FRIARS CONCLUDE WEEKEND AT VILLANOVA... Providence travel to Villanova, Pa. to take on Villanova at The Pavilion on Sunday, Feb. 5. The game will tip-off at 1:00 p.m. and will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network via FOX Sports GO.
FAMILIAR FOE... The Friars have played the Wildcats 70 times during the history of the two women’s basketball programs. It marks the most games vs. any opponent in program history.
PROVIDENCE VS. VILLANOVA ALL-TIME... Villanova leads the all-time series vs. Providence, 44-26. The Wildcats have earned victories in nine of the last 11 regular-season games, including each of the last four.
THE LAST TIME PROVIDENCE DEFEATED VILLANOVA... The Friars last defeated Villanova on Dec. 3, 2014. On that day, the Friars secured a 51-49 victory at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I.
FRIARS AND WILDCATS AT THE PAVILION... The Friars and Wildcats have met 29 times at The Pavilion in Villanova, Pa. The Wildcats lead the series vs. Providence on their home court, 23-6, including victories in each of the last five games held at The Pavilion.
LAST TIME THE FRIARS WON AT THE PAVILION... The last time the Friars defeated Villanova at The Pavilion dates back to Jan. 19, 2011. On that day, Providence picked up a 58-53 win.
FRIARS ARE COMING OFF OF A 72-70 OVERTIME LOSS AT GEORGETOWN... The Friars fell to Georgetown, 72-70, in overtime in their most recent game on Feb. 3. The game featured 13 ties and 21 lead changes. The Friars got out to their largest lead of the game (52-46) with 16 seconds left on the clock in the third quarter. The Hoyas cut the lead to five (52-47) heading into the final frame as Tyshell King hit one-of-two shots from the foul line. PC shot 62.5-percent from the field in the third (10-16) Georgetown started the fourth quarter with a 9-1 run to take a three-point lead (56-53) with 5:08 to play. The Friars rallied to score nine unanswered points to take a six-point advantage with 1:52 on the clock (62-56). Faith Woodard halted the run with a three-point bucket for Georgetown and Mykia Jones added a lay-up to get the Hoyas within one (62-61) with 16-seconds remaining in regulation. After a timeout, Georgetown committed a foul with 13 seconds left that sent Allegra Botteghi to the line for two. Botteghi buried both free throws to give Providence a 64-61 lead. The Hoyas quickly called timeout to draw up their final offensive play and advance the ball. Dionna White’s three-point attempt was long off the iron, but Woodard collected the offensive rebound on the weak side and drained a three with 0.6 seconds left in the game. In overtime, the Friars took a 68-64 lead with 3:05 on the clock as Botteghi hit a jumper followed by a pair of Beal free throws. The Hoyas answered back with four-straight points to tie the game, 68-68, with 2:42 on the clock before Sarah Beal put Providence back on top with a pair of free throws (70-68). Woodard and King tallied back-to-back buckets to give Georgetown a 72-70 lead with 50 seconds on the clock, but the Friars turned the ball over on the ensuing possession as Maddie Jolin was called for an offensive foul going to the hoop. Providence got a stop on the defensive end, forcing a wild attempt from DiDi Burton that resulted in a shot-clock violation. The Friars called timeout to advance the ball and draw up a play with three seconds left, but Yoyo Nogic’s long distance attempt was off the mark. Beal paced the Friars with 24 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Nogic tallied 17 points, while Botteghi contributed 12. Jolin returned to the court after a three-game absence to post eight points and eight rebounds.
FRIARS START OF SECOND HALF OF LEAGUE SLATE WITH A VICTORY OVER MARQUETTE... Providence opened the second half of the BIG EAST schedule with a 66-64 victory over #RV/RV Marquette on Jan. 27. Yoyo Nogic tallied a career-high 27 points and hit the game-winning shot with five seconds left in regulation. Sarah Beal chipped in 25 points, six rebounds and five assists. The Golden Eagles led by 10 in the third quarter (49-39) with 5:45 left on the clock. The Friars responded with an 11-2 run to close the quarter and get within one (51-50) heading into the final frame. The teams traded baskets in the opening 1:29 of the fourth quarter and the Friars eventually took a 57-55 lead with 5:19 left in the game. It marked the Friars’ first lead since midway through the second quarter (26-25). Providence held a seven-point cushion (62-55) at the 3:27 mark, but Marquette wouldn’t go away quietly. The Golden Eagles tied the game, 64-64, with 36-seconds remaining on a Erika Davenport lay-up to cap a 9-2 run. The Friars burned their final timeout with 35 seconds on the clock to draw up their last offensive play of the game. Nogic drained a jumper just outside the paint as the shot clock expired to give Providence a 66-64 lead. After a Marquette timeout, the Golden Eagles came up empty on the offensive end. Danielle King’s effort under the hoop was well contested and Davenport couldn’t put home the offensive rebound. The Friars took advantage of 10 Marquette miscues, outscoring the Golden Eagles, 17-7, in points off of turnovers. Meanwhile, Providence committed a season-low nine turnovers in the game.
LOCKING DOWN ON DEFENSE... Last weekend, the Friars hosted the top-two scoring offenses in the BIG EAST: DePaul (82.5 ppg) and Marquette (78.5). Providence held both teams to 64 points. On Jan. 27, Providence defeated Marquette, 66-64. On Jan. 29, Providence fell to DePaul, 64-55. DePaul has been held below 70 points just five times this season in 23 games, and the Friars were the opponent on two of those occasions. Earlier this season, Providence held the Blue Demons to 61 points (Jan. 2). Marquette has been held under 70 points six times in 22 games.
SARAH BEAL NAMED BIG EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK... Sarah Beal was named BIG EAST Player of the Week on Jan. 30. It marked the first time in her career that she has earned the league’s Player of the Week honor. Beal had been previously named to the BIG EAST Week Honor Roll eight times during her career, including three times in 2016-17 (11/14, 11/21 and 12/26). She averaged 20.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists last week in games vs. Marquette and No 21/19 DePaul. Against Marquette, who is receiving votes in the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Polls, Beal tallied a season-high 25 points on 11-18 shooting from the field (.611). Her 11 field goals tied her career high and she also tallied six rebounds and five assists. Beal scored eight of the Friars’ 16 points in the fourth quarter to lift the Friars to a 66-64 victory. On Jan. 29 against nationally-ranked DePaul, Beal tallied a team-high 15 points and added nine rebounds, three assists and one steal.
GETTING OFF TO A GOOD START... The Friars are 7-3 this season when leading their opponent at halftime. Providence is 2-9 on the year when trailing at halftime and 1-1 when tied at with their opponent at the break.
SHOOTING THE ROCK... The Friars have shot 50-percent or better from the field in six games this season, including three games during BIG EAST regular-season play. Providence and DePaul are tied for the league lead in games shooting 50-percent or better, overall.
LOOKING TO FINISH IN CLOSE GAMES... The Friars enter Sunday’s game with a 10-13 overall record. Eleven of the Friars’ 13 losses have been decided by 10 points or less. Providence is 3-11 this season in games decided by 10 points or less, including a 2-7 mark in games decided by five points or less. In BIG EAST play, eight of the Friars’ 10 losses have been decided by 10 points or less.
DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORERS... Seven of the 12 players on the roster who have seen game action have hit double digits in the scoring column at least once through 22 games. Sarah Beal and Yoyo Nogic have each reached double figures in the scoring column a team-best 18 times, while Maddie Jolin and Allegra Botteghi have recorded double digits on 10 occasions.
20/20... Yoyo Nogic and Sarah Beal have each scored 20+ points in a game four times this season. Each of Beal’s 20+ point efforts have come during BIG EAST play, including three of the last four games. She scored a season-high 25 points against Marquette on Jan. 27. Nogic tallied a career-best 27 points in that same game vs. the Golden Eagles.
SARAH BEAL RANKS 9TH ALL-TIME IN CAREER ASSISTS... Sarah Beal has recorded 66 assists this season and owns 361 dimes during her career. Her 361 assists rank ninth on the Friars’ all-time list. Beal is looking upward at Julie Wheeler ‘98, who ranks eighth all-time with 393 assists.
1,000 AND COUNTING... Sarah Beal became the 33rd player in program history to reach the 1,000-point career milestone on Jan. 4, 2017 when the Friars faced Marquette. Beal entered the game needing 21 points and finished with a season-high 24 points to achieve the feat. Heading into Sunday’s game, Beal ranks 24th on the Friars’ all-time career scoring list with 1,115 points.
DOUBLE TROUBLE... Three Friars have recorded double-doubles this season through 23 games. Senior forward Aliyah Miller recorded her first double-double of the season, and third of her career, in a 77-65 victory at Hartford on Nov. 22. She tallied 10 points and 10 rebounds vs. the Hawks. On Nov. 27, junior Allegra Botteghi notched her first double-double of the season, and third of her career, in a 75-59 victory over Miami (OH). She registered 14 points and 12 rebounds vs. the RedHawks. Sarah Beal picked up her first double-double of the season, and fourth of her career, on Feb. 3 against Georgetown (24 points / 11 rebounds).
FRIARS POST 17-POINT MARGIN OF VICTORY AGAINST BUTLER... The Friars’ 17-point margin of victory over Butler (61-58) on Dec. 30 is the largest for Providence during BIG EAST Conference regular-season play since defeating Pittsburgh by 20 (91-71) on Feb. 20, 1999.
HIGHEST FIELD-GOAL PERCENTAGE IN BIG EAST PLAY SINCE 2009-10 SEASON... The Friars shot 52.2-percent from the field in their victory over Butler on Dec. 30, hitting 24-46 shot attempts from the floor. It marks the highest field-goal percentage in BIG EAST regular-season play for Providence since shooting 55.6-percent against then-No. 24/18 Georgetown on Jan. 10, 2010 (25-45).
FRIARS SHOOT SEASON-BEST 53.8-PERCENT FROM THREE-POINT TERRITORY AGAINST BUTLER... Providence shot a season-high 53.8-percent (7-13) from three-point territory against Butler on Dec. 30. The Friars’ hot-shooting against the Bulldogs came on the heels of shooting a season-low 13.6-percent (3-22) in their previous game against Xavier on Dec. 28. Yoyo Nogic paced the Friars from beyond the arc against Butler, hitting 5-7 attempts from long range. Maddie Jolin knocked down 2-3 three-point attempts vs. the Bulldogs.
FRIARS COMPLETE NON-CONFERENCE PLAY WITH 8-3 RECORD... The Friars finished non-conference play with a 62-58 victory over Monmouth on Dec. 21. The Friars posted an 8-3 record during the non-conference portion of it’s schedule, marking the most victories in non-conference play since going 8-6 during the 2011-12 campaign.
FRIARS HAUL IN SEASON-HIGH 47 REBOUNDS VS. MONMOUTH... The Friars recorded a season-high 47 rebounds in their victory over Monmouth (62-58) on Dec. 21. Providence’s 18 offensive rebounds in the game also marked a season high. Brianna Frias and Allegra Botteghi each collected a game-high nine rebounds. Frias’ nine boards marked a career high. She had collected a total of 10 rebounds in the previous six games she played leading up to the Monmouth game. Maddie Jolin and Aliyah Miller recorded eight and seven rebounds, respectively.
SARAH BEAL NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... Sarah Beal was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, Dec. 26. It marked the third time this season that Beal had been recognized on the honor roll, and the eighth time in her career. In the Friars’ only game the previous week, Beal led the team with a season-high 19 points in a 62-58 victory over Monmouth. She shot 5-10 from the field (0.500) and 9-11 from the free-throw line (0.818). Beal also grabbed four rebounds and tallied one assist, one blocked shot and one steal.
MADDIE JOLIN NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... Sophomore Maddie Jolin was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Nov. 28, marking the first league honor of her career. Jolin averaged 14.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game as the Friars posted three victories over Hartford, UNCW and Miami (OH). She shot 50-percent from the floor (14-28), including 7-14 shooting from three-point range (50-percent). Jolin also converted 9-12 free throws (75-percent). She reached double figures in the scoring column in all three games. She narrowly missed her first career double-double against Hartford on Nov. 22 with 16 points and a career-high nine rebounds. She posted 17 points against UNCW on Nov. 26 as she hit 6-8 shots from the field, including a 6-8 effort from beyond the arc.
FRIARS OPENED SEASON WITH SEVEN-STRAIGHT WINS... The Friars opened the 2016-17 season with seven-straight victories. It marked the first 7-0 start for Providence since the 1990-91 season, when the team also started the year 7-0. SIX-STRAIGHT DOUBLE-DIGIT VICTORIES... Prior to the Friars’ loss to Brown on Dec. 4, the Friars recorded six-straight victories - all of which were decided by double figures. The last time the program recorded six-consecutive wins in double figures dates back to the 1990-91 campaign. During that season, the Friars also reeled off six-straight wins decided by double figures against Villanova (+27), Iona (+45), Seton Hall (+24), Pittsburgh (+11), Georgetown (+14) and Boston College (+29).
FOUR-STRAIGHT ROAD VICTORIES... The Friars logged four-consecutive wins on the road prior to their loss to Brown on Dec. 4. Providence defeated Hartford (77-65), UNCW (65-49), Miami (OH) (75-59) and Bryant (62-51). The last time Providence won four-consecutive games away from home was during the 1991-92 campaign against Villanova (82-80, 2OT), Pittsburgh (91-83), Georgetown (89-88) and St. John’s (82-79).
FRIARS OVERCOME LARGEST HALFTIME DEFICIT SINCE 2012-13 SEASON TO EARN VICTORY... On Nov. 19, the Friars rallied from a 10-point deficit at halftime (41-31) to defeat Binghamton, 71-58. It marks the largest halftime deficit that the Friars have rallied back from to earn a win since Jan. 23, 2013. That day, Providence trailed then-ranked No. 25 Villanova, 29-10, at halftime (-19) and battled back to earn a 65-60 victory in overtime.
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY SINCE 2013... The Friars defeated North Dakota State, 86-63, on Nov. 16 in Providence, R.I. It marked Providence’s largest margin of victory (+23) since Nov. 20, 2013, when it defeated Hartford by 26 points (79-53).
OLIVIA ORLANDO SIGNS NLI TO ATTEND PROVIDENCE COLLEGE... Providence College women’s basketball Head Coach Jim Crowley announced on Nov. 10 that Olivia Orlando (Winthrop, Mass.) has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the College beginning in the Fall of 2017. Orlando is the first student-athlete to sign a NLI to attend Providence College and play for Crowley, as he embarks on his first season as the program’s head coach in 2016-17. Orlando, a 5-foot, 10-inch, guard, currently attends Tilton School, where she is coached by Tara Brisson. Orlando enters the 2016-17 campaign with 920 career points and is on track to become the program’s all-time leading scorer by season’s end (1,104 points). During her three seasons at Tilton School, she has averaged a double-double with 14.0 point and 10.4 rebounds per game. Orlando is a three-time Lakes Region All-Star and NEPSAC All-Star (2014-16). She also has earned NEPSAC Championship Game Most Valuable Player honors during her career, in addition to Blackburn Tournament MVP recognition and Nickerson Tournament All-Tournament Team honors. While with the program, Tilton School has compiled a 65-12 overall record, including an impressive 40-3 mark at home. Orlando, a three-year captain, has helped guide Tilton School to three-consecutive Lakes Region Championships and two NEPSAC titles.
DORIS BURKE ‘87 TO HAVE JERSEY RETIRED... On Saturday, Feb. 11, Providence College will honor six of its all-time greatest athletes. Former Friar men’s basketball players Otis Thorpe ‘84 and the late Bruce “Soup” Campbell ’78 and women’s basketball player Doris Burke ’87, as well as hockey greats Lou Lamoriello ‘63, Ron Wilson ‘77 and Cammi Granato ’93 all will be recognized as they join the Friar Legends Forever Tradition. The six individuals will be honored during a halftime ceremony at the men’s basketball game vs. Butler on Feb. 11. Following the game, the Athletic Department will hold a dinner to honor the group at the Omni Hotel in Downtown Providence. Burke’s jersey will also be unveiled at Alumni Hall, where it will remain along with previous women’s basketball Friar Legends, during halftime at the women’s basketball home game vs. Seton Hall on Sunday, Feb. 19. Tip-off is for that game is slated for 1:00 p.m. The Friar Legends Forever Tradition began in 1996. To earn the honor, the player or coach must have made a significant impact on Friar basketball and he/she must have received national recognition during his/her career at Providence. Burke will become the fourth player in Providence College women’s basketball history to be honored, and the fifth honoree overall. In 2010, former Associate Athletic Director Helen Bert and former Friar great Kathy Finn Hill `84 were honored. In 2014, Tracy Lis `92 was honored. Most recently, Andrea Mangum ’90 joined the Friar Legends in 2015. Burke (formerly Sable) was a member of the women’s basketball team from 1983-87. Burke led the Friars in assists during three of her four seasons with the program and finished her career with 602 handouts. Burke is ranked second all-time at PC in career assists and also ranks 10th all-time in career scoring (1,372 points). She was a three-time All-BIG EAST selection, including a member of the First Team as a senior in 1987. She also was honored as a KODAK District 1 All-America selection. Burke has since been inducted into the Providence College Athletics Hall of Fame. Professionally, Burke is widely known as a pioneer in the world of television sports broadcasting. She is a versatile commentator who works a variety of ESPN assignments, including the NBA, women’s college basketball regular-season and NCAA Championship, men’s college basketball regular season and Championship Week, in addition to assignments for other ESPN properties. Since 2003, Burke has taken on additional roles and assignments for NBA coverage, including sideline reporter and game analyst during select ESPN NBA telecasts. She also serves as a sideline reporter for NBA playoff games and the NBA Finals on ABC.
WHAT’S NEXT... Providence will travel to Omaha, Neb. to face Creighton on Saturday, Feb. 11. The game will tip-off at 2:00 p.m. ET / 1:00 p.m. CT and will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network via FOX Sports GO.
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