Women's Basketball Game Notes vs. Villanova

Evi Iiskola

Feb. 4, 2014


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PROVIDENCE COLLEGE SET TO TAKE ON VILLANOVA... The Providence College women's basketball team will host Villanova on Wednesday, February 5 at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

TUNE IN... Live streaming video of the Providence College vs. Villanova 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.

PROVIDENCE VS. VILLANOVA ALL-TIME... Villanova leads the all-time series vs. Providence, 39-25. The Wildcats have earned victories in five of the last six meetings between the two programs.

FRIARS AND WILDCATS AT ALUMNI HALL... The Friars and Wildcats have met 29 times at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. Providence leads the series vs. Villanova 18-11 on its home court, including victories in three of the last four meetings at the venue.

FAMILIAR FOE... The Friars have played the Wildcats 64 times during the history of the two women's basketball programs. It marks the most games vs. any one opponent in the program's 40-year history.

LAST TIME PROVIDENCE DEFEATED VILLANOVA... The Friars last defeated Villanova on Jan. 23, 2013 at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. On that day, Providence secured a 65-60 victory in overtime. OVERTIME VS. THE WILDCATS... The Friars are 4-0 all-time vs. Villanova in games decided by overtime.

FIRST MEETING OF 2013-14... The Friars and Wildcats last played on Jan. 4 at The Pavilion in Villanova, Pa. The Wildcats closed the first half on a 7-2 run and carried a 10-point advantage into the break (35-25). The Friars battled back in the second half to take a 43-40 lead at the 11:22 mark, with the help of an 18-5 scoring run. Five players contributed to the run, led by junior Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.), who scored six points. Villanova regained the lead (44-43) with 10:04 left in the game and held on for the victory. Providence shot the ball well from the floor in the final 10 minutes, connecting on 6-of-11 attempts, but were hampered by six turnovers during the same stretch of time. Villanova scored off of five of the turnovers for a total of 11 points. Harris finished with a game-high 23 points and led the Friars in rebounding (eight). Freshman Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) netted 16 points for the Friars on 7-of-13 shooting and joined Harris with eight rebounds. Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) finished the day with nine points, four rebounds and team-highs in blocks (two) and steals (two). Harris and Beal combined to score 24 of the Friars' 34 points in the second half. The duo nailed 10-of-15 shots from the floor, including 1-of-1 attempts from beyond the arc. Devon Kane led Villanova with 17 points and seven assists. Taylor Holeman completed the day with 16 points and a team-best five boards. Katherine Coyer netted 10 points and added four rebounds, three assists and two steals. A full boxscore from the game may be found on Pg. 31 of the game notes.

SCOUTING VILLANOVA... The Wildcats enter Wednesday's game with a 16-5 overall record and a 6-4 mark in the BIG EAST Conference. Villanova is in the midst of a three-game win streak, having defeated Xavier (61-32), Georgetown (59-49) and Creighton (68-54). 'Nova currently sits in fourth place in the BIG EAST standings behind St. John's (9-1), DePaul (8-2) and Creighton (7-3). Two Wildcats are averaging double figures in the scoring column, led by Devon Kane's 11.9 points per game. Kane also dishes a team-best 4.2 assists per game and leads the squad in steals (26). Caroline Coyer is second on the team in scoring (10.9 ppg), assists (3.9 apg) and steals (24). Villanova averages just 65.5 points per game, but holds its opponents to 56.7 points per contest. The Wildcats also value the basketball better than any team in nation, averaging just 9.0 turnovers per game (Ranks 1st in NCAA Division I).

SARAH BEAL NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... Providence College point guard Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for women's basketball on Monday, February 3. Beal earns league recognition for the second-consecutive week, having been named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week on Jan. 27. In two games last week, Beal averaged 13.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 3.0 steals per game. On Jan. 28, she recorded her first career double-double with 13 points and 13 assists, and added two steals. Beal's 13 assists were one shy of the BIG EAST single-game record for a freshman. Through 21 games this season, Beal is averaging 11.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.7 steals per game. She has reached double figures in the scoring column during 15 games, including three 20+ point games. Beal also has dished five-or-more assists in 10 games.

BEAL NEARING 100-ASSISTS... Freshman Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) enters Wednesday's game against Villanova with 98 assists, leaving her two 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 eight regular-season games left on the schedule.

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).

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.

TORI RULE SHOOTING LIGHTS OUT FROM DEEP... During the last six games, junior guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) has shot an impressive 48.7-percent from three-point territory (20-41). She has hit at least four three-point buckets in four of the last six games. For the season, Rule is shooting 35.1-percent from beyond the arc (46-131). During BIG EAST Conference play, Rule improves to 39.7-percent from downtown (23-58).

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.

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 single 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 became 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 in two games the previous 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' DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORING STREAK COMES TO AN END VS. DE PAUL... Junior forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) was held to eight points on Feb. 1 vs. BIG EAST foe DePaul. It snapped a streak of nine-straight games during which Harris recorded double figures in the scoring column. Harris has reached double figures in 17 of the Friars' 21 games overall, and nine of 10 games during BIG EAST play.

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' 21 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.

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).

20+ ASSISTS... The Friars have dished 20+ assists in four games this season, heading into Wednesday's game vs. Villanova. 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 21 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 (1,126 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 7.3 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Robinson has played in 18 of the Friars' 21 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 hit the road to face St. John's on Saturday, Feb. 8. The game will be played at Carnesecca Arena in Queens, N.Y. The game will be nationally televised on FOX Sports 1, and is scheduled to tip-off at 12:30 p.m.



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