Jan. 30, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
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PROVIDENCE COLLEGE SET TO HOST DE PAUL IN BIG EAST ACTION... The Providence College women's basketball team will host DePaul in BIG EAST action on Saturday, February 1. The game will be played at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. Tip-off is slated for 2:00 p.m.
TUNE IN... Live streaming video of the Providence College vs. DePaul 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 1:50 p.m.
PROVIDENCE VS. DE PAUL ALL-TIME... Providence and DePaul have met 12 times during the history of the two women's basketball programs. The Blue Demons lead the all-time series, 8-4, and have earned victories in three of the last five meetings.
FRIARS VS. BLUE DEMONS AT ALUMNI HALL... Providence has defeated DePaul in each of the last two games played at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. The all-time series is tied, 2-2, at the Friars' home venue. Saturday's game will mark the first meeting between Providence and DePaul at Alumni Hall since January 7, 2012. On that day, the Friars earned a 60-52 win.
BARN BURNERS... Three of the four meetings between Providence and DePaul at Alumni Hall have been decided by single digits. The largest margin during the four-game span was an 11-point victory by DePaul on January 12, 2008.
WHAT HAPPENED EARLIER THIS SEASON?... The Friars and Blue Demons met earlier this season on Jan. 8 at McGrath-Phillips Arena in Chicago, Ill. DePaul earned a 91-71 victory. The Friars were led by Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.), who recorded 21 points and eight rebounds. Providence trailed by six (31-25) with 5:22 remaining in the first half as Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) converted two free throws for the Friars. DePaul finished the half on a 21-11 run to take a 52-36 lead into halftime. In the second half, the Blue Demons pushed their lead to 19 (66-47) with 11:44 remaining on the clock. Providence closed the gap to eight (72-64) on a 17-6 scoring run with 7:33 to play. DePaul responded with eight-straight points to regain control of the game over the next two minutes. Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) finished the game with 18 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals for Providence. Rule and sophomore Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) netted 12 and 11 points, respectively. Rogowski completed the night with 30 points on 10-22 shooting from the field, including 8-17 from three-point territory. Jasmine Penny contributed 23 points and seven rebounds. Chanise Jenkins contributed 17 points, six rebounds and three steals, while Jessica January added 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals. Brittany Hrynko dished a game-high nine assists.
SCOUTING DE PAUL... The Blue Demons enter Saturday's game with a 16-5 overall record and a 7-2 mark in BIG EAST Conference action. DePaul is in the midst of a five-game win streak dating back to a 75-68 victory at Seton Hall on January 14. The Blue Demons, who were preseason favorites to win the BIG EAST title, currently sit in a tie for second place in the conference standings. DePaul leads the league in scoring offense at 85.0 points per game, and their scoring out-put improves to 86.2 points per game vs. BIG EAST opponents. Four players on the roster are averaging double figures in the scoring column, led by Jasmine Penny (16.1 ppg). Megan Rogowski is second on the team in scoring with 14.9 points per game. Brittany Hrynko and Chanise Jenkins follow with 12.5 and 11.2 points per contest, respectively. Hrynko and Jenkins rank No. 1 and No. 2 in assists per game as well. Hyrnko averages 5.6 hand-outs, while Jenkins averages 5.5 assists. Megan Podkowa leads DePaul on the boards (6.4 rpg).
THREE PLAYERS FROM EACH TEAM RANK IN TOP-15 IN SCORING DURING LEAGUE ACTION... Saturday's game between Providence and DePaul will feature six players ranked in the top-15 in scoring during BIG EAST Conference action - three from each program. For the Friars, Alexis Harris ranks fifth (17.6 ppg), followed by Tori Rule (12th, 14.3 ppg) and Sarah Beal (13th, 13.7 ppg). For DePaul, Jasmine Penny leads the way in third place (17.9 ppg), followed by Brittany Hrynko (10th, 14.9 ppg) and Megan Rogowski (11th, 14.8 ppg).
BEAL THREATENS BIG EAST SINGLE-GAME FRESHMAN ASSIST MARK... Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) was one assist shy of tying the BIG EAST single-game freshman assist record on Jan. 28 vs. Butler, with a career-best 13 hand-outs. Providence's Mandy Saunders '98 established the current record for a freshmen on Jan. 12, 1994 vs. Syracuse, with 14 assists. Margaret McKeon (St. John's) owns the conference's single-game assist record (18 vs. Georgetown - 1/16/91).
LUCKY 13... Freshman point guard Sarah Beal's 13 assists vs. Butler on Jan. 28 are the most by a Providence College player in a single game since November 20, 1999. On that day, Dee Cummings dished 15 dimes against George Mason. Cummings also was a freshman at the time.
BEAL NEARING 100-ASSISTS... Freshman Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) enters Saturday's game against DePaul with 96 assists, leaving her four shy of the 100-assist mark. The top three assist totals in the program's history for a freshmen, have withstood the test of time. Mandy Saunders '98 holds the record for assists by a freshman at PC with 171. Shanya Evans '91 (136) and Mary Ann McCoy '80 (112) rank second and third on the list, respectively. The Friars have nine regular-season games left on the schedule. Beal currently ranks fifth in the BIG EAST in assists (4.8 apg) overall, and fourth during BIG EAST Conference play (5.2 apg).
100+ ASSISTS BY FRIARS IN THE LAST DECADE... Only three players have dished 100+ assists during the last decade of the program, and have done so a total of four times. Kendria Holmes achieved the feat in consecutive seasons (2006-07, 2007-08) with 103 and 117, respectively. Lola Wells '12 handed out 101 assists in 2010-11. Symone Roberts '13 recorded 135 assists a season ago (2012-13).
TORI RULE SHOOTING LIGHTS OUT FROM DEEP... During the last five games, junior guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) has shot an impressive 51.4-percent from three-point territory (19-37). She has hit at least four three-point buckets in four of the five games. For the season, Rule is shooting 35.4-percent from beyond the arc (45-127). During BIG EAST Conference play, Rule improves to 41-percent from downtown (22-54).
BEAL RECORDS FIRST COLLEGIATE DOUBLE-DOUBLE... Freshman point guard Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) dished a career-high 13 assists and scored 13 points to record her first collegiate double-double on January 28 vs. Butler. Beal played all 40 minutes for the first time in her career, collected two steals and committed just one turnover.
LATE THREE-POINT BUCKET DASHES FRIARS' RUN AT A VICTORY AGAINST BUTLER... On Jan. 28 against Butler, the Friars led by five (57-52) with 7:13 remaining in the game. Down the stretch the game was deadlocked on five different occasions. With 1:09 left, Butler's Daress McClung hit a short jumper in the middle of the key to tie the game, 69-69. Providence missed its next two shot attempts, before Butler secured a defensive rebound. Taylor Schippers hit the eventual game-winning three-point basket for Butler as the shot clock expired, and 13 seconds were left on the clock in regulation. Providence College called a time out and got two looks at a three-pointer to tie the game, but both were defended well by the Bulldogs.
FRIARS LOSE FOR JUST SECOND TIME THIS SEASON WHEN HOLDING OPPONENT UNDER 40-PERCENT FROM THE FIELD... Providence lost for just the second time this season, when holding its opponent below 40-percent shooting from the field. The Friars held Butler to 37.7-percent from the floor (14-36) in a 72-69 loss on Jan. 28. Overall, Providence owns a 5-2 record this season when holding its opponent below 40-percent.
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.
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).
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 secure 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 15 points against Butler on Jan. 28 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 nine league games this season. Harris has reached double figures in 17 of the Friars' 20 games overall.
DOUBLE TROUBLE... Junior forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) recorded her team-best eighth double-double on Jan. 28 vs. Butler with 15 points and 10 rebounds. It marked her third career double-double vs. a BIG EAST Conference opponent. Harris is tied for third in the BIG EAST in double-doubles. Friar sophomore Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) and freshman Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) are the only other Friars to record a double-double this season. Iiskola recorded 19 points and 10 rebounds vs. UMass Lowell on Nov. 9. Beal scored 13 points and dished a career-high 13 assists against Butler on Jan. 28. She is the third player in the BIG EAST this season to record a double-double by virtue of points and assists, and the first to do so during conference play.
GETTING OVER THE HUMP... Twelve of the Friars' 20 games this season have been decided by 10 points or less and Providence holds a 3-9 record in those games, including a 1-6 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.
HIGH SCORING FRIARS KEPT OUT OF WIN COLUMN... 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). In the last three games, the Friars have averaged 78.3 points per game and have lost each game by an average of 4.7 points.
20+ ASSISTS... The Friars have dished 20+ assists in four games this season, heading into Saturday's match-up vs. DePaul. 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.
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.
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 20 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 (1,125 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 7.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Robinson has played in 17 of the Friars’ 20 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 remain home at Alumni Hall to host BIG EAST foe Villanova on Wednesday, February 5. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
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