Women's Basketball Game Notes vs. Hartford

Clara Che
Nov. 24, 2015

Game Notes vs. Hartford 11-25-15 Get Acrobat Reader

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PROVIDENCE SET TO FACE HARTFORD... The Providence College women’s basketball team will host Hartford on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. Tip-off is slated for Noon.

PROJECT PROVIDENCE... Wednesday’s game against Hartford will coincide with the program’s annual Project Providence event. The event will consist of various activities and speeches to educate local elementary and middle school students about basketball, strength and conditioning, proper nutrition and the importance of education. Members of the Providence College cheerleading team also will be in attendance to teach the students some PC cheers. Each activity will be administered by a member of the PC Athletic Department. The program will be followed by the women’s basketball game vs. Hartford at Noon.

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

FRIARS VS. HAWKS ALL-TIME... Providence and Hartford will meet for the 10th time in the history of the two women’s basketball programs on Wednesday, Nov. 25. Providence leads the series, 5-4, and has earned victories in four of the last six meetings.

FRIARS VS. HAWKS AT ALUMNI HALL... Providence and Hartford have met five times during the all-time series at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. The Friars lead the series vs. Hartford on their home court, 4-1, including victories in each of the last three games played at Alumni Hall.

LAST YEAR’S MATCH-UP... Providence and Hartford last met on Nov. 20, 2014 at Chase Family Arena in West Hartford, Conn. The Hawks led by 12 at halftime and escaped with a 57-54 victory. The Friars out-scored the Hawks, 30-21, in the second half. Former Friar Tori Rule led Providence with 19 points, while classmate Alexis Harris checked in with 16 points and 12 boards. Amber Bepko led Hartford with 23 points, and Cherelle Moore came off the bench to net 12 points.

SCOUTING HARTFORD... Hartford enters Wednesday’s game vs. Providence with a 3-1 overall record. The Hawks’ only loss came in overtime against Quinnipiac (71-69) on Nov. 19 in Hamden, Conn. Hartford has posted a 1-1 record on the road this season.

PLAYERS TO WATCH... Deanna Mayza is averaging a team-best 16.8 points per game for Hartford and is the lone Hawk averaging double figures in the scoring column. She also leads the team with 4.8 assists per game. Darby Lee (9.5 ppg) and Janelle Harrison (9.0 ppg) are second and third on the team in scoring. Alyssa Reaves and La’Trice Hall lead Hartford on the glass with averages of 6.8 and 6.3 rebounds per game, respectively.

MILLER RANKS IN TOP-20 AMONG BIG EAST PLAYERS IN SCORING AND REBOUNDING... Junior Aliyah Miller ranks among the top-20 in the BIG EAST Conference in scoring and rebounding. Miller ranks 19th in scoring (12.0 ppg) and tied for 19th in rebounding 5.0 rpg). Miller has reached double figures in the scoring column in each of the Friars’ last two games, including a season-high 14 points vs. Brown on Nov. 17. She also has recorded a season-best seven rebounds in each of the last two games vs. Brown (Nov. 17) and Virginia Tech (Nov. 20).

MILLER POSTS BACK-TO-BACK DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORING GAMES... Aliyah Miller has recorded double digits in the scoring column during each of the Friars’ last two games. The last time she recorded double-figures in back-to-back games dates back to her rookie season (2013-14). She recorded back-to-back double-digit scoring games on two occasions that season. She achieved the feat for the first time in her career vs. Villanova (11 points) on Feb. 5, 2014 and St. John’s (19 points) on Feb. 8, 2014. She also had back-to-back double-digit scoring games against Creighton (12 points) on Feb. 15 and Seton Hall (10 points) on Feb. 18. Miller has a total of 10 double-digit scoring games in her career (51 games). Six of those 10 games came during the 2013-14 season.

BLOCK PARTY... Freshman Erica Meyer leads the Friars in blocked shots this season, with seven. Meyer also leads the BIG EAST Conference in blocks per game (2.3 bpg). Overall, Meyer has recorded seven of the Friars’ eight blocks on the year, including a season-high three blocks in two games vs. Boston College (Nov. 13) and Brown (Nov. 17).

BEYOND THE ARC... Freshman Jovana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic leads the Friars in three-point field-goal percentage through three games this season. Nogic has converted 5-of-11 attempts from beyond the arc (0.455), and ranks 13th among BIG EAST Conference players in three-point percentage. Nogic’s teammates have combined to shoot just 14.2-percent from three-point territory this season (4-28). Classmate Clara Che is shooting 30-percent from beyond the arc (3-10).

FRIARS SHOOT SEASON-BEST 45-PERCENT IN SECOND HALF OF PLAY VS. VIRGINIA TECH... Providence enjoyed its best shooting performance of the young season during the second half of its game vs. Virginia Tech on Nov. 20. The Friars converted 13-of-29 attempts from the field during the final 20 minutes vs. the Hokies (44.8-percent).

FOURTH QUARTER FLURRY... Providence went on an impressive 13-0 run vs. Virginia Tech during a two-minute span in the fourth quarter. During the run, Providence shot 4-of-5 from the field, including 2-of-2 from beyond the three point arc. Ten of the Friars’ 13 points in the run were scored by a trio of freshmen [Rachel Aho - 4, Clara Che - 3 and Jovana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic - 3]. The run cut a 25-point deficit to 12 (58-46) with 1:58 remaining in the game.

FRESHMAN COMBINE FOR 21 OF THE FRIARS’ 35 POINT IN SECOND HALF VS. VIRGINIA TECH... The five members of the freshmen class combined to score 21 of the Friars’ 35 points during the second half of play vs. Virginia Tech (Nov. 20). Clara Che led the way with eight points on 3-of-4 shooting, including 2-of-3 from three-point territory. Overall, the freshmen shot 9-of-16 from the field in the second half (.563).

FRIARS LOOKING TO STEP UP IN THE SECOND-QUARTER... The Friars are averaging just 4.0 points per game in the second quarter this season, while their opponents are scoring a average of 13.3 points in the second stanza (+9.3). Due to the Friars’ offensive lull in the second quarter, the team has found itself trailing by double figures at halftime in two of its three games.

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 three games in 2015-16, Beal is averaging 7.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.3 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.

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 College will return to Alumni Hall to host Monmouth in non-conference action on Saturday, Nov. 28. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

FRIARS ALL-TIME VS. MONMOUTH... Providence and Monmouth will meet for just the sixth time in the history of the two women’s basketball programs on Nov. 25. It will mark the first meeting between the two teams since Dec. 30, 1983. Providence leads the all-time series, 5-0, including a 2-0 record in games played at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I.

HOME SWEET HOME... The Friars will play five of their seven games during the month of December at home in Alumni Hall. Providence starts the month at Albany (Dec. 1), but returns to Alumni for three-straight home games vs. Richmond (Dec. 5), Bryant (Dec. 9) and Florida Gulf Coast (Dec. 12). The team will make the short drive to Kingston, R.I. to face URI on Dec. 20, before returning home to open BIG EAST Conference play vs. Seton Hall (Dec. 29) and St. John’s (Dec. 31).


 

 

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