FRIARS OPEN BIG EAST TOURNAMENT PLAY ON MARCH 3... Providence will open BIG EAST Tournament play on Saturday, March 3 at Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Ill. The Friars have secured the No. 9 seed and will face No. 8 seed Butler at 5:00 p.m. ET (4:00 p.m. CT).
FRIARS ALL-TIME IN THE BIG EAST TOURNAMENT... The Friars are 19-29 (.396) all-time in BIG EAST Tournament games.
FRIARS AS THE NO. 9 SEED... Providence is 1-4 all-time at the BIG EAST Tournament as the No. 9 seed. The Friars’ lone victory as the No. 9 seed came in 1995, as they claimed an 80-66 victory over Syracuse in South Orange, N.J.
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 12-consecutive games in tournament play. Seven of the 11 losses have been decided by 10 points or less.
THE ONE AND ONLY... Providence won the BIG EAST Championship in 1990. The Friars are one of five active members of the league to secure a BIG EAST title, along with St. John’s (4), Villanova (3), DePaul (2) and Marquette (1).
PROVIDENCE VS. BUTLER ALL-TIME... The Friars and Bulldogs have met 10 times in the history of the two women’s basketball programs. Butler leads the all-time series, 8-2.
FRIARS VS. BUTLER IN THE BIG EAST TOURNAMENT... Providence and Butler will meet for the first time in the BIG EAST Tournament on Saturday, March 3.
SEASON SERIES... The Bulldogs swept the season series against Providence during the regular-season with a 68-57 victory at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Jan. 21 and a 69-48 win at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. on Feb. 16.
LAST TIME PROVIDENCE DEFEATED BUTLER... The Friars last victory over Butler came on Feb. 24, 2017. On that day, Providence earned a 64-58 victory at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind.
FRIARS OWN A 3-0 RECORD ON A NEUTRAL COURT THIS SEASON... Providence College has posted a 3-0 record in games played at a neutral site this season, with each win coming during non-conference play: Savannah State (78-48), Wright State (74-69) and Stetson (56-45).
WHAT’S ON THE HORIZON... The winner of Saturday’s first round game between Providence and Butler will face top-seeded and Co-BIG EAST Regular-Season Champion Marquette in the quarterfinals. That match-up is slated for Sunday, March 4 at 12:00 p.m. (CT) / 1:00 p.m. (ET).
FRIARS LEAD THE BIG EAST AND RANK 12TH IN THE NATION IN THREE-POINT PERCENTAGE... Providence College leads the BIG EAST Conference and ranks 12th in the nation (NCAA Division I) in three-point field goal percentage (.389), having converted 184 of 473 attempts.
FRIARS’ 184 THREE POINTERS RANK SIXTH ALL-TIME IN PROGRAM HISTORY... Providence has recorded 184 three-point field goals, which is the sixth-most in program history for a single-season. Last season, the Friars notched 192 triples, which ranks third all-time.
PROVIDENCE ON PACE TO SET THREE-POINT PERCENTAGE RECORD FOR SECOND-STRAIGHT SEASON... The Friars enter the BIG EAST Tournament with a three-point shooting percentage of 0.389 (184-473). The Friars are on pace to set the school-record for three-point percentage for a second-straight season. Last year, Providence shot a school-record 0.374 from beyond the arc (192-514).
SINGLE DIGITS... Providence is 6-9 in games decided by 10-points or less, including a 5-3 mark in games decided by five points or less.
FRIARS COME UP JUST SHORT... Nine of the Friars’ 20 losses this season have been decided by a single-digit margin, including three by five points or less.
FRIARS HOLD 6-2 RECORD WHEN SHOOTING 50-PERCENT OR BETTER FROM THE FIELD... The Friars have shot 50-percent or better from the field in eight games this season. Providence has compiled a 6-2 record in those games, with both of its losses coming against Creighton. Most recently, the Friars shot 56.9-percent (29-51) from the field against Xavier, marking their second-highest shooting percentage of the season en route to a 69-48 win.
CHANELL WILLIAMS NAMED TO BIG EAST ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM... Providence College rookie point guard Chanell Williams (Bronx, N.Y.) was named a unanimous selection to the BIG EAST All-Freshman Team. The league announced its postseason awards and All-BIG EAST selections on Wednesday, Feb. 18. Williams played all 30 games for the Friars and appeared in the starting line-up in each of the last 16 games. She averaged 6.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and a team-best 2.6 assists per game. During BIG EAST Conference play, Williams averaged 8.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. She finished 12th in the BIG EAST in assists per game during regular-season conference play and 12th in assist/turnover ratio (1.13). Williams is a two-time BIG EAST Freshman of the Week honoree (Jan. 8 and Jan. 22). She recorded nine double-digit scoring games for the Friars, including eight during BIG EAST action. The rookie tallied a career-high 16 points against Seton Hall on Jan. 5. She also posted career highs of seven rebounds vs. Seton Hall (Jan. 26), five assists vs. Yale (Nov. 29) and five steals vs. Marquette (Jan. 10). Williams is the 17th player from Providence College to earn BIG EAST All-Freshman or All-Rookie Team honors, and the first since Sarah Beal in 2014.
JOVANA NOGIC ECLIPSES 500-POINTS ON THE SEASON... During the 2017-18 season, Jovana Nogic has tallied a career-best 513 points this season. She is the first Friar to record 500+ points in a single-season since Chelsea Marandola (613) during the 2009-10 campaign.
FOURTH HIGHEST SCORING TOTAL BY A JUNIOR IN PROGRAM HISTORY... Jovana Nogic’s 513 points are the fourth-highest single-season scoring total by a junior in program history. The top-three on the list include, Friars’ all-time leading scorer Tracy Lis (759), Nadine Malcolm (628) and Sonya Lewis (520).
NOGIC TIED FOR 18TH FRIARS’ ALL-TIME SCORING LIST... Jovana Nogic enters the BIG EAST Tournament with 1,224 career points (13.8 ppg) and is tied for 18th on the Friars’ all-time scoring list with Mary Ann McCoy ‘80 and Helen Jessie-Mency ‘91. Nogic became the 34th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point milestone on Jan. 10, 2018 vs. Marquette, as she nailed a three-point bucket just 1:38 into the game.
NOGIC RECORDS 11TH 20+ POINT GAME OF THE SEASON... Jovana Nogic tallied a game-high 25 points against Georgetown in the Friars’ regular-season finale on Feb. 25, marking her 11th 20+ point game of the season (18th of her career). She shot 9-17 from the field (.529), including 5-11 from three-point territory (.455).
NOGIC RANKS THIRD IN BIG EAST IN 20-POINT GAMES... Jovana Nogic has recorded 11, 20-point games this season and ranks third in the BIG EAST in 20-point games. Allazia Blockton (Marquette) owns a league-best 13, 20-point performances, followed by Dionna White (Georgetown), with 12.
MADDIE JOLIN RECORDS SECOND CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE... Junior Maddie Jolin recorded the second double-double of her collegiate career on Sunday, Feb. 18 against Xavier with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Jolin’s first double-double also came against Xavier (18 points / 10 rebounds) on Feb. 26, 2017.
JOLIN HAULS IN CAREER-BEST 18 REBOUNDS AGAINST CREIGHTON... Maddie Jolin hauled in a career-best 18 rebounds against Creighton Feb. 10. Her 18 rebounds are the most by a Friar in a single game since Teya Wright grabbed 18 boards vs. Cincinnati on Feb. 19, 2011. Jolin’s 18 boards are also tied for the second-most rebounds this season by a BIG EAST player, and most by a guard in the league.
ANDREA COOPER NETS CAREER-BEST 17 POINTS... Freshman forward Andrea Cooper came off the bench against Creighton on Feb. 10 to score a career-high 17 points. Cooper shot 8-10 from the field and recorded two rebounds, while playing a career-best 39 minutes during the double-overtime thriller. Her 17 points are the most by a freshman on the roster this season, edging out classmate Chanell Williams, who scored a career-high 16 points against Seton Hall (Jan. 5).
DOUBLE-DIGIT WINS... The Friars have recorded double-digit wins in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2010-11 and 2011-12. Providence heads into BIG EAST Tournament play with a 10-18 overall record. Last season, the Friars finished the year with a 12-18 mark.
BULK OF THE OFFENSE... Maddie Jolin and Jovana Nogic have either scored and/or assisted on 393 of the Friars’ 668 made field goals this season, which is 58.8-percent of the team’s production.
NOGIC RANKS SECOND IN THE NATION IN FREE-THROW PERCENTAGE... Jovana Nogic ranks first in the BIG EAST and second in the nation in free throw percentage. She has shot 94.3-percent from the foul line (82-87). At one point during the season, Nogic enjoyed two separate streaks of 30+ consecutive makes at the line, including a season and career-best 33 straight. For her career, she has cashed in on 92.1-percent of her attempts at the line (140-152). She has made a single-game career high of eight free throws in two games this season vs. Boston College (8-10) and St. John’s (8-8).
NOGIC HOLDS SINGLE-SEASON RECORD FOR THREE-POINTERS... Jovana Nogic set the Providence College single-season record for three-pointers, with 91, during the 2016-17 season. The previous record was held by Julie Wheeler ‘98, which she set during the 1994-95 season, with 82. This season, Nogic is 85-208 from beyond the arc (.409).
NEARING CAREER RECORD FOR THREE POINTERS... The Providence College record for three-pointers made in a career was set by Julie Wheeler ‘98, with 252, in 101 games (1994-98). Current junior guard Jovana Nogic has hit 228-553 attempts from three-point territory (.412). While it is unlikely she will set the career mark this season, Nogic is currently averaging 76 three pointers per season.
NOGIC RANKS AMONG NCAA ACTIVE CAREER LEADERS FROM BEYOND THE ARC... Jovana Nogic ranks 14th among active NCAA Division I players in career three-point percentage. Nogic has hit 41.2-percent of her attempts from beyond the arc (228-553). Additionally, she ranks 22nd among active NCAA career leaders in three-pointers made per game (2.56).
DOUBLE-TROUBLE... Junior college transfer Ny-Asia Franklin recorded the first double-double of her career with the Friars on Nov. 14 against Northeastern. She posted 13 points and 13 boards against the Huskies. Franklin and Maddie Jolin are the only Friars to record a double-double this season. Franklin and Jolin (2) join Allegra Botteghi (4) as the only active players on the current roster to record a double-double in their careers.
NOGIC DRAINS CAREER-HIGH 31 POINTS... Jovana Nogic led the Friars with a career-best 31 points on Nov. 14 against Northeastern. She complemented a red-hot Maddie Jolin in the fourth quarter with nine points, and took control in the overtime, scoring eight of the Friars’ 13 points in the extra session. For the game, Nogic shot 12-19 from the field and hit 6-6 shots from the free-throw line.
THIRTY SOMETHING... Jovana Nogic is the first Friar to score 30+ points in a game since Tori Rule ‘15 dropped 30 points against Marquette on March 7, 2015.
FRIARS IN OVERTIME GAMES UNDER JIM CROWLEY... Providence is 2-3 in overtime games under the direction of second-year Friars Head Coach Jim Crowley. In his first season with the program (2016-17), Providence posted a 1-2 mark in overtime games. This year, Providence has compiled a 1-1 mark in overtime. The Friars are 2-0 in overtime games when they score 90+ points, and they are 0-2 in overtime during BIG EAST Conference action.
FRIARS CLAIM A WINNING RECORD IN NON-CONFERENCE PLAY IN BACK-TO-BACK SEASONS... The Friars finished non-conference play with a 7-5 mark and have secured a winning record in non-conference action in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the 2010-11 and 2011-12 campaigns. Last season, Providence finished the non-conference portion of their schedule with an 8-4 record.
FRIARS CLAIM SAVANNAH INVITATIONAL TITLE... Providence posted a 3-0 record and claimed the Savannah Invitational title in Savannah, Ga. The Friars defeated Savannah State (78-48), Wright State (74-69) and Stetson (56-45).
FRIARS EARN FIRST IN-SEASON TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP SINCE 2012... The Friars last won an in-season tournament championship during the 2012-13 season, as part of the Fordham Holiday Classic in Bronx, N.Y. Providence College defeated Colorado State (71-53) and Lafayette (66-54) on Dec. 29-30, 2012. Last season, the Friars competed in two in-season tournaments. Providence finished 2-0 at the UNCW Hampton Inn Thanksgiving Classic, but the tournament did not award a champion. The Friars also participated in the first annual Ocean State Tip-Off Tournament, and fell to Brown in the championship game.
JOVANA NOGIC NAMED TO ANN MEYERS DRYSDALE AWARD WATCH LIST... Junior Jovana Nogic was announced as a candidate for the inaugural Ann Meyers Drysdale Award. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced its watch list, comprised of 20 players, on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Named after the first player, male or female, to be named to the All-America Team in four-straight seasons, the annual award recognizes the top shooting guard in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball. Nogic led the BIG EAST Conference and finished 19th in NCAA Division I in three-point field goal percentage (.429) and 20th in three-point field goals made per game (3.03). She ranked second in the BIG EAST and 25th in the nation in three-point field goals made (91).Additionally, Nogic hit at least one three-point bucket in 28 of the Friars’ 30 games. She knocked down three-or-more three-point attempts in 18 games, including six games with five-or-more makes from beyond the arc. On Jan. 27, 2017, Nogic recorded a career-best seven three-point makes (7-11) vs. eventual BIG EAST Tournament Champion Marquette. Her shooting prowess also extends to the free-throw line, where she knocked down 33-of-36 attempts (.917). Nogic is one of five players to land on the watch list from the BIG EAST Conference, joining Ashton Millender (DePaul), Natisha Hiedeman (Marquette), Allazia Blockton (Marquette) and Akina Wellere (St. John’s). The Selection Committee for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award is composed of top women’s college basketball personnel, including media members, head coaches, sports information directors and Hall of Famers. By mid-February, the watch list of 20 players for the 2018 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award will be narrowed to just 10. In March, five finalists will be presented to Ms. Drysdale and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. Fans also will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite finalist at www.hoophallawards.com.
HOW THE FRIARS FARED IN 2016-17... The Friars finished the season with a 12-18 overall record and a 4-14 mark in the BIG EAST Conference. The Friars’ 12 wins marked a seven-game improvement in the win column, compared to the previous season when they finished 5-24 (2015-16). It also marks the most wins overall in a single-season since 2011-12, when the team finished the year 13-17. In conference play, Providence’s four victories marked the most since 2011-12 when the team finished 5-11.
FRIARS PICKED TO FINISH NINTH IN BIG EAST PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL... The Friars were picked to finish ninth in the 2017-18 BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The announcement was made at the league’s annual media day on Oct. 18 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
2017-18 BIG EAST PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL
1. Marquette (9) 81
2. DePaul (1) 73
3. Villanova 61
4. Creighton 58
5. Georgetown 43
6. Seton Hall 40
7. St. John’s 37
8. Butler 29
9. Providence 18
10. Xavier 10
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