Nov. 19, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
PROVIDENCE SET TO FACE HARTFORD... The Providence College women's basketball team returns from a two-game road trip to face the University of Hartford on Wednesday, November 20. The game will be played at Alumni Hall / Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
TUNE IN... Live streaming video of the Providence College vs. Hartford 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.
SCOUTING HARTFORD... The Hawks enter Wednesday's game at Providence with a 1-1 overall record. Hartford opened the season with an 89-34 loss to top-ranked Connecticut on November 9. The Hawks followed with a 59-53 victory over Loyola University Maryland on November 14. Deanna Mayza leads the Hartford offense with 14.0 points per game. Cherelle Moore is the only other Hawk averaging double figures, with 10.0 points per game. Alyssa Reaves and La'Trice Hall lead the team in rebounding with 6.5 and 5.5 rebounds per game, respectively. The Hawks were picked to finish second in the 2013-14 America East Preseason Coaches' Poll. Junior guard Amber Bepko was named to the Preseason All-Conference Team, and is currently averaging 8.0 points and 3.5 rebounds per game for Hartford.
WADE TROPHY WINNERS SQUARE OFF ON THE SIDELINES... Providence College Head Coach Susan Robinson Fruchtl and Hartford Head Coach Jennifer Rizzotti were exceptional basketball players during their time in college, and each won the Wade Trophy, as the nation's top collegiate women's basketball player. Robinson Fruchtl won the honor in 1992, while playing for Penn State University. Rizzotti claimed the Wade Trophy in 1996, while playing for the University of Connecticut. The Wade Trophy was first awarded in 1978 to Carol Blazejowski (Montclair State). Brittney Griner (Baylor) is the most recent recipient of the award, having won it in 2012 and 2013. Prior to Griner, UConn's Maya Moore claimed the Wade three-straight seasons from 2009-2011. Moore is the only three-time winner.
WHAT HAPPENED LAST YEAR... The Friars and Hawks last met on December 1, 2012 in West Hartford, Conn. Hartford earned a 66-39 victory, snapping a string of three-straight Friar victories in the series.
FRIARS ARE 3-1 VS. HARTFORD AT ALUMNI HALL... Providence and Hartford have met four times at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I., and the Friars hold a 3-1 mark against the Hawks. The most recent meeting on the Friars' home court was on December 31, 2011. The Friars defeated Hartford, 63-46 on that day.
ALEXIS HARRIS NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... Junior forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, November 18. It marked the first weekly honor of Harris' career, and recognized her efforts in the Friars' first three games of the season. During that span, she averaged a double-double, with 18.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. She notched a career-high 31 points in the Friars' season opener vs. UMass Lowell and added 10 boards for her first career double-double. She also dished a career-best four assists. She followed with 10 points and nine rebounds vs. Bryant on November 12, to go along with two assists and two steals. Against Drexel (11/15), Harris posted the second double-double of her career on 14 points and 11 boards. Her 10 defensive rebounds in the game mark a career high.
TORI RULE NETS 32 POINTS IN VICTORY OVER DARTMOUTH... Junior Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) reached the 30-point plateau for the third time in her career on November 18 during an 82-72 victory over Dartmouth. Rule notched 32 points for the Friars on 12-of-21 shooting (0.571) from the field, including 2-of-4 shooting from three-point territory. Rule also made each of her six free-throw attempt in the game. Last season, Rule eclipsed the 30-point mark twice. She tallied 32 points against Colorado State on December 29, 2012, and notched a career-high 35 points against Georgetown on March 8, 2013 in the first round of the BIG EAST Women's Basketball Championship.
RULE'S 32 POINTS ARE TIED FOR MOST BY A BIG EAST PLAYER THIS SEASON... Tori Rule's (Minneapolis, Minn.) 32 points against Dartmouth on November 18 is tied for the most points in a single-game by a player in the BIG EAST Conference (through games played November 18). Aliyyah Handford (St. John's) also recorded 32 points this season against Iona on November 12.
ALEXIS HARRIS RECORDS THIRD DOUBLE-DOUBLE OF THE SEASON... Junior Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) recorded her third double-double of the season, and career, on November 18 vs. Dartmouth on 16 points and 12 rebounds. Harris posted her first-career double-double in the Friars' season opener vs. UMass Lowell (11/9) with 31 points and 10 rebounds. She also finished with a double-double against Drexel (11/15) with 14 points and 11 boards.
HARRIS IS ONE OF FOUR PLAYERS IN THE BIG EAST AVERAGING A DOUBLE-DOUBLE... Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) is one of four players in the BIG EAST currently averaging a double-double (through games played November 18). Harris ranks fourth in the league in rebounding (10.0 rpg) and eighth in scoring (17.8 ppg).
HARRIS LEADS THE LEAGUE IN FIELD-GOAL PERCENTAGE... Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) is shooting a league-best 73.7-percent from the field this season (through games played November 18). She has hit 28-of-38 attempts from the floor, heading into Wednesday's match-up against Hartford.
FRIARS DEFEAT DARTMOUTH IN MOST RECENT GAME... In the Friars' most recent game on November 18, the team defeated Dartmouth, 82-72, in Hanover, N.H. Junior guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) poured in 32 points on 12-of-21 shooting to lead the Friar offense. Junior forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) posted her third double-double of the season, and career, with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Dartmouth took a 7-3 lead in the opening 2:19 of the game. Providence rallied with a 30-8 scoring run to take an 18-point lead (33-15) with 5:17 remaining in the half. The Big Green out-scored the Friars, 8-4, in the final five minutes to cut the deficit to 14 at halftime (37-23). Providence held a 49-34 lead after five minutes of action to start the second half, but Dartmouth would cut the lead to three (53-50) with a 16-4 scoring run. Szabo scored 11 of the Big Green's 16 points during the offensive spurt. The Friars answered back with a 19-3 run to take a 15-point advantage (71-56) with 5:14 to play. Freshman Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) scored seven points during the run, while Rule contributed six points. Dartmouth responded with three-consecutive three pointers to get within six (71-65), but it would be as close as the Big Green would get the rest of the way. The Friars finished the game with an 11-7 scoring advantage to take the 10-point victory. Rule's 12 made field goals in the win mark a single-game career high. Joining Rule and Harris in double figures were junior Karin Robinson (Jamaica, N.Y.) and Beal. Robinson recorded career highs in points (13) and rebounds (6), and added one assist and one steal. Beal finished the night with 10 points, including nine in the second half. Senior Danielle Pearson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) was second on the team in rebounding with eight boards.
TWO FRIARS ECLIPSE 30+ POINTS THIS SEASON... Juniors Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) and Tori Rule (Minneapolis, MInn.) have each scored 30+ point in a game this season. It's the first time since the 1989-90 season that two different players have eclipsed the 30-point mark. That year, Dottie VanGheem recorded three, 30+ point games, while Andrea Mangum hit the milestone once.
FRIARS ARE 3-0 THIS SEASON WHEN FOUR-OR-MORE PLAYERS SCORE DOUBLE-FIGURES... The Friars are 3-0 on the season when four-or-more players reach double-figures in the scoring column. In the team's only loss of the season (vs. Drexel, 62-52), just three Friars reached double digits. Providence had a season-high seven players in double figures in a 104-67 victory over Bryant (11/12).
EVERY ACTIVE PLAYER HAS SCORED IN DOUBLE FIGURES... Each of the eight active players on the roster have 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 four games.
FRIARS SHOOT BETTER THAN 48-PERCENT IN THREE OF FOUR GAMES... Providence has shot better than 48-percent from the field in three of its four games this season. The Friars recorded a season-best 52.9-percent from the field in a win over Bryant on November 12. In that victory, the Friars hit 37-of-70 attempts from the floor. In the Friars' lone loss of the season, the team shot a season-low 34.0-percent from the field (18-53).
FOUR OF FIVE STARTERS ARE SHOOTING 45-PERCENT OR BETTER FROM THE FIELD... Four of the Friars' five starters are shooting better than 45-percent from the field this season, including three players above 50-percent. Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) leads the league at 73.7-percent (28-38). Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) is shooting 53.3-percent (16-30) and Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) is at 51.9-percent (14-27). Junior Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) sits at 45.2-percent (10-28).
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.
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.
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 (1,109 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 14.3-percent from three-point range in three road games this season, having converted just 6-42 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 2.0 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 three in her career, including Providence's most recent game against Dartmouth (32 points) on November 18.
DOUBLE-TROUBLE... Two players have recorded double-doubles this season through four games. Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) leads the way with three double-doubles, marking the first three of her career. Sophomore Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) has recorded one double-double.
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 four games, Pearson is second on the team in rebounding with 8.0 boards per game.
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).
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.
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 action on Saturday, November 23 against Arizona State. The game will be played in Tempe, Ariz., and is scheduled to tip-off at 6:00 p.m. ET.
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