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PROVIDENCE SET TO FACE MARQUETTE... The Providence College women's basketball team will face No. 24/21 DePaul in BIG EAST action on Sunday, Jan. 24 at McGrath-Phillips Arena in Chicago, Ill. Tip-off is slated for 3:00 p.m. (ET) and the game will be broadcast live on BEDN.
LAST TIME THE FRIARS DEFEATED A RANKED OPPONENT... The last time the Friars defeated a nationally-ranked opponent dates back to Jan. 23, 2013. On that day, Providence claimed a 65-60 overtime victory against No. RV/25 Villanova in Providence R.I. The Friars are 0-1 vs. nationally-ranked opponents this season, having fallen to No. RV/23 Seton Hall, 64-54, on Dec. 29 in Providence, R.I.
FRIARS AND BLUE DEMONS ALL-TIME... Providence and DePaul have met 15 times during the history of the two women's basketball programs. DePaul holds an 11-4 advantage in the all-time series, including victories in each of the last five games.
PROVIDENCE COLLEGE ALL-TIME VS. DE PAUL AT McGRATH-PHILLIPS ARENA... Providence is winless (0-7) in seven meetings vs. DePaul at McGrath-Phillips Arena in Chicago, Ill. In the last game between the two teams at McGrath-Phillips Arena, DePaul claimed a 90-42 victory.
LAST TIME PROVIDENCE DEFEATED DE PAUL... Providence College last defeated DePaul on Jan. 7, 2012 at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. On that day, the Friars clipped the Blue Demons, 60-52. DePaul entered the game ranked 20th in the Associated Press Top-25 and 18th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll.
FRIARS' 75 POINTS VS. MARQUETTE MARK SECOND-HIGHEST SCORING OUTPUT OF THE SEASON... On Jan. 22, Providence fell to Marquette, 105-75. The Friars' 75 points marked the second-highest scoring out-put of the season, and just the third time that the Friars have tallied 70+ points. Providence tallied a season-high 88 points vs. Bryant on Dec. 9. The Friars are 2-1 this year when scoring 70+ points.
FRIARS DISH SEASON-HIGH 18 ASSISTS AGAINST MARQUETTE... Providence dished a season-best 16 assists vs. Marquette on Jan. 22 in Milwaukee, Wis. Sarah Beal led the Friars with six hand-outs in the game, while nine of the 11 players who saw action in the contest recorded at least one assist. Aside from Beal's six dimes, four other players recorded two assists (Maddie Jolin, Clara Che, Erica Meyer and Evi Iiskola).
ALIYAH MILLER RECORDS SECOND CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE IN LOSS AT MARQUETTE... Junior forward Aliyah Miller recorded the second double-double of her career at Providence on Jan. 22 vs. Marquette with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Miller shot 8-12 from the field vs. the Golden Eagles. Her eight made field goals and five offensive rebounds also matched a career-high.
SARAH BEAL DISHES 5+ ASSISTS IN A GAME FOR THE 26th TIME DURING HER CAREER... On Jan. 22, Sarah Beal led the Friars with six assists vs. Marquette. It marks the 26th time during her career that she has recorded five-or-more assists in a game, and the fifth time this season. She has dished 5+ assists in each of the Friars' last two games. Beal has appeared in 61 games during her career with the Friars.
MADDIE JOLIN NETS CAREER-HIGH 20 POINTS IN LOSS TO MARQUETTE... Freshman Maddie Jolin netted a career-best 20 points in the Friars' loss to Marquette on Jan. 22. Jolin hit 6-14 field-goal attempts, including a 6-11 showing from beyond the three-point arc. Her six made field goals and six made three-point field goals is a personal-best in a single game at Providence.
LONG DISTANCE... Jovana `Yoyo' Nogic's six three-pointers vs. Hartford (Nov. 25) and Maddie Jolin's six threes vs. Marquette (Jan. 22) are the second-most three-point makes in a single game by a BIG EAST player this season. Blaire Langlois and Sydney Buck of Butler have each hit seven three-point buckets in a game this season.
ERICA MEYER OWNS THIRD-HIGHEST BLOCK TOTAL BY A FRESHMAN IN PROGRAM HISTORY... Freshman forward Erica Meyer has recorded a team-best 31 blocked shots this season through 18 games. Her 31 blocks are the third-highest total in program history for a freshman. On Jan. 17 at Creighton, Meyer posted two blocked shots, which allowed her to pass a trio of players on the all-time freshman blocks list at Providence, including current Friar junior Aliyah Miller and former Friars Lauren Okafor and Emily Cournoyer, who each recorded 26 blocked shots at the conclusion of their rookie seasons. Andrea Mangum `90 holds the program's record for blocks by a freshman with 41. Britt King `86 sits in second place with 36.
BLOCK PARTY... Erica Meyer leads the Friars in blocked shots this season (31) and has swatted at least one shot in 14 games. Meyer currently ranks third in the BIG EAST Conference (all games) in blocks per game (1.7 bpg). Meyer recorded a season-best four blocked shots vs. Richmond (Dec. 5) and Marquette (Jan. 22), and has recorded multiple blocks in a game 10 times, including each of the last five games.
FRIARS NEED A TEAM EFFORT ON OFFENSE... The Friars are 4-2 this season when three-or-more players reach double figures in the scoring column during a game. Conversely, Providence is 0-12 on the year when two-or-fewer players reach double figures.
SARAH BEAL AND MADDIE JOLIN NET 20+ POINTS VS. MARQUETTE... Sarah Beal and Maddie Jolin each eclipsed the 20-point plateau vs. Marquette on Jan. 22. It marks the second time this season that multiple players have scored 20+ points in the same game. Beal (23), Jovana `Yoyo' Nogic (23) and Aliyah Miller (20) each tallied 20+ points vs. Bryant on Dec. 9.
MADDIE JOLIN COLLECTS CAREER-BEST SIX STEALS IN BACK-TO-BACK GAMES... On Jan. 8 vs. Butler, freshman guard Maddie Jolin recorded a career-high six steals. Each of her six steals came during the final 1:59 of regulation, which fueled a furious come-back effort by the Friars. Providence trailed by 27 points in the fourth quarter, but eventually fell to the Bulldogs by a 10-point margin (77-67). On Jan. 10, Jolin recorded six steals for the second-consecutive games vs. Xavier. Her six steals vs. Butler and Xavier are tied for the most thefts in a single-game during BIG EAST Conference play. St. John's Aliyyah Handford also has collected six steals this season (vs. Providence, 12/31). Jolin is the only player to record six assists in multiple league games this year.
FRIARS SHOOT 48-PERCENT FROM THE FLOOR IN LOSS TO XAVIER... On Jan. 10, the Friars shot 47.9 percent from the floor vs. Xavier (23-48). It marked the Friars' highest shooting percentage in a BIG EAST regular-season game since March 1, 2015 vs. Georgetown (.491, 28-57). Additionally, Providence knocked down an impressive 63.6-percent of its attempts from the floor vs. Xavier in the second half (14-22).
FRIARS COLLECT 11 OF THEIR 15 SECOND-HALF STEALS IN THE FOURTH QUARTER VS. BUTLER... Providence collected a season-high 16 steals in its 77-67 loss to Butler (Jan. 8). Furthermore, the squad recorded 11 of their 15 second-half steals in the fourth quarter. Providence's 16 thefts are the most in a single-game since Feb. 26, 2013 vs. Marquette (18).
EVI IISKOLA STARTS 100th GAME... Senior Evi Iiskola played her 100th game in a Friar uniform on Dec. 29 against BIG EAST foe Seton Hall. In the Friars' very next game on Dec. 31, Iiskola made her 100th appearance in the starting line-up. To date, Iiskola has played 106 games and has averaged 31.5 minutes per game. She has tallied 732 points, 367 rebounds, 167 assists and 57 steals as a Friar. Iiskola joined the program as fourth-year Head Coach Susan Robinson Fruchtl's first recruit.
NOGIC RANKS 10th IN THE NATION IN THREE-POINT FIELD-GOAL PERCENTAGE... Jovana `Yoyo' Nogic ranks fourth in the BIG EAST Conference and is 10h in the nation among NCAA Division I players in three-point field-goal percentage (.449, 40-89). Nogic also ranks second in the nation among freshmen in three-point percentage.
MORE FROM DEEP... Clara Che is shooting a team-best 44.8-percent from beyond the three-point arc during BIG EAST Conference play (13-29), which ranks third in league play through eight conference games. Maddie Jolin is tied for eighth in three-point percentage during BIG EAST game (.400, 8-20).
ROOKIE IMPACT... A freshman has led the Friars in scoring eight times through 18 games, including six of the last nine contests. Of those eight games, Jovana `Yoyo' Nogic has led the team in scoring six times, while Clara Che has led the squad twice. SARAH BEAL NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Dec. 21. It marked Beal's third appearance of the season on the honor roll and fourth of her career. The previous week, Beal notched 15 second-half points, including eight of the Friars' 11 points in OT to defeat URI, 64-55. Beal shot 4-9 from the field, hit 7-9 free-throws and added four assists and three boards.
FRIARS GRAB 48 BOARDS VS. URI... In the Friars' overtime victory against Rhode Island on Dec. 20, the team hauled in a season-high 48 rebounds. It marks the most rebounds in a single game for the team since the 2013-14 season opener vs. UMass Lowell (Nov. 9, 2013). On that day, the Friars tied the program's single-game rebounding record, with 65 boards.
FRIARS EARN FIRST ROAD VICTORY SINCE JAN. 23, 2015... Providence earned its first road victory of the season on Dec. 20 at Rhode Island (64-55, OT). It also marked the first road win for the program since Jan. 23, 2015, when it defeated Marquette, 66-58, in Milwaukee, Wis. Prior to the victory vs. URI on Dec. 20, the Friars had lost eight-consecutive road games.
ROAD WOES... The Friars are 1-7 this season in road games. Prior to the Friars' 64-55 overtime victory against Rhode Island on Dec. 20 of this season, Providence had not won a game on the road since Jan. 23, 2015. On that day, the Friars clipped Marquette, 66-58, in Milwaukee, Wis.
FRIARS RACK UP 88 POINTS VS. BRYANT... Providence defeated Bryant, 88-78, on Dec. 9 in Providence, R.I. It marks the most points in a single game for PC since Nov. 12, 2013 when it defeated Bryant 104-67.
SARAH BEAL SETS PROGRAM'S SINGLE-GAME STEALS RECORD... On Dec. 9 vs. Bryant, junior guard Sarah Beal collected 10 steals to set the Friars' single-game steals record, previously held by Helen Jessie-Mency `91. Mency collected nine steals vs. Pitt on Feb. 5, 1991. For some perspective - Mency set the previous mark for steals in a game four years before Beal was born (1995).
MOST STEALS BY A BIG EAST PLAYER SINCE 2012... Sarah Beal's 10 steals on Dec. 9 vs. Bryant are the most by a BIG EAST Conference player since Andrell Smith (USF) recorded 12 on Dec. 22, 2012 vs. Creighton.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE... In addition to setting the single game steals record at Providence, with 10 thefts, Beal also recorded 23 points vs. Bryant on Dec. 9 for her first double-double of the season. It marks the first points/steals double-double by a BIG EAST player since Dec. 22, 2012 when Andrell Smith (USF) recorded 27 points and 12 steals vs. Creighton. Beal notched her first double-double on Jan. 28, 2014 vs. Butler with 13 points and 13 assists.
DOUBLE-TROUBLE... Sarah Beal notched her second double-double of the season in the Friars' game vs. Florida Gulf Coast on Dec. 12. Beal posted 12 points and a career-best 12 rebounds. Beal owns three double-doubles in her career and they all have come in different ways. On Jan. 28, 2014, she recorded 13 points and 13 assists vs. Butler. On Dec. 9, 2015, Beal posted 23 points and 10 steals vs. Bryant, followed by her 12 point/12 rebound performance vs. FGCU (Dec. 12).
THREE FRIARS NOTCH 20-POINT GAMES VS. BRYANT... Sarah Beal (23pts), Jovana `Yoyo' Nogic (23pts) and Aliyah Miller (20pts) all reached the 20-point plateau vs. Bryant on Dec. 9. It marked the first time that the Friars have three 20+ point scorers in the same game since Nov. 9, 2013 in a 109-74 victory at UMass Lowell. In that game, former Friars Alexis Harris (31pts) and Tori Rule (23pts) joined current junior guard Sarah Beal (20pts) to achieve the feat.
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY FOR FRIARS SINCE 2013... With its 19-point victory over Hartford on Nov. 25 (69-50), Providence posted its largest margin of victory since Nov. 20, 2013. Ironically, the Friars' opponent that day also was Hartford, and Providence earned a 79-53 win (+26).
FRIARS POST HIGHEST SHOOTING PERCENTAGE FROM THE FIELD SINCE 2006... On Nov. 25, the Friars shot 57.5-percent from the field vs. Hartford (23-40). It marked the highest field-goal percentage in a single game since Nov. 28, 2006 vs. New Hampshire (59.6-percent, 31-52).
WIRE-TO-WIRE... The Friars led their game vs. Hartford wire-to-wire on Nov. 25 to take a 69-50 victory. Providence last won wire-to-wire in its 2014-15 regular-season finale vs. Georgetown on March 1, 2014 (81-66).
EIGHT OF 11 PLAYERS ON THE ROSTER ARE UNDERCLASSMEN... Providence has a youthful look in 2015-16, as eight of its 11 players are freshmen or sophomores. The freshmen are the largest class, which is comprised of five players and there are three members in the sophomore class. The Friars have just one senior (Evi Iiskola) and two juniors (Sarah Beal and Aliyah Miller).
INTERNATIONAL FLAIR... The Friars have four international players on their roster this season, including senior Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland), sophomore Allegra Botteghi (Bologna, Italy), freshman Clara Che (Barcelona, Spain) and freshman Jovana "Yoyo" Nogic (Lisbon, Portugal). Each of the four players have competed in FIBA-sponsored events during their international careers, including three of the four players this past summer. Nogic played for Serbia [was born in Belgrade] in the FIBA U19 World Championships and FIBA U18 European Championships. Che represented Spain, who won the gold medal at the U18 European Championships. Botteghi competed for Italy at the FIBA U20 European Championships.
BEAL NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-BIG EAST TEAM... Despite limited action in 2014-15, junior Sarah Beal was named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team for the second-straight season. Prior to her sophomore campaign, Beal was an honorable mention pick. Beal concluded her rookie season [2013-14] with the Friars as a BIG EAST All-Freshman Team selection. Beal is the only current member of the team to have earned preseason or post-season honors from the BIG EAST.
EVI IISKOLA AND ALIYAH MILLER NAMED TEAM CAPTAINS... Senior Evi Iiskola and junior Aliyah Miller were selected to serve as team captains this season. Iiskola assumes the leadership role for the second-consecutive year, while Miller is a first-time captain.
ALISON LEWIS LEAVES PROGRAM... Sophomore guard Alison Lewis has requested her release from the program, and will look to transfer for the second semester. As a freshman, Lewis played 18 games and appeared in the starting line-up three times and averaged 7.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. This season, Lewis appeared in all nine games off the bench and averaged 1.2 points and 1.7 rebounds.
WHO'S UP NEXT... The Friars return home to Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. to host a pair of BIG EAST regular-season games against Georgetown (Jan. 29 at 7:00 p.m.) and Villanova (Jan. 31 at 1:00 p.m.). Both games will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) via FOX Sports GO.
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