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FRIARS FINISH OFF REGULAR-SEASON SCHEDULE ON THE ROAD... Providence will conclude its regular-season schedule on the road against Villanova and Georgetown. On Friday, Feb. 23, Providence will travel to Villanova, Pa. to take on the Wildcats at 7:00 p.m. in Jake Nevin Field House. The Friars wrap up the schedule against Georgetown in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 2:00 p.m. in McDonough Arena.
TUNE-IN... Each of the Friars’ games this weekend against Villanova and Georgetown 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.
FAMILIAR FOE... The Friars have played the Wildcats 72 times during the history of the two women’s basketball programs. It marks the most games vs. any opponent in program history.
PROVIDENCE VS. VILLANOVA ALL-TIME... Villanova leads the all-time series vs. Providence, 46-26. The Wildcats have earned victories in nine of the last 10 regular-season games, including each of the last six.
THE LAST TIME PROVIDENCE DEFEATED VILLANOVA... The Friars last defeated Villanova on Dec. 3, 2014. On that day, the Friars secured a 51-49 victory at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I.
FIRST MEETING AT JAKE NEVIN FIELD HOUSE SINCE 1986... Providence and Villanova last met at Jake Nevin Field House on Jan. 4, 1986. The Wildcats earned a 63-61 victory on that day. The Friars are 0-3 all-time against Villanova in games played at Jake Nevin Field House.
FRIARS DEFEAT XAVIER FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2013-14 SEASON... Providence earned a 69-48 victory over Xavier on Feb. 18 in Providence, R.I. It marked the Friars’ first victory over the Musketeers since Feb. 22, 2014, when Providence earned a 61-59 victory at Alumni Hall. Leading into the most recent meeting, Xavier had won second-straight games against Providence.
FRIARS SHOOT 92.3-PERCENT FROM THE FIELD IN FIRST QUARTER IN VICTORY OVER XAVIER... Providence defeated Xavier, 69-48, on Feb. 18 in Providence, R.I. The Friars took control right from the start as they hit 12 of 13 shots in the first quarter (92.3-percent) to gain a 28-6 lead after the opening 10 minutes of play. In the wire-to-wire victory, Providence led by as many as 26 points (37-11) with 6:11 remaining in the second quarter. Xavier never threatened, getting on as close as 15 points (55-40) at the 8:00 minute mark of the fourth quarter, but Providence bounced its lead back to 21 (63-42) with an 8-2 run. Jovana Nogic led all scorers with 25 points. It marked her 10th, 20+ point game of the season, as she connected on 10 of 17 attempts from the field, including 3-7 from beyond the arc. Nogic also contributed five rebounds, three assists, one blocked shot and one steal. Maddie Jolin recorded the second double-double of her college career on 11 points and 10 boards. She hit 4-7 shots from the floor, including 3-5 from three-point territory, and dished three assists. Freshman Chanell Williams (Bronx, N.Y.) rounded out the list of Friars in double figures with 13 points and chipped in four boards and a game-high four assists. Providence shot 56.9-percent from the field in the game (29-51), marking the second-highest shooting percentage of the season for the Friars. Providence also excelled beyond the arc, hitting 8-16 attempts from downtown (50.0-percent).
FRIARS HOLD 6-2 RECORD WHEN SHOOTING 50-PERCENT OR BETTER FROM THE FIELD... The Friars have shot 50-percent or better from the field in eight games this season. Providence has compiled a 6-2 record in those games, with both of its losses coming against Creighton. Most recently, the Friars shot 56.9-percent (29-51) from the field against Xavier, marking their second-highest shooting percentage of the season en route to a 69-48 win.
JOVANA NOGIC NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... Jovana Nogic was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, Feb. 19. It marked the third time this season that Nogic earned a spot on the honor roll (Jan. 29, Feb. 18). Earlier this season she also was named BIG EAST Player of the Week on Nov. 27. Last week, Nogic averaged 17.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. In Providence’s victory over Xavier on Feb. 18, she netted a game-high 25 points on 10-17 shooting from the field. She also added five rebounds, three assists, one blocked shot and one steal in 38 minutes of action.
CLOSING IN ON 500 POINTS... During the 2017-18 season, Jovana Nogic has tallied a career-best 481 points with two regular-season games, and a minimum of one BIG EAST tournament game, remaining on the schedule. She needs just 19 points to become the first Friar to record 500+ points in a single-season since Chelsea Marandola (613) during the 2009-10 campaign.
NOGIC CRACKS TOP-20 ON FRIARS’ ALL-TIME SCORING LIST... On Feb. 18, junior Jovana Nogic tallied 25 points against Xavier and jumped two spots on the Friars’ all-time career scoring list into 20th place. She enters the final weekend of regular-season play with 1,192 career points (13.7 ppg). Nogic became the 34th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point milestone on Jan. 10, 2018 vs. Marquette, as she nailed a three-point bucket just 1:38 into the game.
MADDIE JOLIN RECORDS SECOND CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE... Junior Maddie Jolin recorded the second double-double of her collegiate career on Sunday, Feb. 18 against Xavier with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Jolin’s first double-double also came against Xavier (18 points / 10 rebounds) on Feb. 26, 2017.
MADDIE JOLIN HAULS IN CAREER-BEST 18 REBOUNDS AGAINST CREIGHTON... 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.
ANDREA 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 10TH 20+ POINT GAME OF THE SEASON... Jovana Nogic tallied a game-high 25 points against Xavier on Feb. 18, marking her 10th 20+ point game of the season (17th of her career). She shot 10-17 from the field (.588), including 3-7 from three-point territory (.429).
NOGIC IS TIED FOR THIRD IN BIG EAST IN 20-POINT GAMES... Jovana Nogic has recorded 10, 20-point games this season and is tied for third in the BIG EAST, with Whitney Jennings (Butler), in 20-point games. Allazia Blockton (Marquette) owns a league-best 12, 20-point performances, followed by Dionna White (Georgetown), who has 11.
FRIARS LEAD THE BIG EAST AND RANK 10TH IN THE NATION IN THREE-POINT PERCENTAGE... Providence College leads the BIG EAST Conference and ranks 10th in the nation (NCAA Division I) in three-point field goal percentage (.392), having converted 176 of 449 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.
DOUBLE-DIGIT WINS... The Friars have recorded double-digits wins in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2010-11 and 2011-12. Providence heads into the weekend with a 10-18 overall record. Last season, the Friars finished the year with a 12-18 mark.
BULK OF THE OFFENSE... Maddie Jolin and Jovana Nogic have either scored and/or assisted on 370 of the Friars’ 6363 made field goals this season, which is 58.2-percent of the team’s production.
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 95.2-percent from the foul line (80-84). 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 92.6-percent of her attempts at the line (138-149). 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. This season, Nogic is 79-184 from beyond the arc (.407).
NEARING CAREER RECORD FOR THREE POINTERS... The Providence College record for three-pointers made in a career was set by Julie Wheeler ‘98, with 252, in 101 games (1994-98). Current junior guard Jovana Nogic has hit 222-539 attempts from three-point territory (.412). While it is unlikely she will hit the mark this season, Nogic is currently averaging 74 three pointers per season.
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 (222-539). 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 and Maddie Jolin are the only Friars to record a double-double this season. Franklin and Jolin (2) join Allegra Botteghi (4) as the only active players on the current roster to record a double-double in their careers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 will travel to Washington, D.C. to face Georgetown in their regular-season finale on Sunday, Feb. 25 at Noon. The game will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) via FOX Sports Go.
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