March 2, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
PROVIDENCE CONCLUDES REGULAR-SEASON SCHEDULE AT HOME AGAINST ST. JOHN'S ... The Providence College women's basketball team will host St. John's in its regular-season finale on Monday, March 3. The game will tip-off at 7:00 p.m. at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I.
TUNE IN... Live streaming video of the Providence College vs. St. John's game will be available via Friars All-Access at www.Friars.com. Play-by-play will be provided by Chris Fama. The pre-game show will start at 6:55 p.m.
FRIARS VS. THE RED STORM ALL-TIME... Providence and St. John's have met 59 times during the history of the two women's basketball programs. St. John's leads the all-time series, 33-26, and has earned victories in each of the last seven meetings between the two teams.
THE LAST TIME PROVIDENCE DEFEATED ST. JOHN'S... The last time Providence defeated St. John's dates back to February 10, 2007. On that day, the Friars earned a 93-77 victory in Jamaica, N.Y.
ALL-TIME SERIES AT ALUMNI HALL... The Friars and Red Storm have met 26 times at Alumni Hall. St. John's holds a 16-10 advantage during the all-time series in those games, including victories in each of the last six meetings played on the Friars' home court.
LAST TIME THE FRIARS DEFEATED ST. JOHN'S AT ALUMNI HALL... The last time Providence defeated St. John's at Alumni Hall dates back to February 7, 2001. On that day, the Friars claimed an 83-63 victory over the Red Storm. Since then, Providence has dropped six-straight games to St. John's at Alumni.
THE FIRST ACT... The Providence College women's basketball team fell to BIG EAST foe St. John's, 85-65, on Feb. 8 at Carnesecca Arena in Queens, N.Y. Junior Karin Robinson (Jamaica, N.Y.) scored a game-high 21 points in the Friar effort, while freshman Aliyah Miller (Southaven, Miss.) contributed a career-best 19 points. The Friars led 15-11 with 13:45 left in the first half. St. John's went on a 13-0 run over the next 4:21 to take a 24-15 lead at the 9:24 mark. The Red Storm led by as many as 16 points in the half (37-21). Miller tallied the Friars' first eight points of the game and finished the half 4-of-7 from the field. Robinson scored 12 of the Friars' 15 points in the final nine minutes of the opening stanza. In the second half, the Friars were within 11 (54-43) with 13:20 remaining, but the Red Storm put the game away with an 11-0 run to take a 65-43 lead with 9:48 on the clock. St. John's hauled in 23 offensive rebounds in the game and out-scored the Friars 22-5 in second-chance opportunities. Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) joined Robinson and Miller in double figures with 12 points and dished a team-high four assists. Junior Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) led Providence in rebounding with eight boards. Five Red Storm players cracked double figures in the scoring column, led by Jade Walker's 14 points. Danaejah Grant recorded a double-double with 11 points and game-high 10 rebounds. Eugeneia McPherson dished a game-high 11 assists for St. John's. A full box score of the game is below (available in PDF format only).
IMPORTANCE OF A GOOD START... The Friars are 7-3 this season when they lead their opponent at halftime. Providence is 0-18 on the year when trailing at the half. The last time Providence held a halftime lead was on Feb. 22 vs. Xavier (20-18). The Friars defeated the Musketeers, 61-59.
EIGHT OF LAST NINE GAMES AT THE HALF... The score differential at halftime during eight of the Friars' last nine games has been a margin of three points or less. Providence has trailed in six of those eight games, while taking a lead into the break in two games vs. Seton Hall (39-38) on Feb. 18 and Xavier (20-18) on Feb. 22.
GETTING OVER THE HUMP... Seventeen of the Friars' 28 games this season have been decided by 10 points or less and Providence holds a 4-13 record in those games, including a 2-9 mark vs. BIG EAST opponents.
FINAL ACT... The last time the Friars took home a victory in a regular-season finale dates back to the 2010-11 season. On February 28, 2011, Providence took down Louisville, 63-61, at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. Under the direction of 2nd year Head Coach Susan Robinson Fruchtl, the Friars are 0-1 in regular-season finales. Last year, the Friars fell to Villanova, 72-38, on March 4 in Villanova, Pa.
FRIARS ENTER BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP AS THE NO. 10 SEED... Despite having one regular-season game left on the schedule, the Friars have already discovered their post-season fate. Providence will enter the 2014 BIG EAST Women's Basketball Championship as the No. 10 seed. The Friars will face the No. 7 seed Seton Hall Pirates on March 8 at 5:00 p.m. (ET)/4:00 p.m (CT). The first-round game will be played at McGrath-Phillips Arena in Chicago, Ill. The winner of the game will advance to the quarterfinals on March 9 to face the No. 2 seed in the championship, which has yet to be determined. DePaul has captured the BIG EAST Regular-Season title, and will enter tournament play as the No. 1 seed. The only other school to lock in a seed in the tournament is Butler (No. 6). The remaining six spots/seeds in the final standings will be decided on Tuesday night - with eight teams in action (4 games).
SECOND-HALF OUTBURST... In the Friars' last two games, freshman Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) has exploded offensively in the second half. On Feb. 22, Beal scored all of her game-high 18 points in the second half. On March 1, Beal went off for 17 of her game-high 23 points in the final 20 minutes. During 17 BIG EAST regular-season games this year, Beal is averaging 4.5 points per game in the first half of play. She nearly doubles her offensive production in the second half, averaging 8.4 points.
ALEXIS HARRIS REGISTERS TEAM-BEST 12th DOUBLE-DOUBLE AGAINST GEORGETOWN... Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) recorded her team-best 12th double-double on March 1 against Georgetown with 13 points and 10 rebounds. It also marked her sixth career double-double in BIG EAST regular-season play. Harris is second in the BIG EAST in double-doubles behind Georgetown's Natalie Butler (22). Three other players in the league have recorded 10-or-more double-doubles this season: Marquette's Katherine Plouffe (11), Georgetown's Andrea White (11) and Marquette's Katie Young (10).
BEAL LEADS EFFORT IN FRIARS' MOST RECENT GAME... Freshman Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) led the Friars with 23 points, seven assists and two steals in a loss to Georgetown on March 1. She scored 17 of her 23 points in the second half. Beal also contributed five rebounds vs. the Hoyas. She shot 8-of-14 from the field, including 4-of-7 from three-point territory. Her eight, made field goals matches her career high, which she also set in games vs. Marquette (1/21) and DePaul (1/8). Her 23 points marked the fourth, 20+ point game of the season, including third during BIG EAST Conference play.
EVI IISKOLA AND SARAH BEAL JOIN HARRIS WITH DOUBLE-DOUBLES... Aside from junior Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.), who leads the team with 12 double-doubles, Friar sophomore Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) and freshman Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) are the only other players on the roster to record a double-double this season. Iiskola tallied 19 points and 10 rebounds vs. UMass Lowell (11/9). Beal scored 13 points and dished a career-high 13 assists against Butler (1/28). She is the third player in the BIG EAST this season to record a double-double by virtue of points and assists, and the only one to do it during regular-season league play.
MILESTONE ON THE HORIZON... Junior Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) enters Monday's game against St. John's with 916 career points, leaving her 84 points shy of the 1,000-point milestone. Rule is looking to become the 32nd player in program history to reach the 1,000-point mark. Symone Roberts '13 was the last to eclipse the milestone during the 2012-13 campaign, finishing her career 24th on the Friars' all-time scoring list with 1,074 points. There are currently eight active players in the BIG EAST who have scored 1,000+ points in their careers. Rule is one of four players in the league within 100 points of the milestone: Daress McClung - 983 (Butler), Devon Kane - 922 (Villanova), Tori Rule - 916 (Providence) and McKenzie Fujan - 903 (Creighton).
200+ BOARDS... Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) has pulled down a career-high 241 rebounds this season. Her previous career best for a single season was 156 (2012-13). She is just the fifth player in the last 15 years to record 200+ rebounds in a single-season. Her 241 boards are the most by a Friar since the 2011-12 campaign (Teya Wright, 258).
CLOSING IN ON SOME GOOD COMPANY... Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) has recorded 241 rebounds this season. She is 13 rebounds shy of tying Nadine Malcolm '97 for the third-most rebounds in program history by a junior. Malcolm is currently third on the list with 254 boards. The program's all-time rebounding leader Britt King '86, holds the single-season rebounding record for a junior, with 398. Andrea Mangum '90 is second on the list, with 265.
MORE BOARDS... Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) is currently averaging 8.9 rebounds per game. It marks the third-highest rebounding average by a junior in program history. Britt King '86, averaged 14.2 rebounds per game as a junior during the 1984-85 season, which also marks a single-season record in the program's 40-year history. Nadine Malcolm '97 averaged 9.8 rebounds as a junior in 1995-96, and sits in second place on the list.
BLOCK PARTY... Aliyah Miller (Southaven, Miss.) enters Monday's game against St. John's with 26 blocks. She is tied for third place in blocked shots among freshmen all-time in the program's 40 year history. Lauren Okafor and Emily Cournoyer '10 also registered 26 blocks as freshmen. Andrea Mangum '90 holds the freshman record for blocks, with 41. Britt King '86 is second on the list (36).
30 SOMETHING... Providence College forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.), Tabatha Richardson-Smith (Seton Hall), Katherine Plouffe (Marquette) and Marissa Janning (Creighton) are the only players in the BIG EAST to reach 30 points in multiple games this season. Harris dropped a career-high 31 points in the Friars' season opener vs. UMass Lowell on November 9. She netted 30 points against BIG EAST foe Seton Hall on January 25. There have been 12, 30+ point games overall by BIG EAST players this season, and the Friars account for three of them. Junior guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) scored 32 points against Dartmouth (11/18).
30-POINT HISTORY... Juniors Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) and Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) have each scored 30+ points in a single game this season. It's the first time since the 1989-90 campaign that two different players have eclipsed the 30-point mark. That year, Dottie VanGheem recorded three, 30+ point games, while Andrea Mangum hit the milestone once.
SARAH BEAL'S 133 ASSISTS ARE THIRD-MOST ALL-TIME BY A FRESHMAN AT PROVIDENCE COLLEGE... Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) has dished 133 assists this season for the Friars. Her assist total currently ranks third all-time by a freshman at Providence. Mandy Saunders '98 holds the record for assists by a freshman at Providence, with 171. Shanya Evans '91 ranks second on the list with 136. Beal recently passed Mary Ann McCoy '80 (112). Beal needs just four assists to take sole possession of second place.
100-ASSISTS IN THE LAST DECADE... Freshman point guard Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) surpassed the 100-assist mark on Feb. 5 vs. Villanova. Heading into Monday's game against St. John's, Beal owns 133 hand-outs. She is just the fourth Friar in the last decade to dish 100+ assists in a season. Kendria Holmes achieved the feat in consecutive seasons (2006-07, 2007-08) with 103 and 117, respectively. Lola Wells '12 handed out 101 assists in 2010-11. Symone Roberts '13 recorded 135 assists a season ago (2012-13).
BEAL THREATENS BIG EAST SINGLE-GAME FRESHMAN ASSIST MARK... Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) was one assist shy of tying the BIG EAST single-game freshman assist record on Jan. 28 vs. Butler, with a career-best 13 hand-outs. Providence's Mandy Saunders '98 established the current record for a freshmen on Jan. 12, 1994 vs. Syracuse, with 14 assists. Margaret McKeon (St. John's) owns the conference's single-game assist record (18 vs. Georgetown - 1/16/91). Beal's 13 assists are the most by a BIG EAST player in a single-game this season.
LUCKY 13... Freshman point guard Sarah Beal's 13 assists vs. Butler on Jan. 28 are the most by a Providence College player in a single game since November 20, 1999. On that day, Dee Cummings dished 15 dimes against George Mason.
20-POINT GAMES... Four Friars have recorded 20+ points in the scoring column this season. Junior guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) leads the team with eight 20+ point games. Junior forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) is second on the team with five, while freshman point guard Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) has hit 20+ points four times. Junior guard Karin Robinson (Jamaica, N.Y.) has scored 20+ points twice.
ALEXIS HARRIS NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL FOR SIXTH TIME ON FEB. 24... Junior forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the sixth time this season on Feb. 24. The previous week, Harris averaged a double-double for the Friars with 19.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. She also contributed 2.5 blocks and 2.0 assists per contest. She shot 46.7-percent from the field (14-30) overall and hit 10-15 free-throws (66.7-percent). Harris started the week with a game-high 26 points and 10 boards vs. Seton Hall on Feb. 18, in addition to three assists one block and one steal. On Feb. 22, Harris posted 12 points and 11 rebounds in a victory over Xavier. She also recorded an assist on the game-winning basket, scored by Evi Iiskola with 19-seconds remaining in the game. Harris was previously named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on 11/18, 12/23, 1/6, 1/13 and 1/27.
SARAH BEAL TABBED BIG EAST FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK... Sarah Beal was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week on January 27. Beal became the first Friar since Chelsea Marandola ‘10 to earn Freshman of the Week accolades, dating back to December 26, 2005. Beal averaged 18.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.0 steal in two games the previous week for the Friars. She opened the week with a career-high 27 points against Marquette (Jan. 21), making 8-of-15 attempts from the field and sinking 10-of-12 free throws. She also added four assists, three rebounds and two steals. Beal closed the week with 10 points, five assists and four rebounds against Seton Hall (Jan. 25). Beal also has been named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll this season (Feb. 3).
TORI RULE NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... Providence College junior guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, January 20, for her performance the previous week vs. Georgetown and Xavier. Rule averaged 18.5 points and 4.0 rebounds last week, shooting 7-of-13 from three-point territory (53.8-percent). Rule notched 19 points in a victory over Georgetown on Jan. 15 and followed with a game-high 18 points against Xavier on Jan. 18. The Friars' victory over Georgetown snapped a streak of 12-straight losses to the Hoyas. Rule has earned BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll recognition three times on the year (12/9, 12/30 and 1/20). She also was named BIG EAST Player of the Week on November 25, and was one of 10 players named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team in October.
20+ ASSISTS... The Friars have dished 20+ assists in four games this season, heading into match-up against St. John's. Prior to this season, the Friars played 81-straight games without reaching 20 assists. The last time Providence recorded 20+ assists in a game, prior to the 2013-14 season, dates back to December 1, 2010. On that day, PC recorded 20 assists vs. Yale.
FRIARS' 28 ASSISTS VS. BRYANT ARE THE MOST IN A SINGLE GAME SINCE JANUARY 21, 1998... The Friars recorded 28 assists during their victory against Bryant on November 12. It marks the most assists in a single game for Providence since January 21, 1998. On that day, Providence dished 29 assists in a 103-92 loss to West Virginia. Providence has dished 20+ assists in four of its 28 games this season.
FRIARS RECORD 100+ POINTS IN BACK-TO-BACK GAMES... The Friars scored 100+ points in back-to-back games to start the season. The last time Providence scored 100+ points in back-to-back games was during the 1993-94 season. The Friars' 109 points against UMass Lowell and 104 points against Bryant mark the 48th and 49th, 100-point games in program history (1,133 games all-time).
FRIARS' 38 FIELD GOALS MADE VS. UMASS LOWELL ARE MOST SINCE FEBRUARY 10, 2007... The Friars connected on 38-of-79 attempts from the field in their season-opening victory against UMass Lowell on November 9. It marks the most field goals made in a single game since February 10, 2007 against St. John's. On that day, the Friars hit 38-of-79 attempts from the floor in a 93-77 victory.
FRIARS HIT 17 THREE-POINT BUCKETS IN WIN OVER BRYANT... The Friars hit 17-of-33 (51.5-percent) attempts from three-point range in a 104-67 victory over Bryant on November 12. The Friars' 17 three-pointers are the most by Providence in a single game, using statistics available beginning with the 1996-97 season. The NCAA introduced the three-point line during the 1986-87 season.
FRIARS' 109 POINTS MOST SINCE JANUARY 3, 1992... The Friars' 109 points vs. UMass Lowell are the most scored by the team since January 3, 1992. On that day, the Friars defeated Pittsburgh, 109-90, in Providence, R.I. Earlier that same season, Providence notched 116 points in a victory over Ball State on November 30 (116-80).
THE LAST TIME PROVIDENCE HIT TRIPLE DIGITS PRIOR TO 2013-14 SEASON... The last time Providence scored 100+ points in a game, prior to the 2013-14 season, was on January 3, 2007. The Friars defeated Louisville, 106-94, in double-overtime.
LAST TIME PROVIDENCE SCORED 100+ POINT IN A GAME OF REGULATION LENGTH PRIOR TO 2013-14 SEASON... The last time Providence scored 100+ points in a game of regulation length (40 minutes), prior to 2013-14 season, dates back to December 30, 1998. On that day, Providence defeated West Virginia, 100-95, in Providence, R.I.
FRIARS RECORD LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY SINCE 1997... The Friars 37-point victory over Bryant on November 12 (104-67), marks the largest margin of victory for the Friars since defeating Puerto Rico, 88-45 (+43), on November 28, 1997 at the San Juan Shoot-out in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
FRIARS' 65 REBOUNDS VS. UMASS LOWELL TIES PROVIDENCE COLLEGE SINGLE-GAME RECORD... The Friars recorded 65 rebounds against UMass Lowell on November 9. The Friars' 65 boards ties the program record for rebounds in a single-game at Providence College. Last season, the Friars recorded 65 rebounds against Villanova (1/23/13).
FRIARS CELEBRATE 40th SEASON OF WOMEN'S BASKETBALL AT PROVIDENCE COLLEGE... The 2013-14 campaign marks the 40th season of women's basketball at Providence College, which coincides with the start of a new era of BIG EAST Conference basketball. The program's first season of "varsity" competition was during the 1974-75 season, under the direction of Head Coach Kay McDonald. Providence finished its inaugural season with a 9-4 overall record.
WBCA JUNIOR/COMMUNITY COLLEGE COACHES' ALL-AMERICAN KARIN ROBINSON JOINS FRIARS FOR 2013-14 SEASON... Junior Karin Robinson (Jamaica, N.Y.) joins the Friars for her first season of NCAA Division I women's basketball after spending the last two seasons at the community college level. She began her career at Coffeyville Community College (2011-12), and played the 2012-13 season at Monroe Community College. Robinson averaged 10.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 3.1 steals per game at Monroe CC and was one of just 10 players named to the 2013 WBCA Junior/Community College All-America Team. This season, Robinson is averaging 8.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.1 steals per game. Robinson has played in 25 of the Friars’ 28 games (missed three games due to injury). She scored a career-high 23 points against Butler on January 1 in her BIG EAST debut, and tallied 21 points vs. St. John's on February 8.
TRANSFER SHEQUANA HARRIS TO SIT OUT AFTER PLAYING 2012-13 SEASON AT CHARLOTTE... Sophomore Shequana Harris (Bronx, N.Y.) will sit out the 2013-14 season due to NCAA transfer rules. Harris played the 2012-13 season at Charlotte and enrolled at Providence College this past summer. While at Charlotte, Harris saw action in 17 games as a freshman and averaged 1.7 points per game. Prior to college, she attended Murry Bergtraum High School in New York, where she was named 2012 New York City Player of the Year by the New York Post. She also was rated as a three-star recruit by ESPN/Hoopgurlz as a senior.
WHAT'S NEXT... Providence will begin play at the 2014 BIG EAST Women's Basketball Championship in Chicago, Ill., which is scheduled for March 8-11. The Friars will be one of four teams playing in the first round on March 8 at McGrath-Phillips Arena on the DePaul University campus. Providence has claimed the No. 10 seed in the tournament and will face No. 7 seed Seton Hall at 5 p.m. (ET)/4 p.m. (CT). The winner will advance to the quarterfinals on March 9 and face the Nol. 2 seed, which has not yet been determined. All games being played March 9 (Quarterfinals) through the Championship Game on March 11, will be played at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill.
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