PROVIDENCE WELCOMES #21/19 DE PAUL... The Providence College women’s basketball team host No. 21/19 DePaul on Friday, Feb. 19 at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) via FOX Sports GO.
LAST TIME THE FRIARS DEFEATED A RANKED OPPONENT... The last time the Friars defeated a nationally-ranked opponent dates back to Jan. 23, 2013. On that day, Providence claimed a 65-60 overtime victory against No. RV/25 Villanova in Providence R.I. The Friars are 0-2 vs. nationally-ranked opponents this season, having fallen to No. RV/23 Seton Hall, 64-54 (Dec. 29) and No. 24/21 DePaul, 96-50 (Jan. 24). The Friars also fell to two other teams receiving votes in the national polls this season (Albany and St. John’s).
FRIARS AND BLUE DEMONS ALL-TIME... Providence and DePaul have met 16 times during the history of the two women’s basketball programs. DePaul holds an 12-4 advantage in the all-time series, including victories in each of the last six games.
LAST TIME PROVIDENCE DEFEATED DE PAUL... Providence College last defeated DePaul on Jan. 7, 2012 at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. On that day, the Friars clipped the Blue Demons, 60-52. DePaul entered the game ranked 20th in the Associated Press Top-25 and 18th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll.
FRIARS AND BLUE DEMONS ALL-TIME AT ALUMNI HALL... Providence and DePaul have met six times at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. DePaul leads the series in those game, 4-2.
THE MOST RECENT MEETING... The Providence College women’s basketball team fell to then-No. 24/21 ranked DePaul, 96-50, on Jan. 24 in Chicago, Ill. Freshman Maddie Jolin (Rehoboth, Mass.) led the Friars with 12 points and a career-high seven rebounds. The Friars trailed 24-14 after the first quarter of play. DePaul took control of the game in the second quarter with an 18-0 run during a span of 5:22 to claim a 48-18 lead, and eventually took a 54-25 lead into the break. Jolin led the Friars in the first half with seven point and three rebounds. Chanise Jenkins lead DePaul with nine points, four assists and three steals. DePaul closed out the game with a 42-25 scoring advantage in the second half of play to take the victory. The Blue Demons shot 53.6-percent from the field (37-69), including 40-percent from beyond the three-point arc (10-25). DePaul also held a 49-27 edge on the glass, as five players recorded five-or-more rebounds in the game, led by Jacqui Grant’s nine caroms. Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) finished the day with nine points, three boards and two assists. Clara Che (Valencia, Spain) also recorded nine points for the Friars. Aliyah Miller (Southaven, Miss.) contributed eight points.
FRIARS SNAP 13-GAME SKID WITH VICTORY OVER CREIGHTON... The Friars recently snapped a 13-game winless streak with a 61-59 victory over Creighton Feb. 14. Prior to Sunday’s win, the Friars had not claimed a victory since it defeated Rhode Island, 64-55, in overtime on Dec. 20.
FRIARS EDGE CREIGHTON FOR FIRST WIN IN ALL-TIME SERIES... On Feb. 14, the Friars defeated Creighton, 61-59, in Providence, R.I. It marked Providence’s first victory vs. Creighton all-time. Creighton entered the game with a 6-0 advantage in the all-time series.
SARAH BEAL NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... Sarah Beal was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Feb. 15. It marked Beal’s fourth appearance of the season on the honor roll and fifth of her career. Last week, Beal notched a team-high 13 points, four assists and three steals to help Providence claim a 61-59 victory over Creighton on Feb. 14. Beal also added three rebounds and one blocked shot.
FRIARS EARN 4-0 RECORD WHEN LEADING AT HALFTIME... On Feb. 14, Providence improved to 4-0 this season when leading at halftime. The Friars entered the break with a 30-29 lead, and went on to earn a 61-59 victory. The Friars have also held halftime leads this season against Hartford, Monmouth and Bryant and earned victories in each game.
TRIO OF FRESHMEN LEAD THE WAY FROM THREE-POINT TERRITORY... Freshmen Jovana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic, Clara Che and Maddie Jolin have combined to make 85 of the Friars’107 three-point field goals this season, shooting a collective 85-226 (0.376) from beyond the arc. The rest of the team has combined to shoot 22-98 from three-point territory (0.224).
STEADY EVI... Senior Evi Iiskola has converted 55-percent of her attempts from the field in the Friars’ last six games (18-33), and has hit double figures in the scoring column during two of those contests. Iiskola also hit 2-3 attempts from three-point territory (.667) and was a perfect 9-9 from the charity stripe. In Providence’s most recent victory vs. Creighton, Iiskola tallied eight points on 3-3 shooting from the field and recorded a team-high five rebounds to go along with two assists.
SARAH BEAL CLOSE TO CRACKING TOP-15 ALL-TIME AT PROVIDENCE IN ASSISTS... Sarah Beal enters the weekend with 278 career assists (4.1 apg). With four games remaining on the regular-season schedule, Beal needs 12 assists to tie Sonya Lewis ‘94 for 14th place all-time at Providence in assists (290). Beal leads the Friars this season in assists (77), averaging 3.2 dimes per game.
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 23 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 (1.4 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 5-2 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 (.413, 19-46), and ranks third among her teammates in overall shooting percentage (.407, 37-91). Che is second among her teammates in scoring during BIG EAST play, with an average of 7.2 points per game. Sarah Beal leads the squad at 9.4 points per contest vs. BIG EAST opponents (through 14 BIG EAST regular-season games).
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 and Dionna White 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).
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 Marquette on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 1:00 p.m. 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. The ceremony will take place during pre-game warm-ups at approximately 12:40 p.m.
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