Feb. 6, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
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PROVIDENCE COLLEGE SET TO TAKE ON ST. JOHN'S... The Providence College women's basketball team will face St. John's University in BIG EAST Conference action on Saturday, February 8. The game will be played at Carnesecca Arena in Queens, N.Y. Tip-off is slated for 12:30 p.m.
FOX SPORTS 1... Saturday's game between Providence and St. John's will be nationally televised on FOX Sports 1. Tiffany Greene and Leslie Hill will be on the call.
TUNE IN... Live streaming audio of the Providence College vs. St. John's 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 12:20 p.m. The broadcast also may be picked up locally on WOON 1240 AM.
ALL-TIME VS. ST. JOHN'S... Providence and St. John's have met 58 times during the history of the two women's basketball programs. The Red Storm lead the all-time series, 32-26, and have earned victories in each of the last six meetings.
LAST TIME PROVIDENCE DEFEATED ST. JOHN'S... The last time Providence defeated St. John's dates back to February 10, 2007. On that day, the Friars captured a 93-77 victory at Carnesecca Arena in Queens, N.Y.
ALL-TIME AT CARNESECCA ARENA... The Friars and Red Storm have met 27 times at Carnesecca Arena Jamaica, N.Y. (Queens). St. John's leads the series vs. Providence at Carnesecca 14-13.
FLASHBACK TO THE LAST MEETING... Providence and St. John's last met on January 30, 2013 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. The Friars held a 34-25 lead at halftime, but St. John's rallied in the second half to claim a 65-51 win. The Red Storm out-scored Providence 40-17 in the final 20 minutes of play. St. John's held a 48-28 advantage in rebounding and out-scored the Friars 21-2 at the foul line. A full box score is below (available in PDF version only).
HOMECOMING... Junior guard Karin Robinson (Jamaica, N.Y.) will be playing in front of a hometown crowd on Saturday when the Friars take on St. John's. Robinson played locally at Mary Louis Academy from 2008-11, and was a New York Post Second-Team All-City selection. She also is just the second Mary Louis Academy player to earn a Division I scholarship since 1980. Prior to her arrival at Providence College, Robinson played at Monroe Community College (N.Y.) and was one of 10 players named to the 2013 WBCA Junior/Community College Coaches' All-America Team.
GETTING OVER THE HUMP... Thirteen of the Friars' 22 games this season have been decided by 10 points or less and Providence holds a 3-10 record in those games, including a 1-7 mark vs. BIG EAST opponents.
WILDCATS ESCAPE WITH 72-66 VICTORY IN MOST RECENT GAME... In the Friars' most recent game on Feb. 5, the team suffered a 72-66 loss to Villanova in Providence, R.I.. Providence trailed 34-33 at halftime, but were out-scored 14-5 in the opening five minutes of the second half, giving Villanova a 10 point lead (48-38). The Wildcats established their largest lead (12 points) with 10:32 remaining in the game (60-48). The Friars fought back to get within five (67-62) on a 14-7 run, but it was as close as they would get down the stretch. Lauren Burford hit a three-point bucket with 2:09 remaining to give the Wildcats an eight-point lead (70-62) with 2:09 remaining and 'Nova held on from there. Both teams finished the game shooting 47-percent from the field. Providence hit 26-of-55 field goals, while the Wildcats netted 27-of-57. The game was decided behind the three-point arc as the Wildcats nailed 12-of-26 attempts from deep, while the Friars hit 4-of-11. In all, there were 10 lead changes in the game and five ties.
TORI RULE DROPS 29 POINTS VS. VILLANOVA... Junior Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) notched a game-high 29 points vs. Villanova on Feb. 5. It marks her highest point total during BIG EAST Conference play this season, as she hit 11-of-20 field goal attempts (55-percent), including 2-of-4 from beyond the three-point arc. Rule also matched her career high on the boards with seven rebounds, and hit 5-of-6 attempts from the charity stripe.
ALIYAH MILLER NETS CAREER-HIGH 11 POINTS VS. VILLANOVA... Freshman forward Aliyah Miller (Southaven, Miss.) tallied a career-high 11 points vs. Villanova on February 5. Miller hit 5-of-8 attempts from the floor, and also checked in with five rebounds. It marked the third double-digit scoring game of her career, and first in BIG EAST play.
SARAH BEAL ECLIPSES 100-ASSISTS... Freshman point guard Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) dished six assists vs. Villanova on Feb. 5 and surpassed the 100-assist milestone for the season. Heading into Saturday's game vs. St. John's, Beal owns 104 dimes. She is just the fourth Friar in the last decade to dish 100+ assists in a season. 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).
CLOSING IN ON TOP-3 STATUS... Freshman Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) enters Saturday's game vs. St. John's with 104 assists. 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 Providence, with 171. Shanya Evans '91 (136) and Mary Ann McCoy '80 (112) rank second and third on the list, respectively. Beal needs nine more assists to take over sole possession of third place on the list. The Friars have seven regular-season games left on the schedule, and Beal is currently averaging 4.7 assists per game.
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. Additionally, her 13 dimes are the most by a BIG EAST player this season.
TORI RULE SHOOTING LIGHTS OUT FROM DEEP... During the last seven games, junior guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) has shot an impressive 48.9-percent from three-point territory (22-45). She has hit at least four three-point buckets in four of those games. For the season, Rule is shooting 35.6-percent from beyond the arc (48-135). During BIG EAST Conference action, Rule improves to 40.3-percent (25-62).
ALEXIS HARRIS IN GOOD STANDING... Junior Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) currently ranks among the top-10 in six statistical categories during BIG EAST regular-season play. Harris ranks sixth in scoring (16.6 ppg), fourth in field-goal percentage (.512, 66-129), sixth in rebounding (8.9 rpg), seventh in offensive rebounds (2.6 orpg), fifth in defensive rebounds (6.3 drpg) and 10th in blocked shots (0.8 bpg). Harris is one of only three players who rank among the top-10 in scoring, rebounding and field-goal percentage. Georgetown's Natalie Butler and Andrea White join her in that group.
30 SOMETHING... Junior forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) and Creighton guard Marissa Janning are the only players in the BIG EAST to reach 30 points in multiple games this season. Harris dropped a career-high 31 points in the Friars' 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 10, 30+ point games overall by BIG EAST players this season, and the Friars account for three of them. Junior guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) scored 32 points against Dartmouth (11/18).
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.
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. 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 (11/9). Beal scored 13 points and dished a career-high 13 assists against Butler (1/28). She is the third player in the BIG EAST this season to record a double-double by virtue of points and assists.
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 seven 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 hit 20+ points three times. 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.
IRON WOMEN... Last season, Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) set a Providence College record for minutes played by a freshman with 1,027. This season, freshman point guard Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) is on pace to crack the top-three all-time in minutes played by a freshman. Beal currently leads the Friars in minutes played (717) and is second behind Iiskola in minutes per game (32.6). Joining Iiskola in the top-three for minutes played by a freshman all-time are: Mandy Saunders '98 (997) and Tracy Lis '92 (951).
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. On January 28, the Friars held Butler to 37.7-percent from the floor (14-36) in a 72-69 loss. Overall, Providence owns a 5-2 record this season when holding its opponent below 40-percent.
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). Beal also has been named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll this season (Feb. 3).
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 double-double, in addition to matching her career high in assists (four).
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.
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. Harris did not player in the Friars' most recent game against Villanova on Feb. 5.
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 Saturday's match-up at St. John's. 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.
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 22 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 (1,127 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 7.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.1 steals per game. Robinson has played in 19 of the Friars' 22 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 returns to Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. on Tuesday, February 11 to host Marquette. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Marquette leads the all-time series with Providence, 6-3.
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