FRIARS HIT THE ROAD FOR NON-CONFERENCE MATCH-UP AGAINST DAYTON... The Providence College women’s basketball team will face the University of Dayton on Wednesday, Nov. 26 at UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
FRIARS ALL-ACCESS AUDIO BROADCAST... A live audio stream of Wednesday’s game will be available on Friars All-Access via the College’s athletic web site at www.Friars.com. Friars All-Access is a subscription service, and play-by-play will be provided by Chris Fama.
PROVIDENCE VS. DAYTON ALL-TIME... Providence and Dayton have met just one time during the history of the two women’s basketball programs and the Flyers lead the all-time series, 1-0. The first and only meeting between the two programs was on Dec. 18, 2013 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. Dayton earned an 83-65 victory on that day. Wednesday’s meeting will mark the first between the two schools at UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio.
SCOUTING DAYTON... The Flyers enter Wednesday’s match-up with a 1-3 record, with their only victory coming against UT Martin, 78-47, on Nov. 21 in the first round of the Iowa Hawkeye Challenge in Iowa City, Iowa. Dayton started the season ranked No. 22 in the USA Today Preseason Coaches’ Poll and the Associated Press Top-25 , but have since dropped from the rankings. The Flyers also were a unanimous pick to win the Atlantic 10 Conference, having only lost one player to graduation from the 2013-14 team that finished the year 23-8 and advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
PLAYERS TO WATCH... Dayton is led by Andrea Hoover, who is averaging a double-double with 19.0 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. Hoover also leads the team with 10 assists and is second in steals (six). Ally Malott is second on the team in scoring with 14.3 points per game
FAMILIAR FACES... Current Dayton Head Coach Jim Jabir returns to Providence College for the first time, having previously served as the Friars’ head coach from 1996-2002. Additionally, current Dayton Assistant Coach Shauna Green, spent five seasons on the sidelines at Providence as an assistant coach from 2007-2012.
GAME OF INCHES... Two of the Friars’ three losses this season have been decided by three points. On Nov. 20, Providence fell to Hartford, 57-54, in West Hartford, Conn. In the Friars’ most recent game on Nov. 23, they fell to Virginia Tech, 72-69, in Providence, R.I. Last season, Providence posted a 2-4 record in games decided by five points or less.
RULE NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... Senior guard Tori Rule was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, Nov. 24. Rule averaged a team-best 17.7 points and 2.3 steals in the Friars’ three games last week. She also shot a blistering 0.525 from the field, hitting 21-40 shot attempts, including 7-18 from three-point territory (0.389). She started the week with a season-high 20 points against Brown on Nov. 18. She went on to score 19 points vs. Hartford (11/20) and 14 points against Virginia Tech (11/23). On her first basket of the game vs. the Virginia Tech, Rule became the 32nd player in program history to reach the 1,000-point milestone. She also matched her season high with four steals against the Hokies.
TORI RULE REACHES 1,000-POINT MILESTONE... Senior Tori Rule became the 32nd player in program history to record 1,000 career points. She achieved the feat on Nov. 23 against Virginia Tech, as she hit her first bucket of the game at 16:03 of the first half. Rule finished the game with 14 points and now owns 1,012 career points. She currently ranks 30th on the Friars’ all-time scoring list. During Rule’s career, she has played 89 games and has averaged 11.4 points per game.
DOUBLE-TROUBLE... Senior Alexis Harris has registered a double-double in each of the Friars last two games. She recorded 16 points and 12 rebounds in the Friars against Hartford on Nov. 20. She followed with 15 points and 11 rebounds against Virginia Tech on Nov. 23. Harris owns 14 double-doubles in her career.
GETTING ON THE OFFENSIVE BOARDS... On Nov. 23, the Friars recorded a season-high 19 offensive rebounds vs. Virginia Tech, compared to 18 boards on the defensive glass - for a total of 37 rebounds. Providence’s 19 offensive boards are the most in a single game since Dec. 18, 2013 vs. Dayton. Additionally, the last time Providence finished a game with more offensive rebounds and defensive rebounds dates back to Dec. 20, 2013 vs. Seton Hall. On that day, the Friars hauled in 13 offensive boards and 12 defensive rebounds.
BOTTEGHI BREAKS OUT VS. VIRGINIA TECH... Freshman guard Allegra Botteghi had a break-out performance vs. Virginia Tech on Nov. 23, as she recorded a season-high 15 points on 6-12 shooting from the field, including a 3-5 performance from beyond the three-point arc. Botteghi also added two rebounds, two assists and two steals in the game.
IISKOLA DISHES CAREER-HIGH SEVEN ASSISTS AGAINST HOKIES... Junior Evi Iiskola dished a career-high seven assists vs. Virginia Tech on Nov. 23. Her previous career high in assists was four, which she reached on two occasions vs. Xavier (1/18/14) and Notre Dame (1/26/13). Iiskola is second on the team this season in assists (3.3 apg).
GAME IS ON THE LINE... On Nov. 23, the Friars were out-scored by 20 points on the foul line in a 72-69 loss to Virginia Tech. A total of 59 fouls were called in the game. Virginia Tech converted 30-of-42 (0.714) attempts from the charity stripe, while the Friars hit 10-of-21 (0.476) free throws.
50/50... Tori Rule and Alexis Harris lead the team in field-goal percentage, as each player has hit 26-of-51 attempts from the floor for 51-percent shooting. Rule leads Providence in scoring through four games with 16.8 points per game. Harris checks in at second on the team in scoring with 15.0 points per contest.
CAN’T SPELL FRIARS WITHOUT FRIAS... Rookie forward Brianna Frias has provided the Friars with valuable minutes off the bench in her first season with the squad. In four games, Frias has averaged 16.0 minutes per contest and has contributed 2.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game. She tallied a season-high seven points and six rebounds in a victory over Brown on Nov. 18. She also hauled in six boards in the Friars’ most recent game against Virginia Tech (Nov. 23).
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.
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.
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.
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 four games in 2014-15, Beal has dished 21 assists (5.35 apg). Additionally, she has dished 5+ assists in three of the Friars’ four games.
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 Sunday, Nov. 30 against Bryant University. The game will be played at 1:00 p.m. in Smithfield, R.I. The Friars lead the all-time series vs. Bryant, 4-0, including a 104-67 victory last season in Providence, R.I.
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