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FRIARS SET TO FACE THE PIRATES IN FIRST-ROUND ACTION... Providence College will enter BIG EAST Tournament play as the No. 9 seed and will face No. 8 seed Seton Hall on Saturday, March 4 in the First Round at 7:30 p.m. (ET).
FRIARS ALL-TIME IN THE BIG EAST TOURNAMENT... The Friars are 19-28 (.404) all-time in BIG EAST Tournament games.
FRIARS LOOKING TO SNAP 11-GAME WINLESS STREAK IN BIG EAST TOURNAMENT PLAY... The last time Providence won a game in the BIG EAST Tournament dates back to March 3, 2001 vs. Seton Hall (72-61) in Storrs, Conn. Since then, the Friars have lost 11-consecutive games in tournament play. Seven of the 11 losses have been decided by 10 points or less.
FRIARS ALL-TIME VS. SETON HALL... The Friars and Pirates have met 63 times in the history of the two women’s basketball programs. Seton Hall leads the all-time series, 34-29.
PROVIDENCE VS. SETON HALL IN THE BIG EAST TOURNAMENT... Seton Hall owns a 3-1 record vs. Providence in the BIG EAST Conference Tournament. All four meetings occurred in the first round, and three of the four meetings were decided by eight points or less.
PROVIDENCE VS. SETON HALL - BIG EAST TOURNAMENT
3/3/96 Storrs, Conn. - 67-69 (L) - First Round
3/3/01 Storrs, Conn. - 72-61 (W) - First Round
3/2/02 Piscataway, N.J. - 55-61 (L) - First Round
3/8/4 Chicago, Ill. - 79-88 (L) - First Round
SEASON SERIES... The Friars and Pirates split the regular-season series, with each team winning on its home court. On Jan. 20, Seton Hall defeated Providence, 55-43, at Walsh Gymnasium in South Orange, N.J. The Friars followed with a 74-57 win over the Pirates on Feb. 19 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I.
MORE ABOUT THE SEASON SERIES... In two regular-season games vs. Seton Hall this year, the Friars shot the ball very well from three-point territory. As a team, the Friars shot 47.1-percent from beyond the arc, hitting 16-of-34 attempts. In the Friars’ 74-57 victory on Feb. 19, Providence hit 11-18 of its shots from three-point range. Overall, Providence shot a combined 37.5-percent from the field (45-120). The Friars also registered 26 assists on 45 made field goals during the season series.
PLAYERS TO WATCH... Three Friars averaged double figures in the scoring column this season against Seton Hall: Yoyo Nogic (15.5 ppg), Clara Che (12.0 ppg) and Allegra Botteghi (11.0 ppg). Botteghi nearly averaged a double-double against the Pirates, having hauled in 9.0 rebounds per game. Sarah Beal contributed 7.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game vs. Seton Hall this season.
FRIARS POSTED A 17-POINT MARGIN OF VICTORY AGAINST BUTLER AND SETON HALL THIS SEASON... During the regular-season schedule, the Friars defeated both Seton Hall (74-57) and Butler (68-51) by a 17-point margin. It marks the Friars’ largest margin of victory during BIG EAST Conference regular-season play since defeating Pittsburgh by 20 (91-71) on Feb. 20, 1999.
THREE-WAY TIE FOR 7th IN BIG EAST STANDINGS... The Friars finished in a three-way tie for seventh place in the BIG EAST regular-season standings, with Xavier and Seton Hall. Providence was awarded the No. 9 seed by virtue of tie-breaking procedures, while Xavier earned the No. 7 seed and Seton Hall took the No. 8 seed. The Friars’ regular-season finish (tied-7th) is highest finish for Providence since conference realignment, and best finish overall in league play since 1997-98 when the team finished fourth in the BIG EAST 7 division.
MOST BIG EAST WINS SINCE 2011-12... The Friars finished the BIG EAST regular-season schedule with a 4-14 record. Providence’s four victories are the most in league play since 2011-12 when the team went 5-11.
MOST WINS OVERALL SINCE 2011-12... The Friars finished the season with a 12-17 overall record. It marks the most wins in a single season since 2011-12 when Providence completed the year with 13-17 record.
SEVEN-GAME IMPROVEMENT IN WIN COLUMN... The Friars have posted a seven-game improvement in the win column this season. Last year, Providence finished the year with a 5-24 overall record. This season, Providence currently owns a 12-17 mark.
FIRST BIG EAST ROAD WIN SINCE 2014-15 SEASON ... The Friars defeated Butler, 64-58, on Feb. 24 at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. It marked the first road victory for the Friars during BIG EAST play this season. The last time the Friars defeated a league opponent on the road dates back to Jan. 23, 2015 against Marquette (66-58) at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee, Wis.
ALL-BIG EAST RECOGNITION... Yoyo Nogic represented Providence College as an All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention selection. Nogic is one of 16 players league-wide who earned All-BIG EAST First Team, Second Team or Honorable Mention accolades. Nogic also is one of seven sophomores to earn league honors. Nogic is the first Friar to earn post-season league honors since the 2013-14 season, when Alexis Harris was named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team and Sarah Beal was recognized as an All-Freshman Team selection. Overall, Nogic is the 28th player in program history to earn All-BIG EAST recognition as a member of the First, Second, Third or Honorable Mention squads. Entering the BIG EAST Tournament, Nogic leads the Friars in scoring (14.7 ppg) and steals (1.3 spg) and also contributes 2.7 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game. Nogic is one of the top three-point shooting threats in the country, and ranks eighth in the nation in three-point field goals made (91), 13th in three-point field goals made per game (3.14) and 16th in three-point field-goal percentage (.431, 91-211).Nogic completed the regular-season shooting 43.4-percent from the field (151-348) and 94.1-percent from the free-throw line (32-34). She recorded a team-best 23 double-digit scoring games and four 20+ point games.
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 and finished the game 4-5 from three-point territory. The record was previously held by Julie Wheeler ‘98 (82 during 1994-95). Nogic enters the BIG EAST Tournament with a league-best 91 three-point buckets, including 59 during regular-season conference play. Villanova’s Adrianna Hahn finished second in both categories (81/52).
THREE-POINTERS IN BIG EAST PLAY... Yoyo Nogic hit a league best 59 three-point buckets during BIG EAST Conference regular-season play. Villanova’s Adrianna Hahn is second (52). They are two of just five players to hit 50+ three-pointers during league play since realignment. The BIG EAST regular-season record for three pointers in a season is 66, set by Sheila McMillen (Notre Dame) in 1998-99.
STREAK SNAPPED... Yoyo Nogic leads Providence with 23 double-digit scoring games and recently saw her career-best double-digit scoring streak come to an end at 10-games. It marked 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.
TRIPLE THREAT... Three Friars have led the charge from three-point territory in sophomores Yoyo Nogic, Clara Che and Maddie Jolin. The trio have combined to shoot 40.5-percent from deep (179-442). Nogic has converted 43-percent of her shots from long range (91-211).
HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE... Providence College enters the BIG EAST Tournament shooting 38.0-percent from three-point territory (189-498). 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 (.360, 146-406).
MORE FROM THREE... The Friars’ 189 three-point field goals mark the fourth-highest total in program history. The Friars’ need two more three-point field goals to take sole possession of third place on the all-time list. Providence’s 189 threes 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 (91) and Sarah Beal (85) have combined to hand out 176 of the Friars’ 344 assists this season, marking 51-percent of the team’s assist total. Entering the BIG EAST Tournament Che ranks 14th in the BIG EAST in assists (3.1 apg) and 13th in assist to turnover ratio (1.5). During BIG EAST action, Che ranked 11th in assists (3.2 apg) and assist/turnover ratio (1.7).
CLARA CHE SHOWING ABILITY TO SCORE EFFICIENTLY DOWN THE STRETCH... Despite the fact that Clara Che has recorded the fewest shot attempts among the Friars’ primary six-player rotation (177), she is shooting an efficient 44.1-percent from the field (78-177). Che is shooting 40.6-percent from three-point territory (43-106) overall this season, but has hit a blistering 50-percent of her three-point attempts over the last 11 games (24-48). Che has recorded five double-digit scoring games in the last 11 contests and has eight double-digit games overall.
BEAL ENJOYING HER BEST SEASON AS A FRIAR... Sarah Beal has put together an impressive stat line during her final season with the Friars, and is playing arguably the best basketball of her career. She ranks second among her teammates in scoring (12.8 ppg), assists (2.93 apg) and steals (1.1 spg) and third in rebounding (4.7 rpg). Beal is shooting a career and team-best 44.8-percent from the floor (155-346), 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 20 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 85 assists this season and owns 380 dimes during her career. Her 380 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 BIG EAST Tournament, Beal ranks 21st on the Friars’ all-time career scoring list with 1,170 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 3-13 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 a 12-17 overall record. Twelve of the Friars’ 17 losses have been decided by 10 points or less. Providence is 4-12 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, nine of the Friars’ 14 losses have been decided by 10 points or less.
BALL SECURITY... Providence is 9-1 this season when it commits fewer turnovers than its opponent, including a 3-0 mark in BIG EAST Conference regular-season play. In two of the four 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 29 games. Yoyo Nogic leads the Friars with 23 double-digit scoring games. Sarah Beal has reached double figures 20 times. Allegra Botteghi and Maddie Jolin have each scored in double figures 12 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.
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.
FRIARS COMPLETED 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 HAULED 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.
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