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PROVIDENCE HITS THE ROAD TO FACE CREIGHTON ... The Providence College women’s basketball team will face BIG EAST foe Creighton on Sunday, Feb. 15 at D.J. Sokol Arena in Omaha, Neb. The game will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (FOX Sports GO), and is scheduled to tip-off at 1 p.m. (CT) / 2 p.m. (ET).
FRIARS ALL-ACCESS... A live audio stream of the Providence vs. Creighton 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.
BIG EAST DIGITAL NETWORK... To view the Providence vs. Creighton game on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN), download the FOX Sports GO app on your mobile device or tablet. Play-by-play will be provided by Brad Burwell. Rob Simms will serve as color analyst.
PROVIDENCE VS. CREIGHTON ALL-TIME... Creighton leads the all-time series vs. Providence, 4-0, including a 3-0 mark during BIG EAST regular-season play. The Bluejays are 1-0 vs. the Friars at D.J. Sokol Arena, 2-0 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. and 1-0 at a neutral site.
BLUEJAYS ENTER SUNDAY’S MATCH-UP ON A FIVE-GAME WIN STREAK... Creighton owned a 2-6 record after its first eight BIG EAST games, but has reeled off five-straight wins to post a 7-6 mark heading into Sunday’s game vs. Providence. The Bluejays currently sit in sixth place in the league standings, while the Friars are ninth (2-11). Marissa Janning leads Creighton’s offense with 16.1 points, 3.9 assists per game.
PROVIDENCE VS. CREIGHTON - JAN. 16... Providence College fell to Creighton, 65-54, on Friday, Jan.16 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. Four Friars finished the game in double figures, led by senior Chanise Baldwin (Pontiac, Mich.), who scored 13 points. In a back-and-forth opening half, the Friars and Bluejays exchanged the lead eight times and held six ties. Baldwin downed a free throw with 16 seconds remaining on the clock to give the Friars a one point lead at halftime (28-27). Baldwin led the Friars through the first 20 minutes with nine points on 3-for-5 shooting from the field. The Bluejays were paced by Alexis Akin-Otiko, who tallied eight points. The Friars extended their lead to as many as five points in the second half, 43-38 (14:41). Beginning at that mark Creighton went on a 23-8 run to gain a 10-point lead with 2:35 to play (61-51). The Friars closed the gap to seven, 61-54, but that was as close as they would get. Sydney Lamberty led the Bluejay surge with 18 second-half points. Senior Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.), junior Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) and freshman Allegra Botteghi (Bologna, Italy) joined Baldwin in double figures with 10 points apiece. A final box score from the game is below.
REBOUNDING A FACTOR IN FIRST MEETING... The Bluejays used a 48-25 advantage on the boards to out-score the Friars, 21-3, in second-chance points. The Bluejays’ 48 rebounds on Jan. 16 are the most the Friars have given up during BIG EAST play, and second-highest total this season. The 23-rebound margin also marks the largest margin the Friars have suffered this season.
ROAD WOES... Providence enters Sunday’s game with a 1-12 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 marks the Friars’ only 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 56.6 points per game on offense and give up an average of 71.7 points per game to their opponent (-15.1).
SEALING THE DEAL... Providence has held a halftime lead vs. five of its 13 BIG EAST opponents this season, yet the team has posted a 2-11 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’ 24 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 will miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season. Beal had 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 prior to the Friars’ game vs. Xavier (Jan. 4). It is the same injury that kept her from playing in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament in 2014.
ALEXIS HARRIS RANKS 20th ON THE FRIARS ALL-TIME REBOUNDING LIST... Alexis Harris enters Sunday’s game with 591 career rebounds and ranks 20th on the Friars’ all-time rebounding list. Harris needs 12 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. 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 notched 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).
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 11 games, Baldwin has shown tremendous improvement, hitting a 69.8-percent of her shots at the stripe (30-43). Baldwin entered the season as a 52-percent shooter from the foul line during her career (15-29).
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 10 of their 23 opponents to shoot 45-percent or better from the field this season, including five teams who shot better than 50-percent. The Friars have posted a 1-9 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). It’s important to note that the defense is improving, however, as the Friars have allowed their opponent to shoot 45-percent or better just twice in the last 10 games - and just three times during 13 BIG EAST games.
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 11 of their 24 games, including six of the last nine.
ALEXIS HARRIS NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-BIG EAST TEAM... Senior forward Alexis Harris was named to the 2014-15 Preseason All-BIG EAST Team 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 regular-season play, she averaged 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. 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.
SARAH BEAL NAMED PRESEASON ALL-BIG EAST HONORABLE MENTION... Sophomore guard Sarah Beal was named a Preseason All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention selection Oct. 22. Beal enjoyed an impressive rookie campaign as the program’s floor general, averaging 11.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and a team-best 4.7 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Her 135 assists mark the third-highest total all-time by a freshman in program history. Beal handed out a career-best 13 assists vs. Butler on Jan. 28, 2014, which is one hand-out shy of the BIG EAST single-game record by a freshman and also marked the most assists in a single game by a league player during the 2013-14 season. Beal recorded 21 double-digit scoring games, including a career-best 27 points against Marquette on Jan. 21.
FRIAR GREAT ANDREA MANGUM ‘90 HONORED... On Saturday, Feb. 14, Providence College honored three of its all-time greatest basketball players. Former Friar men’s basketball players John Thompson `64 and the late Jim Hadnot `62 and women’s basketball player Andrea Mangum `90 will be honored at the men’s home game that day as banners will be unveiled with their names and numbers (Thompson #50, Hadnot #54 and Mangum #25). All three former Friars will join the Friar Legends Forever Tradition. On Feb. 14, the Friar men’s team will play Seton Hall at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center at 4:00 p.m. The Friar women’s basketball team will play Georgetown in Mullaney Gymnasium at 1:00 p.m. on March 1, during which Mangum’s jersey will be unveiled in Alumni Hall. On Feb. 13, the Providence College Athletic Department held a dinner to honor Thompson, Hadnot and Mangum. The event was held at the Omni Hotel in Downtown Providence. 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. Mangum becomes the third player in Providence College women’s basketball history to have her jersey retired, and the fourth 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. Mangum, who played for the Friars from 1986-90, is one of three players in program history to record 1,000 or more points and 1,000 or more rebounds for the Friars. She currently ranks fourth all-time in career scoring with 1,679 points and is second all-time in career rebounding with 1,063 boards. Mangum led Providence in rebounding during each of her four seasons on the team. In 1990, Mangum led the Friars to the BIG EAST Tournament title and remains the only player in program history to earn BIG EAST Championship Most Outstanding Player honors. During her career, Mangum was a two-time KODAK District I All-America selection (1989, 1990). She also was named to the All-BIG EAST First Team as a senior in 1990 and was a member of the Second Team in 1989. Mangum earned a spot on the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team during each of those seasons as well. As a freshman in 1987, Mangum was a BIG EAST All-Rookie Team honoree.
PINK OUT FRIARTOWN EVENT... Providence women’s basketball will hold its annual Pink Out Friartown event on Feb. 22, in conjunction with its game vs. DePaul at 1:00 p.m. All proceeds raised at the game from T-Shirt sales and donations will benefit the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation. The Friars will wear custom pink uniforms during the game, which will be auctioned off for charity on Friars.com. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund (Play4Kay).
WHAT’S NEXT... Providence returns to Alumni Hall for back-to-back home games against Marquette and DePaul. The Friars host the Golden Eagles on Friday, Feb. 20 at 7:00 p.m. DePaul rolls into town for a 1:00 p.m. game on Sunday, Feb. 22.
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