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PROVIDENCE COLLEGE HOSTS COLGATE UNIVERSITY IN 2016-17 SEASON OPENER... The Providence College women’s basketball program will host Colgate University in the 2016-17 season opener on Friday, Nov. 11. The game will be played at Alumni Hall / Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. and is scheduled to tip-off at 7:00 p.m.
FRIARS ALL-ACCESS... Providence’s game against Colgate on Nov. 11 will be broadcast live on Friars All-Access via the College’s athletic website at www.Friars.com. Friars All-Access is a subscription service. Play-by-play of the game will be handled by Chris Fama.
FIRST MEETING ALL-TIME... Friday’s game marks the first meeting all-time between Providence College and Colgate University in the history of the two women’s basketball programs.
NEW ERA... The Friars begin a new era under the direction of first-year Head Coach Jim Crowley, who was named the program’s 10th coach on May 10, 2016. Crowley spent the previous 20 seasons at St. Bonaventure, including each of the last 16 as the program’s head coach. He led the Bonnies to post-season play during six of the last eight seasons, including trips to the NCAA Tournament in 2016 (Second Round) and 2012 (Sweet 16). Crowley is a three-time Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year (2009, 2012, 2014) and was tabbed ESPN.com National Coach of the Year in 2012.
JIM CROWLEY APPROACHING 300th CAREER VICTORY... Providence College Head Coach Jim Crowley is approaching his 300th career victory. Heading into his first season with the Friars, Crowley owns a 297-268 career record, which he compiled in 16 seasons at St. Bonaventure (2000-16) and three season at Keuka College (1993-96).
FRIARS ALL-TIME IN SEASON OPENERS... The Friars are 27-15 all-time in season openers during the program’s 42-year history. Additionally, the Friars are 30-12 all-time in home openers.
A QUICK LOOK AT COLGATE... Colgate finished the 2015-16 season with a 7-23 overall record, including a 4-14 mark in the Patriot League to finish eighth in the regular-season standings. The Raiders lost their top-two offensive threats from a season ago in Paige Kriftcher and Josie Stockill. Kriftcher averaged 12.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. Stockill averaged 12.7 points, 7.4 rebounds and a team-best 3.5 blocked shots per game. The Raiders also lost their leading rebounder from last season in Randyll Butler (8.2 rpg). Colgate’s leading returning scorer is Katie Curtis (9.4 ppg). Curtis also recorded a team-best 83 assists and 41 steals during the 2015-16 campaign.
FRIARS RETURN 10 LETTER WINNERS FROM 2015-16... The Providence College women’s basketball team returns 10 letter winners from last year’s squad. The Friars lost just one player to graduation in guard/forward Evi Iiskola. Iiskola played 29 games and appeared in the starting line-up 26 times. She averaged 5.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. Eight of the Friars’ 10 returners have experience in the starting line-up.
SARAH BEAL AND ALIYAH MILLER EMBARK ON FINAL SEASON... The Friars’ senior class is comprised of guard Sarah Beal and forward Aliyah Miller. Last year, Beal led the Friars in scoring (10.8 ppg), assists (3.2 apg) and steals (1.7 spg) and finished second among her teammates in rebounding (4.3 rpg). Miller led the Friars on the glass with 5.0 caroms per contest. She also averaged 8.1 points per game.
SARAH BEAL ENTERS SEASON RANKED 13th ALL-TIME IN ASSISTS AT PROVIDENCE... Sarah Beal enters the 2016-17 season with 295 career assists (4.1 apg). She currently ranks 13th on the Friars’ all-time career assist list. Beal is currently looking up at Diann Reynolds ‘88, who ranks 12th on the list with 299 dimes.
FRIARS’ TOP THREE-POINT THREATS RETURN TO THE COURT... Current sophomores Yoyo Nogic, Clara Che and Maddie Jolin combined to make 107 of the Friars’ 136 three-point field goals in 2015-16, shooting a collective 107-282 (0.379) from beyond the arc. Nogic led the Friars overall from three-point territory (.406, 52-128), while Che topped the team in three-point percentage during BIG EAST regular-season action (.407, 24-59).
ERICA MEYER RETURNS AFTER TYING RECORD FOR BLOCKED SHOTS BY A FRESHMAN... Forward Erica Meyer recorded a team-best 41 blocked shots during the 2015-16 season. Her 41 blocks tied the program record for blocks by a freshman in a single-season, previously set by Andrea Mangum ‘90 during the 1986-87 campaign.
MOST THREE-POINT FIELD GOALS BY A FRESHMAN SINCE 1994-95... Yoyo Nogic hit 52-128 three-point field-goal attempts during the 2015-16 season, to lead the Friars in both makes and percentage (.406). Her 52 three pointers marked the most by a freshman at Providence since Julie Wheeler ‘98 hit 82 triples as a rookie during the 1994-95 campaign (82-237, .346), which also marks the program’s single-season record.
DIFFICULTY ON THE ROAD... The Friars posted a 1-13 record away from home last season. The squad’s only road victory was a 64-55 overtime win against Rhode Island on Dec. 20. After capturing that win, Providence finished the year with 10-straight losses on the road.
IMPORTANCE OF A GOOD START... The Friars were 4-1 during the 2015-16 season when leading at halftime. The Friars’ only blemish when leading at the break came against Marquette on Feb. 21. Providence led the Golden Eagles 43-36 at the half, but were defeated by a score of 92-85.
SINGLE-GAME STEALS RECORD... On Dec. 9, 2015 vs. Bryant, Sarah Beal collected 10 steals to set the Friars’ single-game steals record, previously held by Helen Jessie-Mency ‘91. Mency collected nine steals vs. Pitt on Feb. 5, 1991. For some perspective - Mency set the previous mark for steals in a game four years before Beal was born (1995). Beal’s 10 steals also marked the most by a BIG EAST player in single game since Dec. 22, 2012 (Andrell Smith (USF)).
FRIARS TO PLAY THREE-STRAIGHT HOME GAMES TO START SEASON... The Friars will open the 2016-17 season with three-straight home games, beginning with Colgate on Friday, Nov. 11 (7:00 p.m.). Upon completion of the three home games, the Friars will conclude their non-conference schedule with eight-straight games on the road. The stretch includes two in-season tournaments, including the inaugural Ocean State Tip-Off Tournament, hosted by Brown University (Dec. 3-4). Providence opens the tournament against Bryant on Dec. 3 and will face Brown or Rhode Island on Dec. 4.
WHAT’S NEXT... The Friars will host North Dakota State on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. The game will tip-off at Noon to accommodate the program’s annual Project Providence event. The event consists of various activities and speakers to help educate local elementary and middle school students about basketball, strength and conditioning, proper nutrition and the importance of education. The program will be followed by the women’s basketball game vs. North Dakota State.
PROVIDENCE DEFEATS RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE IN EXHIBITION GAME... Providence defeated Rhode Island College, 64-29, in an exhibition game on Nov. 5 in Providence, R.I. Sophomore guard Maddie Jolin paced the Friars with a game-high 14 points and added four rebounds, three assists, two blocked shots and one steal. All of her 14 points came during the second half. Jolin was able to shake off a 0-for-4 shooting performance in the first half and finished the game 5-of-11 from the field overall, including a 3-of-6 effort from three-point territory. The Friars held a 23-7 lead at halftime, after holding Rhode Island College scoreless during the second quarter. Providence outscored the Anchorwomen 12-0 in the quarter to create some separation, setting up a solid offensive showing in the second half. Senior Sarah Beal led the Friars in the opening 20 minutes of play with 10 points. She hit 5-of-8 attempts from the field in 16 minutes of action. Sophomore guard Clara Che recorded a team-best five rebounds and four assists in the first half. Sophomore Erica Meyer came off the bench to record four rebounds for Providence, including three boards off of the offensive glass. Rhode Island College got three first-half points from Jordyn Gauvin, while Kyla DePina hauled in a team-best four rebounds. In the second half, Providence jumped out to a 25-point lead with a 16-7 scoring advantage in the opening 5:59 of the third quarter. The Friars maintained control of the game the rest of the way. Providence led by as many as 37 points (63-26) with 2:21 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Friars shot 47-percent from the field in the second half (15-32), including an impressive 5-of-6 performance from beyond the three point arc. In the third quarter alone, the Friars connected on 9-of-16 attempts from the field overall (56-percent), including a perfect 3-for-3 from downtown. Beal and junior Allegra Botteghi joined Jolin in double figures for the game with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Beal also contributed four rebounds and one steal in 22 minutes of play. Botteghi logged just 18 minutes for the Friars and tallied four rebounds, one assist and one steal. Che and junior forward Brianna Frias each narrowly missed bids for double-doubles in the game. Che finished the day with nine points and game-high 11 rebounds, including five offensive boards. She also led the Friars with six assists and added one steal. Frias’ line consisted of eight points, 10 rebounds, two assists and a game-high five blocked shots. Meyer also proved to be a force on the boards for Providence, as she concluded the game with eight points, including six on the offensive end. The Friars held a 53-34 advantage in rebounding and out-scored the Anchorwomen, 15-0, in second-chance points. Providence also dominated the paint, where it held a 26-8 edge in scoring. Additionally, Providence recorded an assist on 18 of its 25 made field goals.
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