Women's Basketball Set To Host Merrimack In Exhibition Game

Nov. 3, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -

Exhibition Game Notes vs. Merrimack Get Acrobat Reader

FRIARS WELCOME MERRIMACK IN EXHIBITION ACTION... Providence College will host Merrimack College in an exhibition game on Saturday, Nov. 4. The game will be played at Alumni Hall / Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. and is scheduled to tip-off at 1:00 p.m.

SCOUTING MERRIMACK... Merrimack competes at the NCAA Division II level and is a member of the Northeast-10 Conference. During the 2016-17 season, the Warriors finished with a 13-15 overall record, including a 10-11 mark in the NE-10 Northeast Division. Merrimack defeated Pace University, 63-51, in the NE-10 Championship First Round, before falling to top-seeded Bentley, 76-43, in the Quarterfinals.

PLAYERS TO WATCH... Lexi Martin is Merrimack’s leading returning scorer from a season ago. She averaged 9.6 points per game and finished third on the team last year in assists (1.6 apg) and steals (1.4 spg). Denia Davis-Stewart led the Warriors on the glass last season with 8.4 boards per game, and also registered a team best 79 blocked shots.

FAMILY TIES... Sisters Olivia Orlando and Giulia Orlando will represent opposing teams on Saturday. Olivia is a freshman guard for Providence College, who averaged a double-double during her career at the Tilton School on 16.0 points and 14.0 rebounds per game. She capped her career by earning 2017 New Hampshire Gatorade Player of the Year recognition and USA Today All-USA New Hampshire Player of the Year honors. Giulia is a currently a sophomore at Merrimack and appeared in 20 games for the Warriors last season, including 10 appearances in the starting line-up. She averaged 1.4 points per game as a rookie.

SCOUTING THE FRIARS... 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.

HOT START... Providence opened the 2016-17 season with seven-straight victories (7-0). It marked the first 7-0 start for Providence since the 1990-91 season, when the team also began the year 7-0.

LOSSES BY 10 POINTS OR LESS... Twelve of the Friars’ 18 losses were decided by 10 points or less. The Friars posted a 4-12 record in games decided by 10 points or less, including a 2-7 mark in games decided by five points or less. In BIG EAST regular-season play, nine of the Friars’ 14 losses were decided by 10 points or less.

HIGHEST FINISH IN BIG EAST SINCE 1997-98... Providence finished in a three-way tie for seventh place in the BIG EAST Conference regular-season standings. It marks the highest finish for the program since conference realignment, and best finish overall in league play since 1997-98 when the team finished fourth in the BIG EAST 7 division.

DIALED IN FROM DEEP... The Friars set the program’s single-season record for three-point field goal percentage. Providence shot 37.4-percent from beyond the arc (192-514), topping the previous record of 36.0-percent set during the 1991-92 campaign.

MORE FROM THREE... The Friars hit 192 three-pointers during the 2016-17 season. It marked the third-highest total for three-point makes in a single season. During the 1994-95 season, the Friars hit a program-record 235 three-pointers. In 1989-90, the team finished with 198 triples. Providence also attempted 514 three-point shots this season, marking the sixth-highest total for the Friars in a single-season.

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.

PLAYERS TO WATCH... The Friars return six letterwinners to the team this season, and all six have experience in the starting line-up. Jovana Nogic is Providence’s leading returning scorer, having averaged 14.5 points per game. She earned All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention recognition at season’s end. Heading into the 2017-18 campaign, she was named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team. She shot the three-ball at a 41.9-percent clip (91-217) last year and also knocked down 91.7-percent of her free throw attempts (33-36). Maddie Jolin averaged 9.6 pointsand 1.9 assists per game, followed by Allegra Botteghi’s 8.8 points and team-best 6.0 rebounds per game. Jolin was second on the team in three-point field goals, with 47. Clara Che is another player to watch in a potent junior class. She averaged 7.3 points, 3.1 assists and finished third among her teammates in three-point field goals (44).

 

 

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