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FRIARS HOST VIRGINIA TECH ON SUNDAY... The Providence College women’s basketball team will host Virginia Tech on Sunday, Nov. 23 at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:01 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on the BIG EAST Digital Network via the FOX Sports GO app.
TUNE IN... To view the game on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN), download the FOX Sports GO app on your mobile device or tablet. Click on the app, and select the game. You also may view the game on a laptop or desktop computer by navigating to www.FOXSportsGO.com. This viewing method requires a username and password affiliated with your cable network or satellite provider.
FRIARS ALL-TIME VS. VIRGINIA TECH... Providence and Virginia Tech have played six times during the history of the two women’s basketball programs. The Hokies lead the all-time series, 5-1. The Friars’ only victory in the series came on Feb. 13, 2002 in Providence, R.I. On that day, Providence claimed a 67-61 victory. The Hokies have won each of the last three meetings.
LAST TIME THE TWO TEAMS MET... The two teams last met on Feb. 21, 2004 in Providence, R.I., during the Hokies’ final season as members of the BIG EAST. Virginia Tech defeated Providence on that day, 77-56.
SCOUTING THE HOKIES... Virginia Tech enters Sunday’s game with a 2-1 record. The Hokies opened the season with a 77-69 loss at George Mason, but have earned victories in each of their most recent games vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore (63-41) and Norfolk State (60-49). Regan Magarity is averaging a double-double for the Hokies with 14.7 points and 11.3 rebounds per game. Vanessa Panousis (11.7 ppg), Rachel Camp (10.7 ppg) and Taijah Campbell (10.3 ppg) are also averaging double-digit points. Panousis leads the team in assists (4.3 apg). Virginia Tech has struggled at the free-throw line. The squad is shooting just 59.3-percent from the charity stripe (28-47).
HOW THE HOKIES FARED IN 2013-14... Virginia Tech finished the 2013-14 season with a 14-16 overall record, including a 4-12 mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).
HOME COOKIN’... In 2014-15, the Friars are 1-0 at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. The Friars are 0-2 in games played on the road.
TORI RULE ON CUSP OF 1,000-POINT MILESTONE... Senior Tori Rule enters Sunday’s game vs. Virginia Tech with 998 career points. She has played 88 games for the Friars and has averaged 11.3 points per game. Rule needs just two points to reach the 1,000 point milestone, and is looking to become the 32nd player in program history to score achieve the feat. During the 2014-15 season, Rule has averaged 17.7 points per game, and tallied a season-high 20 points against Brown on Nov. 18.
DOUBLE-TROUBLE... Senior Alexis Harris recorded 16 points and 12 rebounds in the Friars most recent game against Hartford on Nov. 20. It marked her first double-double of the season, and 13th of her career with the Friars.
FRIARS’ SECOND-HALF RALLY AT HARTFORD FALLS SHORT... The Friars fell to Hartford, 57-54, on Thursday, Nov. 20 in West Hartford, Conn. Providence found itself trailing by as many as 15 points with six minutes to play in the first half. The Friars cut the deficit to 10 (34-24) with 2:44 on the clock, before Hartford converted two free throws for a 12-point lead heading into halftime (36-24). The Friars committed 16 turnovers in the half, and Hartford converted them into 18 points. Amber Bepko keyed Hartford’s first-half lead with 15 of her game-high 23 points on 5-6 shooting from the field, including 3-3 from beyond the three-point arc. Harris tallied 10 points in the opening 20 minutes for the Friars. Providence opened the second half on a 14-6 run to get within four (42-38) with 13:31 remaining on the clock. Hartford answered with a 7-2 run to push its lead back to nine (49-40) with 10:54 on the clock. The Friars took control over the next 8:30 of the game, and out-scored Hartford, 12-3, to tie the game, 52-52, with 2:35 remaining. Bepko answered for Hartford on the other end with her fifth three-point bucket of the night at 2:28 and a short jumper at 1:33 (57-52). Senior Chanise Baldwin (Pontiac, Mich.) hit a lay-up for the Friars with 1:08 left in the game to get within three, and Rule came up with a steal on Hartford’s next possession, but the Friars were unable to capitalize down the stretch. Providence out-scored Hartford 30-21 in the second half.
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.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A WIN AND A LOSS... There were two key factors that contributed to the Providence’s loss at Hartford on Nov. 20. Though the Friars and Hawks each finished with 22 made field goals, the Friars were 1-10 from three-point range, while the Hawks connected on 7-21 attempts from three-point territory. Providence out-scored Hartford by three at the foul line, but the Hawk’s three-point field goals proved to be the difference in the game. Additionally, both teams finished the game with 20 turnovers. However, Hartford was able to capitalize by out-scoring Providence 20-12 in points off of turnovers, including an 18-4 margin in the first half.
FRIARS WINNING WAR ON THE BOARDS... Providence has out-rebounded each of its last two opponents by an average of 6.5 rebounds per game. The Friars held a 44-37 edge on the boards vs. Brown (11/18) and followed with a 40-37 advantage on the glass vs. Hartford (11/20).
TRIPLE THREAT... Three different Friars have led the team in scoring this season through three games. Alexis Harris started the season off with a team-high 19 points against Richmond on Nov. 14. Sarah Beal finished as the Friars’ top scorer against Brown (24 pts) on Nov. 18. Most recently, Tori Rule tallied 19 points to lead Providence in the scoring column at Hartford on Nov. 20.
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.
BALDWIN CLEANS THE GLASS... Chanise Baldwin has led Providence in rebounding during two of three games this season, for an average of 7.7 boards per game. On Nov. 18, she hauled in a career-high 13 rebounds and narrowly missed her first career double-double by chipping in 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 the Friars’ 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.
SLOW STARTERS... The Friars have trailed at halftime during each of their three games this season, and have been out-scored 110-81 in the first half overall. In the second half, the Friars have been far more efficient on the offensive end, out-scoring their opponents, 110-90. Overall, Providence increases its offensive production from 27 points per game in the first half, to 36.6 points per game in 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.).
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. Through three games in 2014-15, Beal has dished 16 assists (5.33 apg).
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 on Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be played in Dayton, Ohio. Providence remains on the road for a non-conference match-up against Bryant on Sunday, Nov. 30 in Smithfield, R.I. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
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