Jan. 23, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
PROVIDENCE COLLEGE RETURNS HOME TO FACE SETON HALL... The Providence College women's basketball team returns to Alumni Hall / Mullaney Gymnasium to host Seton Hall University on Saturday, January 25. Tip-off is slated for 2:30 p.m.
TUNE IN... Live streaming video of the Providence College vs. Seton Hall 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 2:20 p.m.
FRIARS SET TO HONOR FRIAR GREAT TRACY LIS '92... The Providence College Athletics Department will honor Tracy Lis '92 at halftime of Saturday's game vs. Seton Hall. Lis will become the second Providence College women's basketball player and third honoree overall to have her jersey retired, joining Kathy Finn Hill '84 and the late Helen Bert, who served as Associate Athletic Director at the College. 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).
PROVIDENCE VS. SETON HALL ALL-TIME... The Friars and Pirates have met 54 times during the history of the two women's basketball programs. Providence leads the all-time series, 28-26. The Friars have earned victories in four of the last five meetings.
LAST MEETING... The Friars and Pirates last met on February 20, 2013 in South Orange, N.J. Seton Hall snapped a four-game losing streak to the Friars on that day as it captured a 72-56 victory. Four Friars reached double figures in the game, but couldn't contain Seton Hall's offense, which converted 56.5-percent of its attempts from the field (26-46), including 42.9-percent from three-point territory (9-21). A full box score from the game is below (available in PDF format only).
FRIARS AND PIRATES ALL-TIME AT ALUMNI HALL... The Friars and Pirates have met 23 times at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. Providence owns a 15-8 advantage vs. Seton Hall on its home court, including victories in each of the last two meetings played there.
SCOUTING SETON HALL... Seton Hall enters Saturday's game vs. Providence with a 12-5 overall record and a 3-3 mark in the BIG EAST Conference. The Pirates were picked to finish 10th in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches' Poll, but currently sit in fifth place. Seton Hall is on a two-game win streak, having defeated Georgetown (73-62) and Xavier (72-62). During BIG EAST Conference play, Seton Hall leads the league in offensive rebounds (16.5 orpg) and steals (11.7 spg), and are ranked third in overall rebounding during conference play (40.5 rpg). Seton Hall has played just five road games this season and have posted a 2-3 record in those games (2-1 BIG EAST).
PLAYERS TO WATCH... The Pirates are led offensively by a trio of players averaging double figures in the scoring column. Tabatha Richardson-Smith is scoring 18.6 points per game, followed by Ka-Deidre Simmons (15.9 ppg) and Alexis Brown (10.1 ppg). Richardson-Smith also leads the team in steals (40) and is third in rebounding (6.4 rpg). Simmons, who earned Preseason All-BIG EAST recognition, leads the BIG EAST in assists overall (6.2 apg) and during BIG EAST regular-season play (7.0 apg). Bra'Shey Ali is nearly averaging a double-double for the Pirates with 9.3 points and a team-best 10.7 rebounds per game.
FRIARS FALL TO MARQUETTE DESPITE HIGH-SCORING OFFENSIVE EFFORT... The Friars fell to Marquette, 87-79, on January 21 in Milwaukee, Wis. The Friars' 79 points are the most scored by the program in a loss since November 27, 2010, when the squad fell to Alabama, 82-80, in three overtimes. The last time the Friars lost a game of regulation length when scoring 79+ points dates back to February 10, 1998. On that day, the Friars fell to Miami, 90-79. Providence currently ranks fourth in the BIG EAST in scoring offense, averaging 71.1 points per game.
MORE OFFENSE... The Friars' 79 points vs. Marquette on January 21 are most scored by the team in a game of regulation length vs. a BIG EAST Conference opponent since February 10, 2007. On that day, the Friars reeled off 93 points against St. John's (93-77). Providence has scored more than 79 points in two other BIG EAST games since that time, but each game was decided in overtime: Feb. 3, 2009 vs. Cincinnati (82-71 (W), 2OT) and Feb. 6, 2013 vs. Pittsburgh (85-83 (W), 2OT).
HARD TO GUARD... During BIG EAST Conference play, the Friars have three players ranked among the top-15 in scoring: Alexis Harris (7th, 16.4 ppg), Sarah Beal (11th, 14.6 ppg) and Tori Rule (13th, 13.3 ppg). DePaul is the only other team with three players ranked among the top-15, while Georgetown, Seton Hall and Creighton each have two players.
SARAH BEAL NETS CAREER-HIGH 27 POINTS VS. MARQUETTE... Freshman point guard Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) scored a career-high 27 points in the Friars' 87-79 loss to Marquette on January 21. She converted 8-of-15 attempts from the field (0.533) and 10-of-12 free throws (0.833). Beal also registered four assists, three rebounds and two steals. Beal has three 20+ point games in her career and two have come during BIG EAST Conference play, including two of the last three games.
HARRIS KEEPS DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORING STREAK ALIVE... Junior forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) recorded 15 points against Marquette on January 21 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 seven league games this season. Harris has reached double figures in 15 of the Friars' 18 games overall.
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).
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. Sophomore Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) is the only other Friar to record a double-double this season. She recorded 19 points and 10 rebounds vs. UMass Lowell on November 9.
GETTING OVER THE HUMP... Ten of the Friars' 18 games this season have been decided by 10 points or less and Providence holds a 3-7 record in those games, including a 1-4 mark vs. BIG EAST opponents.
20-POINT GAMES... Four Friars have recorded 20+ points in the scoring column this season. Junior guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) leads the team with six 20+ point games. Junior forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) and freshman point guard Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) have each recorded three 20+ point games. Junior guard Karin Robinson (Jamaica, N.Y.) has scored 20-or-more points once. Harris and Beal lead the team in 20-point games vs. BIG EAST opponents, as each has achieved the feat twice.
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.
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 the previous 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 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.
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.
20+ ASSISTS... The Friars have dished 20+ assists in four games this season, heading into Saturday's match-up against Seton Hall. 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 18 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 (1,123 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 7.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.3 steals per game. Robinson has played in 15 of the Friars' 18 games (missed three games due to injury). She 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.
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 head face BIG EAST foe Butler on Tuesday, January 28. The game will be played at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m. The Friars opened the BIG EAST schedule against Butler on January 1 in Providence, R.I. and fell to the Bulldogs, 68-65.
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