SEASON OPENER... The Friars will host Columbia in their season opener on Friday, Nov. 10. The game will be played at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. and is scheduled to tip-off at 3:30 p.m. The Providence College men’s basketball team will host Houston Baptist at 7:00 p.m. in Alumni Hall as part of the 2K Classic. Anyone with a ticket to the men’s game at 7:00 p.m. also will be admitted to the women’s game vs. Columbia at 3:30 p.m.
BROADCAST VS. COLUMBIA... The Friars’ season opener against Columbia will be broadcast live via the internet on www.Friars.com as part of the Friars All-Access subscription package. Play-by-play will be provided by Chris Fama.
POST-GAME PRESS CONFERENCE... The Providence College women’s basketball team will hold a formal post-game press conference at the conclusion of each home game. Head Coach Jim Crowley and select players will be available at the press conference. The post-game press conference will be located on the third floor of Alumni Hall in the video room.
FRIARS ALL-TIME IN SEASON OPENERS... The Friars are 28-15 all-time in season openers during the program’s 43-year history. Additionally, the Friars are 31-12 all-time in home openers.
PROVIDENCE VS. COLUMBIA ALL-TIME... The Friars and Lions met for the first time in program history last season on Dec. 7, 2016 in New York, N.Y. Columbia came away with a 66-64 overtime victory to lead the series, 1-0.
RECAP OF LAST YEAR’S MATCH-UP VS. COLUMBIA... Providence started the game 6-6 from the field to take a 16-5 lead with 4:04 left in the first quarter. The Friars finished the quarter with an 18-5 advantage. In the second quarter, the Friars shot just 1-10 from the field. Despite the Friars’ offensive struggle, they took a 20-15 advantage into halftime. Jovana Nogic led Providence with eight points, while Columbia got nine first-half points from Camille Zimmerman. The Friars pushed out to an eight-point lead (29-21) with 5:42 remaining in the third quarter. From there, Columbia went on a 10-0 run, including an 8-8 performance from the free-throw line to give the Lions their first lead of the game with 2:48 on the clock (31-29). At the conclusion of the third quarter, Columbia held a 41-38 lead. The Lions outscored the Friars 26-18 in the third quarter and took advantage at the free-throw line, hitting all 12 of their attempts. The fourth quarter featured eight lead changes and three ties. The Friars held a 54-51 lead with 1:25 left on the clock, but back-to-back buckets by the Columbia’s Tori Oliver and Zimmerman gave the Lions a one-point edge with 20-seconds remaining in the game (55-54). After a Providence timeout, Sarah Beal sliced to the hoop for a bucket, which rimmed out. Fellow senior Aliyah Miller (Southaven, Miss.) hauled in the offensive board and was fouled. Miller made one of two free throws to tie the game and Nogic came up with a steal on the defensive end to send the game to overtime (55-55). Columbia took a 64-61 lead on a three-pointer by Paulina Koerner with 1:26 left in OT. After both teams committed turnovers on their ensuing offensive possessions, Beal converted a traditional three-point play with 22-seconds left to tie the game, 64-64. The Lions called timeout, which advanced the ball to Columbia’s frontcourt. Zimmerman muscled her way to the rim for her 27th point of the night with eight seconds remaining in the game, and the Friars’ attempt on the other end fell short as time expired. Beal led the Friars with 17 points and added four rebounds and a game-high five assists. Nogic finished the game with 13 points, four rebounds and a game-high three steals. Clara Che scored 10 of her 12 points after halftime, while Miller rounded out the double-digit scorers with 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Zimmerman collected 10 rebounds to go along with her 27 points in the Lions’ victory. Oliver chipped in 13 points and seven rebounds, including six offensive boards.
PROVIDENCE ALL-TIME VS. THE IVY LEAGUE... The Providence College women’s basketball program has compiled a 45-14 record all-time vs. Ivy League institutions.
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 and also has been named to the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Watch List. 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 points and 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).
JOVANA NOGIC NAMED TO ANN MEYERS DRYSDALE AWARD WATCH LIST... Junior Jovana Nogic was announced as a candidate for the inaugural Ann Meyers Drysdale Award. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced its watch list, comprised of 20 players, on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Named after the first player, male or female, to be named to the All-America Team in four-straight seasons, the annual award recognizes the top shooting guard in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball. Nogic led the BIG EAST Conference and finished 19th in NCAA Division I in three-point field goal percentage (.429) and 20th in three-point field goals made per game (3.03). She ranked second in the BIG EAST and 25th in the nation in three-point field goals made (91).Additionally, Nogic hit at least one three-point bucket in 28 of the Friars’ 30 games. She knocked down three-or-more three-point attempts in 18 games, including six games with five-or-more makes from beyond the arc. On Jan. 27, 2017, Nogic recorded a career-best seven three-point makes (7-11) vs. eventual BIG EAST Tournament Champion Marquette. Her shooting prowess also extends to the free-throw line, where she knocked down 33-of-36 attempts (.917). Nogic is one of five players to land on the watch list from the BIG EAST Conference, joining Ashton Millender (DePaul), Natisha Hiedeman (Marquette), Allazia Blockton (Marquette) and Akina Wellere (St. John’s). The Selection Committee for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award is composed of top women’s college basketball personnel, including media members, head coaches, sports information directors and Hall of Famers. By mid-February, the watch list of 20 players for the 2018 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award will be narrowed to just 10. In March, five finalists will be presented to Ms. Drysdale and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. Fans also will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite finalist at www.hoophallawards.com.
FRIARS DEFEAT MERRIMACK IN EXHIBITION GAME... The Providence College women’s basketball team hosted Merrimack College in an exhibition game on Saturday, Nov. 4 at Alumni Hall. The Friars claimed a 73-32 victory as five players reached double figures, led by junior Jovana Nogic’s game-high 17 points. Providence held Merrimack to single-digit points in three of four quarters during the game. The Friars built a 17-5 lead through 10 minutes of action and took a 40-13 advantage into the locker room at halftime. Junior college transfer Ny-Asia Franklin recorded a double-double in her first appearance with the Friars on 13 points and 11 rebounds. Juniors Maddie Jolin and Clara Che each tallied 11 points. Jolin also contributed six rebounds, four assists, one blocked shot and one steal. Senior Allegra Botteghi chipped in 10 points and seven rebounds. Freshman guard Chanell Williams also made her collegiate debut for the Friars and posted nine points, four rebounds and a game-high five assists. As a team, the Friars shot an impressive 52.9-percent from the field (27-51), including a 10-15 performance from beyond the three-point arc (.667).
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.
FRIARS PICKED TO FINISH NINTH IN BIG EAST PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL... The Friars were picked to finish ninth in the 2017-18 BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The announcement was made at the league’s annual media day on Oct. 18 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
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
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.
FRIARS TO HOST SECOND ANNUAL OCEAN STATE TIP-OFF TOURNAMENT... Providence College will serve as host of the second annual Ocean State Tip-Off Tournament on Dec. 2-3 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. The tournament features all four NCAA Division I women’s basketball programs in the State of Rhode Island. On Dec. 2, Providence will host Brown at 12:00 p.m., in a rematch of last year’s championship game. Rhode Island and Bryant will play in the second game of the afternoon at 2:00 p.m. On Dec. 3, the consolation game is set for 12:00 p.m. and the two winners from the opening day of action will tip-off at 2:00 p.m. in the championship game. All four games of the tournament will be broadcast locally on YurView, in addition to the internet via Friars All-Access (www.Friars.com).
WHAT’S NEXT... The Friars will hit the road to face non-conference foe Northeastern on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 7:00 p.m. in Boston, Mass.
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