Feb. 21, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
PROVIDENCE COLLEGE SET TO HOST XAVIER... The Providence College women's basketball team will host Xavier on Saturday, February 22. The game will be played at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. and is scheduled to tip-off at 2:04 p.m. The program will honor its senior class during a ceremony at 1:40 p.m.
TUNE IN... Live streaming video of the Providence College vs. Xavier game will be available via Friars All-Access at www.Friars.com. Play-by-play will be provided by Chris Fama. A live feed will be available for the start of the senior ceremony, beginning at 1:40 p.m. The pre-game show will start at 1:55 p.m., followed by tip-off at 2:04 p.m.
SENIOR DAY... The Friars will honor its senior class during a ceremony on Saturday prior to the game at 1:40 p.m. The honorees include team members Danielle Pearson and Nikki Turcotte and team manager Steve Kogut.
FRIARS VS. XAVIER ALL-TIME... Providence and Xavier will meet for the second time during the history of the two women's basketball programs. The Musketeers lead the series, 1-0.
THE ONE AND ONLY... The Friars and Musketeers met on January 18 at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier claimed a 75-52 victory, fueled by a 24-3 scoring edge in points off of turnovers. The Friars trailed 32-24 at halftime, but Xavier out-scored Providence 43-28 in the second half. In the closing 20 minutes of the game, Providence just hit 9-of-28 field goals (32.1-percent), while the Musketeers drained 17-of-34 attempts from the floor (50-percent). Tori Rule led the Friars with 18 points, while Alexis Harris chipped in a double-double with 13 points and 11 boards. Shatyra Hawkes led Xavier with 16 points and added seven rebounds and three assists. Ashley Wanninger tallied 15 points. Hawkes will not factor into Saturday's game, as she was recently dismissed from the team for a violation of athletic department rules. A complete box score is below (available in PDF format only).
SETON HALL PULLS AWAY IN SECOND HALF TO DEFEAT FRIARS IN MOST RECENT GAME... Providence dropped a tight game to Seton Hall, 82-72, on Feb. 18 in South Orange, N.J. Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) led all scorers with 26 points and added 10 rebounds for her 10th double-double of the season. Providence held a 39-38 lead at halftime, supported by a solid effort from the field. The Friars shot 48.4-percent from the floor (15-31), including 4-of-8 shooting from three-point territory (50-percent). The half featured eight lead changes and five ties, with each team leading by as many as five points. Harris led the Friars with 14 first-half points and also hauled in six rebounds. Rule also reached double figures for Providence with 10 points. The Pirates were led by Ka-Deidre Simmons' nine points. The game was tied, 58-58, midway through the second half as Friar freshman Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) knifed into the paint for a lay-up. Simmons converted two free throws for Seton Hall at the 9:27 mark to take a 60-58 lead, which it would not relinquish. The Pirates extended their lead to 10 (73-63) with 2:58 remaining. Providence cut the deficit to six (77-71) on two free throws by freshman Aliyah Miller (Southaven, Miss.), but it was as close at PC would get the rest of the way. Beal finished the night with 12 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals, and played all 40 minutes. Junior Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) contributed 11 points, three rebounds and three assists. Miller and Iiskola each tallied 10 points, while Miller hauled in seven boards.
IMPORTANCE OF A GOOD START... The Friars are 6-3 this season when they lead their opponent at halftime. Providence is 0-17 on the year when trailing at the half. in the Friars' most recent game on Feb. 18, Providence held a 39-38 advantage at hte half vs. Seton Hall, but fell to the Pirates, 82-72.
GETTING OVER THE HUMP... Fifteen of the Friars' 26 games this season have been decided by 10 points or less and Providence holds a 3-12 record in those games, including a 1-8 mark vs. BIG EAST opponents.
FRIARS DROP FIVE OF LAST NINE GAMES BY SINGLE DIGITS... The Friars have lost five of their last nine games by single digits, including two games by three points vs. Seton Hall (90-87) and Butler (72-69).
MILESTONE ON THE HORIZON... Junior Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) enters Saturday's game vs. Xavier with 888 career points, leaving her 112 points shy of the 1,000-point milestone. There are seven active players in the BIG EAST who have scored over 1,000 point during their careers, and Rule is one of five BIG EAST players within 150 points of the milestone.
200 BOARDS... Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) has pulled down a career-high 220 rebounds this season. Her previous career best for a single season was 156 (2012-13). She is just the fifth player in the last 15 years to record 200+ rebounds in a single-season. Additionally, her 220 boards are the most by a Friar in a single season since the 2011-12 campaign (Teya Wright, 258).
30 SOMETHING... Junior forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) and Creighton guard Marissa Janning are the only players in the BIG EAST to reach 30 points in multiple games this season. Harris dropped a career-high 31 points in the Friars' season opener vs. UMass Lowell on November 9. She netted 30 points against BIG EAST foe Seton Hall on January 25. There have been 10, 30+ point games overall by BIG EAST players this season, and the Friars account for three of them. Junior guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) scored 32 points against Dartmouth (11/18).
30-POINT HISTORY... Juniors Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) and Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) have each scored 30+ points in a single game this season. It's the first time since the 1989-90 campaign that two different players have eclipsed the 30-point mark. That year, Dottie VanGheem recorded three, 30+ point games, while Andrea Mangum hit the milestone once.
SARAH BEAL'S 123 ASSISTS ARE THIRD-MOST ALL-TIME BY A FRESHMAN AT PROVIDENCE COLLEGE... Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) has dished 123 assists this season for the Friars. Her assist total currently ranks third all-time by a freshman at Providence College. Mandy Saunders '98 holds the record for assists by a freshman at Providence, with 171. Shanya Evans '91 ranks second on the list with 136. Beal recently passed Mary Ann McCoy '80 (112).
100-ASSISTS IN THE LAST DECADE... Freshman point guard Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) surpassed the 100-assist mark on Feb. 5 vs. Villanova. Heading into Saturday's game vs. Xavier, Beal owns 123 dimes. She is just the fourth Friar in the last decade to dish 100+ assists in a season. Kendria Holmes achieved the feat in consecutive seasons (2006-07, 2007-08) with 103 and 117, respectively. Lola Wells '12 handed out 101 assists in 2010-11. Symone Roberts '13 recorded 135 assists a season ago (2012-13).
BEAL THREATENS BIG EAST SINGLE-GAME FRESHMAN ASSIST MARK... Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) was one assist shy of tying the BIG EAST single-game freshman assist record on Jan. 28 vs. Butler, with a career-best 13 hand-outs. Providence's Mandy Saunders '98 established the current record for a freshmen on Jan. 12, 1994 vs. Syracuse, with 14 assists. Margaret McKeon (St. John's) owns the conference's single-game assist record (18 vs. Georgetown - 1/16/91).
LUCKY 13... Freshman point guard Sarah Beal's 13 assists vs. Butler on Jan. 28 are the most by a Providence College player in a single game since November 20, 1999. On that day, Dee Cummings dished 15 dimes against George Mason. Additionally, her 13 dimes are the most by a BIG EAST player this season.
ALEXIS HARRIS LEADS THE FRIARS WITH 10 DOUBLE-DOUBLES... Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) recorded her team-best 10th double-double on Feb. 18 vs. Seton Hall with 26 points and 10 rebounds. It marked her fifth career double-double vs. a BIG EAST opponent. Harris is tied for second in the BIG EAST in double-doubles with Katherine Plouffe (Marquette) and Andrea White (Georgetown). Natalie Butler (Georgetown) leads the league with 20.
EVI IISKOLA AND SARAH BEAL JOIN HARRIS WITH DOUBLE-DOUBLES... Aside from junior Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.), who leads the team with 10 double-doubles, Friar sophomore Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) and freshman Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) are the only other players on the roster to record a double-double this season. Iiskola tallied 19 points and 10 rebounds vs. UMass Lowell (11/9). Beal scored 13 points and dished a career-high 13 assists against Butler (1/28). She is the third player in the BIG EAST this season to record a double-double by virtue of points and assists, and the only one to do it during regular-season league play. 20-POINT GAMES... Four Friars have recorded 20+ points in the scoring column this season. Junior guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) leads the team with eight 20+ point games. Junior forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) is second on the team with five, while freshman point guard Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) has hit 20+ points three times. Junior guard Karin Robinson (Jamaica, N.Y.) has scored 20+ points twice. Rule is tied for fourth in the BIG EAST in 20-point games, while Harris ranks ninth.
TAKING CARE OF THE BALL... The Friars matched their season low in turnovers (six) on Feb. 15 vs. Creighton. Providence also committed just six miscues vs. Villanova on Feb. 5.
SARAH BEAL TABBED BIG EAST FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK... Sarah Beal was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week on January 27. Beal became the first Friar since Chelsea Marandola `10 to earn Freshman of the Week accolades, dating back to December 26, 2005. Beal averaged 18.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.0 steal in two games the previous week for the Friars. She opened the week with a career-high 27 points against Marquette (Jan. 21), making 8-of-15 attempts from the field and sinking 10-of-12 free throws. She also added four assists, three rebounds and two steals. Beal closed the week with 10 points, five assists and four rebounds against Seton Hall (Jan. 25). Beal also has been named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll this season (Feb. 3).
ALEXIS HARRIS NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL FOR FIFTH TIME... Junior forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the fifth time this season on January 27. The previous week, Harris averaged 22.5 points, 11.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in two games last week, shooting 60.7-percent from the field and 73.3-percent from the free-throw line. She started the week with 15 points and nine rebounds against Marquette (Jan. 21). Harris followed with 30 points against Seton Hall on Jan. 25. She hit 11-of-14 attempts from the field and 8-of-11 free throws. Harris added 13 rebounds to secure a double-double, in addition to matching her career high in assists (four).
TORI RULE NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... Providence College junior guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, January 20, for her performance the previous week vs. Georgetown and Xavier. Rule averaged 18.5 points and 4.0 rebounds last week, shooting 7-of-13 from three-point territory (53.8-percent). Rule notched 19 points in a victory over Georgetown on Jan. 15 and followed with a game-high 18 points against Xavier on Jan. 18. The Friars' victory over Georgetown snapped a streak of 12-straight losses to the Hoyas. Rule has earned BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll recognition three times on the year (12/9, 12/30 and 1/20). She also was named BIG EAST Player of the Week on November 25, and was one of 10 players named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team in October.
20+ ASSISTS... The Friars have dished 20+ assists in four games this season, heading into Saturday's match-up against Xavier. Prior to this season, the Friars played 81-straight games without reaching 20 assists. The last time Providence recorded 20+ assists in a game, prior to the 2013-14 season, dates back to December 1, 2010. On that day, PC recorded 20 assists vs. Yale.
FRIARS' 28 ASSISTS VS. BRYANT ARE THE MOST IN A SINGLE GAME SINCE JANUARY 21, 1998... The Friars recorded 28 assists during their victory against Bryant on November 12. It marks the most assists in a single game for Providence since January 21, 1998. On that day, Providence dished 29 assists in a 103-92 loss to West Virginia. Providence has dished 20+ assists in four of its 26 games this season.
FRIARS RECORD 100+ POINTS IN BACK-TO-BACK GAMES... The Friars scored 100+ points in back-to-back games to start the season. The last time Providence scored 100+ points in back-to-back games was during the 1993-94 season. The Friars' 109 points against UMass Lowell and 104 points against Bryant mark the 48th and 49th, 100-point games in program history (1,131 games all-time).
FRIARS' 38 FIELD GOALS MADE VS. UMASS LOWELL ARE MOST SINCE FEBRUARY 10, 2007... The Friars connected on 38-of-79 attempts from the field in their season-opening victory against UMass Lowell on November 9. It marks the most field goals made in a single game since February 10, 2007 against St. John's. On that day, the Friars hit 38-of-79 attempts from the floor in a 93-77 victory.
FRIARS HIT 17 THREE-POINT BUCKETS IN WIN OVER BRYANT... The Friars hit 17-of-33 (51.5-percent) attempts from three-point range in a 104-67 victory over Bryant on November 12. The Friars' 17 three-pointers are the most by Providence in a single game, using statistics available beginning with the 1996-97 season. The NCAA introduced the three-point line during the 1986-87 season.
FRIARS' 109 POINTS MOST SINCE JANUARY 3, 1992... The Friars' 109 points vs. UMass Lowell are the most scored by the team since January 3, 1992. On that day, the Friars defeated Pittsburgh, 109-90, in Providence, R.I. Earlier that same season, Providence notched 116 points in a victory over Ball State on November 30 (116-80). THE LAST TIME PROVIDENCE HIT TRIPLE DIGITS PRIOR TO 2013-14 SEASON... The last time Providence scored 100+ points in a game, prior to the 2013-14 season, was on January 3, 2007. The Friars defeated Louisville, 106-94, in double-overtime.
LAST TIME PROVIDENCE SCORED 100+ POINT IN A GAME OF REGULATION LENGTH PRIOR TO 2013-14 SEASON... The last time Providence scored 100+ points in a game of regulation length (40 minutes), prior to 2013-14 season, dates back to December 30, 1998. On that day, Providence defeated West Virginia, 100-95, in Providence, R.I.
FRIARS RECORD LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY SINCE 1997... The Friars 37-point victory over Bryant on November 12 (104-67), marks the largest margin of victory for the Friars since defeating Puerto Rico, 88-45 (+43), on November 28, 1997 at the San Juan Shoot-out in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
FRIARS' 65 REBOUNDS VS. UMASS LOWELL TIES PROVIDENCE COLLEGE SINGLE-GAME RECORD... The Friars recorded 65 rebounds against UMass Lowell on November 9. The Friars' 65 boards ties the program record for rebounds in a single-game at Providence College. Last season, the Friars recorded 65 rebounds against Villanova (1/23/13). FRIARS CELEBRATE 40th SEASON OF WOMEN'S BASKETBALL AT PROVIDENCE COLLEGE... The 2013-14 campaign marks the 40th season of women's basketball at Providence College, which coincides with the start of a new era of BIG EAST Conference basketball. The program's first season of "varsity" competition was during the 1974-75 season, under the direction of Head Coach Kay McDonald. Providence finished its inaugural season with a 9-4 overall record.
WBCA JUNIOR/COMMUNITY COLLEGE COACHES' ALL-AMERICAN KARIN ROBINSON JOINS FRIARS FOR 2013-14 SEASON... Junior Karin Robinson (Jamaica, N.Y.) joins the Friars for her first season of NCAA Division I women's basketball after spending the last two seasons at the community college level. She began her career at Coffeyville Community College (2011-12), and played the 2012-13 season at Monroe Community College. Robinson averaged 10.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 3.1 steals per game at Monroe CC and was one of just 10 players named to the 2013 WBCA Junior/Community College All-America Team. This season, Robinson is averaging 8.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steal per game. Robinson has played in 23 of the Friars' 26 games (missed three games due to injury). She scored a career-high 23 points against Butler on January 1 in her BIG EAST debut, and recently scored 21 points vs. St. John's on February 8. She has scored double figures in three of the Friars' last four games.
TRANSFER SHEQUANA HARRIS TO SIT OUT AFTER PLAYING 2012-13 SEASON AT CHARLOTTE... Sophomore Shequana Harris (Bronx, N.Y.) will sit out the 2013-14 season due to NCAA transfer rules. Harris played the 2012-13 season at Charlotte and enrolled at Providence College this past summer. While at Charlotte, Harris saw action in 17 games as a freshman and averaged 1.7 points per game. Prior to college, she attended Murry Bergtraum High School in New York, where she was named 2012 New York City Player of the Year by the New York Post. She also was rated as a three-star recruit by ESPN/Hoopgurlz as a senior.
FOX SPORTS 1... The Friars have played two games on national television this season. FOX Sports 1, which reaches 90-million homes across the United States, picked up the Friars' game vs. Boston College on December 29 and Providence's BIG EAST tilt against St. John's on February 8.
WOON 1240 AM... The Friars have five games broadcast, locally, on WOON 1240 AM this season; vs. Bryant (11/12), at Rhode Island (12/21), at Xavier (1/18), at St. John's (2/8) and at Seton Hall (2/18). Audio coverage of all games (home and away) will be available via the internet at www.Friars.com. In addition to the audio coverage, all home games (with the exception of televised contests) will feature live streaming video.
WHAT'S NEXT... Providence will face Georgetown on Saturday, March 1 at 3:00 p.m. The game will be played at McDonough Arena in Washington, D.C. Providence returns to Alumni Hall for its regular season finale on Monday, March 3 vs. St. John's The game is scheduled to tip-off at 7:00 p.m. The BIG EAST Women's Basketball Championship will be played in Chicago, Ill. March 8-11.
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