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PROVIDENCE SET TO HOST SETON HALL IN FRIDAY MATINÉE... Providence College will host BIG EAST foe Seton Hall at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 26 at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I.
PROJECT PROVIDENCE... Friday’s game will serve as the backdrop for the program’s 11th annual Project Providence event. Each year, the program invites local elementary and middle school-aged children to participate in a day of educational programming, followed by attendance at the women’s basketball game. The educational portion of the day focuses on exercise, nutrition and the importance of academics and features several speakers from within the Providence College Athletics department. Over 1,000 students from 14 schools will be participating in this year’s event.
TUNE-IN... The Friars’ game vs. Seton Hall will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) via FOX Sports Go. Download the FOX Sports Go app on your mobile device or tablet to watch the game, or tune in via the internet on your desktop/laptop computer by navigating to http://www.FOXSportsGo.com. The app is not available internationally, but the game may be watched via the internet.
TELEVISION CLEARANCES... Friday’s game also will be televised live on YurView New England, YES Network, FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Southwest, FOX Sports West, SportsTime Ohio, Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN 2). FOX College Sports Central will carry the game via tape delay at 4:00 p.m. (ET) on Jan. 26.
PROVIDENCE VS. SETON HALL ALL-TIME... Providence and Seton Hall have met 65 times during the history of the two women’s basketball programs. The Pirates lead the all-time series, 36-29, including victories in 11 of the last 12 games.
LAST TIME PROVIDENCE DEFEATED SETON HALL... Providence last defeated Seton Hall on Feb. 19, 2017. On that day, the Friars earned a 74-57 victory at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. Prior to that win, the Friars had lost nine-straight games to the Pirates.
FIRST MEETING OF THE SEASON SERIES BETWEEN PROVIDENCE AND SETON HALL... Providence and Seton Hall met earlier this season on Jan. 5 at Walsh Gymnasium in South Orange, N.J. Seton Hall led by just three after the opening 10 minutes of play (14-11). However, the Pirates used a strong second quarter to post a 10-point advantage at halftime. A 13-2 run was the catalyst for Seton Hall, as it took a 31-16 lead with 3:08 on the clock. Providence responded with a 7-2 run heading into the break. Chanell Williams, who got her second career start, led Providence with 10 first-half points on 4-5 shooting from the field. In the third, Seton Hall went on an 11-2 run, capped by back-to-back three pointers to take a 46-29 lead with 5:49 remaining on the clock. The Pirates maintained a 17-point advantage with 2:05 remaining (50-33), but the Friars finished the quarter with an 8-3 scoring advantage to get within 12 (53-41) heading into the final 10 minutes. The Friars would not go away quietly, as they battled hard to cut the Pirates’ lead to seven (59-52) with 2:09 left in regulation. However, four-straight points gave Seton Hall a double-digit lead, once again, with a minute to play (63-52). Williams finished the night with a career-high 16 points on 6-9 shooting. She also grabbed a career-high six rebounds and dished two assists. Jovana Nogic and Maddie Jolin each tallied 13 points in the effort. Donnaizha Fountain, who is no longer an active member of the Pirates’ roster, paced Seton Hall with 20 points and 12 boards. JaQuan Jackson added 15 points and a game-high three assists.
FRIARS OWN SIX VICTORIES ON THE ROAD THIS SEASON... Providence has registered six of its eight wins away from home this season. Three of those wins came on a neutral court during the Savannah Invitational (Nov. 21-23). Providence defeated Northeastern (98-95 OT), Yale (55-51) and St. John’s (49-44) on its opponent’s home court. The Friars’ six losses this season on the road came against Quinnipiac (62-36), Sacred Heart (78-75), Seton Hall (65-56), Creighton (73-56), Xavier (68-59) and Butler (68-57). During BIG EAST Conference action, the Friars have compiled a 1-4 record on the road.
FOUR QUARTERS... In each of the Friars two losses last week vs. Xavier (68-59) and Butler (68-57), the difference between winning and losing can be traced back to one quarter. Providence trailed Xavier, 22-7, after the first quarter on Jan. 19. The Friars out-scored the Musketeers, 52-46, in the final three quarters of the game, including a 23-13 advantage in the third quarter. On Jan. 21 at Butler, the Friars held a three-point advantage at halftime (35-32), but the game unraveled in the third quarter as the Bulldogs out-scored Providence 16-6.
FRIARS LEADS THE BIG EAST IN THREE-POINT PERCENTAGE... Providence College leads the BIG EAST Conference in three-point field goal percentage (.386), having converted 134 of its 347 attempts. The Friars’ current shooting percentage is the highest in program history for a single season. Last year, the Friars shot a single-season program record .374 from three-point territory (192-514).
THREE-HEADED MONSTER... A trio of juniors lead the Friars from beyond the arc this season. Maddie Jolin leads the team and ranks second in the BIG EAST in three-point percentage, shooting a 42.7-percent clip (47-110). Jolin also ranks seventh in the BIG EAST in three-point field goals made per game (2.2). Jovana Nogic ranks first on the team and second in the BIG EAST Conference in three-pointers made (58) and three-point buckets made per game (2.8). She is currently shooting 37.9-percent from beyond the arc. Rounding out the long range threats for Providence is Clara Che, who ranks second on the team and 15th in the BIG EAST in three-point percentage (39.2-percent, 29-74).
PICK YOUR POISON... At least one of the three players above has hit 3+ three pointers in 15 of the Friars’ 21 games. Maddie Jolin and Jovana Nogic have each hit 3+ three pointers in 10 games this season.
CHANELL WILLIAMS NAMED BIG EAST FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK FOR SECOND TIME... Chanell Williams earned BIG EAST Freshman of the Week honors for a second time this season, when the league announced it’s weekly awards on Jan. 22. The previous week, Williams posted a solid line in a pair of road games against Xavier and Butler, averaging 8.5 points, 3.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game. She posted the top assist-turnover ratio for a newcomer last week (+2.3), while also shooting 50-percent from the field (8-16). Williams previously earned BIG EAST Freshman of the Week honors on Jan. 8.
WILLIAMS SHINES IN STARTING ROLE... Overall this season, Williams is averaging 6.0 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.0 steal per game. She was inserted into the starting line-up vs. St. John’s on Jan. 2 for the first time in her career and has started seven games for the Friars since then. As a starter, Williams is averaging 10.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.3 steals per game.
PROVIDENCE LOSES FOR FIRST TIME THIS SEASON WHEN SHOOTING BETTER THAN 45-PERCENT FROM THE FLOOR... The Friars shot 50-percent (24-48) from the field in a 73-56 loss to Creighton Jan. 13. It marked the first time this season that the Friars lost a game when shooting better than 45-percent from the field. Providence enters Friday’s game against Seton Hall with a 5-1 record when shooting 45-percent or better from the field. The Friars are 4-1 when shooting 50-percent or better.
FRIARS ARE IN THE MIDST OF SIX-GAME WINLESS STREAK... The Friars are currently in the midst of a six-game winless streak. It marks the longest stretch of consecutive losses for Providence this season. The stretch started with a 65-56 loss to Seton Hall on Jan. 5. The Friars then fell to DePaul (71-48), Marquette (77-60), Creighton (73-56), Xavier (68-59) and Butler (68-57). Marquette and DePaul were both receiving votes in the national polls at the time of play.
SINGLE DIGITS... Providence is 5-7 in games decided by 10-points or less, including a 4-2 mark in games decided by five points or less.
FRIARS COME UP JUST SHORT... Seven of the Friars’ 12 losses this season have been decided by a single-digit margin, including two by five points or less.
NOGIC MOVES INTO 27TH PLACE ON FRIARS ALL-TIME SCORING LIST... On Jan. 10 vs. Marquette, junior Jovana Nogic became the 34th player in program history to eclipse 1,000 points. She hit the milestone just 1:30 into the game on a three-point bucket. Nogic finished the game with 24 points. Heading into Friday’s game against Seton Hall, Nogic ranks 27th on Providence all-time career scoring list with 1,066 points. She needs just nine points to take sole possession of 26th place, currently held by Symone Roberts ‘13 (1,074 points).
NOGIC RANKS FOURTH IN THE NATION IN FREE-THROW PERCENTAGE... Jovana Nogic ranks first in the BIG EAST and fourth in the nation in free throw percentage. She has shot 95.7-percent from the foul line (67-70). At one point during the season, Nogic had converted 33-consecutive attempts from the foul line. For her career, she has cashed in on 92.6-percent of her attempts at the line (125-135). She has made a single-game career high of eight free throws in two games this season vs. Boston College (8-10) and St. John’s (8-8).
CURRENT STREAK AT THE FREE-THROW LINE... Nogic’s current streak of consecutive free throws made stands at 26. She was 3-3 from the foul line in the Friars’ most recent game against Butler on Jan. 21.
NOGIC HOLDS SINGLE-SEASON RECORD FOR THREE-POINTERS... Jovana Nogic set the Providence College single-season record for three-pointers, with 91, during the 2016-17 season. The previous record was held by Julie Wheeler ‘98, which she set during the 1994-95 season, with 82. For her career, Nogic has hit 201-498 attempts from three-point territory (.404). The Providence College record for career three-pointers made was set by Wheeler (252) in 101 games (1994-98). Nogic has hit 50+ three-pointers during each of her three seasons with the team.
NOGIC RANKS AMONG NCAA ACTIVE CAREER LEADERS FROM BEYOND THE ARC... Jovana Nogic ranks 17th among active NCAA Division I players in career three-point percentage. Nogic has hit 40.4-percent of her attempts from beyond the arc (201-498). Additionally, she ranks 17th among active NCAA career leaders in three-pointers made per game (2.51).
DOUBLE-TROUBLE... Junior college transfer Ny-Asia Franklin recorded the first double-double of her career with the Friars on Nov. 14 against Northeastern. She posted 13 points and 13 boards against the Huskies. Franklin joins Allegra Botteghi (4) and Maddie Jolin (1) as the only active players on the current roster to record a double-double.
FRANKLIN PACES THE FRIARS ON THE BOARDS... Ny-Asia Franklin leads Providence in rebounding with an average of 4.9 boards per game. She has pulled down 5+ rebounds in nine games this season, including five of the last eight. She grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds against Northeastern (Nov. 14), and has registered a season-high eight boards during BIG EAST regular-season play twice vs. Villanova (Dec. 30) and St. John’s (Jan. 2).
FRIARS CLAIM A WINNING RECORD IN NON-CONFERENCE PLAY IN BACK-TO-BACK SEASONS... The Friars finished non-conference play with a 7-5 mark and have secured a winning record in non-conference action in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the 2010-11 and 2011-12 campaigns. Last season, Providence finished the non-conference portion of their schedule with an 8-4 record.
FRIARS CLAIM SAVANNAH INVITATIONAL TITLE... Providence posted a 3-0 record and claimed the Savannah Invitational title in Savannah, Ga. The Friars defeated Savannah State (78-48), Wright State (74-69) and Stetson (56-45).
FRIARS EARN FIRST IN-SEASON TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP SINCE 2012... The Friars last won an in-season tournament championship during the 2012-13 season, as part of the Fordham Holiday Classic in Bronx, N.Y. Providence College defeated Colorado State (71-53) and Lafayette (66-54) on Dec. 29-30, 2012. Last season, the Friars competed in two in-season tournaments. Providence finished 2-0 at the UNCW Hampton Inn Thanksgiving Classic, but the tournament did not award a champion. The Friars also participated in the first annual Ocean State Tip-Off Tournament, and fell to Brown in the championship game.
JOLIN NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... Jolin earned BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll recognition for the second time in her career on Jan. 8. She averaged 15.7 points per game and shot .533 from the field (16-30), including .529 from three-point territory (9-17). Jolin also contributed 3.3 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game. She is the only Friar to score in double figures during each game of the regular-season BIG EAST schedule. Jolin capped the week with a 20-point performance against #RV/RV DePaul on Jan. 7, marking her second 20-point game of the season and fourth of her career. She also collected a season-high five steals against the Blue Demons, marking the third time in her career that she has picked up 5+ steals in a single game.
NOGIC NAMED BIG EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK... Jovana Nogic was named BIG EAST Player of the Week on Nov. 27. It marks the first time in her career that she has earned the honor, and comes on the heels of being named Most Valuable Player at the Savannah Invitational on Nov. 23. Nogic led the Friars to a 3-0 record and the tournament title at the Savannah Invitational, where she averaged 22.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. She shot an impressive 43.5-percent from the field (20-46), including a blistering 57.1-percent from three point territory (16-28). Nogic also was a perfect 12-12 from the foul line.
BOTTEGHI NAMED TO SAVANNAH INVITATIONAL ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM... Allegra Botteghi was named to the Savannah Invitational All-Tournament Team on Nov. 23. She played steady basketball throughout the tournament and averaged 7.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. Botteghi posted a tournament-high 12 points in the Friars’ victory over a tough Wright State team on Nov. 22. She also led Providence in rebounding in two of three games at the Savannah Invitational. In the Friars’ game against Stetson, Botteghi tallied a team-best six points and four rebounds in the first half to keep Providence in good position to stage a comeback.
JOLIN NAMED TO OCEAN STATE TIP-OFF ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM... Junior guard Maddie Jolin earned Ocean State Tip-Off All-Tournament Team honors on Dec. 3. She averaged 15.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steal per game at the event in games vs. Brown and Rhode Island. Her scoring and rebounding averages were tops on the team. She shot .579 from the field (11-19), .500 from three-point territory and 1.000 from the charity stripe (2-2) while averaging 32 minutes per game. Jolin tallied 16 points and nine rebounds against Brown and followed with 14 points, six boards, three assists and two steals against Rhode Island.
MADDIE JOLIN SPARKS IMPROBABLE COMEBACK... Junior guard Maddie Jolin tallied 18 of her career-high 23 points in the fourth quarter, as the Friars mounted an improbable come-back victory against Northeastern on Nov. 14. The Huskies led 71-51 with 9:09 remaining in the game, before Jolin rattled off 10-consecutive points en route to a 15-0 run by the Friars. Jolin shot 6-7 from the field in the final quarter, including a 3-3 performance from three-point territory. She also hit 2-3 free-throw attempts. For the game, Jolin was 8-11 from the field, including 4-5 from beyond the arc.
NOGIC DRAINS CAREER-HIGH 31 POINTS... Jovana Nogic led the Friars with a career-best 31 points on Nov. 14 against Northeastern. She complemented a red-hot Maddie Jolin in the fourth quarter with nine points, and took control in the overtime, scoring eight of the Friars’ 13 points in the extra session. For the game, Nogic shot 12-19 from the field and hit 6-6 shots from the free-throw line. Nogic’s 31 points are the second most scored by a BIG EAST Conference player this season. Audrey Faber (Creighton) notched 34 points against Drake on Dec. 3.
THIRTY SOMETHING... Jovana Nogic is the first Friar to score 30+ points in a game since Tori Rule ‘15 dropped 30 points against Marquette on March 7, 2015. Nogic’s 31 points against Northeastern marks the second-highest scoring total in the BIG EAST Conference this season.
FRIARS IN OVERTIME GAMES UNDER JIM CROWLEY... Providence is 2-2 in overtime games under the direction of second-year Friars Head Coach Jim Crowley. In his first season with the program (2016-17), Providence posted a 1-2 mark in overtime games. The Friars are 2-0 in overtime games when they score 90+ points.
JOVANA NOGIC NAMED TO ANN MEYERS DRYSDALE AWARD WATCH LIST... Junior Jovana Nogic was announced as a candidate for the inaugural Ann Meyers Drysdale Award. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced its watch list, comprised of 20 players, on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Named after the first player, male or female, to be named to the All-America Team in four-straight seasons, the annual award recognizes the top shooting guard in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball. Nogic led the BIG EAST Conference and finished 19th in NCAA Division I in three-point field goal percentage (.429) and 20th in three-point field goals made per game (3.03). She ranked second in the BIG EAST and 25th in the nation in three-point field goals made (91).Additionally, Nogic hit at least one three-point bucket in 28 of the Friars’ 30 games. She knocked down three-or-more three-point attempts in 18 games, including six games with five-or-more makes from beyond the arc. On Jan. 27, 2017, Nogic recorded a career-best seven three-point makes (7-11) vs. eventual BIG EAST Tournament Champion Marquette. Her shooting prowess also extends to the free-throw line, where she knocked down 33-of-36 attempts (.917). Nogic is one of five players to land on the watch list from the BIG EAST Conference, joining Ashton Millender (DePaul), Natisha Hiedeman (Marquette), Allazia Blockton (Marquette) and Akina Wellere (St. John’s). The Selection Committee for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award is composed of top women’s college basketball personnel, including media members, head coaches, sports information directors and Hall of Famers. By mid-February, the watch list of 20 players for the 2018 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award will be narrowed to just 10. In March, five finalists will be presented to Ms. Drysdale and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. Fans also will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite finalist at www.hoophallawards.com.
HOW THE FRIARS FARED IN 2016-17... The Friars finished the season with a 12-18 overall record and a 4-14 mark in the BIG EAST Conference. The Friars’ 12 wins marked a seven-game improvement in the win column, compared to the previous season when they finished 5-24 (2015-16). It also marks the most wins overall in a single-season since 2011-12, when the team finished the year 13-17. In conference play, Providence’s four victories marked the most since 2011-12 when the team finished 5-11.
FRIARS PICKED TO FINISH NINTH IN BIG EAST PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL... The Friars were picked to finish ninth in the 2017-18 BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The announcement was made at the league’s annual media day on Oct. 18 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
2017-18 BIG EAST PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL
1. Marquette (9) 81
2. DePaul (1) 73
3. Villanova 61
4. Creighton 58
5. Georgetown 43
6. Seton Hall 40
7. St. John’s 37
8. Butler 29
9. Providence 18
10. Xavier 10
HIGHEST FINISH IN BIG EAST SINCE 1997-98... Providence finished in a three-way tie for seventh place in the BIG EAST Conference regular-season standings. It marks the highest finish for the program since conference realignment, and best finish overall in league play since 1997-98 when the team finished fourth in the BIG EAST 7 division.
WHAT’S NEXT... The Friars return action on Sunday, Jan. 28 against St. John’s at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and the game will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) via FOX Sports Go.
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