FRIARS SET TO HOST BUTLER ON FRIDAY NIGHT... The Providence College women's basketball team will host BIG EAST foe Butler on Friday, Jan. 30 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. Tip-off is slated for 7:05 p.m. It marks the first of two home games this weekend, as the Friars also welcome Xavier on Sunday, Feb. 1 at 1:05 p.m.
FRIARS ALL-ACCESS... A live video stream will be available for each game this weekend as a part of Friars All-Access on the college's athletic web site (www.Friars.com). Friars All-Access is a subscription service. Play-by-play will be provided by Chris Fama.
PROVIDENCE VS. BUTLER ALL-TIME... The Friars and Bulldogs have met three times during the history of the two women's basketball programs. Butler leads the series, 3-0. Each of the three meetings have been decided by five points or less.
MOST RECENT MEETING VS. THE BULLDOGS... The Friars and Bulldogs met earlier this month on Jan. 2 at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. Providence fell to Butler, 66-61. In the first half, the Friars gained a five-point advantage (22-17) through the first 9:32 of the game. Butler responded with a 17-2 scoring run to take a 34-24 lead with 3:15 left on the clock. Providence closed the half on a 5-0 run to get within 34-29 at the intermission. In the second half, the Friars mounted a six-point lead (49-43) with 12:20 remaining on the clock. Butler responded with an 11-2 run to take a 54-51 lead at the 8:27 mark. The Friars regained a three-point advantage (59-56) with 4:10 on the clock, but Butler would go on to out-score Providence 10-2 to close regulation. Providence was held scoreless during the final 2:54 of the game. Aliyah Miller tallied a season-high 14 points and added a team-best seven rebounds. She shot 5-8 from the field and was 4-4 from the free-throw line. Sarah Beal joined Miller in double figures with 14 points and added four rebounds, four assists and three steals. Sydney Buck led all scorers with 19 points, while Lexus Murry and Blaire Langlois each scored 14 points for Butler. Complete box score below:
BUTLER EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS... The Butler Bulldogs were picked to finish 10th in the BIG EAST this season, but enter Friday's game tied for second place in the league standings with a 7-2 mark in conference play. Seton Hall is alone in first place with an 8-1 record, while DePaul joins Butler in second place (7-2). Villanova and St. John's are tied for fourth (6-3).
BULLDOGS ENTER WEEKEND WITH A SEVEN-GAME WIN STREAK... Butler comes to Providence in the midst of a seven-game win streak, which began on Jan. 2 with a 66-61 victory vs. the Friars. Six of the seven victories in the stretch have been decided by single digits, including five games decided by five points or less.
FRIARS CLAIM FIRST ROAD VICTORY OF THE SEASON... On Jan. 23, the Friars overcame a 12 point second-half deficit to defeat Marquette, 66-58, in Milwaukee, Wis. It marked the Friars' first road victory of the season. Providence enters the weekend slate of games with a 1-10 record on the road and a 4-5 mark at home in Alumni Hall.
SEALING THE DEAL... Providence has held a halftime lead vs. five of its nine BIG EAST opponents this season, yet the team has posted a 2-7 record in league play. Providence trailed at halftime during each of its two league victories this season. On Dec. 3, the Friars trailed Villanova 34-22 and rallied to earn a 51-49 victory. On Jan. 23, the Friars faced a 33-25 halftime deficit at Marquette and won the game 66-58.
HOME AND AWAY... At home in Alumni Hall, the Friars are scoring an average of 62.2 points, while allowing 62.7 points per game defensively (-0.4 scoring margin). When on the road, the Friars average just 58.8 points per game on offense and give up an average of 72.3 points per game to their opponent (-13.5).
FRIARS ARE 2-4 WHEN LEADING AT HALFTIME... Providence is 2-4 this season when holding a halftime lead. On Dec. 21, the Friars held a 25-21 lead vs. Duquesne at halftime and went on to win, 67-56. Providence also led UMass Lowell at the half (35-28) on Dec. 6 and won the game, 66-54. The Friars' four losses this season when leading at the break came during league play vs. St. John's, Georgetown, Seton Hall and Creighton.
GETTING OVER THE HUMP... Eleven of the Friars' 20 games have been decided by 10 points or less. Providence has recorded a 3-8 record in those contests. Five games have been decided by five points or less, in which Providence has posted a 1-4 record. The lone victory among those four games came against BIG EAST foe Villanova (51-49) on Dec. 3.
ALEXIS HARRIS MOVES INTO 22ND PLACE ON FRIARS' ALL-TIME REBOUNDING LIST... Alexis Harris enters the weekend with 567 career rebounds and ranks 22nd on the Friars' all-time rebounding list. On Jan. 25, Harris grabbed four rebounds at DePaul, allowing her to pass Joanie Powers `86, who grabbed 566 boards in 107 games from 1982-86. Harris needs 15 rebounds to take over sole possession of 21st, currently held by Dottie Van Gheem `88, who recorded 581 rebounds during her career (1986-90).
CHANISE BALDWIN IMPROVING AT THE CHARITY STRIPE... Through the first 13 games of the season, Chanise Baldwin shot just 42.2-percent from the free-throw line (19-45). In the last seven games, Baldwin has shown tremendous improvement, hitting 72.7-percent of her shots at the stripe (24-33). Baldwin entered the season as a 52-percent shooter from the foul line during her career (15-29). In 2014-15, it's important that she has found her rhythm, as she leads the team in free-throw attempts (78). Evi Iiskola is second on the team in free-throw attempts (52).
ALISON LEWIS NETS CAREER-BEST 17 POINTS IN WIN OVER MARQUETTE... Freshman guard Alison Lewis netted a career-best 17 points in a 66-58 victory over Marquette on Jan. 23. She shot 6-9 from the field and 5-7 from the free-throw line. She also recorded seven rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots. Five of her seven rebounds came off of the offensive glass.
KARIN ROBINSON STEPS UP IN STARTING ROLE... Karin Robinson has started each of the last six games for the Friars since an injury sideline sophomore point guard Sarah Beal. During the last six games, Robinson has averaged a team-best 10.5 points, 2.8 assists and 2.7 steals per game. She has reached double figures in four of six contests, including a season-high 17 points against Georgetown on Jan. 9.
TORI RULE SITS IN 20th PLACE ON FRIARS' ALL-TIME CAREER SCORING LIST... Senior Tori Rule became the 32nd player in program history to record 1,000 career points. She achieved the feat on Nov. 23 against Virginia Tech, as she hit her first bucket of the game at the 16:03 mark of the first half. Rule currently owns 1,150 career points, and ranks 20th all-time in scoring at Providence. Rule has played 100 career games and has averaged 11.5 points per game. The senior guard is currently sideline indefinitely with an injury.
WHO'S NEXT... Upon her return to the floor from injury, Tori Rule will need 41 points to pass Mi-Khida Hankins `11 and take sole possession of 19th on the Friars' all-time career scoring list. Hankins played 115 games from 2007-11 and recorded 1,190 career points (11.0 ppg).
DOUBLE-TROUBLE... Chanise Baldwin and Alexis Harris lead the team in double-doubles this season, with three each. Both players recorded double-doubles in the Friars' game vs. Seton Hall on Jan. 11. Harris posted 15 points and 11 boards, while Baldwin contributed 14 points and 12 rebounds. Harris owns 15 double-doubles in her career and Baldwin has collected the first three of her career in 2014-15.
DEFENSE... The Friars have allowed nine of their 20 opponents to shoot 45-percent or better from the field this season, including four teams who shot better than 50-percent. The Friars have posted a 1-8 record in those game. Providence's only victory when allowing an opponent to shoot 45-percent or better came against UMass Lowell on Dec. 6. The River Hawks hit 22-48 field-goal attempts (45.8-percent).
FRIARS' 27 MADE FREE THROWS VS. DUQUESNE... The Friars' 27 made free throws vs. Duquesne on Dec. 21 are the most makes in a single-game at the line since Nov. 9, 2013 vs. UMass Lowell. On that day, Providence hit 32-44 free throw attempts (.727).
20/20... Tori Rule leads the Friars with four 20+ point games this season vs. Brown (20), Bryant (20), Villanova (22) and Boston College (23). Sarah Beal is the only other Friar to eclipse 20 points. She notched 24 points vs. Brown, marking the highest scoring effort by a Friar this season. Rule has 18, 20+ point games in her career, while Beal has achieved the feat five times.
FRIARS' 80 POINTS MARK SEASON HIGH... The Friars' 80 points vs. Bryant mark a season high. It is the most points for PC in a single game since Jan. 25 of last season vs. Seton Hall (87). Providence reached 80+ points in four games during the 2013-14 campaign, including two 100+ point games.
PROVIDENCE'S 44 BOARDS VS. BROWN AND MARQUETTE... Providence has hauled in a season-high 44 rebounds in two games this season vs. Brown on Nov. 18 (44-37) and Marquette on Jan. 23 (44-33). It marks the most rebounds for the Friars in a single-game since Dec. 21, 2013 vs. Rhode Island. On that day, Providence also recorded 44 rebounds. The Friars have hauled in 40+ rebounds in eight of their 20 games, including three of the last five contests.
ALEXIS HARRIS NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-BIG EAST TEAM... Senior forward Alexis Harris was named to the 2014-15 Preseason All-BIG EAST Team, which is voted on by the league's 10 head coaches. The announcement was made at BIG EAST Media Day in New York City on Oct. 22. Harris, an All-BIG EAST Second Team selection as a junior, averaged 14.0 points and 8.9 rebounds per game for the Friars in 2013-14. During BIG EAST Conference regular-season play, she remained a steady force with 15.1 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Harris also notched 12 double-doubles last season, which are the most by any returning player in the BIG EAST. The forward reached double-figures in the scoring column 23 times and also posted 14 double-digit rebounding games. Furthermore, Harris was one of just four players in the BIG EAST to record multiple 30-point games. She hit for a career-high 31 points against UMass Lowell on Nov. 9, and 30 points against Seton Hall on Jan. 25.
SARAH BEAL NAMED PRESEASON ALL-BIG EAST HONORABLE MENTION... Sophomore guard Sarah Beal was named a Preseason All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention selection, which is voted on by the league's 10 head coaches. The announcement was made at BIG EAST Media Day in New York City on Oct. 22. Beal enjoyed an impressive rookie campaign as the program's floor general, averaging 11.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and a team-best 4.7 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Her 135 assists mark the third-highest total all-time by a freshman in program history. Beal handed out a career-best 13 assists vs. Butler on Jan. 28, 2014, which is one hand-out shy of the BIG EAST single-game record by a freshman and also marked the most assists in a single game by a league player during the 2013-14 season. Beal also proved to be an effective scorer, having recorded 21 double-digit scoring games. She notched a career-best 27 points against Marquette on Jan. 21.
MONTHLY COACH'S SHOW... The Friars produce a monthly Coach's Show, called Friar Hoop Scoop, which provides a behind-the-scenes look at the women's basketball program. The show is posted online during the first week of each month and may be viewed on each of the program's social media platforms, including its YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/ProvidenceCollegeWBB.
WHAT'S NEXT... Providence will return to action on Sunday, Feb. 1 vs. Xavier. The game will be played at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. and is scheduled to tip-off at 1:00 p.m. The Friars will follow with three-straight road games vs. Seton Hall (Feb. 6), St. John's (Feb. 8) and Creighton (Feb. 15).
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