Women's Basketball Game Notes vs. Virginia Tech

Nov. 19, 2015

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PROVIDENCE TO FACE VIRGINIA TECH IN NON-CONFERENCE MATCH-UP... The Providence College women’s basketball team will face ACC-foe Virginia Tech on Friday, Nov. 20 at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va. Tip-off is slated for 5:00 p.m.

FRIARS ALL-ACCESS... Providence College will provide a live audio broadcast of the game via Friars All-Access (www.Friars.com). Play-by-play will be provided by Chris Fama.

VIRGINIA TECH BROADCAST OFFERINGS... Virginia Tech will offer a live video stream of Friday’s game against Providence. To access the broadcast, please visit: www.hokiesports.com/xtra/schedule. Live stats also will be available via www.hokiesports.com

FRIARS ARE MAKING FIRST TRIP TO CASSELL COLISEUM SINCE 2003-04 CAMPAIGN... Providence College and Virginia Tech will meet at Cassell Coliseum for the first time since Jan. 4, 2004. On that day, the Hokies defeated Providence, 64-34. The Hokies are 3-0 all-time vs. Providence in games played at Cassell Coliseum.

FRIARS AND HOKIES ALL-TIME... The Friars and Hokies have met seven times during the history of the two women’s basketball programs. Virginia Tech leads the series, 6-1.

THE LONE FRIAR VICTORY... Providence’s lone victory in the series against Virginia Tech 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 USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ Poll at the time of play.

THE LAST TIME THE TWO TEAMS MET... Providence and Virginia Tech last met on Nov. 23, 2014 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. The Hokies escaped with a 72-69 victory. Four Friars finished in double figures, including Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) who notched her second double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds. With 4:18 remaining in the first half Providence trailed Virginia Tech, 31-25. The Friars closed the half on a 7-2 run to pull within one of the Hokies headed into the break (33-32). Providence tallied 13 of its 32 points off of Virginia Tech turnovers. Rachel Camp paced the Hokies with nine points and three assists. Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) led the Friar offense through the first 20 minutes of play with nine points and two assists. Harris added seven points, hauled in four boards and dished out two assists. Virginia Tech extended its lead to as many as nine points in the second half, 48-39 (13:03). From there the Friars outscored the Hokies, 23-14 to even the game at 62-62 with 1:38 remaining. At the 1:26 mark the Friars took a one point lead, 64-63, on a jumper from Allegra Botteghi (Bologna, Italy). Virgina Tech closed the game on a 9-5 run to regain the lead and secure the Hokies’ victory. Botteghi tallied a career high 15 points, two assists and two steals. Beal finished the game with 15 points and five assists. Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) notched her 1,000th career point after sinking a jumper at the 16:03 mark of the first half. Rule became the 32nd Friar to eclipse the 1,000 career point mark. She finished the game with 14 points. Complete boxscore available below (PDF version only).

SCOUTING VIRGINIA TECH...The Hokies enter Friday’s game with a 2-1 overall record. Virginia Tech fell to Georgetown, 73-53, in its most recent game on Nov. 18 in Washington, D.C. Virginia Tech was picked to finish 13th out of 16 teams in the Preseason ACC Poll (selected by the Blue Ribbon Panel) and 13th (of 16) in the ACC Coaches’ Poll. The Hokies finished the 2014-15 season with a 12-20 record and a 1-15 mark in the ACC. Virginia Tech claimed nine of its 12 wins at home in Cassell Coliseum.

PLAYERS TO WATCH... Vanessa Panousis leads Virginia Tech in scoring with 16.0 points per game and is shooting a red-hot 51.9-percent from beyond the three-point arc (14-27). Hannah Young is second in scoring (12.0 ppg) and leads the Hokies in rebounding (7.0 rpg). Young also is shooting well from three-point territory, having converted 10-21 attempts (.476). Chanette Hicks and Regan Magarity are each averaging 9.0 points per game. Magarity did not play in the Hokies’ loss to Georgetown, after playing just 12 minutes in the previous game vs. George Mason.

MILLER OFF TO SOLID START... Aliyah Miller is off to a solid start for the Friars through the first two games of the season. She leads Providence in scoring (11.5 ppg) and field-goal percentage (.429, 9-21), and also is shooting 71.4-percent from the foul line (5-7) and contributing 4.0 rebounds per game. In the Friars’ most recent game against Brown (Nov. 17), Miller recorded a season-high 14 points, seven rebounds one assist and one steal in a career-high 38 minutes of action.

BLOCK PARTY... Freshman Erica Meyer has recorded three blocked shots in each of the Friars’ two games this season and owns a team-high six blocked shots overall (3.0 bpg). She is the only player on Providence’s roster to record a blocked shot this season, through two games. According to the latest conference statistics (games played through Nov. 18), Meyer leads the BIG EAST Conference in blocked shots.

IMPRESSIVE FROM THREE-POINT TERRITORY... Freshman Jovana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic leads the Friars in three-point field-goal percentage through two games this season. Nogic has converted 4-of-9 attempts from beyond the arc (0.444). The rest of the team is shooting 1-17 from three-point territory (0.059).

TURNOVERS PLAY A BIG ROLE IN FRIARS’ TWO LOSSES... The Friars’ have recorded 20+ turnovers in each of their two games to start the season, and their opponents have combined for a 39-18 scoring advantage in points off of turnovers. On Nov. 13, Boston College out-scored Providence, 23-10, in points off of turnovers. Brown recently out-scored the Friars, 23-10, in points off of turnovers on Nov. 17.

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. Through two games in 2015-16, Beal is averaging 7.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.

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.

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 return to Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. for back-to-back games against Hartford (Nov. 25) and Monmouth (Nov. 28). The Friars’ match-up against Hartford will serve as the backdrop for the program’s annual Project Providence event. Tip-off is scheduled for Noon. On Nov. 28, the Friars will return from the Thanksgiving holiday to host Monmouth at 1:00 p.m.



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