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FRIARS TAKE ON HARTFORD AT CHASE FAMILY ARENA... The Providence College women’s basketball team will travel to West Hartford, Conn. on Thursday, Nov. 20 to face non-conference foe Hartford. The game will be played at Chase Family Arena at the Reich Family Pavilion and is scheduled to tip-off at 7:00 p.m.
TUNE IN... Live streaming audio 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 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 VS. HARTFORD... Providence and Hartford have met eight times during the history of the two women’s basketball programs. The Friars lead the all-time series, 5-3, and have earned victories in four of the last five meetings.
FRIARS AND HAWKS ALL-TIME IN WEST HARTFORD, CONN. ... The Friars and Hawks have met three times in West Hartford, Conn. during the all-time series, and Hartford holds a 2-1 advantage in those games. The last meeting between the two teams in West Hartford dates back to December 1, 2012. The Hawks earned a 66-39 victory on that day. Providence’s only win vs. Hartford on the road in West Hartford was a 75-53 victory on November 20, 2010.
WHAT HAPPENED LAST YEAR... Providence and Hartford last met on November 20, 2013 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. The Friars defeated the Hawks, 79-53. Providence established control of the game in the first 20 minutes of play, out-scoring Hartford 49-23, and held its largest lead of the game (34 points) midway through the first half. Six Friars reached double figures in the scoring column, led by Tori Rule and Evi Iiskola, who scored 14 points each. Alexis Harris posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Morgan Lumb came off the bench to score a team-best 11 points for Hartford, followed by 10 points from Deanna Mayza and Cherelle Moore. The Friars shot 47.8-percent from the floor in the game (32-67), compared to 33.3-percent shooting by Hartford (19-57). The Hawks owned the backboards with a 43-35 advantage in rebounding, including 19 off of the offensive glass. However, Hartford only managed six second-chance points.
SCOUTING HARTFORD... Hartford enters Thursday’s game with a 2-0 record, having defeated Cornell, 48-46, and Central Connecticut, 75-63. Amber Bepko leads the offense with 13.5 points per game. Deanna Mayza is second in scoring (12.5 ppg) and leads the Hawks with 5.5 assists per game. Cherelle Moore is averaging 17.5 minutes per game for Hartford off the bench, yet leads the team in rebounding with 8.5 rpg. Thursday’s game vs. Providence marks the Hawks’ home opener at Chase Arena.
MORE ON THE HAWKS... Hartford returns nine letter-winners from the 2013-14 squad, including its top-five scorers. Among the returners are America East Third-Team selection Amber Bepko, who averaged 10.7 points per game last season. The Hawks were picked to finish third in the America East Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Hartford finished the 2013-14 slate with a 13-18 overall record, including a 9-7 mark in conference play. Hartford advanced to the semifinals of the America East Tournament, before bowing out to Albany (65-51).
PROVIDENCE PICKS UP VICTORY OVER BROWN IN HOME OPENER... Providence picked up a 78-69 victory against Brown in its home opener on Nov. 18. Sarah Beal finished the night with a game-high 24 points, including 22 in the second half. Tori Rule added 20 points in the effort, while Chanise Baldwin led the way on the backboards with a career-best 13 rebounds. Providence trailed 33-31 at halftime, but out-scored Brown 47-36 in the second half to take the victory. Rule gave the Friars the lead, for good, in the decisive second half with back-to-back threes at 9:02 and 8:23. Beal also scored 22 of her 24 points in final 20 minutes. Alexander Jordin tallied a game-high 19 points for Brown and Natalie Ball registered a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds.
FRIARS WIN DESPITE TRAILING AT HALFTIME... Providence trailed Brown, 33-31, at halftime on Nov. 18 and rallied to defeat the Bears, 78-69. It marks the first victory for Providence when trailing at the half since Feb. 6, 2013 at Pittsburgh. On that day, Providence trailed Pitt 42-37 and went on to an 85-83 victory in double-overtime.
PROVIDENCE’S 44 BOARDS VS. BROWN... Providence out-rebounded Brown, 44-37, on Nov. 18. It marks the most rebounds for the Friars in a single-game since Dec. 21, 2013 vs. Rhode Island. On that day, Providence also recorded 44 rebounds.
TORI RULE APPROACHING 1,000-POINT MILESTONE... Senior Tori Rule enters Thursday’s game against Hartford with 979 career points. She has played 87 games for the Friars and has averaged 11.3 points per game. Rule needs 21 points to reach the 1,000 point milestone, and is looking to become the 32nd player in program history to score achieve the feat. She opened the 2014-15 season with 14 points against Richmond (11/14) and recently tallied 20 points against Brown (11/18).
CHANISE BALDWIN HAULS IN CAREER-HIGH 13 BOARDS AGAINST BROWN... Chanise Baldwin has led Providence in rebounding during each of the Friars’ two games this season. On Nov. 18, she hauled in a career-high 13 rebounds and narrowly missed her first career double-double by adding nine points. Eight of her 13 boards came off of the defensive glass, which also marks a career-high for the senior.
SECOND HALF OUTBURST... Sarah Beal was held to just two points in the first half of Tuesday’s 78-69 victory over Brown. Beal played just 12 minutes in the opening stanza due to foul trouble and shot just 1-4 from the field, including 0-2 from three-point territory. The sophomore point guard played all 20 minutes in the second half and exploded scored 22 of her game-high 24 points. Beal managed to convert 12 of her 14 free throw attempts in the game, and also added a game-high six assists. Five of her six hand-outs also came during the second half.
20/20... Sarah Beal and Tori Rule each eclipsed 20 points in the Friars’ victory over Brown on Nov. 18. Rule achieved the feat for the 15th time in her career, while Beal’s 24 point effort marks the fifth 20+ point performance of her career.
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.
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.
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.).
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, and followed with six against Brown on Nov. 18.
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... Providence College will return to action against Virginia Tech on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 1:00 p.m. in Providence, R.I. The game will be broadcast on the BIG EAST Digital Network via FOX Sports GO. To watch the game, download the FOX Sport GO app to your mobile device or tablet. The BIG EAST Digital Network does not require a username or password to view live content on the FOX Sports GO app.
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