Nov. 11, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
PROVIDENCE SET TO HOST BRYANT... The Providence College women's basketball team will host Bryant University on Tuesday, November 12. The game will be played at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
TUNE IN... Live streaming audio and video of the Providence vs. Bryant 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 6:55 p.m. Audio of the game also may be heard, locally, on WOON 1240 AM.
ALL-TIME IN HOME OPENERS... The Friars are 28-11 all-time in home openers during the 39-year history of the women's basketball program (includes games played at the Providence Civic Center). The last time Providence won a home opener dates back to November 14, 2010 with a 71-48 victory over UMass. During the 2011-12 season, Providence dropped its season opener to Virginia (55-38). Last season, Providence fell to Drexel (60-50).
FRIARS WILL HONOR MARY BURKE '87 PRIOR TO TIP-OFF... 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. Burke also has been inducted into the Providence College Athletics Hall of Fame. The Friars will honor Burke on Tuesday during a brief pre-game presentation.
PROVIDENCE ALL-TIME VS. BRYANT... The Friars and Bulldogs will meet for just the fourth time in program history, and first time since December 3, 1976. Providence holds a 3-0 record all-time vs. Bryant.
PROVIDENCE vs. BRYANT ALL-TIME Providence leads series, 3-0 Date Site Score Record 2/19/75 Providence, R.I. 56-34 1-0 2/6/76 Providence, R.I. 63-17 2-0 12/3/76 Smithfield, R.I. 88-37 3-0
SCOUTING BRYANT... The Bulldogs opened the season with an 82-71 victory over Vermont on November 9 in Smithfield, R.I. Four Bulldogs reached double figures in the scoring column, led by Courtney Schissler's 18 points. Jenniqua Bailey and Stephanie Cardamone each recorded 16 points, while Naana Ankoma-Mensa chipped in 15 points. Bryant shot an impressive 55.8-percent from the floor (24-43), including a 6-12 showing from beyond the three-point arc (50-percent). The Bulldogs also hit 28-38 shots from the charity stripe (73.7-percent). Bryant was selected to finish seventh in the 2013-14 NEC Preseason Coaches' Poll.
A LOOK AT THE BULLDOGS' 2012-13 SEASON... Last season, its first of Division I postseason eligibility, Bryant reached the Northeast Conference tournament for the first time in program history. The Bulldogs finished the year with an overall mark of 12-18 (8-10 NEC), which was good for the eighth and final spot in the conference tourney.
FRIARS TAKE SEASON OPENER AGAINST UMASS LOWELL... Providence College improves to 27-13 all-time in season openers, and snapped a string of three-straight losses in season-opening games with a 109-74 victory over UMass Lowell on November 9. Prior to Saturday's victory over the River Hawks, the Friars last won a season opener on November 13, 2009 against Brown University (83-50).
FRIARS' 109 POINTS MOST SINCE JANUARY 3, 1992... The Friars' 109 points vs. UMass Lowell are the most scored by the team since January 3, 1992. On that day, the Friars defeated Pittsburgh, 109-90, in Providence, R.I.
THE LAST TIME PROVIDENCE HIT TRIPLE DIGITS... The last time Providence scored 100+ points in a game was on January 3, 2007. The Friars defeated the Cardinals, 106-94, in double-overtime.
LAST TIME PROVIDENCE SCORED 100+ POINT IN A GAME OF REGULATION LENGTH... The last time Providence scored 100+ point in a game of regulation length (40 minutes) dates back to December 30, 1998. On that day, Providence defeated West Virginia, 100-95, in Providence, R.I.
FRIARS RECORD LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY SINCE 1997... The Friars 35-point victory over UMass Lowell on November 9 (109-74), marks the largest margin of victory for the Friars since defeating Puerto Rico, 88-45 (+43), on November 28, 1997 at the San Juan Shootout in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
ALEXIS HARRIS NETS CAREER-BEST 31 POINTS VS. UMASS LOWELL... Junior forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) exploded for a career-high 31 points in the Friars' 109-74 victory over UMass Lowell on November 9. Harris hit 13-of-15 shots from the field, including 7-of-7 in the second half. She also converted 5-of-7 free-throw attempts. Harris joins Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) as the only active players on the roster to score 30+ points in a game for Providence. Rule has surpassed the 30-point plateau twice in her career: 32 vs. Colorado State (12/29/12) and a career-high 35 points against Georgetown in the first round of the 2013 BIG EAST Women's Basketball Championship (3/8/13).
DOUBLE-TROUBLE... Junior Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) and sophomore Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) each recorded double-doubles in the Friars' victory over UMass Lowell on November 9. For Harris, it marked the first double-double of her career as she finished the game with a career-high 31 points and added 10 rebounds. Iiskola scored a career-high 19 points and matched her career high of 10 rebounds to register the second double-double of her career.
DANIELLE PEARSON HAULS IN CAREER-HIGH 16 REBOUNDS VS. RIVER HAWKS... On November 9, senior Danielle Pearson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) recorded a career-best 16 rebounds vs. UMass Lowell. It marked the second double-digit rebounding game of her career. Her previous career high of 11 boards was set on February 6, 2013 against at Pittsburgh. Twelve of Pearson's 16 boards came off of the defensive glass.
FRIARS' 65 REBOUNDS VS. UMASS LOWELL TIES PROVIDENCE COLLEGE SINGLE-GAME RECORD... The Friars recorded 65 rebounds against UMass Lowell on November 9. The Friars' 65 boards ties the program record for rebounds in a single-game at Providence College. Last season, the Friars recorded 65 rebounds against Villanova (1/23/13).
SARAH BEAL IMPRESSIVE IN COLLEGIATE DEBUT... Freshman point guard Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) was impressive in her collegiate debut against UMass Lowell on November 9. She tallied 20 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and two steals for the Friars. She shot 7-of-9 from the field and 6-of-6 from the charity stripe.
MIRANDA SIMPSON COMES OFF THE BENCH TO HAUL IN SIX BOARDS... Freshman Miranda Simpson (Round Rock, Texas) came off the bench to record six rebounds in her collegiate debut. She also dished three assists in 10 minutes of action. In the Friars' exhibition game against Assumption on October 26, Simpson recorded 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and one blocked shot.
BIG EAST CONFERENCE GOES 11-2 IN OPENING WEEKEND... The new-era BIG EAST Conference posted an 11-2 record during the 2013-14 opening weekend. The only losses in the league were suffered by Xavier (94-88 vs. Ohio) and Creighton (62-55 vs. Drake).
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.
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. In the Friars' season opener against UMass Lowell on November 9, Rule notched 23 points, including 19 points in the second half.
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 (including the current season), she has posted three games with 5+ assists and owns 111 career assists in 76 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. In the Friars' season opener against UMass Lowell on November 9, Harris recorded 10 rebounds.
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).
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.
WHAT'S NEXT... The Friars will play back-to-back road games against Drexel (11/15) and Dartmouth (11/18). Live streaming audio of each game may be accessed via the internet at www.Friars.com, via the Friars All-Access subscription service. Both games are slated to tip-off at 7:00 p.m.
ALL-TIME VS. DREXEL DREXEL leads series, 1-0 Date Site Score Record 11/9/12 Providence, R.I. 50-60 (L) 0-1
ALL-TIME VS. DARTMOUTH PROVIDENCE COLLEGE leads series, 4-2 Date Site Score Record 11/29/80 Hanover, N.H. 57-69 (L) 0-1 1/26/82 Providence, R.I. 62-50 (W) 1-1 11/30/96 Worcester, Mass. $ 90-65 (W) 2-1 1/18/03 Providence, R.I. 74-60 (W) 3-1 12/2/03 Hanover, N.H. 57-64 (L) 3-2 11/26/11 Providence, R.I. 63-48 (W) 4-2 $ ECAC Holiday Festival
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