Nov. 17, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
PROVIDENCE SET TO FACE DARTMOUTH... The Providence College women's basketball team will face Dartmouth College on Monday, November 18. The game will tip-off at 7:00 p.m. at Leede Arena in Hanover, N.H.
TUNE IN... A live audio broadcast of the Providence vs. Dartmouth 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.
PROVIDENCE VS. DARTMOUTH ALL-TIME... Providence and Dartmouth will meet for the seventh time in the history of the two women's basketball programs. The Friars lead the all-time series, 4-2, and won the most recent meeting between the two teams (63-48) on November 26, 2011 in Providence, R.I.
FRIARS ALL-TIME IN HANOVER, N.H. ... The Friars and Big Green have met twice on Dartmouth's home court in Hanover, N.H. The Big Green earned victories in each of those games, marking Dartmouth's only victories in the all-time series. The last meeting in Hanover, N.H. was on December 2, 2003. Dartmouth earned a 64-57 victory on that day.
SCOUTING DARTMOUTH... Dartmouth is coming off of back-to-back, six-win seasons and were selected to finish fifth in the Ivy League during the 2013-14 campaign. The Big Green enter Monday's game with a 1-2 record. The squad opened the season with an 84-59 loss at Holy Cross, and followed with a 66-62 win at home against Vermont. In Darmouth's most recent game, it suffered an 88-47 loss to Syracuse (11/14). Fanni Szabo combined for 51 points in Dartmouth's first two games, including a 31-point effort against Vermont, but was held to just one point against Syracuse. Through three games, she leads the team in scoring with 17.3 points per game. Nicola Zimmer is second on the team in scoring (9.3 ppg), followed by Lakin Roland (8.3 ppg). Tia Dawson and Kamala Thompson are tied for the team lead in rebounding (6.3 rpg).
FRIARS SUFFER FIRST LOSS OF THE SEASON... The Friars suffered their first loss of the season on November 15 at Drexel (62-52). Providence led by as many as 17 in the opening half of play, but Drexel went on a 15-4 run during a span of nine minutes to get within five (29-24) with a minute to play. Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) completed a three-point play in closing seconds to give the Friars a 32-24 lead at the half. In the second half, the Friars struggled from the floor, making just 4-of-22 field goal attempts. Meanwhile, Drexel got hot from the field, hitting 16-of-35 attempts in the comeback. The Dragons held a 38-20 scoring advantage in the second half to seal the win.
ALEXIS HARRIS RECORDS SECOND DOUBLE-DOUBLE OF HER CAREER... Junior forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) recorded her second double-double of the season, and career, on November 15 against Drexel. She netted 14 points and a season-high 11 rebounds. Harris notched the first double-double of her career in the season opener vs. UMass Lowell (11/9) with 31 points and 10 rebounds.
FRIARS SCORE SEASON-LOW 20 POINTS IN SECOND HALF VS. DREXEL... Providence scored a season-low 20 points in the second half vs. Drexel on 18.2-percent shooting (4-22). Heading into the match-up with the Dragons, the Friars were averaging 58.5 points in the second half of games.
THREE OR MORE PLAYERS HAVE SCORED IN DOUBLE FIGURES DURING EACH OF THE FIRST THREE GAMES... The Friars have had at least three players reach double figures in the scoring column in each of the first three games. Four players reached double figures in the season opener vs. UMass Lowell on November 9. Providence had seven players in double figures against Bryant (11/12), followed by three players in double figures against Drexel (11/15).
EVERY ACTIVE PLAYER HAS SCORED IN DOUBLE FIGURES... Each of the eight active players on the roster has scored in double figures at least once this season. Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) are the only Friars to reach double figures in all three games.
ALEXIS HARRIS IS ONE OF FOUR PLAYERS IN THE BIG EAST AVERAGING A DOUBLE-DOUBLE... Junior Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) is averaging 18.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. She is one of just four players in the BIG EAST currently averaging a double-double. She joins Katie Young (Marquette), Katherine Plouffe (Marquette) and Natalie Butler (Georgetown).
ALEXIS HARRIS LEADS THE LEAGUE IN FIELD-GOAL PERCENTAGE... Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) is shooting 81.5-percent from the field this season through three games. She has hit 22-of-27 attempts from the floor, and hasn't missed more than two shots in any game.
TORI RULE IS ONE OF FIVE PLAYERS IN THE LEAGUE AVERAGING 20+ POINTS... Junior Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) is one of five players in the league averaging 20+ points per game to start the season. Shatyra Hawkes (Xavier) leads the BIG EAST in scoring at 26.5 points per game. Rule is currently averaging 20.3 points for the Friars.
FRIARS RECORD 100+ POINTS IN BACK-TO-BACK GAMES... The Friars scored 100+ points in back-to-back games to start the season. 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 (1,108 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.
SHOOTING COMPARISON... The Friars are shooting 9.7-percent from three-point range in two road games this season, having converted just 3-of-31 attempts. In the Friars' only home game, the team shot 51.5-percent from three-point range (17-33).
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. Miller currently ranks third among BIG EAST players in blocked shots, with an average of 2.3 per game.
MIRANDA SIMPSON FINDS RANGE FROM THREE... Miranda Simpson (Round Rock, Texas) hit 5-of-9 attempts from three-point territory (55.6-percent) against Bryant on November 12. During a span of 1:31 in the first half, Simpson hit three-consecutive three-point shots, taking Providence from a two-point deficit to a five-point lead (28-23).
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... Two players have recorded double-doubles this season through two games. Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) and Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) each recorded double-doubles in the Friars' victory over UMass Lowell on November 9. Iiskola scored a career-high 19 points and matched her career high of 10 rebounds for the second double-double of her career. Harris recorded her team-best second double-double of the season against Drexel on November 15 with 14
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. Through three games, Pearson is second on the team in rebounding (8.0 rpg).
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. Through three games, Beal is averaging 11.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and a team-best 5.3 assists and 2.7 steals per game.
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 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 20.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists 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. Against Drexel on November 15, Rule scored 11 points and added two rebounds and three assists.
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.
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 three games with the Friars, Robinson is averaging 7.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.0 steal 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 return to Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. to host Hartford on Wednesday, November 20. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Providence College leads the all-time series vs. Hartford, 4-3.
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