NEW YORK, N.Y. -
Providence College junior guard Jovana Nogic (Belgrade, Serbia) has been named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team for women’s basketball. The league announced its preseason awards and honors at its annual BIG EAST Media Day on Oct. 18 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Nogic enjoyed an impressive sophomore season with the Friars in 2016-17. She led the team in scoring with an average of 14.5 points per game and also contributed 2.7 rebounds and team-best 1.3 steals per game. A proven threat from beyond the arc, Nogic set the program’s single-season record for three-point makes (91). The previous mark was held by Julie Wheeler ’98, who made 82 three pointers during the 1994-95 season.
Nogic finished 25th in NCAA Division I in three-point makes (91), 20th in three-point field-goals made per game (3.03) and 19th in field-goal percentage (41.9-percent).
Nogic reached double figures in 24 games last season, including a career-best streak of 10-straight games. She also hit for 20+ points in four games, including a career-best 27 points against Marquette on Jan. 27.
In her two seasons at Providence, Nogic has totaled 711 points in 59 career games (12.1 ppg). She also has shot an impressive 41.4-percent from the field (255-616), 41.4-percent from three-point territory (143-345) and 89.2-percent from the foul line (58-65).
In addition to releasing its preseason awards and honors, the league also announced the 2017-18 Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The Friars were picked to finish ninth in the standings (18 points). Marquette, the 2017 BIG EAST Tournament Champion, topped the poll with 81 points and a total of nine first-place votes. DePaul, who claimed the BIG EAST Regular-Season title, was tabbed to finish second (73 points; 1 first-place vote).
Providence finished the 2016-17 season with a 12-18 overall record and a 4-14 mark in BIG EAST play. The Friars’ 12 victories marked a seven-game improvement in the win column, compared to the previous season (5-24). It also marked the most wins in a single-season since 2011-12, when the team finished the year 13-17.
The Friars opened the year with seven-straight victories (7-0), marking the first 7-0 start for Providence since 1990-91.
Additionally, 12 of the Friars’ 18 losses were decided by 10 points or less. Providence posted a 4-12 mark in games decided by 10 points or less, including a 2-7 record in games decided by five point or less.
Providence finished in a three-way tie for seventh place in the 2017 regular-season standings. It was the highest finish by the program since realignment, and best finish overall in league play since 1997-98 when the team placed fourth in the BIG EAST 7 division.
2017-18 PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Allazia Blockton, Marquette, Jr., G *
2017-18 PRESEASON FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Dee Bekelja, DePaul, Fr., G
2017-18 PRESEASON ALL-BIG EAST TEAM
Tanita Allen, DePaul, Jr., G
Amarah Coleman, DePaul, Sr., G
Erika Davenport, Marquette, Jr., F *
Audrey Faber, Creighton, Jr., F
Adrianna Hahn, Villanova, Jr., G *
Natisha Hiedeman, Marquette, Jr., G
JaQuan Jackson, Seton Hall, R-Sr., G
Jovana Nogic, Providence, Jr., G
Tori Schickel, Butler, Jr., F *
Akina Wellere, St. John’s, Jr., G/F
Dionna White, Georgetown, Jr., G *
^extra player added due to a tie in voting
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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