Nov. 14, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
PROVIDENCE HITS THE ROAD TO FACE DREXEL... The Providence College women's basketball team will travel to Philadelphia, Pa. to face Drexel University in non-conference action on Friday, November 15. The game will tip-off at 7:00 p.m. at the Daskalakis Center.
TUNE IN... A live audio broadcast of the Providence vs. Drexel 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 6:50 p.m.
ALL-TIME VS. DREXEL... The Friars and Dragons will meet for just the second time during the history of the two women's basketball programs on Friday, November 15, and will mark the first meeting at the Daskalakis Center in Philadelphia, Pa. Drexel holds a 1-0 advantage in the series, having defeated Providence, 60-50, in last year's season opener on November 9, 2012 in Providence, R.I.
SCOUTING DREXEL... The Dragons return two members of their starting back court from last year's team, senior guard/forward Fiona Flanagan and sophomore guard Meghan Creighton. Both earned recognition as Preseason Honorable Mention All-CAA. Flanagan scored 5.4 points per game last year, including 13 points in the WNIT quarterfinals at Auburn and 11 in the semifinal win over Florida. Creighton is coming off a CAA All-Rookie campaign, in which she started all 38 games for the Dragons and scored 5.9 points per game while holding down a 2.2 assist-to-turnover ratio at the point guard position.
A LOOK BACK AT DREXEL'S 2012-13 CAMPAIGN... Drexel finished the 2012-13 season with a 28-10 record, set a school record for wins and became the first Philadelphia Division I women's basketball team (of six) to win a post-season championship. The Dragons won the Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) title with a 46-43 victory over Utah.
PROVIDENCE DEFEATS BRYANT 104-67 IN MOST RECENT GAME... The Providence women's basketball team defeated Bryant, 104-67, in its most recent game on November 12. Seven Friars reached double figures in the scoring column, led by junior Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.), who tallied a season-high 27 points. Providence shot an impressive 52.9-percent from the field (37-70), including 17-33 from beyond the three-point arc (51.5-percent).
FRIARS RECORD 100+ POINTS IN BACK-TO-BACK GAMES... The Friars have scored 100+ points in back-to-back games to start the 2013-14 season with a 2-0 record. The last time Providence scored 100+ points in back-to-back games was during the 1993-94 season. The Friars' 109 points against UMass Lowell and 104 points against Bryant mark the 48th and 49th, 100-point games in program history (1,107 games all-time).
FRIARS' 28 ASSISTS VS. BRYANT ARE THE MOST IN A SINGLE GAME SINCE JANUARY 21, 1998... The Friars recorded 28 assists during their victory against Bryant on November 12. It marks the most assists in a single game for Providence since January 21, 1998. On that day, Providence dished 29 assists in a 103-92 loss to West Virginia.
KARIN ROBINSON AND SARAH BEAL COMBINE FOR 15 OF FRIARS' 28 ASSISTS VS. BRYANT... Junior Karin Robinson (Jamaica, N.Y.) and Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) combined for 15 of the Friars' 28 assists vs. Bryant on November 12. Robinson dished a career-high eight assists vs. the Bulldogs in just 20 minutes of action. Beal handed out seven assists for the second-straight game to begin her career with the Friars. Five other Friars recorded two-or-more assists during the game.
FRIARS' 38 FIELD GOALS MADE VS. UMASS LOWELL ARE MOST SINCE FEBRUARY 10, 2007... The Friars connected on 38-of-79 attempts from the field in their season opening victory against UMass Lowell on November 9. It marks the most field goals made in a single game since February 10, 2007 against St. John's. On that day, the Friars hit 38-of-79 attempts from the floor in a 93-77 victory.
FRIARS HIT 17 THREE-POINT BUCKETS IN WIN OVER BRYANT... The Friars hit 17-of-33 (51.5-percent) attempts from three-point range in a 104-67 victory over Bryant on November 12. The Friars' 17 three-pointers are the most by Providence in a single game, using statistics available beginning with the 1996-97 season. The NCAA introduced the three-point line during the 1986-87 season.
FOUR FRIARS RANK IN TOP-20 IN BIG EAST FOR SCORING... Four Friars are ranked in the top-20 among BIG EAST players in scoring average, through games played November 14. Tori Rule ranks third with 25.0 points per game, followed by Alexis Harris (t-6th, 20.5 ppg), Sarah Beal (t-16th, 15.0 ppg) and Evi Iiskola (20th, 14.5 ppg). It marks the most players from any one school ranked in the top-20, followed by DePaul, who features three players.
ALEXIS HARRIS AND TORI RULE AVERAGING 20+ POINTS TO START SEASON... Juniors Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) and Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) are each averaging 20+ points per game to start the season. Rule is the only Friar on the roster to score 20+ points in both games this season, and most recently hit a season-high 27 points against Bryant. She's currently averaging 25.0 points per game. Harris opened the season with a career-high 31 points against UMass Lowell, and is averaging 20.5 points per game.
HARRIS AND BEAL SHOOTING LIGHTS OUT... Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) is shooting a team-best 81.0-percent from the field through two games and rank No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the BIG EAST (games played through 11/14). She has hit 17-of-21 attempts from the field, missing just two shots in each game. Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) is second on the team in field-goal percentage (73.3-percent), as she has knocked down 11-of-15 attempts from the floor. Four other Friars on the roster are shooting better than 40-percent from the field.
ALIYAH MILLER LEADS FRIARS WITH FIVE BLOCKED SHOTS AGAINST BRYANT... Freshman forward Aliyah Miller (Southaven, Miss.) swatted a career-best five shots in the Friars' victory over Bryant on November 12. Providence recorded 10 blocked shots in the game overall, marking the most in a single game since December 1, 2010. On that day, the Friars recorded 12 blocked shots against Yale.
MIRANDA SIMPSON FINDS RANGE FROM THREE... In the Friars' season opener vs. UMass Lowell, freshman Miranda Simpson (Round Rock, Texas) finished the game 0-2 from three-point range. She bounced back against Bryant on November 12, hitting 5-of-9 attempts from three-point territory (55.6-percent). During a span of 1:31 in the first half against Bryant, Simpson hit three-consecutive three-point shots, taking Providence from a two-point deficit to a five-point lead (28-23).
FRIARS IMPROVE TO 29-11 ALL-TIME IN HOME OPENERS... The Friars improved to 29-11 all-time in home openers with their 104-67 victory over Bryant on November 12. Prior to their win over the Bulldogs, the Friars last won a home opener on November 14, 2010 with a 71-48 victory over UMass.
FRIARS TAKE SEASON OPENER AGAINST UMASS LOWELL... Providence College improved 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. Earlier that same season, Providence notched 116 points in a victory over Ball State on November 30 (116-80).
THE LAST TIME PROVIDENCE HIT TRIPLE DIGITS PRIOR TO 2013-14 SEASON... The last time Providence scored 100+ points in a game, prior to the 2013-14 season, was on January 3, 2007. The Friars defeated the Cardinals, 106-94, in double-overtime. Providence has eclipsed the 100-point mark in each of its first two games this season.
LAST TIME PROVIDENCE SCORED 100+ POINT IN A GAME OF REGULATION LENGTH PRIOR TO 2013-14 SEASON... The last time Providence scored 100+ point in a game of regulation length (40 minutes), prior to 2013-14 season, dates back to December 30, 1998. On that day, Providence defeated West Virginia, 100-95, in Providence, R.I. The Friars have scored 100+ point in each of their first two games this season.
FRIARS RECORD LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY SINCE 1997... The Friars 37-point victory over Bryant on November 12 (104-67), marks the largest margin of victory for the Friars since defeating Puerto Rico, 88-45 (+43), on November 28, 1997 at the San Juan Shoot-out 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... Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) and 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 for 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 at Pittsburgh. Twelve of Pearson's 16 boards came off of the defensive glass. Pearson joins Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) at the top of the stat sheet this season, averaging 9.5 boards per game.
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.
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 MARY BURKE '87 PRIOR TO TIP-OFF AGAINST BRYANT... The Friars honored Bryant Head Coach Mary Burke '87 prior to the game on November 12. Burke played for the Friars from 1983-87. 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, and has been inducted into the Providence College Athletics Hall of Fame.
FRIARS HONOR KERRY PHAYRE '83 PRIOR TO EXHIBITION GAME... The Friars honored Assumption College Head Coach Kerry Phayre '83, 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 off to an impressive start in 2013-14, averaging 25.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steal per game. She's picking up right where she left off during the 2012-13 campaign. 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. In Providence's victory over Bryant, Rule posted a game-high 27 points and hit 7-of-13 three-point attempts, and was 9-of-17 overall from the field.
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 2013-14 season), she has posted three games with 5+ assists and owns 115 career assists in 77 games with the Friars. Through two games in 2013-14, Pearson is averaging 4.0 assists per game.
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. Through two games to open the 2013-14 season, Harris is averaging a team-best 9.5 rebounds per game.
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. Through two games with the Friars, Robinson is averaging 8.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game.
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 remain on the road to face Dartmouth on Monday, November 18. The game will be played in Hanover, N.H. at 7:00 p.m. Live streaming audio of the may be accessed via the internet at www.Friars.com, as part of the Friars All-Access subscription service. Providence is 4-2 all-time vs. Dartmouth.
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