PROVIDENCE COLLEGE CLOSES REGULAR-SEASON SCHEDULE ON THE ROAD... The Providence College women’s basketball team concludes its 2015-16 regular-season schedule with back-to-back road games at St. John’s and Seton Hall. The Friars will face the Red Storm on Friday, Feb. 26 at 11:00 a.m. in Queens, N.Y., followed by a 6:00 p.m. match-up against Seton Hall on Sunday, Feb. 28 in South Orange, N.J.
BIG EAST DIGITAL NETWORK... The Friars’ games vs. St. John’s and Seton Hall will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) via FOX Sports Go. Viewers may download the FOX Sports GO app on a mobile device or tablet, or simply navigate to www.FOXSportsGO.com to catch the action.
FRIARS VS. RED STORM ALL-TIME... Providence and St. John’s have met 63 times during the history of the two women’s basketball programs. The Red Storm lead the all-time series, 37-26. St. John’s has claimed victory in 16 of the last 17 meetings between the two teams, including each of the last 11 games.
PROVIDENCE VS. ST. JOHN’S ALL-TIME AT CARNESECCA ARENA... Providence and St. John’s have met at Carnesecca Arena 29 times during the series. The Redstorm hold a 16-13 advantage in those games, including victories in the last four meetings at the venue.
THE LAST TIME PROVIDENCE DEFEATED ST. JOHN’S... Providence last defeated St. John’s on Feb. 7, 2007. On that day, the Friars claimed a 93-77 victory at Carnesecca Arena in Queens, N.Y. At the time, the victory evened the all-time series, 26-26. Since then, St. John’s has reeled off 11-consecutive victories.
THE MOST RECENT MEETING... Providence fell to St. John’s, 80-61, on Dec. 31 in Providence, R.I. BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year Aliyyah Handford led all scorers for St. John’s with 23 points. Freshman Clara Che (Valencia, Spain) paced the Friars with a career-high 15 points. St. John’s used a 13-2 run to take a 23-16 lead with 7:36 remaining on the clock in the second quarter to force a Friar timeout. When play resumed, Providence went a 9-1 run to take a 25-24 lead (5:32). At the 4:15 mark, SJU’s Jade Walker cashed in on a lay-up to give her squad a 26-25 advantage, and eventually carried a 34-31 lead into the locker room at halftime. St. John’s took control of the game with a 24-9 scoring advantage in the third quarter and never looked back. The Red Storm led by as many as 25 points with 6:29 remaining in the game. The Red Storm shot a season-high 58.5-percent from the floor (31-53), while Providence checked in at 38.3-percent (22-57). The Friars committed 20 turnovers and the Red Storm earned a 25-16 scoring advantage off of those miscues. Joining Che in double figures or Providence was senior Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland), with 10 points. Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) contributed eight points and a game-high six rebounds. The Friars out-rebounded St. John’s, 34-27.
YOYO NOGIC NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... Jovana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic (Lisbon, Portugal) was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Feb. 22 for her performance in games vs. No. 21/19 DePaul (Feb. 19) and Marquette (Feb. 21). During the two-game span, Nogic averaged 19.5 points and dished 4.0 assists per game, while shooting 60-percent from the field (15-25), and 53.8-percent from three-point range (7-13). It marks the first time Nogic has earned weekly honors from the league. On Feb. 19, Nogic hit the 20-point plateau for the second time this season, and first time in BIG EAST Conference play, with 20 points vs. nationally-ranked DePaul. She shot a blistering 81.8-percent from the field (9-11), including 2-3 attempts from three-point territory. Nogic also added one rebound and one assist in 24 minutes of action off the bench. Nogic followed with 19 points, seven assists and one steal vs. Marquette on Feb. 21. Her seven assists matched her career high, previously set against Monmouth on Nov. 28. Nogic hit 6-14 attempts from the field overall (.429), including a 5-10 showing from beyond the three-point arc (.500). Her five three-pointers marked her second-highest total of the season overall, and the most vs. a BIG EAST Conference opponent. Earlier this season, she knocked down six three-point buckets vs. Hartford on Nov. 25.
FIVE FRIARS SCORE IN DOUBLE FIGURES VS. MARQUETTE... Five Friars tallied double figures in the scoring column vs. Marquette on Feb. 21. Jovana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic led the way with 19 points, followed by Sarah Beal (16), Allegra Botteghi (15), Evi Iiskola (13) and Maddie Jolin (12). The last time Providence had five players in double figures during a game dates back to the 2013-14 season. On Feb. 18, 2014, Alexis Harris (26), Sarah Beal (12), Tori Rule (11), Evi Iiskola (10) and Aliyah Miller (10) all cracked double digits.
ALLEGRA BOTTEGHI NOTCHES FIRST CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE VS. MARQUETTE... In the Friars’ most recent game vs. Marquette on Feb. 21, sophomore Allegra Botteghi recorded her first career double-double with 15 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. She is one of four active players on the roster to register a double-double for Providence.
FRIARS SUFFER FIRST LOSS WHEN LEADING AT HALFTIME... On Feb. 21, the Friars dropped their first game of the season when leading at halftime. PC went to the locker room at halftime with a 43-36 lead over Marquette. The Golden Eagles rallied in the second half to defeat Providence, 92-85. Prior to this loss, the Friars were 4-0 when leading at halftime.
FRIARS KNOCK DOWN A SEASON-HIGH 11 THREE-POINTERS VS. MARQUETTE... On Feb. 21, Providence converted 11-27 three-point field goals (.407). The Friars’ 11 makes from long range mark a season high. Earlier this season, Providence knocked down 10-17 (.588) attempts from three-point territory vs. Hartford on Nov. 25.
BOTTEGHI NETS DOUBLE FIGURES IN FIVE OF LAST SEVEN GAMES... Allegra Botteghi has hit double figures in the scoring column during five of the Friars’ last seven games, including a career-high 17 points against No. 21/19 DePaul on Feb. 19. Prior to the seven-game stretch, Botteghi netted a season-high five points on two occasions vs. Hartford (Nov. 25) and Xavier (Jan. 10).
RESURGENT NOGIC COMES ALIVE ON OFFENSE IN LAST THREE GAMES... Yoyo Nogic has led the Friars in scoring during two of the last three games, and has resurfaced as a dangerous offensive weapon. Prior to the three-game stretch, Nogic was in the midst of a seven-game span during which she scored more than five points just once (8 vs. Georgetown on Jan. 29). She has gone on to hit double figures in each of the last three games, including a 20-point performance vs. No. 20-19 DePaul on Feb. 19. Most recently, she netted 19 points vs. Marquette (Feb. 21). She also has shot a combined 19-34 (.559) from the field, including 8-16 (.500) from three-point territory.
NOGIC SOLID AT THE CHARITY STRIPE... Yoyo Nogic has hit 11-straight attempts from the free-throw line heading into the weekend vs. St. John’s and Seton Hall. For the season, Nogic leads the Friars at the line, having hit 86.2-percent of her attempts (25-29). However, her attempts are limited given her game is perimeter oriented.
JOLIN ENTERS WEEKEND ON THREE-GAME DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORING STREAK... Maddie Jolin has reached double figures in the scoring column during the last three games. During the stretch, she posted 15 points against No. 21/19 DePaul, which marked her second-highest scoring out-put of the season. Yoyo Nogic is the only other player on the roster to hit double figures in each of the Friars’ last three games. Since being inserted into the starting line-up vs. Xavier on Jan. 10, she has reached double figures in five of 11 games.
SARAH BEAL CLOSE TO CRACKING TOP-15 ALL-TIME AT PROVIDENCE IN ASSISTS... Sarah Beal enters Friday’s game vs. St. John’s with 286 career assists (4.1 apg). With two games remaining on the regular-season schedule, Beal needs four assists to tie Sonya Lewis ‘94 for 14th place all-time at Providence in assists (290). Beal leads the Friars this season in assists (85), averaging 3.3 dimes per game.
ERICA MEYER MOVES INTO A TIE FOR SECOND-HIGHEST BLOCK TOTAL BY A FRESHMAN IN PROGRAM HISTORY... Freshman forward Erica Meyer has recorded a team-best 36 blocked shots this season in the 25 games she has played. Her 36 blocks are tied for the second-highest total in program history for a freshman with Britt King ‘86. Andrea Mangum ‘90 holds the program’s record for blocks by a freshman with 41.
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.
TRIO OF FRESHMEN LEAD THE WAY FROM THREE-POINT TERRITORY... Freshmen Jovana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic, Clara Che and Maddie Jolin have combined to make 98 of the Friars’ 124 three-point field goals this season, shooting a collective 98-259 (0.378) from beyond the arc. The rest of the team has combined to shoot 26-113 from three-point territory (0.230).
BLOCK PARTY... Erica Meyer leads the Friars in blocked shots this season (36) and has swatted at least one shot in 16 games. Meyer 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 11 times, including PC’s most recent game vs. Marquette (Feb. 21), with three.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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 conclude the regular-season schedule against Seton Hall on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 6:00 p.m. The game will be played at Walsh Gymnasium in South Orange, N.J.
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