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PROVIDENCE SET TO FACE MARQUETTE IN FIRST ROUND OF BIG EAST TOURNAMENT... The Providence College women's basketball team claimed the No. 9 seed in the 2015 BIG EAST Tournament and will face No. 8 seed Marquette on Saturday, March 7 at 3:00 p.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. CT. All games will be played at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill.
BIG EAST DIGITAL NETWORK... The BIG EAST Digital Network (FOX Sports GO) is scheduled to broadcast both first round games on Saturday, March 7. To view the games, please download the FOX Sports GO app on your mobile device or tablet. Dave Bernhard and Patricia Babcock McGraw will be on the call.
FRIARS ALL-ACCESS... Live audio of Saturday's game vs. Marquette 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.
WHAT LIES AHEAD... The winner of Saturday's first round game between No. 9 Providence and No. 8 Marquette will advance to the quarterfinals on Sunday, March 8 to face No. 1 seed Seton Hall. That game is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET / 12:00 p.m. CT, and will be nationally-televised on FOX Sports 2.
SEASON SERIES VS. MARQUETTE... Providence split its series with Marquette this season. The Friars claimed victory in the first meeting of the year on Jan. 23 in Milwaukee, Wis., 66-58. The Golden Eagles got revenge in the second meeting between the two teams, with a 72-64 victory in Providence, R.I. on Feb. 20.
PROVIDENCE VS. MARQUETTE ALL-TIME... The Friars and Golden Eagles have met 12 times during the history of the two women's basketball programs. Marquette leads the all-time series, 8-4. The Golden Eagles have earned victories in four of the last five meetings.
FIRST MEETING ALL-TIME IN BIG EAST TOURNAMENT ACTION... Providence and Marquette will meet for the first time during BIG EAST Tournament action. It also will mark the first meeting between the two teams at a neutral site. DOWN TO THE WIRE... Eight of the 12 meetings between Providence and Marquette have been decided by a single-digit margin, including each of the last four games.
IMPACT PLAYERS DURING SEASON SERIES... Four Friars have averaged double figures vs. Marquette during the season series in 2015. Tori Rule, who only faced Marquette once this season due to injury, recorded 19 points in the match-up on Feb. 20 in Providence, R.I. Alexis Harris has averaged a double-double vs. the Golden Eagles this year with 12.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. Chanise Baldwin and Alison Lewis each averaged 10.0 points per game during the season series.
STAR WATCH... In four career appearances all-time vs. Marquette, senior guard Tori Rule has averaged 20.3 points per game and has shot an impressive 47.6-percent from the field (30-63). She has reached double figures in each game, including two, 20+ point games.
PROVIDENCE ALL-TIME AT THE BIG EAST TOURNAMENT... Providence has posted a 19-26 record all-time in BIG EAST Tournament play (.422). Marquette is 2-5 all time at the tourney (.286).
LAST TIME THE FRIARS WON A BIG EAST TOURNAMENT GAME... The last time the Friars won a BIG EAST Tournament game dates back to March 3, 2001 at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn. On that day, the 11th-seeded Friars defeated No. 6 seed Seton Hall, 72-61.
THE ONE AND ONLY... Providence won the BIG EAST Championship in 1990. The Friars are one of four active members of the league to secure a BIG EAST title, along with St. John's (3), Villanova (3) and DePaul (1).
MADE FOR THE MOMENT... Senior guard Tori Rule appeared in her first-ever BIG EAST Tournament game on March 8, 2013 in Hartford, Conn. Rule finished the game with a career-high 35 points on 11-24 shooting, including a 10-20 performance from three-point territory. Rule's 10 three pointers set a Providence College and BIG EAST Tournament single-game record. She is just the second Friar in program history to score 30+ points in a BIG EAST Tournament game, and her 35 points stands as the highest point total by a Friar in tournament history. Sonya Lewis `97 scored 30+ points twice during the BIG EAST Tournament (31 vs. Boston College on 3/5/93 and 33 vs. Georgetown on 3/6/93). Last season, Rule notched 27 points on 9-21 shooting in the first round vs. Seton Hall on March 8 at McGrath-Phillips Arena in Chicago, Ill.
TORI RULE ALL-TIME IN BIG EAST TOURNAMENT PLAY... In two tournament appearance, Rule has averaged 31.0 points and has shot 20-45 (44.4-percent), from the field, including 51.7-percent from three-point territory (15-29).
PROVIDENCE DEFEATS GEORGETOWN IN REGULAR-SEASON FINALE... The Providence College women's basketball team defeated Georgetown, 81-66, on Sunday afternoon at Alumni Hall. The 81 points by the Friars was a season-high while they also held the lead for the entire game. Tori Rule led the Friars with 27 points (10-of-16) for the game. She was 3-for-6 from three-point range and a perfect 4-for-4 from free throws. Alexis Harris added 18 points and a team-high nine rebounds. As a team, Providence shot 49% (28-of-57) from the field, which is their third highest shooting percentage of the season. The Friars also recorded their largest margin of victory (+15). In the first half, PC opened the game on a 7-0 run and later increased its lead to 15-4 at the 15:36 mark. At 11:16, the Friars again had a run, this time a 6-0 push that gave them at 22-11 advantage. The Friar defense forced seven turnovers in the last 10 minutes and scored nine points to give them a 42-33 lead at the break. Providence entered the mid-way point shooting 48% (14-for-29). The Friars were solid from the charity stripe, connecting on 12 of their 14 free throws (85.7%). Georgetown shot 30% from the floor (12-for-40) and 57% at the foul line (4-of-7). Georgetown climbed within six points of the Friars (45-39) at 17:36 of the second, but that would be the closest the Hoyas would get the rest of the way. The Friars' lead grew to 20 at 6:53 with a 6-0 run while hitting three-straight field goals. In that span Providence forced four Hoya turnovers in 2:17 minutes of play. Baldwin had a strong game defensively, recording six of the team's seven blocks in the game, which was a career-high for the senior forward. She also tied a career-high with four steals. Robinson also tallied four steals in the game. Freshman Alison Lewis recorded 14 points on the day, and has now scored in double-figures in seven of last 11 games. Junior Evi Iiskola also reached double-figures with 10 points. Providence held the overall edge in rebounds for the game, at 43-39. Katie McCormick and Faith Woodward registered double-figures for the Hoyas with 19 and 17 points, respectively.
FRIARS' 81 POINTS VS. GEORGETOWN MARKS SEASON HIGH... The Friars' 81 points vs. Georgetown on March 1 marks 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 has scored 80-or-more points in two games this season.
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 the BIG EAST Tournament with 18 in her career.
20/20... Tori Rule leads the Friars with six 20+ point games this season vs. Brown (20), Bryant (20), Villanova (22), Boston College (23), Villanova (24) and Georgetown (27). Sarah Beal and Alexis Harris are the only other Friars to achieve the feat. Beal notched 24 points vs. Brown. Harris posted 20 points in the Friars' game vs. Marquette on Feb. 20. Rule has 20, 20+ point games in her career, Harris owns six and Beal has hit the mark five times.
FRIARS RECORD THIRD-HIGHEST SHOOTING PERCENTAGE OF THE SEASON IN MOST RECENT GAME VS. GEORGETOWN... Providence shot 49.1-percent from the floor vs. Georgetown on March 1 during a 81-66 victory in Providence, R.I. The Friars hit 28-57 attempts from the floor, marking the third-highest field-goal percentage of the season.
FRIARS HEATING UP FROM THE FLOOR JUST IN TIME FOR POSTSEASON... In its last five regular-season games, Providence has shot a solid 45.5-percent from the floor (139-306). During the five-game stretch, the Friars have posted three of their top four shooting percentages this season vs. Creighton (.510), DePaul (.475) and Georgetown (.491). The Friars' highest shooting percentage of the season came against Bryant on Nov. 30 (.574).
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 14 of their 29 games, including nine of the last 13.
ALISON LEWIS POSTS DOUBLE FIGURES IN SEVEN OF LAST 11 GAMES... Freshman guard Alison Lewis has reached double figures in the scoring column during seven of the Friars' last 11 games. It marks the most double-digit scoring games during the 11-game stretch. Tori Rule has reached double figures five times in the last 11 games.
TORI RULE AVERAGING TEAM-BEST 18.2 POINTS IN FIVE GAMES SINCE RETURN FROM INJURY... Senior guard Tori Rule returned to the court on Feb. 15 after missing nine games with an injury. In five games since her return, she's averaging a team-best 18.2 points per game. She has shot 53.5-percent from the floor (38-71) and has added 4.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.6 steals per game. Rule has recorded double figures in each of the five games, and has eclipsed 20 points in each of the last two. She recently scored a season-high 27 points vs. Georgetown in the Friars' regular-season finale on March 1.
DOUBLE-TROUBLE... 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.
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 year.
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).
FRIARS ARE 3-6 OVERALL WHEN LEADING AT HALFTIME... Providence is 3-6 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. Most recently, Providence led at the half against Georgetown on March 1 (42-33) and won the game, 81-66. 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' 29 games have been decided by 10 points or less. PC 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 guard Sarah Beal will miss the remainder of the 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 Saturday's BIG EAST Tournament game with 629 career boards and ranks 19th on the Friars' all-time rebounding list. Harris needs eight rebounds to take over sole possession of 18th place, currently held by Monika Roberts `01 (636).
TORI RULE RANKS 17th 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 1,241 career points. Rule has played 105 career games and has averaged 11.8 points per game.
WHO'S NEXT... Tori Rule needs six points to pass Shanya Evans `91, who completed her career with 1,246 points (1987-91) and currently sits in 16th place on the Friars' all-time scoring list. Mandy Saunders `98 ranks 15th with 1,256 points (1993-98).
DEFENSE... The Friars have allowed 11 of their 29 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). The defense has improved, however, as the Friars have allowed their opponent to shoot 45-percent or better just three times in the last 14 games - and just four times during 18 BIG EAST regular-season games.
IF THE FRIARS ADVANCE... Should the Friars advance to the quarterfinals on March 8, they would face No. 1 seed Seton Hall at 1 p.m. (ET). The game is scheduled to be nationally-televised on FOX Sports 2. Seton Hall swept the season series vs. the Friars in 2015 and hold a 31-28 record in the all-time series. The Pirates have earned victories in each of the last six meetings between the two teams. Four of the last six meetings have been decided by 10 points or less, including a one-point Seton Hall victory earlier this season on Jan. 11 (68-67).
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