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FRIARS WELCOME PENN STATE... The Providence College women’s basketball team will host Penn State in non-conference action on Saturday, Nov. 18. The game will be played at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I., and is scheduled to tip-off at 1:00 p.m.
TUNE IN... Saturday’s game against Penn State will be televised locally on YurView (Channel 4 & 1004). A live stream of the game also will be available on Friars.com via Friars All-Access. Chris Fama will provide the play-by-play.
POST-GAME PRESS CONFERENCE... The Providence College women’s basketball team will hold a formal post-game press conference at the conclusion of each home game. Head Coach Jim Crowley and select players will be available at the press conference. The post-game press conference will be located on the third floor of Alumni Hall in the video room.
BRING A CANNED GOOD TO THE GAME... Fans are encouraged to bring a canned good to Saturday’s game vs. Penn State. The canned good drive will benefit the Rhode Island Food Bank, and participants will receive a voucher to a future women’s basketball game.
PROVIDENCE VS. PENN STATE ALL-TIME... Providence and Penn State have played four times during the history of the two women’s basketball programs. The Nittany Lions lead the all-time series, 4-0.
LAST TIME THE TWO TEAMS MET... The last time Providence and Penn State met dates back to Dec. 2, 1994. On that day, the Nittany Lions claimed a 73-67 victory in Providence, R.I.
SCOUTING PENN STATE... Penn State enters Saturday’s game with a 3-0 record, having secured wins over Siena (86-72), Drexel (84-70) and Marshall (80-65). Six Nittany Lions are averaging double-digits in the scoring column led by Jaida Travascio-Green’s 20.0 points per game. De’Janae Boykin is averaging a double-double with 11.7 points and 11.7 rebounds. Amari Carter also is averaging 11.7 points and contributes 5.7 rebounds and a team best 6.7 assists per contest. The Nitanny Lions top player heading into the season was Teniya Page, but she has not played in any of PSU’s games due to injury. Last year, Page earned WBCA Honorable Mention All-America honors and was a All-Big Ten First-Team selection. She averaged 19.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.2 steals per game.
AT LOOK AT PENN STATE IN 2016-17... The Nittany Lions finished the 2016-17 season with a 21-11 overall record, including a 9-7 mark in the Big Ten. Penn State was bounced in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament by Minnesota, 74-60, but went on to win two games in the WNIT before falling in the third round to Virginia Tech (64-55).
FRIARS ERASE 20-POINT FOURTH QUARTER DEFICIT... The Friars trailed by 15 points heading into the fourth quarter on Nov. 14 against Northeastern, and trailed by as many as 20 (71-51) with 9:09 remaining in the game. Providence used a 15-0 scoring run to stun the Huskies and out-scored Northeastern, 35-20, overall in the quarter to force overtime. The overtime featured four lead changes and three ties, but the Friars prevailed in the end by a score of 98-95.
FOURTH QUARTER MAGIC... The Friars shot a blistering 86.7-percent from the field in the fourth quarter against Northeastern on Nov. 14. Providence hit 13 of its 15 shots, including 4-4 from three-point territory.
MADDIE JOLIN SPARKS IMPROBABLE COMEBACK... Junior guard Maddie Jolin tallied 18 of her career-high 23 points in the fourth quarter, as the Friars mounted an improbable come-back victory against Northeastern on Nov. 14. The Huskies led 71-51 with 9:09 remaining in the game, before Jolin rattled off 10-consecutive points en route to a 15-0 run by the Friars. Jolin shot 6-7 from the field in the final quarter, including a 3-3 performance from three-point territory. She also hit 2-3 free-throw attempts. For the game, Jolin was 8-11 from the field, including 4-5 from beyond the arc.
NOGIC DRAINS CAREER-HIGH 31 POINTS... Jovana Nogic led the Friars with a career-best 31 points on Nov. 14 against Northeastern. She complemented a red-hot Maddie Jolin in the fourth quarter with nine points, and took control in the overtime, scoring eight of the Friars’ 13 points in the extra session. For the game, Nogic shot 12-19 from the field and hit 6-6 shots from the free-throw line.
THIRTY SOMETHING... Jovana Nogic is the first Friar to score 30+ points in a game since Tori Rule ‘15 dropped 30 points against Marquette on March 7, 2015. Nogic’s 31 points against Northeastern are also the most points scored by a Friar since March 8, 2013, when Rule tallied 35 points against Georgetown.
NOGIC HITS FOR 20+ IN BACK-TO-BACK GAMES... Jovana Nogic has eclipsed the 20-point plateau in each of the Friars’ games this season. She opened the year with 20 points against Columbia (11/10) and followed with a career-high 31 points against Northeastern (11/14). Nogic has nine 20+ point games and hit for back-to-back 20-point games for the first time in her career.
DOUBLE-TROUBLE... Junior college transfer Ny-Asia Franklin recorded the first double-double of her career with the Friars on Nov. 14 against Northeastern. She posted 15 points and 12 boards against the Huskies. In the fourth quarter and overtime, she combined for seven points and seven rebounds. Franklin joins Allegra Botteghi (4) and Maddie Jolin (1) as the only active players on the current roster to record a double-double.
BALANCED ATTACK... Five Friars have recorded double-digits in the scoring column this season and at least four Friars have tallied double figures in each of the team’s first two games. Last season, Providence posted a 5-2 record when four players recorded double digits in the same game. This year, Providence stands at 1-1.
THREE-POINT THREATS... Through two games, Maddie Jolin, Clara Che and Jovana Nogic have combined to shoot 52-percent from three-point territory (13-25). Jolin currently leads the team, having hit six-of-eight attempts from deep (75-percent). Last season, the Friars averaged 6.4 three-point makes per game, with the aforementioned trio leading the way. Jolin, Che and Nogic combined to shoot 39.9-percent (182-457) from beyond the arc in 2016-17 (6.1 three-pointers per game).
FRIARS RANK THIRD IN NCAA IN THREE-POINT FIELD-GOAL PERCENTAGE... Through two games this season, Providence ranks third among NCAA Division I teams in three-point field-goal percentage (.520, 13-25). St. Joseph’s leads the way, shooting a 67.9-percent clip (19-28). Baylor is second on the list at 58.8 percent (20-34). Maddie Jolin leads the Friars behind the arc and ranks 18th in the nation in three-point percentage (.750, 6-8).
NOGIC RANKS 11TH IN THE NATION IN SCORING... Jovana Nogic ranks second in the BIG EAST and 11th in NCAA Division I women’s basketball in scoring. Through two games, Nogic has averaged 25.5 points per game. She netted a career-high 31 points in the Friars’ victory over Northeastern on Nov. 14. She opened the season with 20 points against Columbia (Nov. 10).
FRIARS IN OVERTIME GAMES UNDER JIM CROWLEY... Providence is 2-2 in overtime games under the direction of second-year Friars Head Coach Jim Crowley. In his first season with the program (2016-17), Providence posted a 1-2 mark in overtime games. The Friars are 2-0 in overtime games when they score 90+ points. Date Site Score Record 11/11/16 vs. Colgate W, 92-85 (2OT) 1-0 12/7/16 at Columbia L, 64-66 (OT) 1-1 2/3/17 at Georgetown L, 70-72 (OT) 1-2 11/14/17 at Northeastern W, 98-95 (OT) 2-2
JOVANA NOGIC NAMED TO ANN MEYERS DRYSDALE AWARD WATCH LIST... Junior Jovana Nogic was announced as a candidate for the inaugural Ann Meyers Drysdale Award. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced its watch list, comprised of 20 players, on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Named after the first player, male or female, to be named to the All-America Team in four-straight seasons, the annual award recognizes the top shooting guard in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball. Nogic led the BIG EAST Conference and finished 19th in NCAA Division I in three-point field goal percentage (.429) and 20th in three-point field goals made per game (3.03). She ranked second in the BIG EAST and 25th in the nation in three-point field goals made (91).Additionally, Nogic hit at least one three-point bucket in 28 of the Friars’ 30 games. She knocked down three-or-more three-point attempts in 18 games, including six games with five-or-more makes from beyond the arc. On Jan. 27, 2017, Nogic recorded a career-best seven three-point makes (7-11) vs. eventual BIG EAST Tournament Champion Marquette. Her shooting prowess also extends to the free-throw line, where she knocked down 33-of-36 attempts (.917). Nogic is one of five players to land on the watch list from the BIG EAST Conference, joining Ashton Millender (DePaul), Natisha Hiedeman (Marquette), Allazia Blockton (Marquette) and Akina Wellere (St. John’s). The Selection Committee for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award is composed of top women’s college basketball personnel, including media members, head coaches, sports information directors and Hall of Famers. By mid-February, the watch list of 20 players for the 2018 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award will be narrowed to just 10. In March, five finalists will be presented to Ms. Drysdale and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. Fans also will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite finalist at www.hoophallawards.com.
HOW THE FRIARS FARED IN 2016-17... The Friars finished the season with a 12-18 overall record and a 4-14 mark in the BIG EAST Conference. The Friars’ 12 wins marked a seven-game improvement in the win column, compared to the previous season when they finished 5-24 (2015-16). It also marks the most wins overall in a single-season since 2011-12, when the team finished the year 13-17. In conference play, Providence’s four victories marked the most since 2011-12 when the team finished 5-11.
FRIARS PICKED TO FINISH NINTH IN BIG EAST PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL... The Friars were picked to finish ninth in the 2017-18 BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The announcement was made at the league’s annual media day on Oct. 18 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
2017-18 BIG EAST PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL
1. Marquette (9) 81
2. DePaul (1) 73
3. Villanova 61
4. Creighton 58
5. Georgetown 43
6. Seton Hall 40
7. St. John’s 37
8. Butler 29
9. Providence 18
10. Xavier 10
HOT START... Providence opened the 2016-17 season with seven-straight victories (7-0). It marked the first 7-0 start for Providence since the 1990-91 season, when the team also began the year 7-0.
LOSSES BY 10 POINTS OR LESS... Twelve of the Friars’ 18 losses were decided by 10 points or less. The Friars posted a 4-12 record in games decided by 10 points or less, including a 2-7 mark in games decided by five points or less. In BIG EAST regular-season play, nine of the Friars’ 14 losses were decided by 10 points or less.
HIGHEST FINISH IN BIG EAST SINCE 1997-98... Providence finished in a three-way tie for seventh place in the BIG EAST Conference regular-season standings. It marks the highest finish for the program since conference realignment, and best finish overall in league play since 1997-98 when the team finished fourth in the BIG EAST 7 division.
DIALED IN FROM DEEP... The Friars set the program’s single-season record for three-point field goal percentage. Providence shot 37.4-percent from beyond the arc (192-514), topping the previous record of 36.0-percent set during the 1991-92 campaign.
MORE FROM THREE... The Friars hit 192 three-pointers during the 2016-17 season. It marked the third-highest total for three-point makes in a single season. During the 1994-95 season, the Friars hit a program-record 235 three-pointers. In 1989-90, the team finished with 198 triples. Providence also attempted 514 three-point shots this season, marking the sixth-highest total for the Friars in a single-season.
NOGIC HOLDS SINGLE-SEASON RECORD FOR THREE-POINTERS... Jovana Nogic set the Providence College single-season record for three-pointers, with 91, during the 2016-17 season. The previous record was held by Julie Wheeler ‘98, which she set during the 1994-95 season, with 82.
FRIARS TO HOST SECOND ANNUAL OCEAN STATE TIP-OFF TOURNAMENT... Providence College will serve as host of the second annual Ocean State Tip-Off Tournament on Dec. 2-3 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. The tournament features all four NCAA Division I women’s basketball programs in the State of Rhode Island. On Dec. 2, Providence will host Brown at 12:00 p.m., in a rematch of last year’s championship game. Rhode Island and Bryant will play in the second game of the afternoon at 2:00 p.m. On Dec. 3, the consolation game is set for 12:00 p.m. and the two winners from the opening day of action will tip-off at 2:00 p.m. in the championship game. All four games of the tournament will be broadcast locally on YurView, in addition to the internet via Friars All-Access (www.Friars.com).
WHAT’S NEXT... Over Thanksgiving, the Friars will head to Savannah, Ga. to compete in the Savannah Invitational. While there, Providence will face Savannah State (Nov. 21), Wright State (Nov. 22) and Stetson (Nov. 23). The Friars will face each of these opponents for the first time in program history.
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