PROVIDENCE COLLEGE HOSTS GEORGETOWN IN REGULAR-SEASON FINALE... The Providence College women's basketball team host BIG EAST foe Georgetown on Sunday, March 1 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. Tip-off is slated for 12:05 p.m.
SENIOR DAY CEREMONY... Providence will honor its senior class in a brief pre-game ceremony scheduled for 11:40 a.m. The Friars will honor five seniors (Tori Rule, Chanise Baldwin, Karin Robinson, Annie Russian & Alexis Harris), in addition to one departing graduate assistant (Kelley Doogan).
FRIARS ALL-ACCESS... Live video of Sunday's game vs. Georgetown will be available via Friars All-Access on the College's athletic website at Friars.com. Friars All-Access is a subscription service. Chris Fama will provide the play-by-play.
PROVIDENCE VS. GEORGETOWN ALL-TIME... The Friars and Hoyas have met 55 times during the history of the two women's basketball programs. Providence leads the all-time series, 28-27. However, the Hoyas have claimed victories in 14 of the last 15 meetings.
LAST TIME PROVIDENCE DEFEATED GEORGETOWN... The last time Providence defeated Georgetown dates back to Jan. 15, 2014 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. On that day, the Friars captured a 70-61 victory.
SINGLE DIGIT MARGIN... Seven of the last 11 games between Providence and Georgetown have been decided by single digits, including each of the last three meetings.
THE LAST MEETING BETWEEN THE TWO TEAMS... The Friars fell to BIG EAST foe Georgetown, 69-61, on Jan. 9 at McDonough Arena in Washington, D.C. Senior Karin Robinson led the Friars with 17 points and added seven boards and two assists. Providence got a solid team effort in the first half to take a 34-29 lead into halftime, as six players cracked the scoring column. Robinson led the way with 10 points on 5-7 shooting from the field, in addition to six rebounds, one assist and one steal. Alexis Harris contributed nine points, while Chanise Baldwin hauled in a team-best seven boards. The Friars shot an impressive 48-percent from the field in the opening half (15-31), while the Hoyas managed just 36-percent shooting (12-33). In the second half, the Friars opened the scoring with a driving lay-up by Evi Iiskola to take a 36-29 lead just 12-seconds into the action. Georgetown responded with six-straight points, four of which came off of two Providence turnovers, to get within one (36-35). After a Friar time out, Iiskola got Providence back on track with a lay-up at the 17:14 mark to regain a three-point lead (38-35). Just 14-seconds later, Georgetown would go on a 13-3 run to take a 48-41 lead with 13:05 remaining in the game. The Friars clawed their way back to take a 55-51 with 6:43 left in the game on the backs of Allegra Botteghi and Robinson, who fueled a 14-3 spurt. Botteghi recorded eight points in the run, including two, three-point buckets. Robinson added six points. Georgetown rallied to go on a 7-0 run, which was capped by a Brittany Horne three-point basket at the 3:52 mark, giving the Hoyas a 58-55 lead. Providence was unable to recover and the Hoyas held the lead the remainder of the contest. In the final 3:52, the Friars converted just 2-of-9 field-goal attempts. Three Friars joined Robinson in double figures on the night. Harris finished with 15 points and nine rebounds. Botteghi added 14 points, while Iiskola contributed 11 points. Baldwin finished the night with a game-high 10 rebounds for PC. Brittany Horne netted a game-high 18 points for Georgetown, including nine points in the final four minutes of play. Dominique Vitalis recorded 16 points and seven rebounds. Dorothy Adomako and Logan Battle added 14 and 12 points, respectively.
FRIARS COMING OFF OF NINE-POINT LOSS AT VILLANOVA... The Providence College women's basketball team fell to BIG EAST foe Villanova, 71-62, at The Pavilion in Villanova, Pa. Senior guard Tori Rule led the Friars with 24 points, including 22 in the second half. Caroline Coyer recorded a game-high 28 points for the Wildcats. Villanova raced out to a nine-point lead (15-6) through the first five minutes of play. The Friars answered with an 8-0 run to get within one (15-14) at the 10:19 mark. Villanova hit four three pointers during a 14-5 run to push its lead back to 10 (29-19) with 5:08 on the clock. Providence got as close as three (29-26) with 3:48 remaining, but were held scoreless the rest of the way, and the Wildcats took a 33-26 lead into halftime. The Friars shot 41-percent (12-29) in the first half, while Villanova converted just 35-percent of its field goal attempts (12-34). However, the Wildcats gained their advantage at the break by converting seven three-point field goals (7-17). In the second half, the Friars cut the deficit to one (36-35) with 15:01 remaining, but were unable to get the go-ahead hoop. Villanova pushed its lead to as many as 12 (63-51) with 1:19 remaining. The Wildcats maintained their lead with a perfect 10-10 shooting from the foul line down in the final 1:19, and were 13-13 for the game. Alexis Harris joined Rule in double figures with 13 points and added 12 boards for her team-best sixth double-double of the season. In addition to her 24 points, Rule dished a game-high five assists. Coyer pulled down a team-best nine boards for Villanova, and Emily Leer tallied 12 points in the victory.
ALEXIS HARRIS POSTS SIXTH DOUBLE-DOUBLE OF THE SEASON VS. VILLANOVA... On Feb. 27 vs. Villanova, Alexis Harris recorded 13 points and 12 rebounds to mark her sixth double-double of the season. Harris ranks in a tie for third in the BIG EAST in double-doubles, and heads into Sunday's game with 18 in her career.
TORI RULE NETS 22 OF HER TEAM-BEST 24 POINTS IN SECOND HALF VS. VILLANOVA... Tori Rule recorded 22 of her team-best 24 points in the second half vs. Villanova on Feb. 27. Rule was 11-21 from the field overall during the game, including 10-16 in the second half. Rules 24 points marks a season high and her fifth 20+ point game of the season.
20/20... Tori Rule leads the Friars with five 20+ point games this season vs. Brown (20), Bryant (20), Villanova (22), Boston College (23) and Villanova (24). Sarah Beal and Alexis Harris are the only other Friars to achieve the feat. Beal notched 24 points vs. BrownHarris posted 20 points in the Friars' game vs. Marquette on Feb. 20. Rule has 19, 20+ point games in her career, Harris owns six and Beal has hit the mark five times.
KARIN ROBINSON TOUGH ON THE BOARDS IN LAST TWO GAMES... Senior point guard Karin Robinson has hauled in 7+ rebounds in each of the last two games for Providence. She recorded seven boards against DePaul on Feb. 22, and followed with eight rebounds in the Friars' most recent game on Feb. 27 vs. Villanova. Robinson averages 3.0 rebounds per game this season. Her career high on the glass is nine (vs. Marquette, 2/11/14).
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 RECORD THIRD-HIGHEST 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' 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 13 of their 28 games, including eight of the last 12.
ALISON LEWIS POSTS DOUBLE FIGURES IN SIX OF LAST 10 GAMES... Freshman guard Alison Lewis has reached double figures in the scoring column during six of the Friars' last 10 games. It marks the most double-digit scoring games during the 10-game stretch. Tori Rule has reached double figures four times in the last 10 games.
TORI RULE AVERAGING TEAM-BEST 16.0 POINTS IN FOUR GAMES SINCE RETURN FROM INJURY... Senior guard Tori Rule returned to the court on Feb. 15 after missing nine games with an injury. In four games since her return, she's averaging a team-best 16.0 points per game. She has shot 51-percent from the floor (28-55) and has added 4.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.8 steals per game. She recently scored a season-high 24 points against Villanova on Feb. 27 and matched her career-high of five assists. 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.
FRIARS SHOOTING 45-PERCENT FROM THE FIELD IN LAST THREE GAMES... The Friars have shot 45-percent from the field in the last four games (111-249). 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 28 games overall, Providence owns a 0.394 field-goal percentage (652-1654).
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 1-14 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 57.0 points per game on offense and give up an average of 72.5 points per game to their opponent (-15.5).
SEALING THE DEAL... Providence has held a halftime lead during six of its 17 BIG EAST games this season, and has posted a 2-13 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... Fourteen of the Friars' 28 games have been decided by 10 points or less. Providence has recorded a 3-11 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 Sunday's game with 620 career rebounds and ranks 19th on the Friars' all-time rebounding list. Harris needs 17 rebounds to take over 18th place, currently held by Monika Roberts `01 (636).
TORI RULE RANKS 19th 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 1,214 career points. Rule has played 104 career games and has averaged 11.7 points per game.
WHO'S NEXT... Tori Rule needs 11 points to pass Mary Ann McCoy `80 and Helen Jessie-Mency `91, who are currently tied for 17th on the Friars' all-time scoring list with 1,224 points.
DEFENSE... The Friars have allowed 11 of their 28 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 13 games - and just four times during 17 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.
MANGUM TO BE HONORED AT HALFTIME OF WOMEN'S BASKETBALL GAME GEORGETOWN ON MARCH 1... Andrea Mangum will be at the Friars' game on Sunday, March 1 and will have her retired jersey unveiled in Alumni Hall at halftime. The women's basketball team was scheduled to play on the road at Creighton when Mangum returned for her jersey retirement dinner on Feb. 14. In addition to the dinner, Mangum attended the men's basketball game vs. Seton Hall and was honored at halftime of that game.
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.
POST-SEASON SCENARIO... A win vs. Georgetown on Sunday, March 1 gives the Friars the No. 9 seed in the BIG EAST Tournament and will face the No. 8 seed in the first round. A loss to Georgetown gives Providence the No. 10 seed and a first-round match-up with the No. 7 seed. Game times and an official tournament bracket will be released Sunday night upon conclusion of each regular-season game. DePaul (regardless of seeding) will play in the evening quarterfinal on March 8, which has the potential to flip the original bracket - therefore all times in the tournament, relative to seeding, are currently tentative.
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