FRIARS SET TO HOST PAIR OF BIG EAST FOES... Providence will host a pair of BIG EAST opponents this weekend at Alumni Hall / Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. On Friday, Jan. 27, the Friars will welcome Marquette, who is receiving votes in both national polls, at 7:00 p.m. On Sunday, Jan. 29, the Friars will square off with No. 21/19 DePaul at 1:00 p.m.
THE TASK AHEAD... DePaul and Marquette enter the weekend ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in scoring offense and rebounding. The Blue Demons average a league-best 84.4 points and 42.4 rebounds per game, while Marquette averages 79.3 points and 40.8 boards per contest. Marquette leads the league in field-goal percentage (.447), while DePaul checks in at No. 2 (.444).
WHERE THE FRIARS STAND... Providence ranks sixth in scoring offense among BIG EAST teams, averaging 63.4 points per game. The Friars have done well on the defensive side of the ball at No. 4 in the league in scoring defense, limiting their opponents to 62 points per game. Providence ranks third in the BIG EAST in field-goal percentage (.430) and leads the conference in three-point percentage (.381) and free-throw percentage (.766). Providence also ranks No. 1 in rebounding defense (35.1).
FRIARS ALL-TIME VS. MARQUETTE... Providence and Marquette have met 16 times during the history of the two programs. The Golden Eagles lead the all-time series, 12-4, and have earned victories in each of the last five meetings.
FRIARS AND GOLDEN EAGLES AT ALUMNI HALL... The Golden Eagles lead the series vs. the Friars in games played at Alumni Hall, 6-1.
SINGLE-DIGIT MARGINS... Eleven of the 16 games in the series vs. Marquette have been decided by single-digit margins, including seven of the last eight meetings.
LAST MEETING... The Friars and Golden Eagles last met on Jan. 4, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wis. Marquette held off a furious comeback by the Friars to secure a 79-74 victory. The Golden Eagles used a 10-0 run in the fourth quarter to take a 72-55 lead with 4:31 left in regulation. The Friars rallied to outscore Marquette, 19-7, down the stretch, but the effort fell short. Sarah Beal led all scorers with a season-high 24 points and Yoyo Nogic added 21. Marquette was led by Allazia Blockton’s 18 points, while Erika Davenport contributed a double-double with 17 points and 10 boards.
NOTABLE PERFORMANCES VS. MARQUETTE... Three current members of the Friars’ roster have recorded 20-point games against Marquette during their careers. Sarah Beal has taken the court against Marquette five times during her career and has produced three, 20+ point games, including a career-high 27 points on Jan. 21, 2014. Beal has averaged 18.0 points per game vs. Marquette and dropped a season-high 24 points against the Golden Eagles in the most recent meeting on Jan. 4. Yoyo Nogic and Maddie Jolin also have produced 20-point games against the Golden Eagles. Nogic hit for 21 points in the most recent meeting between the two teams (Jan. 4), while Jolin tallied 20 points against Marquette on Jan. 22, 2016.
PROVIDENCE VS. DE PAUL ALL-TIME... The Friars and Blue Demons have met 18 times during the history of the two women’s basketball programs. DePaul leads the all-time series, 14-4, and has earned victories in each of the last eight meetings against Providence.
THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY... In the most recent meeting between Providence and DePaul on Jan. 2, the Blue Demons used a late rally in the fourth quarter to earn a 61-56 victory. Providence held a 54-49 lead with 3:36 remaining in regulation. DePaul used a 12-0 run to turn the tables and gain a 61-54 advantage on the scoreboard. Yoyo Nogic led four Friars in double figures with 16 points, while Brooke Schulte dropped a game-high 23 points for DePaul.
DEFENSE CAN GET IT DONE... In the previous meeting between Providence and DePaul, the Friars held the high-scoring Blue Demons to 61 points (61-56). It marked the second-lowest scoring total of the season for DePaul. Connecticut held DePaul to a season-low 46 points on Dec. 1 (91-46) and Notre Dame also held DePaul to 61 points on Dec. 10 (75-61).
THE LAST TIME PROVIDENCE DEFEATED DE PAUL... The Friars last defeated DePaul on Jan. 7, 2012. On that day, Providence claimed a 60-52 victory at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. At the time of the game, DePaul was ranked 20th in the Associated Press Top-25 and 18th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll.
LAST TIME THE FRIARS DEFEATED A RANKED OPPONENT... The last time Providence defeated a nationally-ranked opponent dates back to Jan. 23, 2013 when it knocked off then-No. 25 Villanova, 65-60, in overtime in Providence, R.I.
LOOKING AT THE CLOSING STRETCH... After back-to-back home games against Marquette and DePaul, the Friars will play five of their last seven regular-season games on the road.
GETTING OFF TO A GOOD START... The Friars are 7-3 this season when leading their opponent at halftime. Providence is 1-7 on the year when trailing at halftime and 1-1 when tied at with their opponent at the break.
CLOSE, BUT NO CIGAR... The Friars enter the weekend with a 9-11 overall record. Nine of the Friars’ 11 losses have been decided by 10 points or less. Providence is 2-9 this season in games decided by 10 points or less, including a 1-6 mark in games decided by five points or less. In BIG EAST play, six of the Friars’ eight losses have been decided by 10 points or less.
DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORERS... Seven of the 12 players on the roster who have seen game action have hit double digits in the scoring column at least once through 20 games. Sarah Beal and Yoyo Nogic have each reached double figures in the scoring column a team-best 15 times, while Maddie Jolin has recorded double digits on 10 occasions.
20/20... Yoyo Nogic leads the Friars with three, 20-point games this season, including a season-high 23 points against Colgate on Nov. 11. She has eclipsed the mark once this year during BIG EAST play against Marquette (21 pts) on Jan. 4. Sarah Beal owns two, 20-point games this season, and both have come during BIG EAST play. On Jan. 4 she dropped a season-high 24 points against Marquette. In the Friars’ most recent game on Jan. 22 against St. John’s, Beal netted 21 points.
SARAH BEAL RANKS 10TH ALL-TIME IN CAREER ASSISTS... Sarah Beal has recorded 51 assists this season and owns 346 dimes during her career. Her 346 assists rank 10th on the Friars’ all-time list. Heading into the weekend, Beal is looking upward at Symone Roberts ‘13 who ranks ninth all-time in career assists, with 351.
1,000 AND COUNTING... Sarah Beal became the 33rd player in program history to reach the 1,000-point career milestone on Jan. 4, 2017 when the Friars faced Marquette. Beal entered the game needing 21 points and finished with a season-high 24 points to achieve the feat. Heading into the weekend, Beal ranks 27th on the Friars’ all-time career scoring list with 1,051 points. Sitting just ahead of her on the all-time list at No. 26 is Mary Ellen Buchanan ‘79 (1,055 points), and Symone Roberts ‘13 fills in at No. 25 (1,074 points).
DOUBLE TROUBLE... Two Friars have recorded double-doubles this season through 20 games. Senior forward Aliyah Miller recorded her first double-double of the season, and third of her career, in a 77-65 victory at Hartford on Nov. 22. She tallied 10 points and 10 rebounds vs. the Hawks. On Nov. 27, junior Allegra Botteghi notched her first double-double of the season, and third of her career, in a 75-59 victory over Miami (OH). She registered 14 points and 12 rebounds vs. the RedHawks.
NOGIC RANKS 11TH IN THE NATION IN THREE-POINT PERCENTAGE... Yoyo Nogic ranks 11th in the nation in three-point field-goal percentage, having hit 59-127 attempts from long range (.465). She also ranks 18th in the nation in three-pointers made (59) and 25th in three-point field goals per game (2.95). Furthermore, Nogic’s 59 makes are a single-season career high. As a rookie in 2015-16, she hit 52 three pointers. For her career, Nogic is a 43.5-percent shooter from three-point range (111-255).
NOGIC IN THE BIG EAST... Yoyo Nogic ranks second in the BIG EAST in three-point percentage (.465, 59-127) and three-point field goals made (59). She also ranks 11th in scoring (13.7 ppg), 11th in field-goal percentage (.464, 98-211) and seventh in steals (1.8 spg).
CLEANING THE GLASS... Allegra Botteghi leads the Friars and ranks 10th in the BIG EAST in rebounding through 20 games, averaging 6.1 rebounds per contest. She also ranks fourth in the conference in defensive rebounds (97), averaging 4.9 defensive boards per game. She has recorded 5+ rebounds in 13 games this season, including two double-digit rebounding games vs. Miami Ohio (12) and Seton Hall (10).
CLARA CHE SETS UP THE OFFENSE... Clara Che leads the Friars in assists this season with 60 (3.0 apg). She ranks 14th in the BIG EAST in assists and 12th in assist/turnover ratio (1.3). Che has dished 4+ assist in seven games this season, including a career-high seven assists vs. North Dakota State (Nov. 16). Che enters the weekend averaging 7.1 points per game, but has scored in double figures during each of the Friars’ last two games vs. Seton Hall (11 points) and St. John’s (10 points). Che has four double-digit scoring games on the season.LEAGUE LEADERS... Entering the weekend, Providence leads the league in three statistical categories. The Friars have been mainstays at top of the rankings in free-throw percentage (.766, 183-239) and three-point percentage (.381, 125-328). The Friars also rank No. 1 in rebounding defense, holding their opponents to 35.1 rebounds per game.
FRIARS POST 17-POINT MARGIN OF VICTORY AGAINST BUTLER... The Friars’ 17-point margin of victory over Butler (61-58) on Dec. 30 is the largest for Providence during BIG EAST Conference regular-season play since defeating Pittsburgh by 20 (91-71) on Feb. 20, 1999.
HIGHEST FIELD-GOAL PERCENTAGE IN BIG EAST PLAY SINCE 2009-10 SEASON... The Friars shot 52.2-percent from the field in their victory over Butler on Dec. 30, hitting 24-46 shot attempts from the floor. It marks the highest field-goal percentage in BIG EAST regular-season play for Providence since shooting 55.6-percent against then-No. 24/18 Georgetown on Jan. 10, 2010 (25-45).
FRIARS SHOOT SEASON-BEST 53.8-PERCENT FROM THREE-POINT TERRITORY AGAINST BUTLER... Providence shot a season-high 53.8-percent (7-13) from three-point territory against Butler on Dec. 30. The Friars’ hot-shooting against the Bulldogs came on the heels of shooting a season-low 13.6-percent (3-22) in their previous game against Xavier on Dec. 28. Yoyo Nogic paced the Friars from beyond the arc against Butler, hitting 5-7 attempts from long range. Maddie Jolin knocked down 2-3 three-point attempts vs. the Bulldogs.
FRIARS COMPLETE NON-CONFERENCE PLAY WITH 8-3 RECORD... The Friars finished non-conference play with a 62-58 victory over Monmouth on Dec. 21. The Friars posted an 8-3 record during the non-conference portion of it’s schedule, marking the most victories in non-conference play since going 8-6 during the 2011-12 campaign.
FRIARS HAUL IN SEASON-HIGH 47 REBOUNDS VS. MONMOUTH... The Friars recorded a season-high 47 rebounds in their victory over Monmouth (62-58) on Dec. 21. Providence’s 18 offensive rebounds in the game also marked a season high. Brianna Frias and Allegra Botteghi each collected a game-high nine rebounds. Frias’ nine boards marked a career high. She had collected a total of 10 rebounds in the previous six games she played leading up to the Monmouth game. Maddie Jolin and Aliyah Miller recorded eight and seven rebounds, respectively.
SARAH BEAL NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... Sarah Beal was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, Dec. 26. It marked the third time this season that Beal had been recognized on the honor roll, and the eighth time in her career. In the Friars’ only game the previous week, Beal led the team with a season-high 19 points in a 62-58 victory over Monmouth. She shot 5-10 from the field (0.500) and 9-11 from the free-throw line (0.818). Beal also grabbed four rebounds and tallied one assist, one blocked shot and one steal. FRIARS OPENED SEASON WITH SEVEN-STRAIGHT WINS... The Friars opened the 2016-17 season with seven-straight victories. It marked the first 7-0 start for Providence since the 1990-91 season, when the team also started the year 7-0.SIX-STRAIGHT
DOUBLE-DIGIT VICTORIES... Prior to the Friars’ loss to Brown on Dec. 4, the Friars recorded six-straight victories - all of which were decided by double figures. The last time the program recorded six-consecutive wins in double figures dates back to the 1990-91 campaign. During that season, the Friars also reeled off six-straight wins decided by double figures against Villanova (+27), Iona (+45), Seton Hall (+24), Pittsburgh (+11), Georgetown (+14) and Boston College (+29).
FOUR-STRAIGHT ROAD VICTORIES... The Friars logged four-consecutive wins on the road prior to their loss to Brown on Dec. 4. Providence defeated Hartford (77-65), UNCW (65-49), Miami (OH) (75-59) and Bryant (62-51). The last time Providence won four-consecutive games away from home was during the 1991-92 campaign against Villanova (82-80, 2OT), Pittsburgh (91-83), Georgetown (89-88) and St. John’s (82-79).
FRIARS OVERCOME LARGEST HALFTIME DEFICIT SINCE 2012-13 SEASON TO EARN VICTORY... On Nov. 19, the Friars rallied from a 10-point deficit at halftime (41-31) to defeat Binghamton, 71-58. It marks the largest halftime deficit that the Friars have rallied back from to earn a win since Jan. 23, 2013. That day, Providence trailed then-ranked No. 25 Villanova, 29-10, at halftime (-19) and battled back to earn a 65-60 victory in overtime.
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY SINCE 2013... The Friars defeated North Dakota State, 86-63, on Nov. 16 in Providence, R.I. It marked Providence’s largest margin of victory (+23) since Nov. 20, 2013, when it defeated Hartford by 26 points (79-53).
OLIVIA ORLANDO SIGNS NLI TO ATTEND PROVIDENCE COLLEGE... Providence College women’s basketball Head Coach Jim Crowley announced on Nov. 10 that Olivia Orlando (Winthrop, Mass.) has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the College beginning in the Fall of 2017. Orlando is the first student-athlete to sign a NLI to attend Providence College and play for Crowley, as he embarks on his first season as the program’s head coach in 2016-17. Orlando, a 5-foot, 10-inch, guard, currently attends Tilton School, where she is coached by Tara Brisson. Orlando enters the 2016-17 campaign with 920 career points and is on track to become the program’s all-time leading scorer by season’s end (1,104 points). During her three seasons at Tilton School, she has averaged a double-double with 14.0 point and 10.4 rebounds per game. Orlando is a three-time Lakes Region All-Star and NEPSAC All-Star (2014-16). She also has earned NEPSAC Championship Game Most Valuable Player honors during her career, in addition to Blackburn Tournament MVP recognition and Nickerson Tournament All-Tournament Team honors. While with the program, Tilton School has compiled a 65-12 overall record, including an impressive 40-3 mark at home. Orlando, a three-year captain, has helped guide Tilton School to three-consecutive Lakes Region Championships and two NEPSAC titles.
DORIS BURKE ‘87 TO HAVE JERSEY RETIRED... On Saturday, Feb. 11, Providence College will honor six of its all-time greatest athletes. Former Friar men’s basketball players Otis Thorpe ‘84 and the late Bruce “Soup” Campbell ’78 and women’s basketball player Doris Burke ’87, as well as hockey greats Lou Lamoriello ‘63, Ron Wilson ‘77 and Cammi Granato ’93 all will be recognized as they join the Friar Legends Forever Tradition. The six individuals will be honored during a halftime ceremony at the men’s basketball game vs. Butler on Feb. 11. Following the game, the Athletic Department will hold a dinner to honor the group at the Omni Hotel in Downtown Providence. Burke’s jersey will also be unveiled at Alumni Hall, where it will remain along with previous women’s basketball Friar Legends, during halftime at the women’s basketball home game vs. Seton Hall on Sunday, Feb. 19. Tip-off is for that game is slated for 1:00 p.m. The Friar Legends Forever Tradition began in 1996. To earn the honor, the player or coach must have made a significant impact on Friar basketball and he/she must have received national recognition during his/her career at Providence. Burke will become the fourth player in Providence College women’s basketball history to be honored, and the fifth honoree overall. In 2010, former Associate Athletic Director Helen Bert and former Friar great Kathy Finn Hill `84 were honored. In 2014, Tracy Lis `92 was honored. Most recently, Andrea Mangum ’90 joined the Friar Legends in 2015. Burke (formerly Sable) was a member of the women’s basketball team from 1983-87. Burke led the Friars in assists during three of her four seasons with the program and finished her career with 602 handouts. Burke is ranked second all-time at PC in career assists and also ranks 10th all-time in career scoring (1,372 points). She was a three-time All-BIG EAST selection, including a member of the First Team as a senior in 1987. She also was honored as a KODAK District 1 All-America selection. Burke has since been inducted into the Providence College Athletics Hall of Fame. Professionally, Burke is widely known as a pioneer in the world of television sports broadcasting. She is a versatile commentator who works a variety of ESPN assignments, including the NBA, women’s college basketball regular-season and NCAA Championship, men’s college basketball regular season and Championship Week, in addition to assignments for other ESPN properties. Since 2003, Burke has taken on additional roles and assignments for NBA coverage, including sideline reporter and game analyst during select ESPN NBA telecasts. She also serves as a sideline reporter for NBA playoff games and the NBA Finals on ABC.
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