Women's Basketball Opens 2013-14 Season At UMass Lowell

    Danielle Pearson

    Danielle Pearson

    Nov. 6, 2013

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    PROVIDENCE OPENS 2013-14 SEASON AT UMASS LOWELL... The Providence College women's basketball team will face UMass Lowell in its 2013-14 season opener on Saturday, November 9 at 1:00 p.m. The game will be played at the Costello Athletic Center in Lowell, Mass.

    RADIO... Live streaming audio of the Providence vs. UMass Lowell game will be available via Friars All-Access at www.Friars.com. Play-by-play will be provided by Chris Fama. The pre-game broadcast will be available at 12:55 p.m.

    SCOUTING UMASS LOWELL... The River Hawks begin their first season of NCAA Division I competition during the 2013-14 season, and are members of the America East Conference. Last season, UMass Lowell finished with its best record in a decade at 18-9 overall, including a 15-7 mark in the Northeast 10 Conference (NCAA Division II). The River Hawks are looking to replace the nation's leading scorer in Bianca Simmons, who averaged 28.2 points per game and was an All-America selection in 2013. UMass Lowell returns just one starter on its roster and welcomes 11 newcomers. The program's top-returning player is Lindsey Doucette (4.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.0 apg).

    FRIARS ALL-TIME IN SEASON OPENERS... Providence College is 26-13 all-time in season openers, during the 39-year history of the program. Providence is 0-3 in its last three season openers.

    LAST TIME PROVIDENCE WON A SEASON OPENER... The Friars last won a season opener on November 13, 2009 against Brown University. Providence earned an 83-50 victory on that day. Since that victory, the Friars have lost three-straight season openers.

    FRIARS DEFEAT ASSUMPTION COLLEGE 73-49 IN EXHIBITION GAME... The Providence College women's basketball team defeated Assumption College, 73-49, in an exhibition game on October 26 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. The Friars dominated in every facet of the game, out-scoring the Greyhounds, 36-22, in the paint, 18-4 in fast-break points, 12-6 in second-chance points and 22-10 in bench scoring. The Friars also took advantage of 21 Assumption turnovers, which the team converted into 21 points.

    ALEXIS HARRIS NOTCHES A DOUBLE-DOUBLE AGAINST ASSUMPTION... Junior forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) recorded a double-double against Assumption on October 26 with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Harris also contributed a game-high three steals and added one assist and one blocked shot. Harris hit 9-12 shots from the floor and 1-1 shots from the free-throw line.

    TORI RULE SHAKES OFF SLOW START ON OFFENSE... Junior Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) finished with 10 points in the Friars' exhibition game vs. Assumption on October 26. Rule came out of the gates slowly, hitting just two of her first nine shots (0.222). However, she finished strong netting four of her last seven attempts from the field (0.571). Rule also contributed six rebounds, two assists and two steals in 29 minutes. She played the second-most minutes of any Friar in the game and did not commit a turnover.

    MIRANDA SIMPSON NETS DOUBLE DIGITS VS. ASSUMPTION... Freshman Miranda Simpson (Round Rock, Texas) recorded 10 points against Assumption on October 26. She played 24 minutes off the bench and hit 4-8 attempts from the floor, including 2-4 from beyond the three-point arc. She was the only Friar to hit a three-point field goal in the game. Simpson also registered six rebounds, four assists and one blocked shot. Her four assists marked the second highest total on the team.

    FRESHMAN SARAH BEAL MAKES APPEARANCE IN STARTING LINE-UP VS. ASSUMPTION... Freshman Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) was the lone newcomer in the starting line-up during the Friars' exhibition game vs. Assumption on October 26. Beal played 28 minutes and contributed eight points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal.

    DANIELLE PEARSON DISHES GAME-HIGH SIX ASSISTS VS. ASSUMPTION... Senior Danielle Pearson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) dished a game-high six assists in the Friars' exhibition game vs. Assumption on October 26. While exhibition statistics do not count toward a player's official stats, it is worth noting that Pearson's six assists against the Greyhounds match her career high, which she established against Harvard on November 18, 2011.

    FRIARS HONOR KERRY PHAYRE '83 PRIOR TO EXHIBITION GAME... The Friars honored Assumption College Head Coach Kerry Phayre, prior to the exhibition game on October 26. Phayre is a 1983 graduate of Providence, and played basketball for the Friars from 1980-83. Phayre earned KODAK District I All-America Team honors and was a BIG EAST Honorable Mention selection in 1983. In 1982, she set the Providence College record for field-goal percentage in a single game after connecting on 10-of-10 (1.000) attempts from the field vs. Manhattan on Dec. 5, 1982. Phayre led the Friars in assists during each of her three seasons and ranks fifth all-time at Providence with 432 handouts in her career. She also ranks 12th all-time in career scoring with 1,269 points. Phayre owns a 289-200 record at Assumption College. Last year, she led the Greyhounds to a 22-8 overall record and advanced to the NCAA East Region Quarterfinal.

    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.

    TORI RULE NAMED TO 2013-14 PRESEASON ALL-BIG EAST TEAM... Junior guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) was named to the 2013-14 Preseason All-BIG EAST Team on October 16. The announcement was made by the league office at its annual media day, held at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York City. Rule was among the list of 10 players named to the preseason team. Rule is the Friars' leading returning scorer from 2012-13, having averaged 14.4 points per game. She also contributed 3.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.2 steals per game.

    PICKING UP WHERE SHE LEFT OFF... Junior Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) is hoping to start the 2013-14 season the way she finished her sophomore campaign in 2012-13. Rule netted a career-high 35 points in a BIG EAST Championship First Round loss to Georgetown (81-61) on March 8 in Hartford, Conn. She set a BIG EAST Tournament and Providence College single-game record with 10 three-point field goals (10-20) vs. the Hoyas. It also marked her second 30+ point game of the season.

    FRIARS RETURN THREE MEMBERS OF THE STARTING LINE-UP... Providence welcomes back three players who saw significant time in the starting line-up last season. Sophomore Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) started each of the Friars' 30 games as a freshman in 2012-13. She averaged 5.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. Junior Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) started 29 of 30 games last season and averaged 14.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Junior Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) played 29 games and worked her way into the starting line-up by season's end. Harris made 10 starts overall, including nine of the Friars' last 10 games of the season. She is the team's leading returning rebounder (5.4 rpg) and also contributed 6.1 points and 1.1 steals per game.

    IRON WOMAN... In 2012-13, current Friar sophomore Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) set a Providence College record for minutes played by a freshman, with 1,027. Mandy Saunders '98 set the previous mark for minutes played by a freshman with 997.

    PEARSON LENDS A HELPING HAND... Senior Danielle Pearson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) finished second on the team last season with 52 assists (1.7 apg). During her career, she has posted three games with 5+ assists and owns 107 career assists in 75 games with the Friars.

    ALEXIS HARRIS IS THE FRIARS' TOP-RETURNING REBOUNDER... Junior forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) is the Friars' leading returning rebounder from last season. Harris averaged 5.4 boards for the Friars in 29 contests and recorded three, double-digit rebounding games. She hauled in a career-high 13 boards against USF on February 10, 2013.

    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.

    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.

    ROBINSON FRUCHTL NETS FIRST FULL RECRUITING CLASS... The Friars welcome six new faces to the program in 2013-14, which makes up Head Coach Susan Robinson Fruchtl's first, full recruiting class. Current Friar sophomore Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) was Robinson Fruchtl's first official recruit at Providence after being hired in April 2012, but she and her staff have had a year to recruit a full class since then. This year's crop of newcomers includes three true freshmen (Sarah Beal, Aliyah Miller and Miranda Simpson) and a community college transfer (Karin Robinson), who will be eligible to compete immediately. Shequana Harris, who transferred from Charlotte, may practice with the team, but cannot participate in any games due to NCAA transfer rules. Freshman walk-on Monalisa Mendes rounds out the list of newcomers, but will not play for the Friars during the 2013-14 season due to injury.

    TRACY LIS '92 TO HAVE HER JERSEY RETIRED ON JANUARY 25... On Saturday, January 25, Providence College will honor three of its all-time greatest basketball players. Former Friar men's basketball players Kevin Stacom '74 and Joe Hassett '77 and women's basketball player Tracy Lis '92 will be honored at the men's and women's home games that day as banners will be unveiled with their names and numbers (Stacom #25, Hassett #10 and Lis #22). The banners will be presented at a halftime ceremony of each game. All three former Friars will join the Friar Legends Forever Tradition. On January 25, the Friar men's team will play Xavier at the Dunkin' Donuts Center at noon and the Friar women's basketball team will play Seton Hall in Mullaney Gymnasium at 2:30 p.m. Lis will become the second player in Providence College women's basketball history to have her jersey retired, and the third honoree overall. In 2010, former Associate Athletic Director Helen Bert and former Friar great Kathy Finn Hill `84 were honored. Lis, a native of Cromwell, Conn., is one of the greatest players to ever wear a Friar uniform. She played for the Providence College women's basketball team from 1988-92, and is the program's all-time leading scorer with 2,534 career points. She is the only Friar to eclipse the 2,000-point plateau in the history of the program. Lis also ranks fifth in career rebounding with 821 boards. She also ranks fourth all-time among BIG EAST Conference career leaders in points (1,296), ninth in scoring average (19.6 ppg), third in free throws made (302), ninth in steals (183) and 11th in field goals made (455) in conference action. In 1990, she led the Friars to the program's first BIG EAST Tournament title. That same season, the Friars advanced to the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Tournament. In 1991, she guided the program to its highest national ranking in the Associated Press Top-25 at No. 15. In 1992, Lis received the BIG EAST Special Achievement Award and was named ECAC Player of the Year. Lis was a two-time First-Team All-BIG EAST selection. In 2004, Lis was one of 15 players honored as a member of the BIG EAST Conference Silver Anniversary Team. During her career, Providence made four-consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament and compiled a 96-31 record (.755). Providence also advanced to the BIG EAST Championship game three-straight years (1989-91). Lis played professionally for the New England Blizzard in the American Basketball League (ABL).

    HOME OPENER VS. BRYANT FEATURES FORMER FRIAR GREAT AND CURRENT BRYANT HEAD COACH MARY BURKE '87 ... Providence will host Bryant University on Tuesday, November 12 in its 2013-14 home opener at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. The game will tip-off at 7:00 p.m. Bryant is coached by former Friar great Mary Burke '87. To date, Burke still ranks among the top players in program history in scoring and rebounding. She is currently fifth in scoring (1,672 points) and ninth in rebounding (740 rebounds). In 1987, Burke was named to the KODAK All-District 1 Team and was the first-ever recipient of the ECAC Award of Valor. Burke also was an three-time All-BIG EAST selection during her career, and a member of the Providence College Athletics Hall of Fame. The Friars will honor Burke on Tuesday during a brief pre-game presentation.

    FOX SPORTS 1... The Friars have two games broadcast on national television this season. FOX Sports 1, which reached 90-million homes across the United States, has picked up the Friars' game vs. Boston College on Sunday, December 29 at 3:00 p.m. and Providence's BIG EAST tilt against St. John's on Saturday, February 8 at 12:30 p.m.

    COX SPORTS COVERAGE... Cox Sports will televise the Friars' game against the University of Rhode Island on Saturday, December 21 at the Ryan Center in Kingston, R.I. Tip-off is slated for 2:00 p.m.

    WOON 1240 AM... The Friars will have five games broadcast, locally, on WOON 1240 AM this season; vs. Bryant (11/12), at Rhode Island (12/21), at Xavier (1/18), at St. John's (2/8) and at Seton Hall (2/18). Audio coverage of all games (home and away) will be available via the internet at www.Friars.com. In addition to the audio coverage, all home games (with the exception of televised contests) will feature live streaming video.