PROVIDENCE SET TO FACE CREIGHTON... The Providence College women's basketball team will face BIG EAST foe Creighton on Feb. 14 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I.. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) via FOX Sports GO.
FRIARS VS. BLUEJAYS ALL-TIME... The Friars and Bluejays have met six times during the history of the two women's basketball programs. Creighton leads the all-time series, 6-0, including a 5-0 record all-time during BIG EAST regular-season play.
THIRD TIME IS A CHARM... The Friars and Bluejays will meet for the third time during the series at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. Providence is seeking its first victory vs. Creighton all-time and will look to do so on its home court. Creighton has earned victories in each of the previous two meetings at Alumni Hall, including a 65-54 victory in the most recent meeting held at the venue on Jan. 16, 2015.
THE LAST TIME OUT... The Providence College women's basketball team fell to Creighton, 72-48, on Jan. 17 at D.J. Sokol Arena in Omaha, Neb. Junior guard Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) led the Friars with 11 points, five assists and three steals. Lauren Works led all scorers for Creighton with 19 points and added four assists. Providence trailed by just four (19-15) with 8:36 remaining in the second quarter before Creighton pulled away on an 18-4 scoring run to take a 37-19 advantage. The Friars closed the half with a 5-0 spurt to make it a 13-point margin at the break (37-24). Works led Creighton in the first half with 14 points on 5-6 shooting from the field, including 4-5 from three-point territory. Beal paced the Friars with 10 points on 5-7 shooting. The Friars cut the deficit to nine (37-28) with back-to-back buckets from Jovana `Yoyo' Nogic (Lisbon, Portugal) and Allegra Botteghi (Bologna, Italy) just 1:21 into the third quarter. Creighton held a 15-5 scoring advantage the remainder of the quarter to take a 54-33 lead. The Bluejays maintained a 20+ point margin the rest of the way. Maddie Jolin (Rehoboth, Mass.) and Brianna Frias (Worcester, Mass.) each finished the game with eight points for Providence. Myah Mellman and Tessa Leytem each joined Works in double figures with 14 points. Jade Owens contributed seven assists and three steals. A complete boxscore is below (PDF format only).
ALLEGRA BOTTEGHI FINDING HER RHYTHM... Sophomore Allegra Botteghi has reached double figures in the scoring column during three of the Friars' last four games, including each of the last two. They are her only double-digit games of the season, and she now has nine double-figure scoring games in her career. In the last four games she has shot 14-29 from the field (.483), including 7-19 from three-point territory (.368). On Feb. 7 against Butler, she tied her career high in scoring with 15 points and added six rebounds.
SARAH BEAL DISHES 5+ ASSISTS IN A GAME FOR THE 28th TIME DURING HER CAREER... On Feb. 5, Sarah Beal led the Friars with five assists vs. Xavier. It marked the 28th time during her career that she has recorded five-or-more assists in a game, and the seventh time this season. Beal has appeared in 66 games career games with the Friars and owns 274 assists (4.2 apg).
TRIO OF FRESHMEN LEAD THE WAY FROM THREE-POINT TERRITORY... Freshmen Jovana `Yoyo' Nogic, Clara Che and Maddie Jolin have combined to make 82 of the Friars'103 three-point field goals this season, shooting a collective 82-219 (0.374) from beyond the arc. The rest of the team has combined to shoot 21-93 from three-point territory (0.226).
EVI IISKOLA WITH STEADY EFFORT IN LAST FIVE GAMES... Senior Evi Iiskola has shot 50-percent from the field in the Friars' last five games (15-30), and has hit double figures in the scoring column in two of the last three games. During the five-game stretch, she netted 11 points vs. Villanova (Jan. 31) and Butler (Feb. 7).
ERICA MEYER OWNS THIRD-HIGHEST BLOCK TOTAL BY A FRESHMAN IN PROGRAM HISTORY... Freshman forward Erica Meyer has recorded a team-best 33 blocked shots this season in the 22 games she has played. Her 33 blocks are the third-highest total in program history for a freshman. Andrea Mangum `90 holds the program's record for blocks by a freshman with 41. Britt King `86 sits in second place with 36.
BLOCK PARTY... Erica Meyer leads the Friars in blocked shots this season (33) and has swatted at least one shot in 15 games. Meyer currently ranks third in the BIG EAST Conference (all games) in blocks per game (1.5 bpg). Meyer recorded a season-best four blocked shots vs. Richmond (Dec. 5) and Marquette (Jan. 22), and has recorded multiple blocks in a game 10 times.
FRIARS NEED A TEAM EFFORT ON OFFENSE... The Friars are 4-2 this season when three-or-more players reach double figures in the scoring column during a game. Conversely, Providence is 0-17 on the year when two-or-fewer players reach double figures.
FRIARS' 75 POINTS VS. MARQUETTE MARK SECOND-HIGHEST SCORING OUTPUT OF THE SEASON... On Jan. 22, Providence fell to Marquette, 105-75. The Friars' 75 points marked the second-highest scoring out-put of the season, and just the third time that the Friars have tallied 70+ points. Providence tallied a season-high 88 points vs. Bryant on Dec. 9. The Friars are 2-1 this year when scoring 70+ points.
FRIARS DISH SEASON-HIGH 18 ASSISTS AGAINST MARQUETTE... Providence dished a season-best 16 assists vs. Marquette on Jan. 22 in Milwaukee, Wis. Sarah Beal led the Friars with six hand-outs in the game, while nine of the 11 players who saw action in the contest recorded at least one assist. Aside from Beal's six dimes, four other players recorded two assists (Maddie Jolin, Clara Che, Erica Meyer and Evi Iiskola).
CLARA CHE SHOOTING WELL IN BIG EAST PLAY... Freshman Clara Che leads the team in three-point shooting percentage during BIG EAST regular-season play (.422, 19-45), and ranks third among her teammates in shooting percentage overall (.4414, 36-87). Che is second among her teammates in scoring during BIG EAST play, with an average of 7.6 points per game. Sarah Beal leads the squad at 9.2 points per contest vs. BIG EAST opponents.
ALIYAH MILLER RECORDS SECOND CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE IN LOSS AT MARQUETTE... Junior forward Aliyah Miller recorded the second double-double of her career with the Friars on Jan. 22 vs. Marquette with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Miller shot 8-12 from the field vs. the Golden Eagles. Her eight made field goals and five offensive rebounds also matched her previous career-highs. MADDIE JOLIN NETS CAREER-HIGH 20 POINTS IN LOSS TO MARQUETTE... Freshman guard Maddie Jolin netted a career-best 20 points in the Friars' loss to Marquette on Jan. 22. Jolin hit 6-14 field-goal attempts, including a 6-11 showing from beyond the three-point arc. Additionally, her six made field goals marks a career-high, as do her six makes from three-point territory.
BEAL AND JOLIN NET 20+ POINTS VS. MARQUETTE... Sarah Beal and Maddie Jolin each eclipsed the 20-point plateau vs. Marquette on Jan. 22. It marks the second time this season that multiple players have scored 20+ points in the same game. Beal (23), Jovana `Yoyo' Nogic (23) and Aliyah Miller (20) each tallied 20+ points vs. Bryant on Dec. 9.
MADDIE JOLIN COLLECTS CAREER-BEST SIX STEALS IN BACK-TO-BACK GAMES... On Jan. 8 vs. Butler, freshman guard Maddie Jolin recorded a career-high six steals. Each of her six steals came during the final 1:59 of regulation, which fueled a furious come-back effort by the Friars. Providence trailed by 27 points in the fourth quarter, but eventually fell to the Bulldogs by a 10-point margin (77-67). On Jan. 10, Jolin recorded six steals for the second-consecutive games vs. Xavier. Her six steals vs. Butler and Xavier are tied for the most thefts in a single-game during BIG EAST Conference play. St. John's Aliyyah Handford and Georgetown's Natisha Hiedeman also have collected six steals this season. However, Jolin is the only player to record six steals in multiple league games this year.
FRIARS COLLECT 11 OF THEIR 15 SECOND-HALF STEALS IN THE FOURTH QUARTER VS. BUTLER... Providence collected a season-high 16 steals in its 77-67 loss to Butler (Jan. 8). The squad recorded 11 of their 15 second-half steals in the fourth quarter. Providence's 16 thefts are the most in a single-game since Feb. 26, 2013 vs. Marquette (18).
SARAH BEAL NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... Sarah Beal was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Dec. 21. It marked Beal's third appearance of the season on the honor roll and fourth of her career. The previous week, Beal notched 15 second-half points, including eight of the Friars' 11 points in OT to defeat URI, 64-55. Beal shot 4-9 from the field, hit 7-9 free-throws and added four assists and three boards.
FRIARS GRAB 48 BOARDS VS. URI... In the Friars' overtime victory against Rhode Island (12/20), the team hauled in a season-high 48 rebounds. It marks the most rebounds in a single game since the 2013-14 season opener vs. UMass Lowell (Nov. 9, 2013). On that day, the Friars tied the program's single-game rebounding record, with 65 boards.
FRIARS EARN FIRST ROAD VICTORY SINCE JAN. 23, 2015... Providence earned its first road victory of the season on Dec. 20 at Rhode Island (64-55, OT). It also marked the first road win for the program since Jan. 23, 2015, when it defeated Marquette, 66-58, in Milwaukee, Wis. Prior to the victory vs. URI on Dec. 20, the Friars had lost eight-consecutive road games.
ROAD WOES... The Friars are 1-10 this season in road games. Prior to the Friars' 64-55 overtime victory against Rhode Island on Dec. 20 of this season, Providence had not won a game on the road since Jan. 23, 2015. On that day, the Friars clipped Marquette, 66-58, in Milwaukee, Wis.
SARAH BEAL SETS PROGRAM'S SINGLE-GAME STEALS RECORD... On Dec. 9 vs. Bryant, junior guard Sarah Beal collected 10 steals to set the Friars' single-game steals record, previously held by Helen Jessie-Mency `91. Mency collected nine steals vs. Pitt on Feb. 5, 1991. For some perspective - Mency set the previous mark for steals in a game four years before Beal was born (1995).
MOST STEALS BY A BIG EAST PLAYER SINCE 2012... Sarah Beal's 10 steals on Dec. 9 vs. Bryant are the most by a BIG EAST Conference player since Andrell Smith (USF) recorded 12 on Dec. 22, 2012 vs. Creighton.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE... In addition to setting the single game steals record at Providence, with 10 thefts, Beal also recorded 23 points vs. Bryant on Dec. 9 for her first double-double of the season. It marks the first points/steals double-double by a BIG EAST player since Dec. 22, 2012 when Andrell Smith (USF) recorded 27 points and 12 steals vs. Creighton. Beal notched her first double-double on Jan. 28, 2014 vs. Butler with 13 points and 13 assists.
DOUBLE-TROUBLE... Sarah Beal notched her second double-double of the season in the Friars' game vs. Florida Gulf Coast on Dec. 12. Beal posted 12 points and a career-best 12 rebounds. Beal owns three double-doubles in her career and they all have come in different ways. On Jan. 28, 2014, she recorded 13 points and 13 assists vs. Butler. On Dec. 9, 2015, Beal posted 23 points and 10 steals vs. Bryant, followed by her 12 point/12 rebound performance vs. FGCU (Dec. 12).
THREE FRIARS NOTCH 20-POINT GAMES VS. BRYANT... Sarah Beal (23pts), Jovana `Yoyo' Nogic (23pts) and Aliyah Miller (20pts) all reached the 20-point plateau vs. Bryant on Dec. 9. It marked the first time that the Friars have three 20+ point scorers in the same game since Nov. 9, 2013 in a 109-74 victory at UMass Lowell. In that game, former Friars Alexis Harris (31pts) and Tori Rule (23pts) joined current junior guard Sarah Beal (20pts) to achieve the feat.
FRIARS POST HIGHEST SHOOTING PERCENTAGE FROM THE FIELD SINCE 2006... On Nov. 25, the Friars shot 57.5-percent from the field vs. Hartford (23-40). It marked the highest field-goal percentage in a single game since Nov. 28, 2006 vs. New Hampshire (59.6-percent, 31-52).
EIGHT OF 11 PLAYERS ON THE ROSTER ARE UNDERCLASSMEN... Providence has a youthful look in 2015-16, as eight of its 11 players are freshmen or sophomores. The freshmen are the largest class, which is comprised of five players and there are three members in the sophomore class. The Friars have just one senior (Evi Iiskola) and two juniors (Sarah Beal and Aliyah Miller).
INTERNATIONAL FLAIR... The Friars have four international players on their roster this season, including senior Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland), sophomore Allegra Botteghi (Bologna, Italy), freshman Clara Che (Barcelona, Spain) and freshman Jovana "Yoyo" Nogic (Lisbon, Portugal). Each of the four players have competed in FIBA-sponsored events during their international careers, including three of the four players this past summer. Nogic played for Serbia [was born in Belgrade] in the FIBA U19 World Championships and FIBA U18 European Championships. Che represented Spain, who won the gold medal at the U18 European Championships. Botteghi competed for Italy at the FIBA U20 European Championships.
BEAL NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-BIG EAST TEAM... Despite limited action in 2014-15, junior Sarah Beal was named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team for the second-straight season. Prior to her sophomore campaign, Beal was an honorable mention pick. Beal concluded her rookie season [2013-14] with the Friars as a BIG EAST All-Freshman Team selection. Beal is the only current member of the team to have earned preseason or post-season honors from the BIG EAST.
WHO'S UP NEXT... The Friars will remain home at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. to host a pair of BIG EAST Conference games next weeked vs. DePaul and Marquette. The Friars will welcome the 23rd-ranked Blue Demons on Friday, Feb. 19 at 7:00 p.m. Marquette comes to town on Sunday, Feb. 21 for a 1:00 p.m. tip-off. Prior to tip-off vs. the Golden Eagles, the program will honor Evi Iiskola, who is the team's lone senior, during a brief ceremony.
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