20 points. She notched 24 points vs. Brown, marking the highest scoring effort by a Friar this season. Rule has 18, 20+ point games in her career, while Beal has achieved the feat five times.
FRIARS’ 80 POINTS MARK SEASON HIGH... The Friars’ 80 points vs. Bryant mark a season high. It is the most points for PC in a single game since Jan. 25 of last season vs. Seton Hall (87). Providence reached 80+ points in four games during the 2013-14 campaign, including two 100+ point games.
PROVIDENCE’S 44 BOARDS VS. BROWN... Providence out-rebounded Brown, 44-37, on Nov. 18. It marks the most rebounds for the Friars in a single-game since Dec. 21, 2013 vs. Rhode Island. On that day, Providence also recorded 44 rebounds. The Friars have hauled in 40+ rebounds in seven of their 18 games, including each of the last two vs. Georgetown (42) and Seton Hall (43).
ALEXIS HARRIS NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-BIG EAST TEAM... Senior forward Alexis Harris was named to the 2014-15 Preseason All-BIG EAST Team, which is voted on by the league’s 10 head coaches. The announcement was made at BIG EAST Media Day in New York City on Oct. 22. Harris, an All-BIG EAST Second Team selection as a junior, averaged 14.0 points and 8.9 rebounds per game for the Friars in 2013-14. During BIG EAST Conference regular-season play, she remained a steady force with 15.1 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Harris also notched 12 double-doubles last season, which are the most by any returning player in the BIG EAST. The forward reached double-figures in the scoring column 23 times and also posted 14 double-digit rebounding games. Furthermore, Harris was one of just four players in the BIG EAST to record multiple 30-point games. She hit for a career-high 31 points against UMass Lowell on Nov. 9, and 30 points against Seton Hall on Jan. 25.
SARAH BEAL NAMED PRESEASON ALL-BIG EAST HONORABLE MENTION... Sophomore guard Sarah Beal was named a Preseason All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention selection, which is voted on by the league’s 10 head coaches. The announcement was made at BIG EAST Media Day in New York City on Oct. 22. Beal enjoyed an impressive rookie campaign as the program’s floor general, averaging 11.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and a team-best 4.7 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Her 135 assists mark the third-highest total all-time by a freshman in program history. Beal handed out a career-best 13 assists vs. Butler on Jan. 28, 2014, which is one hand-out shy of the BIG EAST single-game record by a freshman and also marked the most assists in a single game by a league player during the 2013-14 season. Beal also proved to be an effective scorer, having recorded 21 double-digit scoring games. She notched a career-best 27 points against Marquette on Jan. 21.
FRIARS PICKED TO FINISH SIXTH IN BIG EAST PRESEASON POLL... Despite recording just seven wins overall a year ago and finishing 10th in the BIG EAST standings, the league’s head coaches picked the Friars to finish sixth in the conference in 2014-15. The roster is filled with more height, length and defensive presence and will join forces with a proven ability to score the basketball, with the likes of Alexis Harris, Sarah Beal and senior guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.).
MONTHLY COACH’S SHOW... The Friars produce a monthly Coach’s Show, called Friar Hoop Scoop, which provides a behind-the-scenes look at the women’s basketball program. The show is posted online during the first week of each month and may be viewed on each of the program’s social media platforms, including its YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/ProvidenceCollegeWBB. The program’s most recent show was released on Jan 6.
WHAT’S NEXT... Upon completion of the Friars’ games vs. Marquette and DePaul this weekend, the Friars will return home to Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. to host Butler (Jan. 30) and Xavier (Feb. 1). Tip-off vs. the Bulldogs on Friday, Jan. 30 is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Tip-off vs. Xavier on Sunday will take place at 1:00 p.m.
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