FRIARS HOST BROWN UNIVERSITY IN 2014-15 HOME OPENER... The Providence College women’s basketball team will play its first home game of the 2014-15 season on Tuesday, Nov. 18 and will host Brown University. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 7:00 p.m.
TUNE IN... Live streaming video of the Providence College vs. Brown game will be available via Friars All-Access at www.Friars.com. Play-by-play will be provided by Chris Fama. The pre-game show will start at 6:50 p.m. (ET). During the 2014-15 women’s basketball season, Friars All-Access will feature live streaming video of each home game (unless scheduled to be televised). Additionally, each road game will feature a live audio broadcast. Friars All-Access requires a monthly or yearly subscription.
FRIARS ALL-TIME IN HOME OPENERS AT ALUMNI HALL... The Friars are 27-13 all-time in home openers at Alumni Hall. Last season, Providence defeated Bryant in its home opener, 104-67, on Nov. 12.
PROVIDENCE VS. BROWN ALL-TIME... Providence and Brown have met 22 times during the history of the two women’s basketball programs. The Friars leads the all-time series, 17-5.
PROVIDENCE VS. BROWN AT ALUMNI HALL... The last time Providence and Brown met at Alumni Hall dates back to November 14, 2008. On that day, the Friars claimed a 62-30 victory over the Bears. Providence is 7-3 all-time vs. Brown at Alumni Hall. Each of the last three meetings between the two programs has been played at Brown University.
SCOUTING BROWN... The Brown University Bears opened the 2014-15 season with an 81-76 victory over Vermont on Nov. 15 in Burlington, Vt. Jordin Alexander netted a career-high 27 points and and Sophie Bikofsky and Janie White added 17 points and 13 points, respectively, for Brown. The Bears were picked to finish eighth in the Ivy League Preseason Poll and are under the direction of first-year Head Coach Sarah Behn.
FRIARS OPEN REGULAR-SEASON SCHEDULE WITH LOSS AT RICHMOND... The Friars opened the 2014-15 season with a 75-59 loss at Richmond on Nov. 14. Richmond scored 27 points off of the Friars’ 25 turnovers in the game and out-scored Providence, 12-2, in fast-break points. Senior forward Alexis Harris led the Friars with a game-high 19 points on 8-13 shooting, including 2-2 from beyond the three-point arc. Fellow senior Tori Rule tallied 14 points, while junior Evi Iiskola netted 13 points for PC. Liz Brown led Richmond with 17 points and eight rebounds. Brown was one of five Richmond players to reach double figures in the scoring column.
FRIARS ALL-TIME IN SEASON OPENERS... With its 75-59 loss to Richmond, Providence College falls to 27-14 all-time in season openers.
HARRIS HITS FIRST THREE-POINT BUCKETS OF HER CAREER... Forward Alexis Harris was 2-2 from three-point territory vs. Richmond on Nov. 14. Her two treys marked the first of her career, having entered the game 0-5 from three-point territory during her previous three seasons with the team.
BEAL DISHES GAME-HIGH SEVEN ASSISTS... Sophomore point guard Sarah Beal dished seven of the Friars’ 10 assists vs. Richmond on Nov. 14. Last season, Beal handed out 7+ assists eight times, including a career-best 13 assists vs. Butler (1/28/14).
RULE NOTCHES 48th DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORING GAME... Senior Tori Rule tallied 14 points against Richmond on Nov. 14 in the Friars’ season opener. It marked the 48th double-digit game of her career. During the 2013-14 campaign, Rule posted double-figures in 24 of the 30 games she played.
BALDWIN LEADS FRIARS ON THE BOARDS IN RETURN TO THE COURT... When the Friars opened the 2014-15 season against Richmond on Nov. 14, it marked Chanise Baldwin’s first game action since Feb. 6, 2013 due to injury. In her return, she played 30 minutes and recorded five points, two steals, one assist and a team-high six rebounds. Three of her six boards came off of the offensive glass, which also marked a team-high.
STEADY EVI... Junior Evi Iiskola played a team-high 31 minutes vs. Richmond on Nov. 1. Known for her steady play, Iiskola contributed 13 points on 4-7 shooting from the field, and also hit 5-7 free-throw attempts. She added three rebounds and one assist.
ROOKIE IMPACT... Two freshmen saw significant minutes in their collegiate debuts vs. Richmond on Nov. 14, including guard Allegra Botteghi and forward Brianna Frias. Botteghi played 27 minutes and registered five points, four rebounds and one steal. She hit 2-5 field-goal attempts, including 1-2 from beyond the three-point arc. Frias played 16 minutes and produced three rebounds and one blocked shot.
TORI RULE APPROACHING 1,000-POINT MILESTONE... Senior Tori Rule enters Tuesday’s game vs. Brown with 959 career points. She has played 86 games for the Friars and has averaged 11.2 points per game. Rule needs 41 points to reach the milestone, and is looking to become the 32nd player in program history to score 1,000 points. She opened the 2014-15 season with 14 points against Richmond on Nov. 14.
ALEXIS HARRIS NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-BIG EAST TEAM... Senior forward Alexis Harris was named to the 2014-15 Preseason All-BIG EAST Team, which is voted on by the league’s 10 head coaches. The announcement was made at BIG EAST Media Day in New York City on Oct. 22. Harris, an All-BIG EAST Second Team selection as a junior, averaged 14.0 points and 8.9 rebounds per game for the Friars in 2013-14. During BIG EAST Conference regular-season play, she remained a steady force with 15.1 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Harris also notched 12 double-doubles last season, which are the most by any returning player in the BIG EAST. The forward reached double-figures in the scoring column 23 times and also posted 14 double-digit rebounding games. Furthermore, Harris was one of just four players in the BIG EAST to record multiple 30-point games. She hit for a career-high 31 points against UMass Lowell on Nov. 9, and 30 points against Seton Hall on Jan. 25.
SARAH BEAL NAMED PRESEASON ALL-BIG EAST HONORABLE MENTION... Sophomore guard Sarah Beal was named a Preseason All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention selection, which is voted on by the league’s 10 head coaches. The announcement was made at BIG EAST Media Day in New York City on Oct. 22. Beal enjoyed an impressive rookie campaign as the program’s floor general, averaging 11.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and a team-best 4.7 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Her 135 assists mark the third-highest total all-time by a freshman in program history. Beal handed out a career-best 13 assists vs. Butler on Jan. 28, 2014, which is one hand-out shy of the BIG EAST single-game record by a freshman and also marked the most assists in a single game by a league player during the 2013-14 season. Beal also proved to be an effective scorer, having recorded 21 double-digit scoring games. She notched a career-best 27 points against Marquette on Jan. 21.
FRIARS PICKED TO FINISH SIXTH IN BIG EAST PRESEASON POLL... Despite recording just seven wins a year ago and finishing 10th in the BIG EAST standings, the league’s head coaches picked the Friars to finish sixth in the conference in 2014-15. The roster is filled with more height, length and defensive presence and will join forces with a proven ability to score the basketball, with the likes of Alexis Harris, Sarah Beal and senior guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.).
GETTING OVER THE HUMP... Fourteen of the Friars 23 losses during the 2013-14 campaign were decided by 10 points or less, including four losses by five points or less.
DOUBLE TROUBLE... Senior Alexis Harris led the Friars with 12 double-doubles last season, including seven during BIG EAST Conference regular-season play.
100-ASSISTS IN THE LAST DECADE... Sarah Beal finished the 2013-14 season with 135 assists. She is just the fourth Friar in the last decade to dish 100+ assists in a single season. Kendria Holmes achieved the feat in consecutive seasons (2006-07 and 2007-08) with 103 and 117 assists, respectively. Lola Wells ‘12 recorded 101 hand-outs in 2010-11. Symone Roberts ‘13 dished 135 assists during the 2012-13 slate. In the Friars’ season opener at Richmond on Nov. 14, Beal handed out a game-high seven assists.
IISKOLA AND HARRIS NAMED TEAM CAPTAINS... Junior Evi Iiskola and senior Alexis Harris have been named team captains for the 2014-15 season. Harris played 29 games as a junior and averaged 14.0 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.1 blocks and 1.0 steal per game. She was named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team at the conclusion of the season, and was tabbed a 2014-15 Preseason All-BIG EAST selection at the league’s annual media day. Iiskola, who is Head Coach Susan Robinson Fruchtl’s first recruit at Providence, finished her sophomore campaign with averages of 9.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. During the summer, Iiskola played for Finland’s National Team in the Eurobasket 2015 Qualifying Rounds.
NATIONAL EXPOSURE... Providence College will have three nationally-televised games on FOX Sports 1 this season, including its match-ups vs. Creighton (Jan. 16), Seton Hall (Feb. 6) and Villanova (Feb. 27). The Friars also will have four games broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network. Games scheduled for broadcast on the league’s digital network may be viewed by downloading the FOX Sports GO app on your mobile device or tablet, and is free of charge.
NEW FACES... The Friars have four freshman on this year’s roster, including forward Alise Parker (Germantown, Tenn.), guard Allegra Botteghi (Bologna, Italy), forward Brianna Frias (Worcester, Mass.) and guard Alison Lewis (Kennett Square, Pa.). Three of the four players check in at 6-feet or taller.
MONTHLY COACH’S SHOW... The Friars will release a monthly Coach’s Show, called Friar Hoop Scoop, which will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the women’s basketball progam this season. The show will be posted online during the first week of each month and may be viewed on each of the program’s social media platforms, including its YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/ProvidenceCollegeWBB. The first show was released earlier this month, and outlined Late Night Madness, BIG EAST Media Day and a campus spotlight segment on the Career Education and Professional Development Center.
WHAT’S NEXT... The Providence College women’s basketball team will travel to West Hartford, Conn. on Thursday, Nov. 20 to face the University of Hartford at 7:00 p.m. Providence leads the all-time series vs. the Hawks, 5-3. Last season, the Friars captured a 79-53 victory over Hartford at Alumni Hall on Nov. 20, 2013.
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