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PROVIDENCE COLLEGE CLOSES THREE-GAME HOME-STAND AGAINST BINGHAMTON... The Providence College women’s basketball program will host Binghamton University in non-conference action on Saturday, Nov. 19. The game will be played at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. and will tip-off at 4:00 p.m.
FRIARS ALL-ACCESS... Providence’s game against Binghamton on Nov. 19 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... Saturday’s game marks the first meeting all-time between Providence College and Binghamton University in the history of the two women’s basketball programs.
SCOUTING BINGHAMTON... Binghamton enters Saturday’s game with a 1-2 overall record. The Bearcats started the season 0-2, but won their most recent game against Penn, 61-48, on Nov. 16 in Philadelphia, Pa. Binghamton was picked to finish fourth in the America East Preseason Coaches’ Poll, released in October. The Bearcats return a pair of All-America East selections form last year’s squad in Imani Watkins and Alyssa James. They also return All-Rookie pick Rebecca Carmody and 2015 America East Rookie of the Year Jasmine Sina. Sina missed the 2015-16 season with an injury.
PLAYERS TO WATCH... Imani Watkins leads the Bearcats in scoring (21.0 ppg), assists (3.0 apg) and steals (3.0 spg) and ranks fourth on the team in rebounding (5.7 rpg). She also leads Binghamton in field-goal percentage (25-61, .410) and three-point percentage (12-28, .429). Jasmine Sina, who missed the 2015-16 season with an injury, has returned to the court this year and is averaging 11.3 points and 2.7 assists per game. Four members of the team are averaging 6+ rebounds per game, led by Rebecca Carmody (7.3 rpg). Carmody also is tied for the team lead in steals (3.0 spg). Alyssa James started the Bearcats’ first two games, but did not appear in the team’s most recent game against Penn. James is averaging 6.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game
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 began his tenure at Providence College with a 2-0 record, with wins over Colgate and NDSU. Crowley needs one more victory to reach the 300-win milestone (299-268).
FRIARS START THE SEASON 2-0... Providence has earned back-to-back victories over Colgate (92-85, 2OT) and North Dakota State (86-63) to start the season 2-0. It marks only the fourth time in the last decade that the Friars have started the season 2-0 (2006-07, 2009-10, 2013-14, 2015-16).
PROVIDENCE DEFEATS NORTH DAKOTA STATE, 86-63... The Friars defeated North Dakota State, 86-63, on Nov. 16 in Providence, R.I. It marked Providence’s largest margin of victory (+23) since Nov. 20, 2013 when it defeated Hartford by 26 points (79-53).
HOT SHOOTING FRIARS... The Friars have recorded impressive shooting performances in each of their two games to start the season. Overall, Providence is shooting 51-percent from the field (66-130), including 43-percent from three-point territory (15-35). The Friars also have had great success at the foul line, hitting 31-32 opportunities (97-percent). In the team’s most recent game against North Dakota State, the Friars shot a season-high 54.2-percent from the field (32-59), 46.7-percent from three-point range (7-15) and was a perfect 15-15 from the free throw line.
YOYO NOGIC HAS HIT 19-CONSECUTIVE FREE THROWS... Jovana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic has hit each of her 10 free throw attempts this season (10-10) through two games. Nogic has hit 19-consecutive free throws during a streak that began on Jan. 17, 2016 vs. Creighton. Senior Sarah Beal has the second longest streak from the free-throw line for Providence, having made each of her last nine attempts (dating back to Feb. 26, 2015). Beal is 4-4 from the line this season.
DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORERS... Providence has had five players reach double figures in the scoring column during each of its two games this season. Seven of the 12 players on the roster who have seen game action have hit double digits at least once through two games. Sarah Beal, Yoyo Nogic and Maddie Jolin are the only Friars to record double figures in both games.
TRIPLE THREAT... Sophomores Clara Che, Maddie Jolin and Yoyo Nogic are shooting a combined 48.4-percent from three-point range this season (15-31). Jolin and Nogic have taken 28 of the Friars’ 35 attempts overall. Jolin has converted 7-15 shots from long range (.476), while Nogic has knocked down 6-13 three-point opportunities (.462). Che has been selective to this point, but highly successful, hitting 2-3 three pointers (.667).
SHARING THE ROCK... Through two games, the Friars have recorded an assist on 46.9-percent of their made field goals. Providence has hit 66-130 field goal attempts, and has totaled 31 assists. The Friars have dished 15-or-more assists in each of their two games.
CLARA CHE HAS CAREER DAY AGAINST NDSU... Sophomore Clara Che bounced back from a four point/one assist effort in the Friars’ season opener against Colgate to post an impressive stat line on Nov. 16 against NDSU. Che tallied career highs in points (16) and assists (seven), in addition to tying her career high in steals (three). She finished the game 6-7 from the field, including 2-3 from the three-point line. Che also was 2-2 from the free-throw line.
MADDIE JOLIN RELISHES SIXTH-MAN ROLE... Maddie Jolin has been the first option off the bench for the Friars through two games this season. Despite not starting a game, she ranks third among her teammates in minutes played (33.5 mpg) and has averaged 16.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. Jolin is one of four Friars shooting over 45-percent from the field (.476, 10-21). Jolin also is shooting 46.7-percent from long range (7-15) and 85.7-percent from the foul line (6-7). She scored a game and season-high 18 points in the Friars’ most recent victory over NDSU on Nov. 16.
SARAH BEAL RANKS 12TH ALL-TIME AT PROVIDENCE IN CAREER ASSISTS... Sarah Beal has recorded six assists this season and owns 301 assists during her career with the Friars. Her 301 assists ranks 12th all-time at Providence College. Beal is looking up at Mary Ann McCoy ‘80, who holds 11th place with 324 dimes.
MORE ON BEAL’S ASSIST TOTAL... Sarah Beal dished two assists against North Dakota State on Nov. 19 and moved her career total to 301. She became 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. Beal is averaging 4.1 assists per game during her career, which is the sixth-highest average among the program’s top-15 ranked players in career assists.
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.
YOYO NOGIC TIES CAREER HIGH WITH 23 POINTS... Yoyo Nogic tallied 23 points in the Friars’ season opener vs. Colgate (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.
NEW ERA... The Friars are beginning 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 PREPARE FOR EIGHT-STRAIGHT ON THE ROAD... The Friars’ game vs. Binghamton on Nov. 19 marks the third-straight home game to open the 2016-17 season. 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 travel to West Hartford, Conn. to face the University of Hartford on Tuesday, Nov. 22. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 7:00 p.m. and will be played at Chase Arena at Reich Family Pavilion.
SCHEDULE UPDATE... The Providence College women’s basketball team announced that two of its game times have been changed/adjusted. The Friars’ BIG EAST Conference game vs. DePaul on Sunday, Jan. 29 has been moved from a Noon tip-off to a 1:00 p.m. tip. Additionally, Providence’s conference game vs. Seton Hall on Sunday, Feb. 19 also has been moved from a Noon start to a 1:00 p.m. tip-off.
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, Feb. 19 at 1:00 p.m. 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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