Women's Basketball Game Notes vs. Boston College

Nov. 11, 2015

Friday, November 13, 2015
Alumni Hall /Mullaney Gymnasium - Providence, R.I.
Tip-off: 7:01 p.m.

Game Notes vs. Boston College (11/13/15) Get Acrobat Reader

Broadcast Information:
BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) via FOX Sports GO
Play-by-play: Chris Fama Color Analyst: Peter Gay
*Download the FOX Sports GO app on your mobile device or tablet or visit www.FOXSportsGO.com from your desktop or laptop computer to watch the game.

PROVIDENCE COLLEGE TO HOST BOSTON COLLEGE IN 2015-16 SEASON OPENER... The Providence College women’s basketball team will host ACC-foe Boston College in its 2015-16 season opener on Friday, Nov. 13 at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 7:01 p.m.

BIG EAST DIGITAL NETWORK... The BIG EAST Digital Network (FOX Sports GO) is scheduled to broadcast the Friars’ season opener vs. Boston College on Friday, Nov. 13. Fans can view the game on their mobile device or tablet by downloading the FOX Sports GO app. On a laptop or desktop computer, fans can navigate to www.FOXSportsGO.com and select the game from the menu on the home page. FOX Sports GO is now available internationally.

PROVIDENCE VS. BOSTON COLLEGE ALL-TIME... Providence and Boston College have played 51 times during the history of the two women’s basketball programs. The Friars lead the all-time series, 30-21, but have fallen to the Eagles in each of the last 12 meetings.

LAST TIME PROVIDENCE DEFEATED BOSTON COLLEGE... The Friars last defeated Boston College on Feb. 4, 1998 in Providence, R.I. On that day, Providence edged the Eagles, 84-75, at Alumni Hall.

FRIARS AND EAGLES ALL-TIME AT ALUMNI HALL... Providence leads the all-time series vs. Boston College in games played at Alumni Hall,15-9. However, the Eagles have won each of the last seven meetings on the Friars’ home court.

LAST TIME PROVIDENCE COLLEGE DEFEATED BOSTON COLLEGE AT ALUMNI HALL... The Friars have lost the last seven games vs. Boston College at Alumni Hall. The last time Providence defeated the Eagles on its home court dates back to Feb. 4, 1998. On that day, the Friars claimed an 84-75 victory.

LAST MEETING AT ALUMNI HALL... The Friars and Eagles last met at Alumni Hall on Dec. 29, 2013. Providence fell to Boston College on that day, 80-71.

WHAT HAPPENED LAST YEAR... The Friars and Eagles last met on Dec. 28 at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Boston College earned a 79-51 victory as Kelly Hughes posted a double-double on 22 points and 10 rebounds. The Friars were led by Tori Rule’s game-high 23 points. Providence built a 10-point lead (16-6) just 3:58 into the game as Rule nailed 4-of-5 three-point attempts for Providence. Boston College answered with a 33-17 scoring advantage during the remainder of the half to take a 39-33 lead at the break, including a 14-7 advantage in the final three minutes of play. Rule finished the half with 19 points for Providence. Ashley Kelsick scored a team-best 13 points for Boston College. In the second half, the Friars were within two (46-44) with 14:29 to play. However, the Eagles finished the game on a 33-7 scoring run to take the win. Providence scored just two points in the final 10 minutes of the game, and were held without a field goal during that time. For more information, see final box score below (box score available in PDF version only).

SCOUTING THE EAGLES... Boston College returns its top-five scorers from last season’s team that went 13-17 overall (5-11 ACC). Kelly Hughes led the Eagles in scoring (14.6 ppg) and rebounding (6.8 rpg) in 2014-15. Nicole Boudreau finished second on the team in scoring (11.7 ppg) and steals (1.4 spg) and finished first among her teammates in assists (2.8 apg). Eight players return to the team in all, and six of the eight players have gained significant experience in the starting line-up.

BREAD AND BUTTER... The Eagles finished the 2014-15 season ranked 11th in NCAA Division I in three-point field goals made per game (8.3), and return their top-four three-point shooters. As a team, Boston College shot 35.9-percent from beyond the arc last year (250-696). The Eagles attempted 1,755 shots from the field overall last year, and 40-percent of those attempts came from three-point territory. Kelly Hughes led the way, hitting 38.8-percent (81-209). She finished the season ranked 21st among NCAA Division I players in three-point field goals made per game (2.79).

FRIARS ALL-TIME IN SEASON OPENERS... The Friars are 27-14 all-time in season openers during the program’s 41-year history. Providence is 1-2 in season openers under the direction of fourth-year Head Coach Susan Robinson Fruchtl.

LAST TIME FRIARS PLAYED THEIR SEASON OPENER AT HOME... The last time Providence played its season opener at home in Alumni Hall dates back to the 2012-13 campaign. That year, the Friars fell to Drexel, 60-50, on Nov. 9, 2012.

FRIARS ALL-TIME IN HOME OPENERS... The Friars are 30-11 all-time in home openers during the program’s 41-year history. Fourth-year Head Coach Susan Robinson Fruchtl is 2-1 in home openers with the Friars.

NINE OF 12 PLAYERS ON THE ROSTER ARE UNDERCLASSMEN... Providence has a youthful look in 2015-16, as nine of its 12 players are freshmen or sophomores. The freshmen are the largest class, which is comprised of five players and there are four members in the sophomore class. The Friars have just one senior (Evi Iiskola) and two juniors (Sarah Beal and Aliyah Miller).

INTERNATIONAL FLAIR... The Friars have four international players on their roster this season, including senior Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland), sophomore Allegra Botteghi (Bologna, Italy), freshman Clara Che (Barcelona, Spain) and freshman Jovana “Yoyo” Nogic (Lisbon, Portugal). Each of the four players have competed in FIBA-sponsored events during their international careers, including three of the four players this past summer. Nogic played for Serbia [was born in Belgrade] in the FIBA U19 World Championships and FIBA U18 European Championships. Che represented Spain, who won the gold medal at the U18 European Championships. Botteghi competed for Italy at the FIBA U20 European Championships.

SARAH BEAL RETURNS TO THE COURT AFTER INJURY-SHORTENED SOPHOMORE CAMPAIGN... Junior point guard Sarah Beal missed the Friars’ final 16 games of the 2014-15 season with an injury. In the 14 games she played, Beal averaged 10.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.5 steals per game. In two seasons with the program (43 games), Beal has amassed 485 points and 201 assists.

BEAL NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-BIG EAST TEAM... Despite limited action in 2014-15, junior Sarah Beal was named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team for the second-straight season. Prior to her sophomore campaign, Beal was an honorable mention pick. Beal concluded her rookie season [2013-14] with the Friars as a BIG EAST All-Freshman Team selection. Beal is the only current member of the team to have earned preseason or post-season honors from the BIG EAST.

EVI IISKOLA AND ALIYAH MILLER NAMED TEAM CAPTAINS... Senior Evi Iiskola and junior Aliyah Miller were selected to serve as team captains this season. Iiskola assumes the leadership role for the second-consecutive year, while Miller is a first-time captain.

ALISON LEWIS LOOKING TO PICK UP WHERE SHE LEFT OFF... Current sophomore guard Alison Lewis reached double figures in the scoring column during eight of the Friars’ last 12 games in 2014-15. She netted a season-high 17 points at Marquette on Jan. 23 to start the impressive scoring stretch. She also hit for 15 points in games vs. Xavier (Feb. 1) and DePaul (Feb. 20).

GETTING OVER THE HUMP... Last season, 15 of the Friars’ 30 games were decided by 10 points or less, including a three-point defeat to Marquette in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament on March 7 (78-75). PC posted a 3-12 record in those contests. Six games were decided by five points or less, in which Providence posted a 1-5 record. The lone victory among those four games came against BIG EAST foe Villanova (51-49) on Dec. 3.

NATIONAL EXPOSURE... The Friars will have three nationally-televised games this season, while 17 others will be broadcast on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) via FOX Sports GO. Providence will play Marquette (Jan. 22) and Xavier (Feb. 5) on FS1 (FOX Sports 1). The Friars will host Florida Gulf Coast on Dec. 12 in a game scheduled for broadcast on FS2 (FOX Sports 2). The Friars’ season opener vs. Boston College on Nov. 13 will be broadcast on the BIG EAST Digital Network, in addition to the 16 BIG EAST regular-season games that are not scheduled for national television on FS1 or FS2. BEDN is available free-of-charge on your mobile device or tablet by downloading the FOX Sports GO app or by navigating to www.FOXSportsGO.com from your desktop/laptop computer.

WHO’S UP NEXT... Providence will play back-to-back road games at Brown and Virginia Tech. The Friars take the short drive across town to face the Bears on Tuesday, Nov. 17 for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off. On Friday, Nov. 20, the Friars will travel to Blacksburg, Va. to face Virginia Tech at 5:00 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on Friars All-Access. Play-by-play will be provided by Chris Fama.

PROVIDENCE VS. BROWN ALL-TIME... The Friars and Bears have met 23 times during the history of the two women’s basketball programs. Providence leads the all-time series, 18-5, and has earned victories in six of the last seven meetings. Last year, the Friars defeated Brown, 78-69, on Nov. 18 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I.

PROVIDENCE VS. VIRGINIA TECH ALL-TIME... Virginia Tech leads the all-time series vs. Providence College, 6-1, including victories in each of the last four meetings. The Friars will be making their first trip to Blacksburg since the 2003-04 campaign. Providence’s lone victory in the series was recorded on Feb. 13, 2002 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. On that day, the Friars upset the Hokies, 67-61. Virginia Tech was ranked No. 21 in the Associated Press Top-25 and No. 22 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll at the time of play.



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