FRIARS HOST XAVIER IN SUNDAY MATINEE... The Providence College women's basketball team will host BIG EAST foe Xavier on Sunday, Feb. 1 at 1:05 p.m. The game will be played at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I.
FRIARS ALL-ACCESS... A live video stream of Providence vs. Xavier game, and will be available 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. XAVIER ALL-TIME... Providence and Xavier have met three times during the history of the two women's basketball programs. Xavier leads the series, 2-1.
FRIARS ARE 1-0 VS. XAVIER AT ALUMNI HALL... Providence is 1-0 all-time vs. Xavier at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. On Feb. 22, 2014, the Friars claimed a 61-59 victory vs. the Musketeers.
THE MOST RECENT MEETING... The Providence College women's basketball team fell to Xavier, 71-59, during BIG EAST play on Jan. 4 at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Senior Chanise Baldwin recorded the second double-double of her career with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Her 16 points sets a career-high, as she converted 6-9 attempts from the floor. Providence held a five-point lead (23-18) with 6:28 remaining in the first half. Xavier responded with a 17-6 scoring run to close the half and take a 35-29 lead into the locker room. Baldwin led the Friars with 12 points on 5-6 shooting from the field and 2-3 shooting from the charity stripe. She also recorded six rebounds, one block and one steal in 18 minutes of action. Jenna Crittendon led Xavier with nine points. The Musketeers scored 16 points off of 12 Providence turnovers in the half. In the second half, Providence fell behind 57-47 with 6:33 remaining in the game. The Friars clawed their way back to get as close as five points (64-59) with 1:15 left on the clock, but could not overcome the deficit. Xavier finished the game hitting 7-8 free throws to take the win. For the game, the Musketeers hit 30-of-37 attempts from the line. Karin Robinson was the only other Friar to reach double figures in the game with 12 points. She added a season-best five assists.
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 Sunday's game with a 1-10 record on the road and a 4-6 mark at home in Alumni Hall.
SEALING THE DEAL... Providence has held a halftime lead vs. five of its 10 BIG EAST opponents this season, yet the team has posted a 2-9 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 61.9 points, while allowing 63.1 points per game defensively (-1.2 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 halftime came during league play vs. St. John's, Georgetown, Seton Hall and Creighton.
GETTING OVER THE HUMP... Twelve of the Friars' 21 games have been decided by 10 points or less. Providence has recorded a 3-9 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 RANKS 22ND ON FRIARS' ALL-TIME REBOUNDING LIST... Alexis Harris enters Sunday's game with 579 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 just five rebounds to jump two spots and crack the top-20. Three rebounds will give her sole possession of 21st place, passing Dottie Van Gheem `88 (581 rebounds). Five rebounds will move Harris into 20th place all-time, passing Jen Gombotz `01 (583 rebounds).
HARRIS POSTS FOURTH DOUBLE-DOUBLE OF THE SEASON... Alexis Harris notched her fourth double-double of the season on Jan. 30 vs. Butler with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Harris owns 16 double-doubles in her career. Harris recorded a team-best 12 double-doubles during the 2013-14 season as a junior.
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 eight games, Baldwin has shown tremendous improvement, hitting 69.4-percent of her shots at the stripe (25-36). 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 (81). Evi Iiskola is second on the team in free-throw attempts (54).
ALISON LEWIS FINDING HERSELF ON OFFENSE... Freshman guard Alison Lewis has reached double figures in the scoring column during two of the last three games. She 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. In the Friars' most recent game vs. Butler (Jan. 30), Lewis scored 10 points on 4-7 shooting from the field and hit 2-2 free throws.
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).
DEFENSE... The Friars have allowed nine of their 21 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, MARQUETTE AND BUTLER... Providence has hauled in a season-high 44 rebounds in three games this season vs. Brown on Nov. 18 (44-37), Marquette on Jan. 23 (44-33) and Butler on Jan. 30 (44-34). 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 nine of their 21 games, including four of the last six 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 Friday, Feb. 6 vs. Seton Hall in South Orange, N.J. It marks the first of three-straight road games for Providence, who also will visit St. John's (Feb. 8) and Creighton (Feb. 15). The Friars' match-up with Seton Hall on Feb. 6 will be nationally-televised on FOX Sports 1. Tip-off is slated for 8:00 p.m.
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