Jan. 28, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
PROVIDENCE COLLEGE TRAVELS TO BUTLER... The Providence College women's basketball team will face Butler University in BIG EAST regular-season action on Tuesday, January 28 at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.
TUNE IN... Live streaming audio of the Providence College vs. Butler 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 6:50 p.m.
FRIARS AND BULLDOGS ALL-TIME... Providence and Butler will play for just the second time during the history of the two women's basketball programs on January 28. The two teams met earlier this season on January 1, which resulted in a 68-65 Butler victory at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I.
SCOUTING BUTLER... The Bulldogs enter Tuesday's game vs. Providence with an 8-11 overall record and a 3-5 mark in the BIG EAST. Preseason All-BIG EAST selection Daress McClung leads Butler in scoring (15.0 ppg) and rebounding (7.1 rpg). Liz Stratman and Taylor Schippers are the only other players averaging double figures in the scoring column with 13.1 and 12.1 points per game, respectively. Schippers leads the team in assists (69) and steals (29). The Bulldogs have dropped four of their last five games, with their only victory coming against Creighton (58-52) on January 18. Butler has played nine games at home this season at the famed Hinkle Fieldhouse, and has posted a 3-6 record (1-3 BIG EAST).
SARAH BEAL TABBED BIG EAST FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK... Sarah Beal was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week on January 27. Beal becomes the first Friar since Chelsea Marandola `10 to earn Freshman of the Week accolades, dating back to December 26, 2005.Beal averaged 18.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.0 steal over two games last week for the Friars. She opened the week with a career-high 27 points against Marquette (Jan. 21), making 8-of-15 attempts from the field and sinking 10-of-12 free throws. She also added four assists, three rebounds and two steals. Beal closed the week with 10 points, five assists and four rebounds against Seton Hall (Jan. 25). It marked the ninth game this season she has recorded five or more assists, and the third game during BIG EAST regular-season action.
FRIARS HONOR FRIAR GREAT TRACY LIS '92... The Providence College Athletics Department honored Tracy Lis '92 at halftime of Saturday's game vs. Seton Hall (Jan. 25). Lis became 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).
FRIARS FALL TO SETON HALL DESPITE HIGH-SCORING AFFAIR... The Friars fell to Seton Hall, 90-87, on January 25 in Providence, R.I. The Friars' 87 points are the most scored by the program in a loss since January 21, 1998. On that day, the Friars fell to West Virginia, 103-92, in Providence, R.I.
MORE OFFENSE... The Friars' 87 points vs. Seton Hall on January 25 are most scored by the team 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).
FRIARS SHOOT BETTER THAN 50-PERCENT VS. THE PIRATES... The Friars shot 50.9-percent from the field vs. Seton Hall on January 25. The squad hit 29-of-57 attempts from the floor, including 8-of-21 shots from beyond the three-point arc (38.1-percent). It marks the third time this season that the Friars have shot better than 50-percent from the field, and the team owns a 1-2 record in those games.
30 SOMETHING... Junior forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) is the first player in the BIG EAST this season to eclipse 30 points in multiple games. Harris dropped a career-high 31 points in the season opener vs. UMass Lowell on November 9. She recently netted 30 points against BIG EAST foe Seton Hall on January 25. There have been nine 30+ point games by a BIG EAST player this season, and the Friars account for three of them. Junior guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) scored 32 points against Dartmouth on November 18.
30-POINT HISTORY... 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 campaign 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.
ALEXIS HARRIS NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL FOR FIFTH TIME... Junior forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the fifth time this season on January 27. The previous week, Harris averaged 22.5 points, 11.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in two games last week, shooting 60.7-percent from the field and 73.3-percent from the free-throw line. She started the week with 15 points and nine rebounds against Marquette (Jan. 21). Harris followed with 30 points against Seton Hall on Jan. 25. She hit 11-of-14 attempts from the field and 8-of-11 free throws Harris added 13 rebounds to record her seventh double-double of the season, in addition to matching her career high in assists (four).
HARRIS KEEPS DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORING STREAK ALIVE... Junior forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) recorded 30 points against Seton Hall on January 25 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 eight league games this season. Harris has reached double figures in 16 of the Friars' 19 games overall.
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 seventh double-double of the season on Jan. 25 with 30 points and 13 rebounds. It marked her second career double-double vs. a BIG EAST Conference opponent. Harris is tied for fourth in the BIG EAST in double-doubles. Georgetown's Natalie Butler leads the way with 15. Friar 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... Eleven of the Friars' 19 games this season have been decided by 10 points or less and Providence holds a 3-8 record in those games, including a 1-5 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.) is second on the team with four, while freshman point guard Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) has recorded three 20+ point games. Junior guard Karin Robinson (Jamaica, N.Y.) has scored 20-or-more points once. Harris has posted three of her four 20-point games during BIG EAST regular-season play, which is tops on the team.
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.
20+ ASSISTS... The Friars have dished 20+ assists in four games this season, heading into Tuesday's match-up vs. Butler. 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 19 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 (1,124 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 7.6 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals per game. Robinson has played in 16 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 play back-to-back home games vs. DePaul and Villanova at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. The Friars welcome DePaul on Saturday, February 1, in a game scheduled for 2:00 p.m. On February 5, the Friars will tip-off at 7:00 p.m. vs. the Wildcats.
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