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PROVIDENCE BEGINS THREE-GAME HOME STAND ON SATURDAY... Providence College will host Creighton on Saturday, Feb. 10 at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. It marks the first of three-straight home games for the Friars. Tip-off is set for 12:00 p.m.
TUNE-IN... The Friars’ game vs. Creighton will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) via FOX Sports Go. Download the FOX Sports Go app on your mobile device or tablet to watch the game, or tune in via the internet on your desktop/laptop computer by navigating to http://www.FOXSportsGo.com. The app is not available internationally, but the game may be watched via the internet.
PROVIDENCE VS. CREIGHTON ALL-TIME... Providence and Creighton have met 11 times in the history of the two women’s basketball programs. The Bluejays lead the all-time series, 10-1, including victories in each of the last four games.
PROVIDENCE VS. CREIGHTON IN THE BIG EAST... Since Creighton joined the BIG EAST Conference during the 2013-14 season, the Bluejays have posted a 8-1 mark against the Friars in regular-season league play. Creighton also holds a 1-0 mark vs. the Friars in the BIG EAST Tournament.
THE ONE AND ONLY... The Friars have earned one win over Creighton during the all-time series. On Feb. 14, 2016, the Friars claimed a 61-59 victory in Providence, R.I. The Friars led 60-59 with 9-seconds left in regulation before committing a turnover. Sydney Lamberty was unable to get a clean look at the go-ahead bucket for Creighton and Maddie Jolin got the defensive board to seal the win with .04 seconds left. Jolin was fouled and hit one of two free throws for the two-point victory.
FIRST MEETING OF THE SEASON SERIES... Providence fell to Creighton, 73-56, on Jan. 13 in Omaha, Neb. The Bluejays got out to a double-digit lead (15-4) with 3:58 remaining in the first quarter and led 21-11 after the opening 10 minutes. Creighton maintained control in the second quarter, outscoring the Friars 20-10 to take a 41-21 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Friars shot 43.5-percent from the field (10-23) in the first half of play, but struggled against the Bluejays on the glass. Creighton held a 23-9 advantage in rebounding, including an 11-1 edge on the offensive boards. The `Jays used the rebounding edge to out-score Providence 11-0 in second-chance points. In the third quarter, Creighton got out to a 26-point lead (52-26) with 6:33 on the clock. The Friars responded with a 15-5 run to cut the deficit to 16 (57-41) over the course of the next five minutes. The Bluejays finished the stanza with two unanswered buckets to take a 61-41 edge into the final 10 minutes. The Friars out-scored the Bluejays in the fourth quarter, 15-12, but were unable to dig in to the deficit. Providence finished the game shooting 50-percent from the field (24-48), while the Bluejays shot 46-percent (26-56). However, the three-point arc proved to be critical. The `Jays knocked down 13 threes, compared to just two for the Friars. Creighton completed the game with a 32-25 advantage on the glass. Providence slowed the Bluejays efforts on the offensive glass in the second half, holding them to just two offensive boards. Jovana Nogic paced Providence with 15 points, while freshman Chanell Williams added 11 points. Ny-Asia Franklin contributed eight points and a team-best five rebounds. Audrey Faber led Creighton with 16 points. Sydney Lamberty posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 assists.
TOP THREE POINT SHOOTING TEAMS TAKE THE COURT SATURDAY... Providence (.390) and Creighton (.372) are ranked first and second, respectively, in the BIG EAST in three-point shooting percentage. The two teams also combine for five of the league’s 15-best shooters from beyond the arc. Providence’s Jolin (.426) and Nogic (.403) ranked first and sixth, respectively, in the BIG EAST in three-point shooting percentage. Creighton has a trio of players ranked in the top-15 with Jaylyn Agnew (11th, 397), Sydney Lamberty (12th, .397) and Audrey Faber (14th, .379).
FRIARS HOLD 5-1 RECORD WHEN SHOOTING 50-PERCENT OR BETTER FROM THE FIELD... The Friars have shot 50-percent or better from the field in six games this season. Providence has compiled a 5-1 record in those games, with its only loss coming at Creighton (73-56) on Jan. 13. Most recently, Providence shot 50-percent against St. John’s on Jan. 28, having converted 26-52 attempts from the floor en route to a 70-68 victory.
FRIARS LEAD THE BIG EAST AND RANK 11TH IN THE NATION IN THREE-POINT PERCENTAGE... Providence College leads the BIG EAST Conference and ranks 11th in the nation (NCAA Division I) in three-point field goal percentage (.390), having converted 156 of 400 attempts. The Friars’ current shooting percentage is the highest in program history for a single season. Last year, the Friars shot a single-season program record .374 from three-point territory (192-514).
JOLIN AND NOGIC LEAD THE BIG EAST FROM BEYOND THE ARC... Maddie Jolin leads the BIG EAST Conference in three-point field goal percentage, while Jovana Nogic leads the league in three-point field-goals made per game. Jolin has hit 42.6-percent of her attempts from beyond the arc (55-129) and has hit at least three, three-point buckets in game 12 times. Nogic averages 2.8 three-point field goals per game, having hit a league-best 71 triples (71-176, .403).
SINGLE DIGITS... Providence is 6-8 in games decided by 10-points or less, including a 5-2 mark in games decided by five points or less.
FRIARS COME UP JUST SHORT... Eight of the Friars’ 16 losses this season have been decided by a single-digit margin, including two by five points or less.
BULK OF THE OFFENSE... Maddie Jolin and Jovana Nogic have either scored and/or assisted on 317 of the Friars’ 551 made field goals this season, which is 57.5-percent of the team’s production.
NOGIC RANKS 22ND ON FRIARS’ ALL-TIME SCORING LIST... On Jan. 10 vs. Marquette, junior Jovana Nogic became the 34th player in program history to eclipse 1,000 points. She hit the milestone just 1:30 into the game on a three-point bucket. Nogic finished the game with 24 points. Heading into Saturday’s game against Creighton, Nogic ranks 22nd on Providence’s all-time career scoring list with 1,130 points. She needs 59 points to take over sole possession of 21st-place, currently held by Sarah Beal ‘17 (1,188).
NOGIC RANKS FOURTH IN THE NATION IN FREE-THROW PERCENTAGE... Jovana Nogic ranks first in the BIG EAST and fourth in the nation in free throw percentage. She has shot 95-percent from the foul line (76-80). At one point during the season, Nogic had converted a season-best 33-consecutive attempts from the foul line. For her career, she has cashed in on 92.4-percent of her attempts at the line (134-145). She has made a single-game career high of eight free throws in two games this season vs. Boston College (8-10) and St. John’s (8-8).
NOGIC HOLDS SINGLE-SEASON RECORD FOR THREE-POINTERS... Jovana Nogic set the Providence College single-season record for three-pointers, with 91, during the 2016-17 season. The previous record was held by Julie Wheeler ‘98, which she set during the 1994-95 season, with 82. For her career, Nogic has hit 214-521 attempts from three-point territory (.411). The Providence College record for career three-pointers made was set by Wheeler (252) in 101 games (1994-98). Nogic has hit 50+ three-pointers during each of her three seasons with the team. This season, she is 71-176 from beyond the arc (.403).
NOGIC RANKS AMONG NCAA ACTIVE CAREER LEADERS FROM BEYOND THE ARC... Jovana Nogic ranks 18th among active NCAA Division I players in career three-point percentage. Nogic has hit 41.1-percent of her attempts from beyond the arc (214-521). Additionally, she ranks 18th among active NCAA career leaders in three-pointers made per game (2.55).
DOUBLE-TROUBLE... Junior college transfer Ny-Asia Franklin recorded the first double-double of her career with the Friars on Nov. 14 against Northeastern. She posted 13 points and 13 boards against the Huskies. Franklin joins Allegra Botteghi (4) and Maddie Jolin (1) as the only active players on the current roster to record a double-double.
FRANKLIN PACES THE FRIARS ON THE BOARDS... Ny-Asia Franklin leads Providence in rebounding with an average of 4.6 boards per game. She has pulled down 5+ rebounds in 10 games this season. She grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds against Northeastern (Nov. 14), and has registered a season-high eight boards during BIG EAST regular-season play twice vs. Villanova (Dec. 30) and St. John’s (Jan. 2).
FRIARS CLAIM A WINNING RECORD IN NON-CONFERENCE PLAY IN BACK-TO-BACK SEASONS... The Friars finished non-conference play with a 7-5 mark and have secured a winning record in non-conference action in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the 2010-11 and 2011-12 campaigns. Last season, Providence finished the non-conference portion of their schedule with an 8-4 record.
FRIARS CLAIM SAVANNAH INVITATIONAL TITLE... Providence posted a 3-0 record and claimed the Savannah Invitational title in Savannah, Ga. The Friars defeated Savannah State (78-48), Wright State (74-69) and Stetson (56-45).
FRIARS EARN FIRST IN-SEASON TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP SINCE 2012... The Friars last won an in-season tournament championship during the 2012-13 season, as part of the Fordham Holiday Classic in Bronx, N.Y. Providence College defeated Colorado State (71-53) and Lafayette (66-54) on Dec. 29-30, 2012. Last season, the Friars competed in two in-season tournaments. Providence finished 2-0 at the UNCW Hampton Inn Thanksgiving Classic, but the tournament did not award a champion. The Friars also participated in the first annual Ocean State Tip-Off Tournament, and fell to Brown in the championship game.
NOGIC NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... Jovana Nogic was named to the BIG EAST Weekly honor roll Monday, Jan. 29. She earned the honor for the first time this season, having previously been named BIG EAST Player of the Week on Nov. 27. Nogic entered the season as a member of the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team. Last week, Nogic averaged 19.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 2.5 steals in a pair of games against Seton Hall and St. John’s. She propelled the Friars to a season sweep of St. John’s (70-68) on Jan. 28 with a game-high 27 points, including 15 in the third quarter. It marked her eighth 20+ point game of the season and 15th of her career. For the week, she shot 46.2-percent from the floor (12-26), including a blistering 63.6-percent from beyond the three-point line.
CHANELL WILLIAMS NAMED BIG EAST FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK FOR SECOND TIME... Chanell Williams earned BIG EAST Freshman of the Week honors for a second time this season, when the league announced it’s weekly awards on Jan. 22. The previous week, Williams posted a solid line in a pair of road games against Xavier and Butler, averaging 8.5 points, 3.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game. She posted the top assist-turnover ratio for a newcomer last week (+2.3), while also shooting 50-percent from the field (8-16). Williams previously earned BIG EAST Freshman of the Week honors on Jan. 8.
JOLIN NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... Jolin earned BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll recognition for the second time in her career on Jan. 8. She averaged 15.7 points per game and shot .533 from the field (16-30), including .529 from three-point territory (9-17). Jolin also contributed 3.3 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game. She is the only Friar to score in double figures during each game of the regular-season BIG EAST schedule. Jolin capped the week with a 20-point performance against #RV/RV DePaul on Jan. 7, marking her second 20-point game of the season and fourth of her career. She also collected a season-high five steals against the Blue Demons, marking the third time in her career that she has picked up 5+ steals in a single game.
NOGIC NAMED BIG EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK... Jovana Nogic was named BIG EAST Player of the Week on Nov. 27. It marks the first time in her career that she has earned the honor, and comes on the heels of being named Most Valuable Player at the Savannah Invitational on Nov. 23. Nogic led the Friars to a 3-0 record and the tournament title at the Savannah Invitational, where she averaged 22.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. She shot an impressive 43.5-percent from the field (20-46), including a blistering 57.1-percent from three point territory (16-28). Nogic also was a perfect 12-12 from the foul line.
BOTTEGHI NAMED TO SAVANNAH INVITATIONAL ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM... Allegra Botteghi was named to the Savannah Invitational All-Tournament Team on Nov. 23. She played steady basketball throughout the tournament and averaged 7.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. Botteghi posted a tournament-high 12 points in the Friars’ victory over a tough Wright State team on Nov. 22. She also led Providence in rebounding in two of three games at the Savannah Invitational. In the Friars’ game against Stetson, Botteghi tallied a team-best six points and four rebounds in the first half to keep Providence in good position to stage a comeback.
JOLIN NAMED TO OCEAN STATE TIP-OFF ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM... Junior guard Maddie Jolin earned Ocean State Tip-Off All-Tournament Team honors on Dec. 3. She averaged 15.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steal per game at the event in games vs. Brown and Rhode Island. Her scoring and rebounding averages were tops on the team. She shot .579 from the field (11-19), .500 from three-point territory and 1.000 from the charity stripe (2-2) while averaging 32 minutes per game. Jolin tallied 16 points and nine rebounds against Brown and followed with 14 points, six boards, three assists and two steals against Rhode Island.
MADDIE JOLIN SPARKS IMPROBABLE COMEBACK... Junior guard Maddie Jolin tallied 18 of her career-high 23 points in the fourth quarter, as the Friars mounted an improbable come-back victory against Northeastern on Nov. 14. The Huskies led 71-51 with 9:09 remaining in the game, before Jolin rattled off 10-consecutive points en route to a 15-0 run by the Friars. Jolin shot 6-7 from the field in the final quarter, including a 3-3 performance from three-point territory. She also hit 2-3 free-throw attempts. For the game, Jolin was 8-11 from the field, including 4-5 from beyond the arc.
NOGIC DRAINS CAREER-HIGH 31 POINTS... Jovana Nogic led the Friars with a career-best 31 points on Nov. 14 against Northeastern. She complemented a red-hot Maddie Jolin in the fourth quarter with nine points, and took control in the overtime, scoring eight of the Friars’ 13 points in the extra session. For the game, Nogic shot 12-19 from the field and hit 6-6 shots from the free-throw line. Nogic’s 31 points are the second most scored by a BIG EAST Conference player this season. Audrey Faber (Creighton) notched 34 points against Drake on Dec. 3.
THIRTY SOMETHING... Jovana Nogic is the first Friar to score 30+ points in a game since Tori Rule ‘15 dropped 30 points against Marquette on March 7, 2015. Nogic’s 31 points against Northeastern marks the second-highest scoring total in the BIG EAST Conference this season.
FRIARS IN OVERTIME GAMES UNDER JIM CROWLEY... Providence is 2-2 in overtime games under the direction of second-year Friars Head Coach Jim Crowley. In his first season with the program (2016-17), Providence posted a 1-2 mark in overtime games. The Friars are 2-0 in overtime games when they score 90+ points.
JOVANA NOGIC NAMED TO ANN MEYERS DRYSDALE AWARD WATCH LIST... Junior Jovana Nogic was announced as a candidate for the inaugural Ann Meyers Drysdale Award. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced its watch list, comprised of 20 players, on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Named after the first player, male or female, to be named to the All-America Team in four-straight seasons, the annual award recognizes the top shooting guard in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball. Nogic led the BIG EAST Conference and finished 19th in NCAA Division I in three-point field goal percentage (.429) and 20th in three-point field goals made per game (3.03). She ranked second in the BIG EAST and 25th in the nation in three-point field goals made (91).Additionally, Nogic hit at least one three-point bucket in 28 of the Friars’ 30 games. She knocked down three-or-more three-point attempts in 18 games, including six games with five-or-more makes from beyond the arc. On Jan. 27, 2017, Nogic recorded a career-best seven three-point makes (7-11) vs. eventual BIG EAST Tournament Champion Marquette. Her shooting prowess also extends to the free-throw line, where she knocked down 33-of-36 attempts (.917). Nogic is one of five players to land on the watch list from the BIG EAST Conference, joining Ashton Millender (DePaul), Natisha Hiedeman (Marquette), Allazia Blockton (Marquette) and Akina Wellere (St. John’s). The Selection Committee for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award is composed of top women’s college basketball personnel, including media members, head coaches, sports information directors and Hall of Famers. By mid-February, the watch list of 20 players for the 2018 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award will be narrowed to just 10. In March, five finalists will be presented to Ms. Drysdale and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. Fans also will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite finalist at www.hoophallawards.com.
HOW THE FRIARS FARED IN 2016-17... The Friars finished the season with a 12-18 overall record and a 4-14 mark in the BIG EAST Conference. The Friars’ 12 wins marked a seven-game improvement in the win column, compared to the previous season when they finished 5-24 (2015-16). It also marks the most wins overall in a single-season since 2011-12, when the team finished the year 13-17. In conference play, Providence’s four victories marked the most since 2011-12 when the team finished 5-11.
FRIARS PICKED TO FINISH NINTH IN BIG EAST PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL... The Friars were picked to finish ninth in the 2017-18 BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The announcement was made at the league’s annual media day on Oct. 18 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
2017-18 BIG EAST PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL
1. Marquette (9) 81
2. DePaul (1) 73
3. Villanova 61
4. Creighton 58
5. Georgetown 43
6. Seton Hall 40
7. St. John’s 37
8. Butler 29
9. Providence 18
10. Xavier 10
HIGHEST FINISH IN BIG EAST SINCE 1997-98... Providence finished in a three-way tie for seventh place in the BIG EAST Conference regular-season standings. It marks the highest finish for the program since conference realignment, and best finish overall in league play since 1997-98 when the team finished fourth in the BIG EAST 7 division.
WHAT’S NEXT... The Friars return to action next weekend with a pair of home games against Butler and Xavier. The Friars will host Butler on Friday, Feb. 16 at 7:00 p.m. in their annual PINKOUT Friartown event, followed by the program’s final regular-season home game against Xavier on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 1:00 p.m. Prior to the match-up against Xavier, the Friars will honor their senior class, comprised of Brianna Frias and Allegra Botteghi. Both games will be broadcast on the BIG EAST Digital Network via FOX Sports Go.
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