FRIARS SET TO HOST ST. JOHN’S AND SETON HALL IN FINAL HOME WEEKEND OF 2016-17 SEASON... Providence will host St. John’s on Friday, Feb. 17 and Seton Hall on Sunday, Feb. 19 in its final home weekend of the 2016-17 season. Friday’s match-up against St. John’s will tip-off at 7:00 p.m. and will serve as the program’s annual Pink Out Friartown event and a celebration of National Girls and Women In Sports Day. Sunday’s game against Seton Hall is scheduled to tip-off at 1:00 p.m., and the program will honor its senior class in pre-game ceremony at approximately 12:45 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network via FOX Sports GO.
PROVIDENCE VS. ST. JOHN’S ALL-TIME... The Friars and Red Storm have met 65 times during the history of the two women’s basketball programs. St. John’s leads the all-time series, 39-26. The Red Storm have earned victories in 18 of the last 19 meetings overall, including each of the last 13 games.
THE LAST TIME PROVIDENCE DEFEATED ST. JOHN’S... Providence last defeated St. John’s on Feb. 10, 2007. On that day, the Friars earned a 93-77 win at Carnesecca Arena in Queens, N.Y.
FRIARS AND RED STORM AT ALUMNI HALL... The Friars and Red Storm have met 29 times at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. The Red Storm hold a 19-10 advantage in the all-time series in games played at Alumni Hall. St. John’s has claimed victory in each of the last nine meetings at Alumni Hall.
LAST TIME FRIARS DEFEATED ST. JOHN’S AT ALUMNI HALL... The last time Providence defeated St. John’s at Alumni Hall dates back to Feb. 7, 2001. On that day, Providence earned an 83-63 victory.
CLOSING THE GAP... The Friars fell to St. John’s, 60-50, earlier this season on Jan. 22 in Queens, N.Y. It marked the closest margin between the two teams since Jan. 3, 2009 - which was a 57-52 St. John’s victory at Madison Square Garden. Prior to the last meeting between Providence and St. John’s, the previous 10 meetings were decided by 14-points or more.
THE LAST MEETING... Providence College was within striking distance in the final four minutes of the game, but the St. John’s Red Storm defeated the Friars, 60-50, on Jan. 22 in Queens, N.Y. Sarah Beal paced three Friars in double figures with a game-high 21 points. She also added a team-best seven rebounds and four assists. St. John’s went on a 10-0 run in the first quarter to take a 12-2 lead with 6:07 on the clock. The Friars called timeout and proceeded to outscore the Red Storm, 10-4, down the stretch to get within 16-12 after 10 minutes of play. Providence took its first lead (24-23) with 3:18 left in the second quarter as Clara Che drained a three-point bucket. However, the Red Storm responded with a 7-0 run to close the quarter and take a 29-23 lead at halftime. St. John’s maintained control of the game in the third quarter, allowing the Friars get as close as five (36-31) with 6:13 on the clock. The Red Storm held a 46-36 advantage over Providence heading into the final 10 minutes of play. A 9-2 run in the fourth quarter gave the Friars life and helped cut the deficit to 50-48 with 3:32 on the clock. During the stretch, Yoyo Nogic got loose for two of her five three-point buckets in the game, while Che added a third. St. John’s held off the Friars’ threat with a 10-2 scoring run to close the game. Nogic scored 12 points in the second half and finished the game with 15. She shot 5-10 from the field, including 5-9 from three-point range. Che also tallied double figures in the game, with 10. She and Nogic combined to hit 8-of-15 attempts from three-point territory. St. John’s capitalized on 13 Providence miscues on the afternoon, outscoring the Friars 18-7 in points off of turnovers. Akina Wellere led St. John’s with 20 points. Aaliyah Lewis posted 10 points and nine assists, while Jade Walker contributed 10 points. Imani Littleton picked up seven points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
TRIPLE THREAT... Three Friars are currently ranked in the top-11 among BIG EAST Conference players in three-point field-goal percentage. Yoyo Nogic is ranked third, having converted 44.3-percent of her three-point attempts (78-176). Clara Che (.386, 34-88) and Maddie Jolin (.376, 35-93) are ranked eighth and 11th, respectively.
NOGIC RANKS AMONG NATION’S BEST FROM THREE-POINT TERRITORY... Yoyo Nogic ranks 14th in the NCAA in three-point percentage (.443, 78-176) and 12th three-point field goals made (78). Additionally, she ranks 15th in the nation in three-point field goals made per game (3.12).
WHERE NOGIC STANDS IN BIG EAST PLAY... Yoyo Nogic is first among BIG EAST players in three-point field goals made per game (3.12), three-point field goals attempted (176) and three-point field goals made (78). She ranks third in the BIG EAST in three-point percentage (.443) behind St. John’s guard Akina Wellere (.481, 39-81) and Adrianna Hahn (.446, 70-157). Nogic also ranks seventh in the league in scoring (14.4 ppg) and 13th in steals (1.4 spg).
MILESTONE LOOMING... Yoyo Nogic enters Saturday’s game having made a team-best 75 three-point field goals. Nogic needs eight three-pointers to set the Friars’ single-season three-point record (seven to tie). Julie Wheeler ‘98 is the current single-season record holder, having converted 82 three pointers during the 1994-95 season.
STREAKING... Yoyo Nogic leads the Friars with 20 double-digit scoring games and is in the midst of a seven-game double-digit scoring streak. It marks the longest double-digit scoring streak of her career. Her previous career high for consecutive double-digit games was four, which she achieved on four occasions.
CHE GETTING HER TEAMMATES INVOLVED... Clara Che leads the Friars in assists this season, with a single-season career high of 77. Che ranks 13th in the BIG EAST in assists (77) and assist/turnover ratio (1.5). Che has more than doubled her assist total from a season ago (34).
CLARA CHE SHOWING ABILITY TO SCORE EFFICIENTLY DOWN THE STRETCH... Despite the face that Clara Che has recorded the fewest shot attempts among the Friars’ primary six-player rotation (150), she is shooting and efficient 43.3-percent from the field (65-150). Che is shooting 38.6-percent from three-point territory (34-88) overall this season, but has hit 50-percent of her three-point attempts over the last seven games (15-30).
BEAL IMPACTS ALL FACETS OF THE GAME... Sarah Beal has put together an impressive stat line through the Friars’ 25 games. She ranks second among her teammates in scoring (13.2 ppg), assists (2.9 apg) and steals (1.1 spg) and third in rebounding (4.9 rpg). Beal is shooting a career-best 45.5-percent from the floor (137-301), marking the first time in her career she has put together a season over 40-percent from the field. Beal ranks 14th in the BIG EAST in scoring (13.2 ppg) and also ranks among the league’s best performers in field-goal percentage (15th) and free-throw percentage (12th; .727, 56-77).
SARAH BEAL RANKS 9TH ALL-TIME IN CAREER ASSISTS... Sarah Beal has recorded 72 assists this season and owns 367 dimes during her career. Her 367 assists rank ninth on the Friars’ all-time list. Beal is looking upward at Julie Wheeler ‘98, who ranks eighth all-time with 393 assists.
1,000 AND COUNTING... Sarah Beal became the 33rd player in program history to reach the 1,000-point career milestone on Jan. 4, 2017 when the Friars faced Marquette. Beal entered the game needing 21 points and finished with 24 to achieve the feat. Heading into Friday’s game vs. St. John’s, Beal ranks 21st on the Friars’ all-time career scoring list with 1,130 points. Mi-Khida Hankins ‘11 is ranked 20th on the list with 1,190 points (2007-11).
GETTING OFF TO A GOOD START... The Friars are 7-3 this season when leading their opponent at halftime. Providence is 2-10 on the year when trailing at halftime and 1-1 when tied at with their opponent at the break.
LOOKING TO FINISH IN CLOSE GAMES... The Friars enter Friday’s game against St. John’s with a 10-15 overall record. Eleven of the Friars’ 15 losses have been decided by 10 points or less. Providence is 3-11 this season in games decided by 10 points or less, including a 2-7 mark in games decided by five points or less. In BIG EAST play, eight of the Friars’ 12 losses have been decided by 10 points or less.
DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORERS... Seven of the 12 players on the roster who have seen game action have hit double digits in the scoring column at least once through 25 games. Yoyo Nogic leads the Friars with 20 double-digit scoring games. Sarah Beal has reached double figures 18 times. Allegra Botteghi and Maddie Jolin have each scored in double figures 10 times.
20/20... Yoyo Nogic and Sarah Beal have each scored 20+ points in a game four times this season. Each of Beal’s 20+ point efforts have come during BIG EAST play, including a season-high 25 points against Marquette on Jan. 27. Nogic tallied a career-best 27 points in that same game vs. the Golden Eagles.
DOUBLE TROUBLE... Three Friars have recorded double-doubles this season through 25 games. Senior forward Aliyah Miller recorded her first double-double of the season, and third of her career, in a 77-65 victory at Hartford on Nov. 22. She tallied 10 points and 10 rebounds vs. the Hawks. On Nov. 27, junior Allegra Botteghi notched her first double-double of the season, and third of her career, in a 75-59 victory over Miami (OH). She registered 14 points and 12 rebounds vs. the RedHawks. Sarah Beal picked up her first double-double of the season, and fourth of her career, on Feb. 3 against Georgetown (24 points / 11 rebounds).
FRIARS POST 17-POINT MARGIN OF VICTORY AGAINST BUTLER... The Friars’ 17-point margin of victory over Butler (61-58) on Dec. 30 is the largest for Providence during BIG EAST Conference regular-season play since defeating Pittsburgh by 20 (91-71) on Feb. 20, 1999.
HIGHEST FIELD-GOAL PERCENTAGE IN BIG EAST PLAY SINCE 2009-10 SEASON... The Friars shot 52.2-percent from the field in their victory over Butler on Dec. 30, hitting 24-46 shot attempts from the floor. It marks the highest field-goal percentage in BIG EAST regular-season play for Providence since shooting 55.6-percent against then-No. 24/18 Georgetown on Jan. 10, 2010 (25-45).
FRIARS SHOOT SEASON-BEST 53.8-PERCENT FROM THREE-POINT TERRITORY AGAINST BUTLER... Providence shot a season-high 53.8-percent (7-13) from three-point territory against Butler on Dec. 30. The Friars’ hot-shooting against the Bulldogs came on the heels of shooting a season-low 13.6-percent (3-22) in their previous game against Xavier on Dec. 28. Yoyo Nogic paced the Friars from beyond the arc against Butler, hitting 5-7 attempts from long range. Maddie Jolin knocked down 2-3 three-point attempts vs. the Bulldogs.
FRIARS COMPLETE NON-CONFERENCE PLAY WITH 8-3 RECORD... The Friars finished non-conference play with a 62-58 victory over Monmouth on Dec. 21. The Friars posted an 8-3 record during the non-conference portion of it’s schedule, marking the most victories in non-conference play since going 8-6 during the 2011-12 campaign.
FRIARS HAUL IN SEASON-HIGH 47 REBOUNDS VS. MONMOUTH... The Friars recorded a season-high 47 rebounds in their victory over Monmouth (62-58) on Dec. 21. Providence’s 18 offensive rebounds in the game also marked a season high. Brianna Frias and Allegra Botteghi each collected a game-high nine rebounds. Frias’ nine boards marked a career high. She had collected a total of 10 rebounds in the previous six games she played leading up to the Monmouth game. Maddie Jolin and Aliyah Miller recorded eight and seven rebounds, respectively.
SARAH BEAL NAMED BIG EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK... Sarah Beal was named BIG EAST Player of the Week on Jan. 30. It marked the first time in her career that she has earned the league’s Player of the Week honor. Beal had been previously named to the BIG EAST Week Honor Roll eight times during her career, including three times in 2016-17 (11/14, 11/21 and 12/26). She averaged 20.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists last week in games vs. Marquette and No 21/19 DePaul. Against Marquette, who is receiving votes in the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Polls, Beal tallied a season-high 25 points on 11-18 shooting from the field (.611). Her 11 field goals tied her career high and she also tallied six rebounds and five assists. Beal scored eight of the Friars’ 16 points in the fourth quarter to lift the Friars to a 66-64 victory. On Jan. 29 against nationally-ranked DePaul, Beal tallied a team-high 15 points and added nine rebounds, three assists and one steal.
SARAH BEAL NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... Sarah Beal was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, Dec. 26. It marked the third time this season that Beal had been recognized on the honor roll, and the eighth time in her career. In the Friars’ only game the previous week, Beal led the team with a season-high 19 points in a 62-58 victory over Monmouth. She shot 5-10 from the field (0.500) and 9-11 from the free-throw line (0.818). Beal also grabbed four rebounds and tallied one assist, one blocked shot and one steal.
MADDIE JOLIN NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... Sophomore Maddie Jolin was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Nov. 28, marking the first league honor of her career. Jolin averaged 14.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game as the Friars posted three victories over Hartford, UNCW and Miami (OH). She shot 50-percent from the floor (14-28), including 7-14 shooting from three-point range (50-percent). Jolin also converted 9-12 free throws (75-percent). She reached double figures in the scoring column in all three games. She narrowly missed her first career double-double against Hartford on Nov. 22 with 16 points and a career-high nine rebounds. She posted 17 points against UNCW on Nov. 26 as she hit 6-8 shots from the field, including a 6-8 effort from beyond the arc.
FRIARS OPENED SEASON WITH SEVEN-STRAIGHT WINS... The Friars opened the 2016-17 season with seven-straight victories. It marked the first 7-0 start for Providence since the 1990-91 season, when the team also started the year 7-0.
SIX-STRAIGHT DOUBLE-DIGIT VICTORIES... Prior to the Friars’ loss to Brown on Dec. 4, the Friars recorded six-straight victories - all of which were decided by double figures. The last time the program recorded six-consecutive wins in double figures dates back to the 1990-91 campaign. During that season, the Friars also reeled off six-straight wins decided by double figures against Villanova (+27), Iona (+45), Seton Hall (+24), Pittsburgh (+11), Georgetown (+14) and Boston College (+29).
FOUR-STRAIGHT ROAD VICTORIES... The Friars logged four-consecutive wins on the road prior to their loss to Brown on Dec. 4. Providence defeated Hartford (77-65), UNCW (65-49), Miami (OH) (75-59) and Bryant (62-51). The last time Providence won four-consecutive games away from home was during the 1991-92 campaign against Villanova (82-80, 2OT), Pittsburgh (91-83), Georgetown (89-88) and St. John’s (82-79).
FRIARS OVERCOME LARGEST HALFTIME DEFICIT SINCE 2012-13 SEASON TO EARN VICTORY... On Nov. 19, the Friars rallied from a 10-point deficit at halftime (41-31) to defeat Binghamton, 71-58. It marks the largest halftime deficit that the Friars have rallied back from to earn a win since Jan. 23, 2013. That day, Providence trailed then-ranked No. 25 Villanova, 29-10, at halftime (-19) and battled back to earn a 65-60 victory in overtime.
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY SINCE 2013... The Friars defeated North Dakota State, 86-63, on Nov. 16 in Providence, R.I. It marked Providence’s largest margin of victory (+23) since Nov. 20, 2013, when it defeated Hartford by 26 points (79-53).
OLIVIA ORLANDO SIGNS NLI TO ATTEND PROVIDENCE COLLEGE... Providence College women’s basketball Head Coach Jim Crowley announced on Nov. 10 that Olivia Orlando (Winthrop, Mass.) has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the College beginning in the Fall of 2017. Orlando is the first student-athlete to sign a NLI to attend Providence College and play for Crowley, as he embarks on his first season as the program’s head coach in 2016-17. Orlando, a 5-foot, 10-inch, guard, currently attends Tilton School, where she is coached by Tara Brisson. Orlando enters the 2016-17 campaign with 920 career points and is on track to become the program’s all-time leading scorer by season’s end (1,104 points). During her three seasons at Tilton School, she has averaged a double-double with 14.0 point and 10.4 rebounds per game. Orlando is a three-time Lakes Region All-Star and NEPSAC All-Star (2014-16). She also has earned NEPSAC Championship Game Most Valuable Player honors during her career, in addition to Blackburn Tournament MVP recognition and Nickerson Tournament All-Tournament Team honors. While with the program, Tilton School has compiled a 65-12 overall record, including an impressive 40-3 mark at home. Orlando, a three-year captain, has helped guide Tilton School to three-consecutive Lakes Region Championships and two NEPSAC titles.
DORIS BURKE ‘87 TO HAVE JERSEY RETIRED... On Saturday, Feb. 11, Providence College honored six of its all-time greatest athletes. Former Friar men’s basketball players Otis Thorpe ‘84 and the late Bruce “Soup” Campbell ’78 and women’s basketball player Doris Burke ’87, as well as hockey greats Lou Lamoriello ‘63, Ron Wilson ‘77 and Cammi Granato ’93 all will be recognized as they join the Friar Legends Forever Tradition. The six individuals were honored during a halftime ceremony at the men’s basketball game vs. Butler on Feb. 11. Following the game, the Athletic Department held a dinner to honor the group 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. Burke will become the fourth player in Providence College women’s basketball history to be honored, and the fifth 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. Most recently, Andrea Mangum ’90 joined the Friar Legends in 2015. Burke (formerly Sable) was a member of the women’s basketball team from 1983-87. Burke led the Friars in assists during three of her four seasons with the program and finished her career with 602 handouts. Burke is ranked second all-time at PC in career assists and also ranks 10th all-time in career scoring (1,372 points). She was a three-time All-BIG EAST selection, including a member of the First Team as a senior in 1987. She also was honored as a KODAK District 1 All-America selection. Burke has since been inducted into the Providence College Athletics Hall of Fame. Professionally, Burke is widely known as a pioneer in the world of television sports broadcasting. She is a versatile commentator who works a variety of ESPN assignments, including the NBA, women’s college basketball regular-season and NCAA Championship, men’s college basketball regular season and Championship Week, in addition to assignments for other ESPN properties. Since 2003, Burke has taken on additional roles and assignments for NBA coverage, including sideline reporter and game analyst during select ESPN NBA telecasts. She also serves as a sideline reporter for NBA playoff games and the NBA Finals on ABC.
WHAT’S NEXT... Providence returns to Alumni Hall / Mullaney Gymnasium on Sunday, Feb. 19 against Seton Hall at 1:00 p.m. Prior to the start of the game, there will be a brief ceremony to honor the program’s senior class. The ceremony will begin at approximately 12:45 p.m.
BURKE’S JERSEY TO BE UNVEILED IN ALUMNI HALL... While Doris Burke will not be able to attend, due to her obligations with ESPN, her retired jersey will be officially unveiled in Alumni Hall on Sunday, Feb. 19 at halftime of the Friars’ game against Seton Hall. Burke has prepared a video message for all fans in attendance, and her best friend and former teammate, Sheila (Frias) Harrity ‘87 will be on hand to reveal the jersey. Burke attended the official jersey retirement ceremony on Feb. 11, while the women’s basketball team was on the road at Creighton. The first 100 fans to arrive at the game will receive a “Friar Crush Every Day” t-shirt with Burke’s image on it. The shirt is similar to that worn by Drake at an NBA game in November between the Raptors and Warriors that read “Woman Crush Everyday” - a reference to a popular social media trend “Woman Crush Wednesday”.
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