PROVIDENCE COLLEGE HOSTS BUTLER FOR ITS ANNUAL PINK OUT FRIARTOWN GAME... Providence College will host Butler on Friday, Feb. 16 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. for its annual Pink Out Friartown game to raise funds and awareness in the fight against cancer. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
PINK OUT FRIARTOWN... All proceeds from the game, including Pink Out Friartown t-shirt sales and donations will benefit the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation. Additionally, the women’s basketball program has been participating in the Play4Kay Free Throw Challenge. Fans can pledge to donate for every free throw the Friars make during the month of February. The team will wear custom uniforms with pink trim for the game. The team also will wear pink warm-up tops, which feature names of people in their lives who are either battling cancer, a cancer survivor or someone who has been impacted in some way by the disease.
TUNE-IN... The Friars’ game vs. Butler 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.
FINAL HOME WEEKEND... Following Friday’s game against Butler, Providence will conclude the home portion of its regular-season schedule on Sunday, Feb. 18 against Xavier. Prior to the game, the program will honor its senior class of Allegra Botteghi and Brianna Frias. The game also will serve as the back drop for the program’s National Girls and Women in Sports Day celebration.
PROVIDENCE VS. BUTLER ALL-TIME... Providence and Butler have met nine times during the history of the two women’s basketball programs. Butler leads the all-time series, 7-2.
FRIARS AND BULLDOGS AT ALUMNI HALL... The Friars and Bulldogs have met four times at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. Butler leads the series on the Friars’ home court, 3-1. Providence won the most recent meeting between the two teams at Alumni Hall (68-51) on Dec. 30, 2016.
WHAT HAPPENED IN THE FIRST MEETING OF THE SEASON SERIES... Providence fell to Butler, 68-57, on Jan. 21 at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. The Bulldogs used a 10-point scoring edge in the third quarter to turn around a 35-32 halftime deficit and earn the win. The Friars used a balanced offensive attack in the first half as seven of the nine players who saw game action cracked the scoring column. Providence shot 56.5-percent from the floor (13-23), including 4-6 from beyond the arc (66.7-percent), while Butler converted 42.3-percent (11-26) of its attempts. Providence used a key 9-0 run in the final 3:17 of the second quarter to take a 35-32 lead into the locker room at halftime. Defensively, the Friars held Butler without a field goal over the final 3:35 of the quarter. Jovana Nogic tallied 13 first-half points to lead Providence, including five points during the Friars’ 9-0 run. Clara Che added seven points. The turning point in the game came in the third quarter as Butler got the action started with an 11-2 run to take a 46-37 lead. The Bulldogs out-scored the Friars 16-6 in the quarter and took a 48-41 lead into the final frame. Providence got within three (50-47) with 8:36 left in the game, but Butler answered with an 11-3 scoring run to take a 61-50 edge at the 4:31 mark. The Friars responded with back-to-back buckets by Che and Chanell Williams to cut the deficit to seven (61-54), but the Bulldogs created separation with a 7-3 scoring advantage down the stretch. Che led the Friars with 14 points on 4-7 shooting. Nogic was scoreless in the second half as she attempted just two shots from the floor - with both attempts coming during the final 3:21 of the game. Williams and Maddie Jolin each tallied nine points and three assists for Providence. Tori Schickel finished the day with 27 points and nine rebounds for Butler. Whitney Jennings (16 points) and Michelle Weaver (10 points) also recorded double figures for the Bulldogs.
FRIARS EARNED SEASON SWEEP OF BUTLER IN 2016-17... Providence swept the season series against Butler last season with a 64-58 win against the Bulldogs on Feb. 24 in Indianapolis, Ind. The Friars beat Butler earlier in the year, 68-51, on Dec. 30 in Providence, R.I. It marked the first time Providence has swept a season series in BIG EAST play since the 2010-11 season (vs. Villanova).
FRIARS FALL IN DOUBLE-OVERTIME TO CREIGHTON... The Friars are coming off of an 87-84 double-overtime loss to Creighton in their most recent game (Feb. 10). Providence moved to 1-1 on the year in overtime games, having defeated Northeastern earlier this season in OT (98-95) on Nov. 14. The Friars shot 52.2-percent from the field (36-69), including 54.5-percent from three-point territory (6-11). The Friars’ only blemish on the stat sheet came from the free-throw line as the team hit just 6-12 attempts. In the fourth quarter and two overtimes combined, Providence shot 4-9 from the foul line.
MADDIE JOLIN HAULS IN CAREER-BEST 18 REBOUNDS... Junior guard Maddie Jolin hauled in a career-best 18 rebounds against Creighton Feb. 10. Her 18 rebounds are the most by a Friar in a single game since Teya Wright grabbed 18 boards vs. Cincinnati on Feb. 19, 2011.
JOLIN NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... Maddie Jolin was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, Feb. 12. It marks Jolin’s second appearance on the league’s weekly honor roll this season, having previously been recognized on Jan. 8. In the Friars’ only game last week, Jolin tallied nine points, a game-high five assists, one steal and a career-best 18 rebounds against Creighton. Jolin shot 4-8 from the field (.500) and committed just one turnover in 46 minutes of action during the double-overtime thriller.
COOPER NETS CAREER-BEST 17 POINTS... Freshman forward Andrea Cooper came off the bench against Creighton on Feb. 10 to score a career-high 17 points. Cooper shot 8-10 from the field and recorded two rebounds, while playing a career-best 39 minutes during the double-overtime thriller. Her 17 points are the most by a freshman on the roster this season, edging out classmate Chanell Williams, who scored a career-high 16 points against Seton Hall (Jan. 5).
NOGIC POSTS HER NINTH 20+ POINT GAME OF THE SEASON... Jovana Nogic tallied a team-best 27 points against Creighton, marking her ninth 20+ point game of the season (16th of her career). She scored 11 of her 27 points in the fourth quarter. For the game, she shot 11-21 from the field, including 3-4 from beyond the arc. She also added six rebounds, two assists, two steals and one blocked shot.
FRIARS HOLD 5-2 RECORD WHEN SHOOTING 50-PERCENT OR BETTER FROM THE FIELD... The Friars have shot 50-percent or better from the field in seven games this season. Providence has compiled a 5-2 record in those games, with both of its losses coming against Creighton.
FRIARS LEAD THE BIG EAST AND RANK 9TH IN THE NATION IN THREE-POINT PERCENTAGE... Providence College leads the BIG EAST Conference and ranks ninth in the nation (NCAA Division I) in three-point field goal percentage (.394), having converted 162 of 411 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).
SINGLE DIGITS... Providence is 6-9 in games decided by 10-points or less, including a 5-3 mark in games decided by five points or less.
FRIARS COME UP JUST SHORT... Nine of the Friars’ 17 losses this season have been decided by a single-digit margin, including three by five points or less.
BULK OF THE OFFENSE... Maddie Jolin and Jovana Nogic have either scored and/or assisted on 339 of the Friars’ 587 made field goals this season, which is 57.8-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 Friday’s game against Butler, Nogic ranks 22nd on Providence’s all-time career scoring list with 1,157 points. She needs 32 points to take over sole possession of 21st-place, currently held by Sarah Beal ‘17 (1,188).
NOGIC RANKS SECOND IN THE NATION IN FREE-THROW PERCENTAGE... Jovana Nogic ranks first in the BIG EAST and second in the nation in free throw percentage. She has shot 95.1-percent from the foul line (78-82). 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 92.5-percent of her attempts at the line (136-147). 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 217-525 attempts from three-point territory (.413). 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 74-180 from beyond the arc (.411).
NOGIC RANKS AMONG NCAA ACTIVE CAREER LEADERS FROM BEYOND THE ARC... Jovana Nogic ranks 12th among active NCAA Division I players in career three-point percentage. Nogic has hit 41.3-percent of her attempts from beyond the arc (217-525). Additionally, she ranks 20th 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.
FRIARS IN OVERTIME GAMES UNDER JIM CROWLEY... Providence is 2-3 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. This year, Providence has compiled a 1-1 mark in overtime. The Friars are 2-0 in overtime games when they score 90+ points, and they are 0-2 in overtime during BIG EAST Conference action.
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 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 third most scored by a BIG EAST Conference player this season.
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 third-highest scoring total in the BIG EAST Conference this season.
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 on Sunday, Feb. 18 against Xavier at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. Prior to the game, the Friars will honor their senior class comprised of Allegra Botteghi and Brianna Frias. The ceremony will be held at approximately 12:45 p.m. and tip-off is scheduled for 1:03 p.m.
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