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FRIARS PREPARE TO FACE SETON HALL ON FRIDAY... The Providence College women’s basketball team will travel to Seton Hall on Friday, Feb. 6 for an 8:01 p.m. tip-off on FOX Sports 1. The game will be played at Walsh Gymnasium in South Orange, N.J. Tiffany Greene and LaChina Robinson will be on the call for the nationally-televised broadcast.
FRIARS ALL-ACCESS... A live audio stream of the Providence vs. Seton Hall game will be available as a part of Friars All-Access (www.Friars.com). Friars All-Access is a subscription service. Play-by-play will be provided by Chris Fama.
PROVIDENCE VS. SETON HALL ALL-TIME... Providence and Seton Hall have met 58 times during the history of the two women’s basketball programs. Seton Hall leads the all-time series, 30-28. The Pirates have won five-straight games vs. Providence heading into Friday’s match-up.
PIRATE ESCAPE A BY A SLIM MARGIN IN LAST FOUR MEETINGS VS. PROVIDENCE... Each of the last four meetings between Providence and Seton Hall have been decided by 10 points or less. Earlier this season, on Jan. 11, Seton Hall escaped with a one-point win (68-67) at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I.
FRIARS AND PIRATES AT WALSH GYMNASIUM... Providence and Seton Hall have met 25 times at Walsh Gymnasium in South Orange, N.J. Seton Hall leads the series vs. Providence on its home court, 15-10, including victories in two-straight games heading into Friday’s match-up.
LAST TIME PROVIDENCE DEFEATED SETON HALL... The last time Providence defeated Seton Hall dates back to Feb. 11, 2012 in Providence, R.I. On that day, the Friars captured a 62-47 victory.
THE LAST MEETING... The Providence College women’s basketball team was edged by Seton Hall, 68-67, on Sunday, Jan. 11 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. Junior Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) led the Friar effort with a season-high of 19 points. Providence held a 15-13 lead over SHU with 12:11 left in the first half. The Friars extended their lead to as many as nine points, 29-20, and Providence carried a 35-27 advantage into the break. The Friar offense was paced by senior guard Karin Robinson (Queens, N.Y.) who tallied nine points on 4-of-8 shooting from the floor. Ka-Deidre Simmons led the Pirates in the first half with 12 points. The Friars opened the second half on an 11-2 run to hold its largest lead of the game, 46-29 (+17), with 16:19 on the clock. Seton Hall outscored Providence 37-21, to pull within 67-66, with 1:20 left in game. A Providence foul sent Seton Hall’s Ka-Deidre Simmons to the line to shoot two free throws with 12-seconds left. Simmons converted both attempts to give the Pirates 68-67 lead. Providence turned the ball over on its final possession of the game, and was unable to pull off the upset. Three Friars joined Iiskola in double figures. Seniors Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) and Chanise Baldwin (Pontiac, Mich.) each notched double-doubles. Harris recorded 15 points and hauled in 11 rebounds, while Baldwin added 14 points and brought in 12 rebounds. Robinson finished with 11 points, dished out three assists and tallied a career-high five steals. Providence dominated the glass with a 43-34 advantage on the boards. Seton Hall benefited from a 21-17 advantage in points off of turnovers. The Pirates forced the Friars into 26 miscues. A complete box score of the game is below (available in PDF format only).
THE LAST TIME PROVIDENCE DEFEATED A NATIONALLY-RANKED OPPONENT... The last time the Friars defeated a nationally-ranked opponent dates back to the 2012-13 season. On Jan. 23, 2013, Providence clipped BIG EAST foe Villanova, 65-60, in overtime at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I.
EVI IISKOLA AT HER BEST VS. THE PIRATES... Junior Evi Iiskola scored a season-high 19 points in the first meeting this season vs. Seton Hall on Jan. 11. In the last four meetings between the two teams, which includes three meetings during the 2013-14 campaign, Iiskola averaged 15.3 points per game vs. the Pirates. During that span, she has shot a blistering 65.3-percent from the field, hitting 17-of-26 field-goal attempts. Iiskola scorched Seton Hall for a career-high 21 points in the first round of the BIG EAST Conference Tournament a year ago in Chicago, Ill.
ROAD WOES... Providence enters Friday’s game with a 1-10 record on the road. 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.
HOME AND AWAY... At home in Alumni Hall, the Friars are scoring an average of 61.5 points, while allowing 63.5 points per game defensively (-2.1 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).
SEALING THE DEAL... Providence has held a halftime lead vs. five of its 11 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.
FRIARS ARE 2-5 OVERALL WHEN LEADING AT HALFTIME... Providence is 2-5 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’ five losses this season when leading at halftime came during league play vs. St. John’s (12/30), Georgetown (1/9), Seton Hall (1/11), Creighton (1/16) and Xavier (2/1).
GETTING OVER THE HUMP... Twelve of the Friars’ 22 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.
SARAH BEAL TO MISS REMAINDER OF THE SEASON... Sophomore point guard Sarah Beal, who has missed the last eight games with an injury, will miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season. Beal will undergo surgery on Feb. 5 to repair a ligament in her knee, which is responsible for stabilizing her knee cap. Beal’s subluxed her knee cap on Jan. 3, prior to the Friars’ game vs. Xavier (Jan. 4).
KARIN ROBINSON STEPPING UP IN STARTING ROLE... Senior Karin Robinson has started each of the Friars’ last eight games at the point guard position, after losing sophomore Sarah Beal to injury. During the eight game stretch, Robinson is third on the team in scoring (9.0 ppg) and rebounding (4.9 rpg) and leads the team in assists (2.9 apg) and steals (2.4 spg).
ALEXIS HARRIS MOVES INTO 20th PLACE ON THE FRIARS ALL-TIME REBOUNDING LIST... Alexis Harris enters Friday’s game with 585 career rebounds and ranks 20th on the Friars’ all-time rebounding list. On Feb. 1, Harris pulled down six boards vs. Xavier, allowing her to leap past Dottie Van Gheem ‘88 (581 rebounds) and Jen Gombotz ‘01 (583 rebounds). Harris needs 18 rebounds to take sole possession of 19th place, currently held by Mi-Khida Hankins ‘11 (602).
ALEXIS HARRIS LEADS FRIARS WITH FOUR DOUBLE-DOUBLES... Alexis Harris leads the Friars with four double-doubles this season, and is tied for fourth in the BIG EAST. Her most recent double-double came against Butler on Jan. 30, as she recorded 18 points and 12 rebounds. Harris owns 16 double-doubles in her career. She posted a team-best 12 double-doubles during the 2013-14 season as a junior.
DOUBLE-TROUBLE... Senior Chanise Baldwin owns three double-doubles on the year and is the only other active player on the Friars’ roster (joining Alexis Harris) to record a double-double this season. She recorded the first double-double of her career against Rhode Island (Dec. 7) with 12 points and 12 rebounds. She also posted double-doubles against Xavier on Jan. 4 (16 pts / 12 rebs) and Seton Hall on Jan. 11 (14 pts / 12 rebs). Baldwin is tied for sixth in the BIG EAST in double-doubles.
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 nine 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 (56).
ALISON LEWIS FINDING HERSELF ON OFFENSE... Freshman guard Alison Lewis has reached double figures in the scoring column during three of the last four 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. Last weekend, she reached double figures in back-to-back games for the first time in her career against Butler (Jan. 30) and Xavier (Feb. 1). Lewis scored 10 points vs. Butler on 4-7 shooting from the field. She followed with 15 points vs. Xavier on 6-13 shooting. Lewis was the only Friar to reach double figures in the game vs. Xavier.
LAST FOUR FOR LEWIS... Alison Lewis has reached double figures in three of the last four games. During the four-game stretch, Lewis is averaging 12.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and has shot a blistering 56-percent from the field (19-34) and 77-percent from the free-throw line (10-13).
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 22 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 22 games, including four of the last seven 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.
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 Sunday, Feb. 8 against BIG EAST foe St. John’s. The game will be played in Queens, N.Y. and will be broadcast live on ESPN3. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.
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