FRIARS HOST XAVIER ON SENIOR DAY... Providence College will host Xavier on Sunday, Feb. 18 at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. Tip-off is set for 1:00 p.m. and the program will honor its senior class of Allegra Botteghi and Brianna Frias during a pre-game ceremony at approximately 12:45 p.m.
TUNE-IN... The Friars’ game vs. Xavier 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. XAVIER ALL-TIME... Providence and Xavier have met nine times during the history of the two programs. The Musketeers lead the all-time series, 8-1, including victories in each of the last seven meetings.
FRIARS AND MUSKETEERS AT ALUMNI HALL... The Friars and Musketeers have met four times at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. Xavier leads the series on the Friars’ home court, 3-1.
THE ONE AND ONLY... Providence’s lone victory in the all-time series vs. Xavier came on Feb. 22, 2014. On that day, the Friars defeated the Musketeers, 61-59, at Alumni Hall.
FOUR OF THE LAST FIVE... Four of the last five meetings between Providence and Xavier have been decided by 10 points or less, including each of the last three meetings. Earlier this season, the Friars fell to the Musketeers, 68-59 (-9) on Jan. 19 at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
FIRST MEETING VS. XAVIER IN 2017-18... The Providence College women’s basketball team fell to Xavier, 68-59, on Friday, Jan. 19 at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Friars got out to a slow start and found themselves trailing 22-17 at the conclusion of the first quarter. The squad started to find its rhythm in the second quarter, but was unable to chip away at the deficit as both teams finished the stanza with 12 points. Xavier took a 35-19 advantage into halftime, capped by a three-quarter-court shot by Na’Teshia Owens as time expired. The Musketeers opened the scoring in the third with a free-throw to make it a 16-point game (35-19). However, Providence clawed all of the way back to within two (44-42) with a dominant performance on both ends of the floor, and was fueled by a 23-9 scoring advantage. Xavier closed the quarter with a three-point bucket from Aaliyah Dunham and the Friars trailed by five (47-42) heading into the final 10 minutes of play. Anniina Aijanen connected on another three-pointer for the Musketeers to open the fourth quarter scoring, and provided Xavier with an eight-point cushion (50-42) with 8:06 remaining on the game clock. Providence’s Maddie Jolin answered with a with a short jumper, but the Musketeers responded with a 12-0 scoring spurt and mounted an 18-point lead (62-44) with 5:58 left to play. Jolin halted the run with a three-point bucket at the 5:40 mark and spurred the Friars to a 13-2 offensive outburst, which cut the deficit to seven (64-57) with 1:54 on the clock. However, Xavier would hold on down the stretch to take the 68-59 win. Jolin paced the Friars with 19 points and added five rebounds and three assists. Jovana Nogic chipped in 15 points, five boards and two assists, while Clara Che added 10 points and three assists. Despite shooting just 18.2-percent in the first quarter (2-11), the Friars went on to finish the game 44.2-percent from the floor (23-52), including an impressive 8-15 from three-point territory (53.3-percent). The Friars offense was clicking in the second half, as they hit 15-26 attempts from the floor (57.7-percent), including 7-9 from beyond the arc (77.8-percent). Aijanen finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds for Xavier. Kindell Fincher added 14 points, while Jada Byrd tallied 11 points and four assists.
FRIARS COMING OFF 69-48 LOSS TO BUTLER... Providence College fell to Butler, 69-48, on Feb. 16 in Providence, R.I. The Friars opened the game with back-to-back three-pointers to take a 6-0 lead with 7:51 on the clock. The Bulldogs tied the game twice over the next three minutes of action and took its first lead (11-10) with 3:51 left in the first quarter. The two teams traded baskets before Maddie Jolin hit a three-pointer with four seconds remaining to give Providence a 15-13 lead at the break. Providence struggled from the field in the second quarter, hitting just 4-of-14 attempts from the floor (.286). Butler took advantage, hitting 9-of-17 attempts from the field (.529) and took a 12-point lead into the halftime (35-23). Jovana Nogic opened the third quarter with a three pointer to get Providence within nine (35-26), but Butler responded with an 11-2 scoring run to take an 18-point lead (46-28) with 5:41 on the clock. Providence cut Butler’s lead to 10 (48-38) with a 10-2 run. The Bulldogs led 49-38 heading into the final 10 minutes of play. Kyra Spiwak hit a baseline jumper to start the fourth quarter, once again getting the Friars within nine points (49-40), but the Bulldogs put the game away with an 11-0 run to gain a 60-40 lead with 5:26 left in regulation. Nogic was the only Friar to crack double figures in the scoring column, with 10 points. Andrea Cooper and Clara Che each added eight points in the effort. Allegra Botteghi grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Michelle Weaver led four Bulldogs in double figures with 20 points, while Iman Lathan tallied a game-high 10 boards.
FRIARS SHOOT JUST 31.3-PERCENT FROM THE FIELD VS. BUTLER... The Friars shot just 31.3 percent from the field in their loss to Butler on Feb. 16. It marked the third lowest field-goal percentage of the season. In the Friars’ last 10 games, the team has fallen below 40-percent from the field just twice. Providence was coming off one of its best offensive performances of the season, having shot 52.2-percent from the floor in a double-overtime loss to Creighton last weekend (Feb. 10).
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 RECORDS 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 (.388), having converted 168 of 433 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’ 18 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 350 of the Friars’ 607 made field goals this season, which is 57.7-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 Sunday’s game against Xavier, Nogic ranks 22nd on Providence’s all-time career scoring list with 1,167 points. She needs 22 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 219-532 attempts from three-point territory (.412). 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 76-187 from beyond the arc (.406).
NOGIC RANKS AMONG NCAA ACTIVE CAREER LEADERS FROM BEYOND THE ARC... Jovana Nogic ranks 15th among active NCAA Division I players in career three-point percentage. Nogic has hit 41.2-percent of her attempts from beyond the arc (219-532). Additionally, she ranks 21st 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 fourth 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 fourth-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 complete the regular-season schedule on the road with a pair of games against Villanova and Georgetown. Providence will travel to Villanova, Pa. to take on the Wildcats at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23. The regular-season finale against Georgetown will tip-off at 2:00 p.m. Washington, D.C.
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