Nov. 22, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
PROVIDENCE TRAVELS TO TEMPE, ARIZONA TO FACE NON-CONFERENCE FOE ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY... The Providence College women's basketball team will play its fourth road game of the 2013-14 season when it faces Arizona State on November 23 in Tempe, Ariz. The game will be played at Wells Fargo Arena and will tip-off at 6:00 p.m. (ET).
FRIARS ARE 2-1 IN ROAD GAMES... Providence is 2-1 in road games this season. The Friars defeated UMass Lowell on November 9 (109-74) and Dartmouth on November 18 (82-72). Providence's only loss on the on the road this season came against Drexel on November 15 (65-52).
TUNE IN... Live streaming audio of the Providence College vs. Arizona State 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 5:50 p.m. (ET).
SCOUTING ARIZONA STATE... The Sun Devils enter Saturday's game with a 2-1 overall record. Deja Mann, who missed the 2012-13 season with an injury, is back on the court and leading ASU in scoring, with 14.3 points per game. Adrianne Thomas is second on the team in scoring with 13.3 points per contest. Kelsey Moos leads the Sun Devils in rebounding, hauling in an average of 6.7 boards per game. In their two victories, the Sun Devils scored 80+ points, including an 85-77 victory over Texas Tech in their most recent game (11/17). ASU's only loss this season came against San Diego, 61-53, on November 13.
ARIZONA STATE IN 2012-13... The Sun Devils finished the 2012-13 season with a 13-18 overall record, including a 5-13 mark in the Pac-12 (9th place).
THE LAST TIME PROVIDENCE AND ARIZONA STATE MET... Providence and Arizona State last met on December 7, 2012 at Alumni Hall / Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. The Sun Devils earned a 67-58 victory on that day to take a 2-0 lead in the all-time series. The Sun Devil's bench played a large role in the victory, out-scoring the Friars' bench, 30-8.
FLIP THE SCRIPT... The Friars have started the 2013-14 season with a 4-1 record through five games. During the 2012-13 season, the Friars started the year with a 1-4 mark.
FOUR WINS IN FIVE GAMES TO START THE SEASON... The last time the Friars recorded four wins in the first five games of the season was during the 2009-10 campaign. The Friars won their first four games before losing to Pepperdine (64-51). Providence finished the 2009-10 campaign with a 19-15 overall record and advanced to the WNIT Quarterfinals.
SIX FRIARS REACH DOUBLE FIGURES IN WIN OVER HARTFORD... Six Friars reached double figures in the scoring column during Providence's 79-53 victory over Hartford on November 20. Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) and Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) led the way with 14 points each. Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) recorded her third double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) added 12 points and a game-high six assists, while Karin Robinson (Jamaica, N.Y.) and Aliyah Miller (Southaven, Miss.) finished with 11 and 10 points, respectively. The Friars took a 49-23 lead into halftime, which marks the largest halftime margin of the season for Providence (+26).
FRIARS DISH 20+ ASSISTS IN THREE OF FIRST FIVE GAMES... The Friars have recorded 90 assists this season through five games, (18.0 apg) and have dished 20+ assists three times. In its most recent game on November 20 against Hartford, the Friars handed out 21 assists. It marked the team's third-highest assist total of the season. Providence recorded a season-high 28 assists against Bryant on November 12 and 25 at UMass Lowell on November 9.
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 22). Aliyyah Handford (St. John's) also recorded 32 points this season against Iona on November 12.
ALEXIS HARRIS RECORDS FOURTH DOUBLE-DOUBLE OF THE SEASON... Junior Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) recorded her fourth double-double of the season, and career, on November 20 vs. Hartford with 12 points and 10 rebounds 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 on November 15 (14 pts / 11 rebs) and against Dartmouth on November 18 (16 pts / 12 rebs) with 14 points and 11 boards.
FRIARS DEFEAT DARTMOUTH... On November 18, the Friars 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+ points 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 4-0 THIS SEASON WHEN FOUR-OR-MORE PLAYERS SCORE DOUBLE-FIGURES... The Friars are 4-0 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 five games.
FRIARS SHOOT BETTER THAN 47-PERCENT IN FOUR OF FIVE GAMES... Providence has shot better than 47-percent from the field in four of its five 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).
SCORING DEFENSE... Through five games, the Friars have held four of their five opponents below 40-percent from the field. Overall, PC's opponents are shooting 36.0-percent (126-350). The only team that shot better than 40-percent against the Friars this season was Dartmouth (.429, 30-70).
FOUR OF FIVE STARTERS ARE SHOOTING 40-PERCENT OR BETTER FROM THE FIELD... Four of the Friars' five starters are shooting better than 40-percent from the field this season, including three players above 50-percent. Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) leads the team at 68.0-percent (34-50). Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) is shooting 52.5-percent (21-40) and Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) is at 51.4-percent (19-37). Junior Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) sits at 43.7-percent (38-87). As a team, Providence is shooting 47.0-percent from the field (156-332).
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 (1,110 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. Providence has dished 20+ assists in three of five games this season.
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. 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. On their home court (Alumni Hall) the Friars are shooting 43.8-percent from three-point range (21-48).
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 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 times 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 five games. Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) leads the way with four double-doubles, marking the first four 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, Danielle Pearson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) recorded a career-best 16 rebounds vs. UMass Lowell. 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 five games, Pearson is second on the team in rebounding with 6.8 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.
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 Wednesday, November 27 against the University at Albany. The game will be played at Alumni Hall / Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. It marks the first meeting all-time between the two programs.
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