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PROVIDENCE TRAVELS TO CROSS-CITY RIVAL BROWN FOR NON-CONFERENCE MATCH-UP... The Providence College women’s basketball team will face intra-city rival Brown on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be played at the Pizzitola Sports Center on the campus of Brown University in Providence, R.I.
BROADCAST INFORMATION... Tuesday’s game between Providence and Brown will feature an audio broadcast via Friars All-Access (www.Friars.com), and the broadcast also will be available locally via commercial radio at WOON 1240AM. Play-by-play will be provided by Chris Fama. Brown University will be providing a live video stream of the game on their athletic website (www.brownbears.com), which is offered as part of a subscription service.
PROVIDENCE VS. BROWN ALL-TIME... The Friars and Bears have met 23 times during the history of the two women’s basketball programs. Providence leads the all-time series, 18-5. The Friars have earned victories in six of the last seven meetings.
FRIARS AND BEARS ALL-TIME IN GAMES PLAYED AT BROWN... The Friars and Bears have played 10 times on Brown’s campus during the all-time series. Providence leads the all-time series vs. Brown on the Bears’ home court, 9-1. The Friars’ only loss at Brown came on December 4, 2011 (70-57) in the second game of the Brown Bear Classic. Tuesday’s game marks the first meeting between the two teams at Brown since the Friars’ loss in 2011.
THE LAST TIME THE TWO TEAMS MET... The Friars and Bears last met on Nov. 18, 2014 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. It marked the first game between the two teams since Dec. 4, 2011. Providence earned a 78-69 victory as current Providence junior Sarah Beal recorded a game-high 24 points and six assists in 32 minutes of action. Jordin Alexander led Brown with 19 points.
SCOUTING BROWN... Brown enters Tuesday’s game with a 1-0 record having defeated Bethune-Cookman, 68-61, on Nov. 13 in Daytona Beach, Fla. Freshman Shayna Mehta scored a team-high 17 points, while Jordin Alexander chipped in 16 points to lead the Bears.
THE BEARS IN 2014-15... Brown posted a 10-18 overall record in 2014-15 and finished the year 4-10 in the Ivy League. The team returns four of its five starters and seven of its top eight scorers from a year ago. Last year, Brown led the Ivy League in steals (10.1 spg) and ranked second in the conference in scoring (65.5 ppg).
FRIARS FALL TO BOSTON COLLEGE IN SEASON OPENER... The Providence College women’s basketball team fell to Boston College, 67-41, on Nov. 13 in the 2015-16 season opener in Providence, R.I. The Friars led, 16-9, with 1:45 remaining in the first quarter, but the Eagles closed out the quarter on a 9-0 run to take an 18-16 lead. Boston College continued its run with eight-straight points to start the second quarter to take a 26-16 lead. Freshman Jovana `Yoyo’ Nogic (Lisbon, Portugal) halted the run with a three-point basket at 5:26, but it would prove to be the only Friar points, as the Eagles out-scored Providence 14-3 in the second quarter to take a 32-19 lead at the break. Boston College held the Friars off with a 35-22 scoring advantage in the second half. The Eagles shot an impressive 52.8-percent from the field (28-53), including 60-percent from beyond the three-point arc (6-10). Meanwhile, the Friars struggled from the floor at 24.4-percent (11-45). Boston College also took advantage of 21 Friar turnovers to post a 23-10 scoring edge in points off of turnovers. Kelly Hughes led all scorers for BC with 22 points on 8-11 shooting. Kailey Edwards and Marella Fasoula both came off the bench to score 11 points each for the Eagles. Juniors Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) and Aliyah Miller (Southaven, Miss.) each scored nine points for Providence. Nogic finished the game with eight points. Beal also contributed two assists and grabbed four rebounds. Allegra Botteghi came off the bench to haul in four rebounds to match Beal for the team lead.
FRIARS HELD WITHOUT A DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORER VS. BOSTON COLLEGE... The Friars did not have a single player with double figures in the scoring column vs. Boston College on Nov. 13. It marked the first game the Friars have been without a double-digit scorer since Feb. 18, 2012 vs. Georgetown.
TURNOVERS HAMPER FRIARS IN OPENER VS. BOSTON COLLEGE... One of the story lines in the Friars’ season opening loss to Boston College on Nov. 13 was turnovers. Providence turned the ball over 21 times vs. the Eagles and were out-scored 23-10 in points off of turnovers.
NINE OF 12 PLAYERS ON THE ROSTER ARE UNDERCLASSMEN... Providence has a youthful look in 2015-16, as nine of its 12 players are freshmen or sophomores. The freshmen are the largest class, which is comprised of five players and there are four members in the sophomore class. The Friars have just one senior (Evi Iiskola) and two juniors (Sarah Beal and Aliyah Miller).
INTERNATIONAL FLAIR... The Friars have four international players on their roster this season, including senior Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland), sophomore Allegra Botteghi (Bologna, Italy), freshman Clara Che (Barcelona, Spain) and freshman Jovana “Yoyo” Nogic (Lisbon, Portugal). Each of the four players have competed in FIBA-sponsored events during their international careers, including three of the four players this past summer. Nogic played for Serbia [was born in Belgrade] in the FIBA U19 World Championships and FIBA U18 European Championships. Che represented Spain, who won the gold medal at the U18 European Championships. Botteghi competed for Italy at the FIBA U20 European Championships.
SARAH BEAL RETURNS TO THE COURT AFTER INJURY-SHORTENED SOPHOMORE CAMPAIGN... Junior point guard Sarah Beal missed the Friars’ final 16 games of the 2014-15 season with an injury. In the 14 games she played, Beal averaged 10.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.5 steals per game. In two seasons with the program heading into the 2015-16 slate (43 games), Beal has amassed 485 points and 201 assists.
BEAL NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-BIG EAST TEAM... Despite limited action in 2014-15, junior Sarah Beal was named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team for the second-straight season. Prior to her sophomore campaign, Beal was an honorable mention pick. Beal concluded her rookie season [2013-14] with the Friars as a BIG EAST All-Freshman Team selection. Beal is the only current member of the team to have earned preseason or post-season honors from the BIG EAST.
EVI IISKOLA AND ALIYAH MILLER NAMED TEAM CAPTAINS... Senior Evi Iiskola and junior Aliyah Miller were selected to serve as team captains this season. Iiskola assumes the leadership role for the second-consecutive year, while Miller is a first-time captain.
ALISON LEWIS LOOKING TO PICK UP WHERE SHE LEFT OFF... Current sophomore guard Alison Lewis reached double figures in the scoring column during eight of the Friars’ last 12 games in 2014-15. She netted a season-high 17 points at Marquette on Jan. 23 to start the impressive scoring stretch. She also hit for 15 points in games vs. Xavier (Feb. 1) and DePaul (Feb. 20).
GETTING OVER THE HUMP... Last season, 15 of the Friars’ 30 games were decided by 10 points or less, including a three-point defeat to Marquette in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament on March 7 (78-75). PC posted a 3-12 record in those contests. Six games were decided by five points or less, in which Providence posted a 1-5 record. The lone victory among those four games came against BIG EAST foe Villanova (51-49) on Dec. 3.
NATIONAL EXPOSURE... The Friars will have three nationally-televised games this season, while 17 others will be broadcast on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) via FOX Sports GO. Providence will play Marquette (Jan. 22) and Xavier (Feb. 5) on FS1 (FOX Sports 1). The Friars will host Florida Gulf Coast on Dec. 12 in a game scheduled for broadcast on FS2 (FOX Sports 2). The Friars’ season opener vs. Boston College on Nov. 13 will be broadcast on the BIG EAST Digital Network, in addition to the 16 BIG EAST regular-season games that are not scheduled for national television on FS1 or FS2. BEDN is available free-of-charge on your mobile device or tablet by downloading the FOX Sports GO app or by navigating to www.FOXSportsGO.com from your desktop/laptop computer.
WHO’S UP NEXT... Providence will travel to Blacksburg, Va. to face Virginia Tech at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20. The game will be broadcast on Friars All-Access (audio only). Play-by-play will be provided by Chris Fama.
PROVIDENCE VS. VIRGINIA TECH ALL-TIME... Virginia Tech leads the all-time series vs. Providence College, 6-1, including victories in each of the last four meetings. The Friars will be making their first trip to Blacksburg since the 2003-04 campaign. Providence’s lone victory in the series was recorded on Feb. 13, 2002 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. On that day, the Friars upset the Hokies, 67-61. Virginia Tech was ranked No. 21 in the Associated Press Top-25 and No. 22 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll at the time of play.
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