PROVIDENCE AND MARQUETTE SET TO TIP-OFF FRIDAY NIGHT... The Providence College women’s basketball team will host Marquette on Friday, Feb. 20 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
FRIARS ALL-ACCESS... A live video stream of the Providence vs. Marquette game will be available as a part of Friars All-Access (www.Friars.com). Friars All-Access is a subscription service. Play-by-play will be provided by Chris Fama.
PROVIDENCE VS. MARQUETTE ALL-TIME... The Friars and Golden Eagles have met 11 times during the history of the two women’s basketball teams. Marquette leads the all-time series, 7-4.
FRIARS AND GOLDEN EAGLES AT ALUMNI HALL... The Friars and Eagles have met five times at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. Marquette leads the series on the Friars’ home court, 4-1. Providence’s only win when hosting Marquette at Alumni Hall dates back to Feb. 25, 2009. On that day, Providence picked up a 51-49 victory.
LAST TIME OUT... Providence won the most recent meeting between the two teams on Jan. 23 in Milwaukee, Wis. The Friars overcame a 12-point deficit to defeat the Golden Eagles, 66-58. Freshman guard Alison Lewis recorded a career-high 17 points on 6-9 shooting from the field and 5-7 shooting from the free-throw line. Senior Chanise Baldwin, who was saddled with foul trouble in the first half, scored each of her 14 points in the decisive second half. The Friars trailed by as many as 11 (22-11) with 5:28 remaining in the first half of play. Providence used a 9-0 run to cut the deficit to two points (22-20) with 2:35 on the clock. Marquette closed the half with an 11-5 scoring advantage to take a 33-25 lead into the locker room at the break. Lewis led the Friars with nine points at halftime, while Alexis Harris hauled in a team-best seven boards. The Friars shot just 26-percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes (10-38). Seven of their 10 field goals came in the final six minutes of the half. Marquette shot 44-percent in the opening half (12-27). Marquette held its largest lead of the night (39-27) with 18:15 remaining in the game. Providence went on a 19-2 run to take a five-point lead (46-41) with 11:31 to play. Marquette answered with an 11-6 run to regain a five-point lead (52-47) with 8:05 on the clock. The Friars took a 58-57 lead with 3:17 left and maintained the lead the rest of the way. Senior Karin Robinson joined Lewis and Baldwin in double figures with 13 points, and added eight rebounds, four assists and four steals. Harris finished the night with a game-high 11 boards. Arlesia Morse was the lone player in double figures for Marquette, with 19. Apiew Ojulu and Kenisha Bell each added nine points.
FRIARS FALL TO CREIGHTON DESPITE A SOLID PERFORMANCE FROM THE FIELD... Providence fell to Creighton, 84-57, despite shooting 51-percent from the field (26-51) in the game. The Bluejays shot 46-percent from the field (29-63), including 14-26 from beyond the three-point arc (53.8-percent). Creighton also took advantage of 22 Friar turnovers and converted them into 28 points.
ALISON LEWIS SCORES DOUBLE FIGURES IN FIVE OF LAST SEVEN GAMES... Freshman guard Alison Lewis has reached double figures in the scoring column during five of the Friars’ last seven games, including two-straight heading into Friday’s game vs. Marquette. Lewis missed the first 12 games of the season with an injury, but is starting to adapt to the speed and physicality of the college game. Most recently, Lewis scored 13 points and dished a career-high five assists vs. Creighton on Feb. 15.
WELCOME BACK... Tori Rule returned to the court in the Friars’ most recent game vs. Creighton Feb. 15, after missing the previous nine games with an injury. Rule played 22 minutes off the bench and tallied 11 points on 4-6 shooting, two rebounds, two assists and one steal.
PINK OUT FRIARTOWN EVENT SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY, FEB. 22 VS. DE PAUL... Providence women’s basketball will hold its annual Pink Out Friartown event on Feb. 22, in conjunction with its game vs. DePaul at 1:00 p.m. All proceeds raised at the game from T-Shirt sales and donations will benefit the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation. The Friars will wear custom pink uniforms during the game, which will be auctioned off for charity on Friars.com. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund (Play4Kay).
ROAD WOES... Providence enters Friday’s game with a 1-13 record on the road. On Jan. 23, the Friars overcame a 12 point second-half deficit to defeat Marquette, 66-58, in Milwaukee, Wis. It marks the Friars’ only road victory of the season.
HOME AND AWAY... At home in Alumni Hall, the Friars are scoring an average of 61.5 points, while allowing 63.5 points per game defensively (-2.1 scoring margin). When on the road, the Friars average just 56.6 points per game on offense and give up an average of 72.6 points per game to their opponent (-15.9).
SEALING THE DEAL... Providence has held a halftime lead vs. five of its 14 BIG EAST opponents this season, yet the team has posted a 2-12 record in league play. Providence trailed at halftime during each of its two league victories this season. On Dec. 3, the Friars trailed Villanova 34-22 and rallied to earn a 51-49 victory. On Jan. 23, the Friars faced a 33-25 halftime deficit at Marquette and won the game 66-58.
FRIARS ARE 2-5 OVERALL WHEN LEADING AT HALFTIME... Providence is 2-5 this season when holding a halftime lead. On Dec. 21, the Friars held a 25-21 lead vs. Duquesne at halftime and went on to win, 67-56. Providence also led UMass Lowell at the half (35-28) on Dec. 6 and won the game, 66-54. The Friars’ five losses this season when leading at halftime came during league play vs. St. John’s (12/30), Georgetown (1/9), Seton Hall (1/11), Creighton (1/16) and Xavier (2/1).
GETTING OVER THE HUMP... Twelve of the Friars’ 25 games have been decided by 10 points or less. Providence has recorded a 3-9 record in those contests. Five games have been decided by five points or less, in which Providence has posted a 1-4 record. The lone victory among those four games came against BIG EAST foe Villanova (51-49) on Dec. 3.
SARAH BEAL TO MISS REMAINDER OF THE SEASON... Sophomore point guard Sarah Beal will miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season. Beal had surgery on Feb. 5 to repair a ligament in her knee, which is responsible for stabilizing her knee cap. Beal’s subluxed her knee cap on prior to the Friars’ game vs. Xavier (Jan. 4). It is the same injury that kept her from playing in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament in 2014. In 14 games this season, she averaged 10.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.5 steals per game.
ALEXIS HARRIS RANKS 20th ON THE FRIARS ALL-TIME REBOUNDING LIST... Alexis Harris enters Friday’s game with 593 career rebounds and ranks 20th on the Friars’ all-time rebounding list. Harris needs 10 rebounds to take sole possession of 19th place, currently held by Mi-Khida Hankins ‘11 (602).
ALEXIS HARRIS LEADS FRIARS WITH FOUR DOUBLE-DOUBLES... Alexis Harris leads the Friars with four double-doubles this season. Her most recent double-double came against Butler on Jan. 30, as she recorded 18 points and 12 rebounds. Harris owns 16 double-doubles in her career. She posted a team-best 12 double-doubles during the 2013-14 season as a junior.
DOUBLE-TROUBLE... Senior Chanise Baldwin owns three double-doubles on the year and is the only other active player on the Friars’ roster (joining Alexis Harris) to record a double-double this season. She notched the first double-double of her career against Rhode Island (Dec. 7) with 12 points and 12 rebounds. She also posted double-doubles against Xavier on Jan. 4 (16 pts / 12 rebs) and Seton Hall on Jan. 11 (14 pts / 12 rebs).
CHANISE BALDWIN IMPROVING AT THE CHARITY STRIPE... Through the first 13 games of the season, Chanise Baldwin shot just 42.2-percent from the free-throw line (19-45). In the last 12 games, Baldwin has shown tremendous improvement, hitting a 69.8-percent of her shots at the stripe (30-43). Baldwin entered the season as a 52-percent shooter from the foul line during her career (15-29).
TORI RULE SITS IN 20th PLACE ON FRIARS’ ALL-TIME CAREER SCORING LIST... Senior Tori Rule became the 32nd player in program history to record 1,000 career points. She achieved the feat on Nov. 23 against Virginia Tech, as she hit her first bucket of the game at the 16:03 mark of the first half. Rule currently owns 1,161 career points, and ranks 20th all-time in scoring at Providence. Rule has played 101 career games and has averaged 11.5 points per game. She recently returned to the court vs. Creighton after missing the previous nine games with an injury. She scored 11 points on 4-6 shooting in 22 minutes off the bench.
WHO’S NEXT... Tori Rule will need 30 points to pass Mi-Khida Hankins ‘11 and take sole possession of 19th on the Friars’ all-time career scoring list. Hankins played 115 games from 2007-11 and recorded 1,190 career points (11.0 ppg).
DEFENSE... The Friars have allowed 11 of their 25 opponents to shoot 45-percent or better from the field this season, including five teams who shot better than 50-percent. The Friars have posted a 1-10 record in those game. Providence’s only victory when allowing an opponent to shoot 45-percent or better came against UMass Lowell on Dec. 6. The River Hawks hit 22-48 field-goal attempts (45.8-percent). It’s important to note that the defense is improving, however, as the Friars have allowed their opponent to shoot 45-percent or better just three times in the last 10 games - and just four times during 14 BIG EAST games.
FRIARS’ 27 MADE FREE THROWS VS. DUQUESNE... The Friars’ 27 made free throws vs. Duquesne on Dec. 21 are the most makes in a single-game at the line since Nov. 9, 2013 vs. UMass Lowell. On that day, Providence hit 32-44 free throw attempts (.727).
20/20... Tori Rule leads the Friars with four 20+ point games this season vs. Brown (20), Bryant (20), Villanova (22) and Boston College (23). Sarah Beal is the only other Friar to eclipse 20 points. She notched 24 points vs. Brown, marking the highest scoring effort by a Friar this season. Rule has 18, 20+ point games in her career, while Beal has achieved the feat five times.
FRIARS’ 80 POINTS MARK SEASON HIGH... The Friars’ 80 points vs. Bryant mark a season high. It is the most points for PC in a single game since Jan. 25 of last season vs. Seton Hall (87). Providence reached 80+ points in four games during the 2013-14 campaign, including two 100+ point games.
PROVIDENCE’S 44 BOARDS VS. BROWN, MARQUETTE AND BUTLER... Providence has hauled in a season-high 44 rebounds in three games this season vs. Brown on Nov. 18 (44-37), Marquette on Jan. 23 (44-33) and Butler on Jan. 30 (44-34). It marks the most rebounds for the Friars in a single-game since Dec. 21, 2013 vs. Rhode Island. On that day, Providence also recorded 44 rebounds. The Friars have hauled in 40+ rebounds in 11 of their 25 games, including six of the last 10.
ALEXIS HARRIS NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-BIG EAST TEAM... Senior forward Alexis Harris was named to the 2014-15 Preseason All-BIG EAST Team on Oct. 22. Harris, an All-BIG EAST Second Team selection as a junior, averaged 14.0 points and 8.9 rebounds per game for the Friars in 2013-14. During BIG EAST regular-season play, she averaged 15.1 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Harris also notched 12 double-doubles last season, which are the most by any returning player in the BIG EAST. The forward reached double-figures in the scoring column 23 times and also posted 14 double-digit rebounding games. Harris was one of just four players in the BIG EAST to record multiple 30-point games. She hit for a career-high 31 points against UMass Lowell on Nov. 9, and 30 points against Seton Hall on Jan. 25.
SARAH BEAL NAMED PRESEASON ALL-BIG EAST HONORABLE MENTION... Sophomore guard Sarah Beal was named a Preseason All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention selection Oct. 22. Beal enjoyed an impressive rookie campaign as the program’s floor general, averaging 11.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and a team-best 4.7 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Her 135 assists mark the third-highest total all-time by a freshman in program history. Beal handed out a career-best 13 assists vs. Butler on Jan. 28, 2014, which is one hand-out shy of the BIG EAST single-game record by a freshman and also marked the most assists in a single game by a league player during the 2013-14 season. Beal recorded 21 double-digit scoring games, including a career-best 27 points against Marquette on Jan. 21.
FRIAR GREAT ANDREA MANGUM ‘90 HONORED... On Saturday, Feb. 14, Providence College honored three of its all-time greatest basketball players. Former Friar men’s basketball players John Thompson `64 and the late Jim Hadnot `62 and women’s basketball player Andrea Mangum `90 will be honored at the men’s home game that day as banners will be unveiled with their names and numbers (Thompson #50, Hadnot #54 and Mangum #25). All three former Friars will join the Friar Legends Forever Tradition. On Feb. 14, the Friar men’s team will play Seton Hall at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center at 4:00 p.m. The Friar women’s basketball team will play Georgetown in Mullaney Gymnasium at 1:00 p.m. on March 1, during which Mangum’s jersey will be unveiled in Alumni Hall. On Feb. 13, the Providence College Athletic Department held a dinner to honor Thompson, Hadnot and Mangum. The event was held 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. Mangum becomes the third player in Providence College women’s basketball history to have her jersey retired, and the fourth 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. Mangum, who played for the Friars from 1986-90, is one of three players in program history to record 1,000 or more points and 1,000 or more rebounds for the Friars. She currently ranks fourth all-time in career scoring with 1,679 points and is second all-time in career rebounding with 1,063 boards. Mangum led Providence in rebounding during each of her four seasons on the team. In 1990, Mangum led the Friars to the BIG EAST Tournament title and remains the only player in program history to earn BIG EAST Championship Most Outstanding Player honors. During her career, Mangum was a two-time KODAK District I All-America selection (1989, 1990). She also was named to the All-BIG EAST First Team as a senior in 1990 and was a member of the Second Team in 1989. Mangum earned a spot on the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team during each of those seasons as well. As a freshman in 1987, Mangum was a BIG EAST All-Rookie Team honoree.
WHAT’S NEXT... Providence returns to Alumni Hall on Sunday, Feb. 22 vs. DePaul. The game is scheduled for 1:00 p.m., and will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN). To view the game, download the FOX Sports GO app on your mobile device or tablet.
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