Women's Basketball Game Notes vs. North Dakota State University

Nov. 15, 2016

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PROVIDENCE COLLEGE SET TO HOST NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY... The Providence College women’s basketball program will host North Dakota State University on Wednesday, Nov. 16. The game will be played at Alumni Hall / Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. and is scheduled to tip-off at Noon.

FRIARS ALL-ACCESS... Providence’s game against NDSU on Nov. 16 will be broadcast live on Friars All-Access via the College’s athletic website at www.Friars.com. Friars All-Access is a subscription service. Play-by-play of the game will be handled by Chris Fama.

FIRST MEETING ALL-TIME... Wednesday’s game marks the first meeting all-time between Providence College and North Dakota State University in the history of the two women’s basketball programs.

PROJECT PROVIDENCE... Wednesday’s game serves as the back drop for the Friars’ annual Project Providence initiative. The event welcomes hundreds of local elementary and middle school students for an educational opportunity that focuses on the importance of education, proper nutrition and strength and conditioning. The program is followed by the game between the Friars and North Dakota State.

QUICK LOOK AT NORTH DAKOTA STATE... The Bison return three starters from last year’s squad, including the team’s leading scorer, Taylor Thunstedt, who averaged 17.0 points per game in 2015-16. This year, the Bison have posted a 1-1 record and are coming off of a 70-58 loss to UMass on Nov. 14 in Amherst, Mass. PLAYERS TO WATCH... Taylor Thunstedt leads a trio of players who are averaging double figures in the scoring column, with 17.0 points per game. She started the season off with a 25-point effort against Dickinson State, but was limited to just nine points on 3-15 shooting in NDSU’s most recent game against UMass. Twenty-seven (27) of her team-high 35 field goal attempts have come from beyond the three-point arc. She is shooting 12-35 from the field (.343), including 10-27 from three-point range. Emily Spier is averaging a double-double for NDSU with 12.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. Sarah Jacobson checks in with 11.5 points and is tied for the team lead in assists, with 3.5 hand-outs per game. Jacobson leads the team in three-point percentage (.538, 7-13) and Kennedy Childers is second in that category (.429, 3-7). Brianna Jones will be a force on the glass, as she comes into the game averaging 7.0 boards per contest.

WHAT TO EXPECT... NDSU is going to shoot the ball from three-point territory. Through two games, the Bison have taken 41-percent of their field-goal attempts from beyond the arc. NDSU is 46-131 from the field overall (.351), including 21-54 from long range (.389). The Bison also take advantage of their opportunities at the free throw line, having connected on 79-percent of their attempts (15-19).

HOW THE BISON FARED IN 2015-16... North Dakota State finished the 2015-16 season with a 7-22 overall record and a 2-14 mark in the Summit League (9th-place).

FRIARS WIN SEASON-OPENER VS. COLGATE... The Friars defeated Colgate, 92-85, in double-overtime on Nov. 11 to win their season opener. With the win, Providence improves to 28-15 all-time in season openers (43 years). Additionally, the Friars move to 31-12 all-time in home openers.

DOUBLE-OVERTIME... The Friars’ game vs. Colgate (Nov. 11) marked the program’s first double-overtime game since Feb. 6, 2013, when the Friars defeated Pittsburgh, 85-83, in double OT in Pittsburgh, Pa.

JIM CROWLEY APPROACHING 300th CAREER VICTORY... Providence College Head Coach Jim Crowley is approaching his 300th career victory. Crowley came to Providence with a 297-268 record, which he compiled in 16 seasons at St. Bonaventure (2000-16) and three season at Keuka College (1993-96). He earned his first career victory as head coach of the Friars on Nov. 11 and moves his win total to 298. Crowley needs two more victories to reach the 300-win milestone.

YOYO NOGIC TIES CAREER HIGH WITH 23 POINTS... Yoyo Nogic tallied 23 points in the Friars’ season opener vs. Colgate on Nov. 11. Her 23 points tied her previous career high, which she set against Bryant on Dec. 9, 2015. Nogic shot 6-16 from the field overall, but was electric from three-point territory (4-9) and from the free-throw line (7-7).

NY’DAJAH JACKSON GIVE FRIARS A LIFT IN COLLEGIATE DEBUT... Ny’Dajah Jackson had an impressive collegiate debut for the Friars against Colgate on Nov. 11, scoring 11 points on 3-3 shooting from the field and a perfect 5-5 from the free throw line. The rookie also contributed four rebounds, one assist and one steal in 21 minutes of action off the bench. Jackson scored nine-consecutive points for the Friars, including seven-straight in the final 2:58 of the third quarter.

SARAH BEAL POSTS AN IMPRESSIVE STAT LINE IN SEASON OPENER... Sarah Beal had an impressive stat line for the Friars in their 92-85 double-overtime victory against Colgate on Nov. 11. The senior guard recorded 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and one blocked shot. She shot an impressive 8-11 (.727) from the field and was 1-1 from the free-throw line. The veteran guard turned it on when she was needed most, scoring seven of her 17 points in the overtime sessions. In overtime, she was 3-3 from the field, 1-1 from the free throw line and added three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block, in 10 minutes of extra time.

BEAL MOVES INTO A TIE FOR 12TH ALL-TIME IN CAREER ASSISTS... Sarah Beal dished four assists in the Friars’ season opener vs. Colgate on Nov. 11. With her four assists vs. Colgate, she moves into a tie for 12th on the Friars’ all-time career assist list (299) with Diann Reynolds ’88. Beal is looking up at Mary Ann McCoy ‘80, who holds 11th place with 324 dimes.

MORE ON BEAL’S ASSIST TOTAL... Sarah Beal enters Wednesday’s game against North Dakota State with 299 career assists. With one more handout, she’ll become the first player to eclipse 300 career assists since Symone Roberts ‘13. Roberts finished her career at Providence with 351 assists (2009-13) and currently ranks ninth all-time in program history in assists.

NOGIC AND JOLIN COMBINE TO SHOOT 8-17 FROM THREE-POINT TERRITORY IN SEASON OPENER... Yoyo Nogic and Maddie Jolin combined to shoot 8-17 (47.1-percent) from three-point territory in the Friars’ season opener vs. Colgate on Nov. 11. Nogic connected on 4-9 attempts (.444), while Jolin knocked down 4-8 attempts (.500).

HELPING HANDS... On Nov. 11, the Friars recorded 16 assists on their 34 made field goals. Three players were tied for the team lead in assists during the game, as Sarah Beal, Maddie Jolin and Aliyah Miller all recorded four assists. Miller’s four handouts marked a single-game career high.

TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE CHARITY STRIPE... The Friars hit 16-17 free throw attempts in their 92-85 double-overtime victory against Colgate on Nov. 11 for a shooting percentage of 0.941. It marks the highest free-throw shooting percentage in a single game (with more than 10 attempts) since Dec. 6, 2008 vs. Harvard. On that day, the Friars hit 12-12 free throws (1.000).

NEW ERA... The Friars begin a new era under the direction of first-year Head Coach Jim Crowley, who was named the program’s 10th coach on May 10, 2016. Crowley spent the previous 20 seasons at St. Bonaventure, including each of the last 16 as the program’s head coach. He led the Bonnies to post-season play during six of the last eight seasons, including trips to the NCAA Tournament in 2016 (Second Round) and 2012 (Sweet 16). Crowley is a three-time Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year (2009, 2012, 2014) and was tabbed ESPN.com National Coach of the Year in 2012.

FRIARS RETURN 10 LETTER WINNERS FROM 2015-16... The Providence College women’s basketball team returns 10 letter winners from last year’s squad. The Friars lost just one player to graduation in guard/forward Evi Iiskola. Iiskola played 29 games and appeared in the starting line-up 26 times. She averaged 5.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. Eight of the Friars’ 10 returners have experience in the starting line-up.

SARAH BEAL NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... Sarah Beal was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Nov. 14. It marked the sixth time in her career that she has been named to the league’s weekly honor roll. The senior guard recorded 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and one blocked shot in the Friars’ 92-85 double-overtime victory over Colgate. She shot 8-11 (.727) from the field and was 1-1 from the free-throw line. Beal scored seven of her 17 points in the overtime sessions. In overtime, she was 3-3 from the field, 1-1 from the free throw line and added three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one blocked shot, playing all 10 minutes of extra time.

FRIARS’ TOP THREE-POINT THREATS RETURN TO THE COURT... Current sophomores Yoyo Nogic, Clara Che and Maddie Jolin combined to make 107 of the Friars’ 136 three-point field goals in 2015-16, shooting a collective 107-282 (0.379) from beyond the arc. Nogic led the Friars overall from three-point territory (.406, 52-128), while Che topped the team in three-point percentage during BIG EAST regular-season action (.407, 24-59).

ERICA MEYER RETURNS AFTER TYING RECORD FOR BLOCKED SHOTS BY A FRESHMAN... Forward Erica Meyer recorded a team-best 41 blocked shots during the 2015-16 season. Her 41 blocks tied the program record for blocks by a freshman in a single-season, previously set by Andrea Mangum ‘90 during the 1986-87 campaign.

MOST THREE-POINT FIELD GOALS BY A FRESHMAN SINCE 1994-95... Yoyo Nogic hit 52-128 three-point field-goal attempts during the 2015-16 season, to lead the Friars in both makes and percentage (.406). Her 52 three pointers marked the most by a freshman at Providence since Julie Wheeler ‘98 hit 82 triples as a rookie during the 1994-95 campaign (82-237, .346), which also marks the program’s single-season record.

FRIARS TO PLAY THREE-STRAIGHT HOME GAMES TO START SEASON... The Friars open the 2016-17 season with three-straight home games against Colgate (Nov. 11), North Dakota State (Nov. 16) and Binghamton (Nov. 19). Upon completion of the three-game home-stand, the Friars will conclude their non-conference schedule with eight-straight games on the road. The stretch includes two in-season tournaments, including the inaugural Ocean State Tip-Off Tournament, hosted by Brown University (Dec. 3-4). Providence opens the tournament against Bryant on Dec. 3 and will face Brown or Rhode Island on Dec. 4.

WHAT’S NEXT... The Friars will host Binghamton on Saturday, Nov. 19. The game is scheduled to be played at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium and will tip-off at 4:00 p.m.

OLIVIA ORLANDO SIGNS NLI TO ATTEND PROVIDENCE COLLEGE... Providence College women’s basketball Head Coach Jim Crowley announced on Nov. 10 that Olivia Orlando (Winthrop, Mass.) has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the College beginning in the Fall of 2017. Orlando is the first student-athlete to sign a NLI to attend Providence College and play for Crowley, as he embarks on his first season as the program’s head coach in 2016-17. Orlando, a 5-foot, 10-inch, guard, currently attends Tilton School, where she is coached by Tara Brisson. Orlando enters the 2016-17 campaign with 920 career points and is on track to become the program’s all-time leading scorer by season’s end (1,104 points). During her three seasons at Tilton School, she has averaged a double-double with 14.0 point and 10.4 rebounds per game. Orlando is a three-time Lakes Region All-Star and NEPSAC All-Star (2014-16). She also has earned NEPSAC Championship Game Most Valuable Player honors during her career, in addition to Blackburn Tournament MVP recognition and Nickerson Tournament All-Tournament Team honors. While with the program, Tilton School has compiled a 65-12 overall record, including an impressive 40-3 mark at home. Orlando, a three-year captain, has helped guide Tilton School to three-consecutive Lakes Region Championships and two NEPSAC titles.

DORIS BURKE ‘87 TO HAVE JERSEY RETIRED... On Saturday, Feb. 11, Providence College will honor six of its all-time greatest athletes. Former Friar men’s basketball players Otis Thorpe ‘84 and the late Bruce “Soup” Campbell ’78 and women’s basketball player Doris Burke ’87, as well as hockey greats Lou Lamoriello ‘63, Ron Wilson ‘77 and Cammi Granato ’93 all will be recognized as they join the Friar Legends Forever Tradition. The six individuals will be honored during a halftime ceremony at the men’s basketball game vs. Butler on Feb. 11. Following the game, the Athletic Department will hold a dinner to honor the group at the Omni Hotel in Downtown Providence. Burke also will be honored at halftime at the women’s basketball home game vs. Seton Hall on Sunday, February 19 at noon in Alumni Hall. The Friar Legends Forever Tradition began in 1996. To earn the honor, the player or coach must have made a significant impact on Friar basketball and he/she must have received national recognition during his/her career at Providence. Burke will become the fourth player in Providence College women’s basketball history to be honored, and the fifth honoree overall. In 2010, former Associate Athletic Director Helen Bert and former Friar great Kathy Finn Hill `84 were honored. In 2014, Tracy Lis `92 was honored. Most recently, Andrea Mangum ’90 joined the Friar Legends in 2015. Burke (formerly Sable) was a member of the women’s basketball team from 1983-87. Burke led the Friars in assists during three of her four seasons with the program and finished her career with 602 handouts. Burke is ranked second all-time at PC in career assists and also ranks 10th all-time in career scoring (1,372 points). She was a three-time All-BIG EAST selection, including a member of the First Team as a senior in 1987. She also was honored as a KODAK District 1 All-America selection. Burke has since been inducted into the Providence College Athletics Hall of Fame. Professionally, Burke is widely known as a pioneer in the world of television sports broadcasting. She is a versatile commentator who works a variety of ESPN assignments, including the NBA, women’s college basketball regular-season and NCAA Championship, men’s college basketball regular season and Championship Week, in addition to assignments for other ESPN properties. Since 2003, Burke has taken on additional roles and assignments for NBA coverage, including sideline reporter and game analyst during select ESPN NBA telecasts. She also serves as sideline reporter for NBA playoff games and the NBA Finals on ABC.



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