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FRIARS SET TO FACE HARTFORD IN FIRST ROAD GAME OF THE SEASON... The Providence College women’s basketball program will travel to West Hartford, Conn. to face the University of Hartford on Tuesday, Nov. 22. The game will be played at Chase Arena at Reich Family Pavilion and is scheduled to tip-off at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday’s match-up against Hartford marks the Friars’ first road game of the season.
FRIARS ALL-ACCESS... Friars All-Access, a subscription service, will feature live streaming audio of Tuesday’s game vs. Hartford. A direct link to the game can be found on the Friars’ women’s basketball schedule on www.Friars.com. Chris Fama will handle the play-by-play. The broadcast also will be available locally, in Rhode Island, on WOON 1240AM.
PROVIDENCE VS. HARTFORD ALL-TIME... Providence and Hartford have met 10 times during the history of the two women’s basketball programs. Providence leads the all-time series, 6-4, has earned victories in two of the last three meetings. Last year, Providence ran away with a 69-50 victory at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. on Nov. 25, 2015. The home team has secured victories in each of the last five meetings between the two programs.
FRIARS AND HAWKS IN WEST HARTFORD... Three of the Hawk’s four wins in the all-time series vs. Providence have come at Chase Arena at Reich Family Pavilion in West Hartford, Conn. Hartford owns a 3-1 record vs. Providence on its home court. Providence’s only win over the Hawks in West Hartford dates back to Nov. 20, 2010. On that day, the Friars captured a 75-53 victory.
WHAT HAPPENED LAST YEAR... Yoyo Nogic scored 20 points to lead the Providence women’s basketball team to a 69-50 victory over Hartford on Nov. 25 in Providence, R.I. Nogic knocked down 7-of-10 field-goal attempts, including 6-of-9 from three-point territory. She also dished five assists and grabbed three rebounds in 37 minutes of play. Providence took a 25-14 lead into the locker room at halftime as the team shot 47.5-percent from the field (10-21). Providence also dominated the paint, where it out-scored the Hawks, 12-2. Hartford shot just 22.2-percent in the opening half (6-27), and was led by Deanna Mayza’s five points. The Friars’ defense held the Hawks to single digits in each of the first two quarters. The Friars maintained control of the game in the second half with an even hotter performance from the field. Providence hit 13-of-19 field-goal attempts (68.4-percent), including a blistering 87.5-percent from three-point territory (7-8). Providence led by as many as 20 (52-32) with 7:25 remaining in the fourth quarter. Hartford only managed to get within 14 (54-40), fueled by eight-straight points from Mayza. Providence held a 15-10 scoring edge down the stretch to take the 19-point victory. Joining Nogic in double figures for Providence was Sarah Beal and Evi Iiskola with 12 points apiece. Beal dished six assists and added five rebounds. Brianna Frias recorded a career-high seven rebounds to lead the Friars on the glass. Clara Che also had a solid game for Providence with nine points. She converted all six of her free-throw attempts and was 1-2 from the field. For the game, Providence shot 57.5-percent from the field (23-40), including 58.8-percent from beyond the arc. The Friars also knocked down 13-of-16 attempts from the free-throw line (81.3-percent).
SCOUTING THE HAWKS... The Hawks enter Tuesday’s game with a 3-1 record. Hartford has picked up wins over Boston College (65-56), Central Connecticut (68-58) and Siena (80-76). The only blemish on Hartford’s schedule is a 70-63 loss to Florida Gulf Coast. The Hawks are beginning a new era under first-year Head Coach Kim McNeill. McNeill replaced Jennifer Rizzotti, who spent 17 seasons as the program’s head coach and guided the Hawks to six NCAA Tournament appearances. McNeill has a veteran guard to lean on in Deanna Mayza, who was named to the America East Preseason All-Conference Team. Mayza currently leads Hartford in scoring (17.3 ppg) and assists (5.8 apg). Lindsey Abed is second on the team in scoring (10.8 ppg) and leads Hartford on the boards with 5.0 rebounds per contest. Janelle Harrison (10.3 ppg) and Sierra DaCosta (10.0 ppg) are also averaging double figures in the scoring column.
FRIARS START SEASON 3-0... The Friars have earned three-straight victories to start the 2016-17 season. It marks the first 3-0 start for Providence since the 2009-10 campaign. That year, the Friars rattled off four-straight victories to begin the year.
JIM CROWLEY REACHES 300-WIN MILESTONE... Providence College Head Coach Jim Crowley earned his 300th career victory on Nov. 19 as the Friars defeated Binghamton, 71-58. 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 has started his tenure at Providence College with a 3-0 record, with wins over Colgate, NDSU and Binghamton. Crowley’s career record currently stands at 300-268.
FRIARS OVERCOME LARGEST HALFTIME DEFICIT SINCE 2012-13 SEASON TO EARN VICTORY... On Nov. 19, the Friars rallied from a 10-point deficit at halftime (41-31) to defeat Binghamton, 71-58. It marks the largest halftime deficit that the Friars have rallied back from to win since Jan. 23, 2013. That day, Providence trailed then-ranked-No. 25 Villanova, 29-10, at halftime (-19) and battled back to earn a 65-60 victory in overtime.
LOOKING TO FLIP THE SCRIPT AWAY FROM HOME... Providence will play eight-consecutive road games, beginning with Hartford on Nov. 22. The Friars have earned one victory in their last 20 road games and are 2-28 on the road in their last two seasons combined (includes neutral site games). Providence enters Tuesday’s game at Hartford on a 10-game winless streak away from home. The last victory away from Alumni Hall came on Dec. 20, 2015 against Rhode Island (64-55, OT).
FRIARS START THE SEASON RED-HOT FROM THE FIELD... The Friars have shot better than 45-percent from the field in each of their three games to start the season. Overall, the team has converted 92-185 attempts (.497), including a 23-51 performance from three-point territory (.451).
FRIARS SHOOT BETTER THAN 45-PERCENT FROM THE FIELD IN THREE-CONSECUTIVE GAMES... The Friars have shot better than 45-percent from the field in three-consecutive games this season. It marks the longest such streak since the 2009-10 campaign, when the Friars shot 45-percent or better in three-straight games vs. Georgetown (1/12/10), Seton Hall (1/16/10) and Syracuse (1/19/10).
TAKING ADVANTAGE AT THE STRIPE... In addition to a solid shooting performance from the field, the Friars have taken advantage of their chances at the free-throw line. Providence has converted 42-45 free-throw attempts for a shooting percentage of 0.933. Six players on the Friars’ roster are perfect from the line this season, including Jovana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic (10-10) and Ny’Dajah Jackson (7-7). The team’s most impressive performance from the line this season came against North Dakota State on Nov. 16. On that day, the Friars converted 15-of-15 opportunities at the 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 three games. Furthermore, Nogic has hit 19-consecutive free throws during a streak that began on Jan. 17, 2016 vs. Creighton.
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY SINCE 2013... 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).
DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORERS... Seven of the 12 players on the roster who have seen game action have hit double digits at least once through three games. Sarah Beal and Yoyo Nogic are the only Friars to record double figures in all three of the Friars’ games.
TRIPLE THREAT... Sophomores Clara Che, Maddie Jolin and Yoyo Nogic are shooting a combined 51.2-percent from three-point range this season (22-43). Jolin and Nogic have taken 38 of the Friars’ 51 attempts overall. Jolin has converted 8-18 shots from long range (.444), while Nogic has knocked down 11-20 three-point opportunities (.550). Che has been selective to this point, but highly successful, hitting 3-5 from outside the arc (.600).
SHARING THE ROCK... Through three games, the Friars have recorded an assist on 47.8-percent of their made field goals. Providence has hit 92-185 field-goal attempts, and has totaled 44 assists. The Friars have handed out double-digit assists in each of their three games, including two games with 15+ assists.
CLARA CHE TAKES ADVANTAGE OF WHAT THE DEFENSE GIVES HER... Sophomore Clara Che has only attempted 14 shots from the field this season (seventh-most attempts on the team), but has taken advantage of what the defense has given her. She’s shooting 11-14 from the field (.786), including 3-5 from three-point territory (.600). She also has been clinical at the free-throw line, hitting each of her four attempts (4-4).
MADDIE JOLIN RELISHES SIXTH-MAN ROLE... Maddie Jolin has been the first option off the bench for the Friars through three games this season. Despite not starting a game, she ranks fourth among her teammates in minutes played (30.3 mpg) and has averaged 13.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. Jolin is one of four Friars shooting over 50-percent from the field (.500, 13-26). She also is shooting 44.4-percent from long range (8-18) and 75-percent from the foul line (6-8). She scored a game and season-high 18 points in the Friars’ victory over NDSU on Nov. 16.
SARAH BEAL NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL FOR SECOND-CONSECUTIVE WEEK... Sarah Beal was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll during each of the first two weeks of the season (Nov. 14 and Nov. 21), and has earned the honor seven times during her career overall. 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 (Nov. 11). 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. To claim honors for a second-straight week, Beal averaged 15.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.50 steals in the Friars’ victories over NDSU (Nov. 16) and Binghamton (Nov. 19). She shot an impressive .522 from the field (12-23) and .857 from the free-throw line (6-7). In the Friars’ come-from-behind victory over Binghamton, Beal notched 17 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals. She came up big for the Friars in the decisive second half, as she tallied 10 of her 17 points and added three assist and two steals.
SARAH BEAL RANKS 12TH ALL-TIME AT PROVIDENCE IN CAREER ASSISTS... Sarah Beal has recorded 10 assists this season and owns 305 assists during her career with the Friars. Her 305 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 became the first player to eclipse 300 career assists since Symone Roberts ‘13, after dishing two dimes against NDSU on Nov. 16. 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 GIVES 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.
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 will conclude their non-conference schedule with eight-consecutive 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 Wilmington, N.C. to participate in the UNCW Hampton Inn Thanksgiving Classic on Nov. 26-27. Providence will face UNCW in its first game of the tourney at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26 and will finish off tournament play with a Noon match-up against Miami (OH) on Sunday, Nov. 27.
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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