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PROVIDENCE TRAVELS TO VILLANOVA FOR FRIDAY MATCH-UP ON FOX SPORTS 1... The Providence College women's basketball team will travel to Villanova to face the Wildcats on Friday, Feb. 27 at The Pavilion.
FOX SPORTS 1... The Providence vs. Villanova game will be nationally-televised on FOX Sports 1 and is scheduled to tip-off at 8:30 p.m. Play-by-play will be provided by Tiffany Greene, and LaChina Robinson will serve as the color analyst.
FRIARS ALL-ACCESS... In addition to coverage provided by FOX Sports 1, Providence will offer a live audio broadcast via Friars All-Access. The stream will be available on Friars.com and is part of a subscription service. Chris Fama will provide the play-by-play.
FRIARS' SEASON FINALE VS. GEORGETOWN ON MARCH 1 HAS BEEN MOVED TO NOON... Providence's game time vs. Georgetown on Sunday, March 1 has been moved to a Noon start. The game will be played at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. and marks the final regular-season game for both teams. Prior to the game, Providence will honor its senior class.
PROVIDENCE VS. VILLANOVA ALL-TIME... Villanova leads the all-time series vs. Providence, 40-26. Providence snapped a three-game skid to the Wildcats with a 51-49 victory earlier this season on Dec. 3.
FAMILIAR FOE... The Friars have played the Wildcats 66 times during the history of the two women's basketball programs. It marks the most games vs. any one opponent in the program's history.
OVERTIME VS. THE WILDCATS... The Friars are 4-0 all-time vs. Villanova in games decided in overtime. The most recent overtime game was played on Jan. 23, 2013. The Friars earned a 65-60 victory.
FRIARS AND WILDCATS AT THE PAVILION... The Friars and Wildcats have met 27 times at The Pavilion in Villanova, Pa. The Wildcats lead the series on their home court, 21-6, including victories in each of the last three meetings.
LAST TIME PROVIDENCE DEFEATED VILLANOVA AT THE PAVILION... Providence last defeated Villanova at The Pavilion on Jan. 19, 2011. On that day, the Friars picked up a 58-53 win. Since then, Providence has lost three-straight games on the Wildcats' home court. The most recent meeting at The Pavilion was on Jan. 4, 2014. Villanova earned a 68-59 victory on that day.
LAST TIME THE TWO TEAMS MET... The Providence College women's basketball team defeated Villanova, 51-49, with a last second layup by senior Tori Rule to win its BIG EAST opener at Alumni Hall on Wednesday afternoon. With the victory, Providence snapped a three-game winless streak at the hands of the Wildcats. Providence was down 34-22 heading into the locker room after the first 20 minutes. Senior Alexis Harris led all scorers in the half with 10 points (5-of-10 FG). Sophomore Sarah Beal dished out three assists in the stanza. The Wildcats were hot from three-point range early in the first half, and ended the frame 5-15 overall. The second half was a different story with the Friars opening the period on a 24-5 run in the first 12 minutes of action to take a 46-39 lead. Harris connected on an old fashioned three-point play at 12:15 to give PC its first lead of the game (40-39). With 1:12 left in the contest, the Wildcats forced two-straight turnovers to pull within one of PC, 49-48. Villanova then recorded another steal to gain possession for the third-straight drive. Caroline Coyer was then fouled while shooting, and hit one-of-two from the line to tie the score, 49-49. Chanise Baldwin grabbed the defensive rebound for Providence off the miss, which led to Rule's heroics with 1.4 seconds remaining on the clock. Rule lead all scorers with 22 points on 9-of-14 from the floor, with 17 in the second half on 7-9 shooting. Rule was 2-for-2 from three-point range for the game, Providence's only three-pointers in the game. Harris also reached double-figures for the game, with 15 (7-for-13). Providence held a 40-30 edge in rebounding. Taylor Holeman led Villanova with 15 points and nine rebounds. Coyer finished the day with 13 points and five assists.
TURNOVERS PLAGUE FRIARS IN LOSS TO DE PAUL... There were a total of 59 turnovers in last Sunday's [Feb. 22] game vs. DePaul, and 39 were committed by the Friars. It proved to be a significant statistic in the result of the game, as DePaul out-scored Providence, 53-14, in points off of turnovers.
FRIARS POST THIRD-BEST SHOOTING PERCENTAGE OF THE SEASON VS. DE PAUL... Providence shot 47.5-percent from the floor vs. DePaul on Feb. 22 during a 103-66 loss in Providence, R.I. The Friars hit 29-of-61 attempts from the floor, marking the third-highest field-goal percentage of the season.
FRIARS GRAB SEASON-HIGH 47 REBOUNDS VS. DE PAUL... In the Friars' most recent game against DePaul on Feb. 22, Providence out-rebounded DePaul, 47-46. The Friars' 47 boards mark a season-high, and are the most boards in a single game since Nov. 9, 2013 vs. UMass Lowell (65 - single game program record). Furthermore, it's the most rebounds vs. a BIG EAST opponent since Feb. 6, 2013 vs. Pittsburgh (59). The Friars have hauled in 40+ rebounds in 12 of their 27 games, including seven of the last 11.
ALISON LEWIS POSTS DOUBLE FIGURES IN SIX OF LAST NINE GAMES... Freshman guard Alison Lewis has reached double figures in the scoring column during six of the Friars' last nine games. It marks the most double-digit scoring games during the nine game stretch. Junior Evi Iiskola and senior Tori Rule have reached double figures three times each in the last nine games.
TORI RULE AVERAGING TEAM-BEST 13.3 POINTS IN THREE GAMES SINCE RETURN FROM INJURY... Senior guard Tori Rule returned to the court on Feb. 15 after missing nine games with an injury. In three games since her return, she's averaging a team-best 13.3 points per game. She has shot 50-percent from the floor (17-34) and has added 1.3 assists and 2.3 steals per game.
MARQUETTE RALLIES IN SECOND HALF TO DEFEAT PROVIDENCE IN MOST RECENT GAME... The Providence College women's basketball team was defeated by Marquette, 72-64, on Friday night at Alumni Hall. With the loss the Friars move to 5-21 on the year and 2-13 in league play, while Marquette improves to 8-19 overall and 4-12 in the BIG EAST. The loss was the Friars' 13th game of season decided by 10 points or less. Providence was paced by senior Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) who recorded her team-best fifth double-double of the year with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) tallied 19 points in the game off the bench. Providence took a 32-28 lead into halftime, on 41% shooting (16-of-39). The Friars outscored the Golden Eagles in points in the paint (18-12), points off of turnovers (10-3), fast break points (10-2) and bench points (20-11). Rule led all scorers with 14 points (7-for-11) in the opening frame. Harris led the team in rebounding with five boards to go along with six points. Apiew Ojulu had a team-best eight points for Marquette. The Friars held a lead for 15:21 of the opening stanza, while the Golden Eagles had the lead for 3:56. Providence's largest lead in the half was nine at the 5:44 mark. Marquette used a 9-0 run to open the second half to gain a 37-32 lead (17:37). The Golden Eagles' lead grew to 11 at 6:54 but Providence gradually chipped away. At the 3:22 mark, the Friar defense forced three Marquette turnovers in 2:37 of play and held MU without a basket for 3:32, to pull within six (62-56). With 48 seconds left, seniors Karin Robinson (Queens, N.Y.) and Chanise Baldwin (Pontiac, Mich.) teamed up to force a turnover in the back court, with Baldwin tallying the lay-in, to pull within five (69-64). Marquette's Kenisha Bell then went on to hit three free throws in the next 20 seconds to seal the victory for the Golden Eagles at 72-64. The Golden Eagles shot 43% (26-for-61) in the closing half while the Friars shot 39% (28-for-71). As a team, the Friar bench outscored the Marquette bench, 42-21. Providence also had the advantage in fast break points (16-14), second chance points (13-8), points off of turnovers (14-11) and points in the paint (36-22). ALEXIS HARRIS POSTS FIFTH DOUBLE-DOUBLE OF THE SEASON VS. MARQUETTE... On Feb. 20 vs. Marquette, Alexis Harris recorded 20 points and 10 rebounds to mark her fifth double-double of the season. Harris ranks fourth in the BIG EAST in double-doubles, and heads into Friday's game with 17 in her career.
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).
ALEXIS HARRIS NOTCHES HER FIRST 20-POINT GAME OF THE SEASON... On Feb. 20, Alexis Harris recorded her first 20-point game of the season vs. Marquette (20 points). Harris owns six, 20+ point games in her career, including two 30+ point games.
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 and Alexis Harris are the only other Friars to achieve the feat. Beal notched 24 points vs. Brown, marking the highest scoring effort by a Friar this season. Harris posted 20 points in the Friars' most recent game vs. Marquette on Feb. 20. Rule has 18, 20+ point games in her career, Harris owns six and Beal has hit the mark five times.
KARIN ROBINSON DISHES 5+ ASSISTS IN EACH OF THE LAST TWO GAMES... Karin Robinson dished a season-high six assists vs. Marquette on Feb. 20, and followed with five assists vs. DePaul on Feb. 22. It marks the fourth 5+ assist game of the season for Robinson, and sixth of her career. She registered a career-best nine assists vs. Seton Hall in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament last year on March 8.
FRIARS SHOOTING 45-PERCENT FROM THE FIELD IN LAST THREE GAMES... The Friars have shot 45.4-percent from the field in the last three games (83-183). Providence shot 51-percent (26-51) vs. Creighton on Feb. 15, which marks a season-best for field-goal percentage vs. a BIG EAST opponent. Through 27 games overall, Providence owns a 0.393 field-goal percentage (624-1588).
FRIARS FALL TO CREIGHTON DESPITE A SOLID PERFORMANCE FROM THE FIELD... On Feb. 15, 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.
ROAD WOES... Providence is 1-13 on the road this season. On Jan. 23, the Friars overcame a 12-point deficit to defeat Marquette, 66-58, at the Al McGuire Center. It marks the Friars' only road victory of the season.
SCORING MARGIN ON THE ROAD... When playing 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. six of its 16 BIG EAST opponents this season, and 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 2-6 OVERALL WHEN LEADING AT HALFTIME... Providence is 2-6 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' six losses when leading at halftime came during league play vs. St. John's (12/30), Georgetown (1/9), Seton Hall (1/11), Creighton (1/16), Xavier (2/1) and Marquette (2/20).
GETTING OVER THE HUMP... Thirteen of the Friars' 27 games have been decided by 10 points or less. Providence has recorded a 3-10 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 19th ON THE FRIARS ALL-TIME REBOUNDING LIST... Alexis Harris enters Friday's game with 608 career rebounds and ranks 19th on the Friars' all-time rebounding list. Harris needs 29 rebounds to take over 18th place, currently held by Monika Roberts `01 (636).
TORI RULE MOVES INTO A TIE FOR 19th-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 1,190 career points, and is tied with Mi-Khida Hankins `11 for 19th place all-time in scoring at Providence. Rule has played 103 career games and has averaged 11.6 points per game.
WHO'S NEXT... Tori Rule needs 35 points to pass Mary Ann McCoy `80 and Helen Jessie-Mency `91, who are tied for 17th on the Friars' all-time scoring list with 1,224 points.
DEFENSE... The Friars have allowed 11 of their 27 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 12 games - and just four times during 16 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).
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.
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... The Friars will return home to face Georgetown on Sunday, March 1 at Alumni Hall. Tip-off is slated for Noon. Providence leads the all-time series vs. Georgetown, 28-27. The Hoyas defeated the Friars, 69-61, earlier this season on Jan. 9 in Washington, D.C. Georgetown has earned victories in 14 of the last 15 meetings between the two teams.
BIG EAST TOURNAMENT ACTION... Upon completion of the regular-season the Friars will compete in the BIG EAST Tournament at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. Providence will be among the four teams who will compete in the tournament's first round, which begins on March 7. All first-round games will be broadcast on the BIG EAST Digital Network. To view BEDN, download the FOX Sports GO app on your mobile device or tablet. The quarterfinal round will take place on March 8 (FOX Sports 2), followed by the semifinals (March 9) and championship game (March 10). The semifinals will be covered by FOX Sports 1 (5:30 p.m.) and FOX Sports 2 (8:00 p.m.), while FOX Sports 1 will televise the championship game.
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