FRIARS WRAP UP REGULAR-SEASON SCHEDULE ON THE ROAD... Providence will wrap up the regular-season schedule with a pair of road games against Butler and Xavier this weekend. The Friars head to Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. to face Butler on Friday, Feb. 24 at 7:00 p.m. Providence remains on the road to take on Xavier at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 11:30 a.m. Both games will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network via FOX Sports GO.
ALL-TIME VS. BUTLER... Providence and Butler have met seven times during the history of the two women’s basketball programs. The Bulldogs lead the series, 6-1, but the Friars earned a 68-51 victory in the most recent meeting between the two teams on Dec. 30.
AT HINKLE FIELDHOUSE... The Friars and Bulldogs have met three times at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. Butler holds a 3-0 edge against Providence on its home court. Two of the three meetings between the Friars and Bulldogs at Hinkle were decided by five points or less.
FRIARS HALT NINE-GAME SKID AGAINST SETON HALL... The Providence College women’s basketball team is coming off of a 74-57 victory against Seton Hall (Feb. 19). Prior to the win, Providence had lost nine-straight games to the Pirates. The Friars’ last victory over Seton Hall dates back to Feb. 11, 2012. On that day, Providence defeated SHU, 62-47.
GAME RECAP VS. SETON HALL... Providence College earned a 74-57 victory over Seton Hall on Feb. 19 to cap off the program’s senior day celebration, which honored Sarah Beal and Aliyah Miller. Yoyo Nogic led four Friars in double-figures with 19 points. The Friars trailed by as many as seven points early in the first quarter (9-2), before cutting the deficit to two (11-9) with 4:39 on the clock. Seton Hall thwarted the Friars’ threat and pushed its lead back out to seven after the opening 10 minutes of play (20-13). The Friars opened the second quarter with a three from Clara Che and it set the Friars off on an 8-1 run to make it a tie game (21-21) with 7:07 on the clock. Seton Hall held its ground with a 7-2 scoring edge to take a 28-23 lead at the 3:27 mark. Providence finished the second quarter on a 12-3 run to post a 35-31 lead at halftime. Che ended the quarter just as she had started it, hitting a long-distance three-point effort as time expired. Allegra Botteghi tallied 12 first-half points to lead Providence to a 35-31 lead at halftime. In the third quarter, Seton Hall cut the deficit to one (37-36) with 7:22 on the clock. Che responded for the Friars with a three-pointer, which bumped PC’s lead to four (40-36). SHU followed with a pair of Lubirdia Gordon free-throws during its next possession, to get the Pirates within two (40-38) at the 6:10 mark of the quarter. From there, Providence went on a 10-0 run capped by a Maddie Jolin three-point bucket to take a 50-38 advantage on the scoreboard with 3:31 left in the third. Seton Hall crept back into the picture to make it a five-point game (52-47) with 9:43 left in the fourth and final frame, but Providence answered the call, once again, with a 13-0 run to take a 65-47 lead and forced a Pirate timeout with 7:11 on the clock. Seton Hall was unable to close the gap down the stretch, as the Pirates held a slim 10-9 scoring advantage to close the game. Botteghi finished the day with 14 points, followed by a 13-point effort by Che. Jolin rounded out the double-digit scorers with 12 points. Freshman Ny’Dajah Jackson added five points and a career-high 12 rebounds. Five of her 12 boards came off of the offensive glass. Beal finished with eight points, five rebounds and a game-high six assists.
FRIARS POSTED 17-POINT MARGIN OF VICTORY AGAINST BUTLER AND MOST RECENTLY AGAINST SETON HALL... The Friars’ 17-point margin of victory over Butler (61-58) on Dec. 30 marks the largest for Providence during BIG EAST Conference regular-season play since defeating Pittsburgh by 20 (91-71) on Feb. 20, 1999. In Providence’s most recent game against Seton Hall on Feb. 19, the Friars defeated the Pirates by a margin of 17 points (74-57).
HIGHEST FIELD-GOAL PERCENTAGE IN BIG EAST PLAY SINCE 2009-10 SEASON... The Friars shot 52.2-percent from the field in their victory over Butler on Dec. 30, hitting 24-46 shot attempts from the floor. It marks the highest field-goal percentage in BIG EAST regular-season play for Providence since shooting 55.6-percent against then-No. 24/18 Georgetown on Jan. 10, 2010 (25-45).
FRIARS SHOT SEASON-BEST 53.8-PERCENT FROM THREE-POINT TERRITORY AGAINST BUTLER... Providence shot a season-high 53.8-percent (7-13) from three-point territory against Butler on Dec. 30. The Friars’ hot-shooting against the Bulldogs came on the heels of shooting a season-low 13.6-percent (3-22) in their previous game against Xavier on Dec. 28. Yoyo Nogic paced the Friars from beyond the arc against Butler, hitting 5-7 attempts from long range. Maddie Jolin knocked down 2-3 three-point attempts vs. the Bulldogs.
NOGIC SETS PROVIDENCE COLLEGE SINGLE-SEASON THREE-POINT RECORD... Yoyo Nogic set the Providence College single-season record for three-pointers on Sunday, Feb. 19 in the Friars’ game against Seton Hall. Nogic needed just two triples to set the mark, previously held by Julie Wheeler ‘98 (82 during 1994-95). Nogic finished the game against Seton Hall 4-of-5 from three-point territory and now owns 85 threes on the season, with two regular-season games remaining on the schedule.
THREE-POINTERS IN BIG EAST PLAY... Yoyo Nogic has hit a league best 53 three-point buckets during BIG EAST Conference regular-season play, with two games remaining. Villanova’s Adrianna Hahn is second (50). They are two of just five players to hit 50+ three-pointers during league play since realignment.
STREAKING... Yoyo Nogic leads the Friars with 22 double-digit scoring games and is in the midst of a nine-game double-digit scoring streak. It marks the longest double-digit scoring streak of her career. Her previous career high for consecutive double-digit games was four, which she achieved on four occasions.
PROVIDENCE COLLEGE RANKS 11TH IN THE NATION IN THREE-POINT PERCENTAGE... Providence leads the BIG EAST and ranks 11th in the nation in three-point field-goal percentage (0.385, 173-449). During BIG EAST Conference regular-season play, the Friars are shooting a league-best 36.5-percent from beyond the arc (97-266).
TRIPLE THREAT... Three Friars have led the charge from three-point territory in Yoyo Nogic, Clara Che and Maddie Jolin. The trio have combined to shoot 41.4-percent from deep (164-396).
HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE... Providence College enters the weekend shooting 38.5-percent from three-point territory. It marks the highest three-point percentage in program history. The current record for three-point shooting percentage at Providence was set during the 1991-92 season. The Friars shot 36.0-percent from deep that year (146-406).
MORE FROM THREE... The Friars’ 173 three-point field goals mark the sixth-highest total in program history. The Friars’ need three more three-point field goals to take sole possession of fifth place on the all-time list. Providence’s 173 are the most in a single-season since 2009-10, when the team made 190.
ALL-TIME SINGLE-SEASON THREE-POINTERS MADE...
HELPING HANDS... Clara Che (82) and Sarah Beal (80) have combined to hand out 162 of the Friars’ 318 assists this season, marking 51-percent of the team’s assist total. Che ranks 15th in the BIG EAST in assists and 13th in assist to turnover ratio (1.5).
CLARA CHE SHOWING ABILITY TO SCORE EFFICIENTLY DOWN THE STRETCH... Despite the face that Clara Che has recorded the fewest shot attempts among the Friars’ primary six-player rotation (162), she is shooting a efficient, team-best of 45.1-percent from the field (73-162). Che is shooting 40.9-percent from three-point territory (38-93) overall this season, but has hit a blistering 54.2-percent of her three-point attempts over the last nine games (19-35).
BEAL IMPACTS ALL FACETS OF THE GAME... Sarah Beal has put together an impressive stat line through the Friars’ 27 games. She ranks second among her teammates in scoring (12.7 ppg), assists (2.96 apg) and steals (1.04 spg) and third in rebounding (4.9 rpg). Beal is shooting a career-best 44.7-percent from the floor (142-318), marking the first time in her career she has put together a season over 40-percent from the field. She has reached double figures in 18 games, including four 20+ point games. All four 20+ point games came during BIG EAST regular-season play.
SARAH BEAL RANKS 9TH ALL-TIME IN CAREER ASSISTS... Sarah Beal has recorded 80 assists this season and owns 375 dimes during her career. Her 375 assists rank ninth on the Friars’ all-time list. Beal is looking upward at Julie Wheeler ‘98, who ranks eighth all-time with 393 assists.
1,000 AND COUNTING... Sarah Beal became the 33rd player in program history to reach the 1,000-point career milestone on Jan. 4, 2017 when the Friars faced Marquette. Beal entered the game needing 21 points and finished with 24 to achieve the feat. Heading into the final weekend of regular-season play, Beal ranks 21st on the Friars’ all-time career scoring list with 1,142 points. Mi-Khida Hankins ‘11 is ranked 20th on the list with 1,190 points (2007-11).
GETTING OFF TO A GOOD START... The Friars are 8-3 this season when leading their opponent at halftime. Providence is 2-12 on the year when trailing at halftime and 1-1 when tied at with their opponent at the break.
LOOKING TO FINISH IN CLOSE GAMES... The Friars enter the weekend with an 11-16 overall record. Eleven of the Friars’ 16 losses have been decided by 10 points or less. Providence is 3-11 this season in games decided by 10 points or less, including a 2-7 mark in games decided by five points or less. In BIG EAST play, eight of the Friars’ 13 losses have been decided by 10 points or less.
BALL SECURITY... Providence is 8-1 this season when it commits fewer turnovers than its opponent, including a 2-0 mark in BIG EAST Conference regular-season play. In both BIG EAST wins, the Friars posted 10 or fewer turnovers.
DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORERS... Seven of the 13 players on the roster who have seen game action have hit double digits in the scoring column at least once through 27 games. Yoyo Nogic leads the Friars with 22 double-digit scoring games. Sarah Beal has reached double figures 18 times. Allegra Botteghi and Maddie Jolin have each scored in double figures 11 times.
20/20... Yoyo Nogic and Sarah Beal have each scored 20+ points in a game four times this season. Each of Beal’s 20+ point efforts have come during BIG EAST play, including a season-high 25 points against Marquette on Jan. 27. Nogic tallied a career-best 27 points in that same game vs. the Golden Eagles.
DOUBLE TROUBLE... Three Friars have recorded double-doubles this season through 27 games. Senior forward Aliyah Miller recorded her first double-double of the season, and third of her career, in a 77-65 victory at Hartford on Nov. 22. She tallied 10 points and 10 rebounds vs. the Hawks. On Nov. 27, junior Allegra Botteghi notched her first double-double of the season, and third of her career, in a 75-59 victory over Miami (OH). She registered 14 points and 12 rebounds vs. the RedHawks. Sarah Beal picked up her first double-double of the season, and fourth of her career, on Feb. 3 against Georgetown (24 points / 11 rebounds).
FRIARS COMPLETE NON-CONFERENCE PLAY WITH 8-3 RECORD... The Friars finished non-conference play with a 62-58 victory over Monmouth on Dec. 21. The Friars posted an 8-3 record during the non-conference portion of it’s schedule, marking the most victories in non-conference play since going 8-6 during the 2011-12 campaign.
FRIARS HAUL IN SEASON-HIGH 47 REBOUNDS VS. MONMOUTH... The Friars recorded a season-high 47 rebounds in their victory over Monmouth (62-58) on Dec. 21. Providence’s 18 offensive rebounds in the game also marked a season high. Brianna Frias and Allegra Botteghi each collected a game-high nine rebounds. Frias’ nine boards marked a career high. She had collected a total of 10 rebounds in the previous six games she played leading up to the Monmouth game. Maddie Jolin and Aliyah Miller recorded eight and seven rebounds, respectively.
SARAH BEAL NAMED BIG EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK... Sarah Beal was named BIG EAST Player of the Week on Jan. 30. It marked the first time in her career that she has earned the league’s Player of the Week honor. Beal had been previously named to the BIG EAST Week Honor Roll eight times during her career, including three times in 2016-17 (11/14, 11/21 and 12/26). She averaged 20.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists last week in games vs. Marquette and No 21/19 DePaul. Against Marquette, who is receiving votes in the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Polls, Beal tallied a season-high 25 points on 11-18 shooting from the field (.611). Her 11 field goals tied her career high and she also tallied six rebounds and five assists. Beal scored eight of the Friars’ 16 points in the fourth quarter to lift the Friars to a 66-64 victory. On Jan. 29 against nationally-ranked DePaul, Beal tallied a team-high 15 points and added nine rebounds, three assists and one steal.
SARAH BEAL NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... Sarah Beal was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, Dec. 26. It marked the third time this season that Beal had been recognized on the honor roll, and the eighth time in her career. In the Friars’ only game the previous week, Beal led the team with a season-high 19 points in a 62-58 victory over Monmouth. She shot 5-10 from the field (0.500) and 9-11 from the free-throw line (0.818). Beal also grabbed four rebounds and tallied one assist, one blocked shot and one steal.
MADDIE JOLIN NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... Sophomore Maddie Jolin was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Nov. 28, marking the first league honor of her career. Jolin averaged 14.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game as the Friars posted three victories over Hartford, UNCW and Miami (OH). She shot 50-percent from the floor (14-28), including 7-14 shooting from three-point range (50-percent). Jolin also converted 9-12 free throws (75-percent). She reached double figures in the scoring column in all three games. She narrowly missed her first career double-double against Hartford on Nov. 22 with 16 points and a career-high nine rebounds. She posted 17 points against UNCW on Nov. 26 as she hit 6-8 shots from the field, including a 6-8 effort from beyond the arc.
FRIARS OPENED SEASON WITH SEVEN-STRAIGHT WINS... The Friars opened the 2016-17 season with seven-straight victories. It marked the first 7-0 start for Providence since the 1990-91 season, when the team also started the year 7-0.
SIX-STRAIGHT DOUBLE-DIGIT VICTORIES... Prior to the Friars’ loss to Brown on Dec. 4, the Friars recorded six-straight victories - all of which were decided by double figures. The last time the program recorded six-consecutive wins in double figures dates back to the 1990-91 campaign. During that season, the Friars also reeled off six-straight wins decided by double figures against Villanova (+27), Iona (+45), Seton Hall (+24), Pittsburgh (+11), Georgetown (+14) and Boston College (+29).
FOUR-STRAIGHT ROAD VICTORIES... The Friars logged four-consecutive wins on the road prior to their loss to Brown on Dec. 4. Providence defeated Hartford (77-65), UNCW (65-49), Miami (OH) (75-59) and Bryant (62-51). The last time Providence won four-consecutive games away from home was during the 1991-92 campaign against Villanova (82-80, 2OT), Pittsburgh (91-83), Georgetown (89-88) and St. John’s (82-79).
FRIARS OVERCOME LARGEST HALFTIME DEFICIT SINCE 2012-13 SEASON TO EARN VICTORY... On Nov. 19, the Friars rallied from a 10-point deficit at halftime (41-31) to defeat Binghamton, 71-58. It marks the largest halftime deficit that the Friars have rallied back from to earn a win since Jan. 23, 2013. That day, Providence trailed then-ranked No. 25 Villanova, 29-10, at halftime (-19) and battled back to earn a 65-60 victory in overtime.
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY SINCE 2013... The Friars defeated North Dakota State, 86-63, on Nov. 16 in Providence, R.I. It marked Providence’s largest margin of victory (+23) since Nov. 20, 2013, when it defeated Hartford by 26 points (79-53).
OLIVIA ORLANDO SIGNS NLI TO ATTEND PROVIDENCE COLLEGE... Providence College women’s basketball Head Coach Jim Crowley announced on Nov. 10 that Olivia Orlando (Winthrop, Mass.) has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the College beginning in the Fall of 2017. Orlando is the first student-athlete to sign a NLI to attend Providence College and play for Crowley, as he embarks on his first season as the program’s head coach in 2016-17. Orlando, a 5-foot, 10-inch, guard, currently attends Tilton School, where she is coached by Tara Brisson. Orlando enters the 2016-17 campaign with 920 career points and is on track to become the program’s all-time leading scorer by season’s end (1,104 points). During her three seasons at Tilton School, she has averaged a double-double with 14.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. Orlando is a three-time Lakes Region All-Star and NEPSAC All-Star (2014-16). She also has earned NEPSAC Championship Game Most Valuable Player honors during her career, in addition to Blackburn Tournament MVP recognition and Nickerson Tournament All-Tournament Team honors. While with the program, Tilton School has compiled a 65-12 overall record, including an impressive 40-3 mark at home. Orlando, a three-year captain, has helped guide Tilton School to three-consecutive Lakes Region Championships and two NEPSAC titles.
DORIS BURKE ‘87 JERSEY RETIREMENT... On Saturday, Feb. 11, Providence College honored six of its all-time greatest athletes. Former Friar men’s basketball players Otis Thorpe ‘84 and the late Bruce “Soup” Campbell ’78 and women’s basketball player Doris Burke ’87, as well as hockey greats Lou Lamoriello ‘63, Ron Wilson ‘77 and Cammi Granato ’93 all were recognized as they joined the Friar Legends Forever Tradition. The six individuals were honored during a halftime ceremony at the men’s basketball game vs. Butler on Feb. 11. Following the game, the Athletic Department held a dinner to honor the group 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 in their sport and he/she must have received national recognition during his/her career at Providence. Burke became the fourth player in Providence College women’s basketball history to be honored, and the fifth 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. Most recently, Andrea Mangum ’90 joined the Friar Legends in 2015. Burke (formerly Sable) was a member of the women’s basketball team from 1983-87. Burke led the Friars in assists during three of her four seasons with the program and finished her career with 602 handouts. Burke is ranked second all-time at PC in career assists and also ranks 10th all-time in career scoring (1,372 points). She was a three-time All-BIG EAST selection, including a member of the First Team as a senior in 1987. She also was honored as a KODAK District 1 All-America selection. Burke has since been inducted into the Providence College Athletics Hall of Fame. Professionally, Burke is widely known as a pioneer in the world of television sports broadcasting. She is a versatile commentator who works a variety of ESPN assignments, including the NBA, women’s college basketball regular-season and NCAA Championship, men’s college basketball regular season and Championship Week, in addition to assignments for other ESPN properties. Since 2003, Burke has taken on additional roles and assignments for NBA coverage, including sideline reporter and game analyst during select ESPN NBA telecasts. She also serves as a sideline reporter for NBA playoff games and the NBA Finals on ABC.
WHAT’S NEXT... Providence remains on the road to face Xavier in the 2016-17 regular-season finale. The game will be played at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio and is scheduled to tip-off at 11:30 a.m. to accommodate a double-header with the Xavier men’s basketball team. The match-up will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network via FOX Sports GO.
BIG EAST TOURNAMENT... The 2017 BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Tournament, presented by Jeep, will be played at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee, Wis. on March 4-7. Providence will play in one of two First Round games on March 4. Depending on the Friars’ seed, they will either play at 5:00 p.m. ET or 7:30 p.m. ET. The other three teams who are locked into a First Round game during the tournament are: Butler, Seton Hall and Xavier. An official tournament bracket will be released by the BIG EAST on Sunday upon conclusion of regular-season play.
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