FRIARS HIT THE ROAD TO FACE NORTHEASTERN... The Providence College women’s basketball team will hit road to face regional foe Northeastern on Tuesday, Nov. 14. The game will tip-off at 7:00 p.m. and will be played at the Cabot Center in Boston, Mass.
TUNE IN... An audio only broadcast of the game will be available on WOON 1240 AM and via the internet at www. Friars.com (subscription service). Play-by-play will be provided by Chris Fama. Northeastern will provide a live video broadcast of the game via its athletic website at www.gonu.com/xtream (free).
FRIARS AND HUSKIES ALL-TIME... The Friars and Huskies have met 20 times in the history of the two women’s basketball programs. Providence leads the all-time series, 17-3.
LAST TIME THE TWO TEAMS MET... Providence and Northeastern last met on Nov. 18, 2006 in Providence, R.I. On that day, the Friars claimed a 75-74 victory.
LAST TIME NORTHEASTERN DEFEATED PROVIDENCE... The Huskies last defeated Providence on Nov. 23, 2005 in Boston, Mass. On that day, Northeastern recorded a 71-51 win. Two of Northeastern’s three victories in the series have come on its home court in Boston, Mass.
PROVIDENCE AND NORTHEASTERN ALL-TIME IN BOSTON, MASS. ... The Friars and Huskies have met nine times during the all-time series in Boston, Mass. Providence leads the series on Northeastern’s home court, 7-2.
FRIARS FALL TO COLUMBIA IN SEASON OPENER... The Providence women’s basketball team fell to Columbia, 73-64, in Providence, R.I. The Friars are 28-16 all-time in season openers. Additionally, the Friars are 31-13 all-time in home openers.
FOUR FRIARS IN DOUBLE FIGURES... Four Friars reached double figures in the scoring column in Providence’s season-opening loss to Columbia on Nov. 10. Jovana Nogic paced the Friar effort with 20 points. Joining her in double figures were Chanell Williams (14), Maddie Jolin (11) and Clara Che (10). Last season, the Friars posted a 5-2 record when four players recorded double-digits in the same game.
NOGIC NETS EIGHTH 20-POINT GAME... Jovana Nogic recorded a team-high 20 points in the Friars’ season-opening loss to Columbia. It marked the eighth 20+ point game of her career at Providence. During the 2016-17 campaign, Nogic recorded four, 20+ point games, including a career-high 27 points against Marquette on Jan. 27, 2017.
FRIAS LEADS THE WAY ON THE BOARDS... Senior forward Brianna Frias hauled in a team-best seven rebounds in the Friars’ season opener against Columbia. It marked the second-highest rebounding total of her career with Providence. Last season, Frias recorded a personal best of nine boards against Monmouth (12/21/16). Additionally, four of Frias’ seven boards came off of the offensive glass.
TRIO OF FRIARS CLEAN THE GLASS... In addition to Brianna Frias’ team-high seven rebounds against Columbia, Clara Che and Allegra Botteghi each collected six boards against the Lions. The trio accounted for 19 of the Friars’ 31 rebounds in the game as they out-rebounded Columbia, 31-27, on Friday night.
WILLIAMS AND FRANKLIN MAKE COLLEGIATE DEBUTS... Two Friars made their collegiate debuts in the team’s season opener on Nov. 10 against Columbia. Freshman point guard Chanell Williams came off the bench to record 14 points, two rebounds, one steal and a team-best three assists. She shot 5-11 from the field and hit 4-6 free throws on the night. Franklin, a junior college transfer, played 18 minutes in her first game with the Friars and tallied four points and four rebounds. Two of her four boards came off of the offensive glass.
THREE-POINT THREATS... In the Friars’ season opener against Columbia, Jovana Nogic, Clara Che and Maddie Jolin combined to shoot 5-12 from three-point territory for a three-point shooting percentage of 0.417. Last season, the Friars averaged 6.4 three-point makes per game, with the aforementioned trio leading the way. Nogic, Che and Jolin combined to shoot 39.9-percent (182-457) from beyond the arc in 2016-17 (6.1 three-pointers per game).
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 DEFEATED 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 return to action on Saturday, Nov. 18 against Penn State. The game will be played at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. and is scheduled to tip-off at 1:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on YurView (Cox channel 4 & 1004), and also will be available online via Friars All-Access.
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