FRIARS SET TO COMPETE AT UNCW HAMPTON INN THANKSGIVING CLASSIC... The Providence College women’s basketball program will travel to Wilmington, N.C. to participate in the UNCW Hampton Inn Thanksgiving Classic on Nov. 26-27. The Friars will face UNCW on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 2:00 p.m. On Sunday, Nov. 27, the Friars will play Miami (OH) at Noon.
FRIARS ALL-ACCESS... Friars All-Access, a subscription service, will feature live streaming audio for each of the Friars’ games in the UNCW Hampton Inn Thanksgiving Classic. Chris Fama will handle the play-by-play. Visit www.Friars.com to connect.
VIDEO STREAM... Live streaming video will be available for the Friars’ game vs. UNCW on Nov. 26 at 2:00 p.m. To access the live stream, please visit www.UNCWsports.com. UNCW will provide live stats for each game of the UNCW Thanksgiving Classic.
FRIARS ALL-TIME VS. UNCW... The Friars and Seahawks will meet for the first time in the history of the two women’s basketball programs.
FRIARS ALL-TIME VS. MIAMI (OH)... Providence and Miami (OH) will meet for just the second time in the history of the two programs. The last time the two teams met dates back to Dec. 7, 1986 as part of the Lady Friar Coca-Cola Classic in Providence, R.I. On that day, Providence earned a 102-91 victory.
REGULAR-SEASON TOURNAMENT PLAY... This will be the Friars first appearance in regular-season tournament since the 2012-13 season. That year, the Friars won the Fordham Holiday Classic in Bronx, N.Y., with victories over Colorado State (71-53) and Lafayette (66-54). Prior to claiming the Fordham Holiday Classic title, Providence had not won an in-season tournament title since 1992.
SCOUTING UNCW... UNCW enters the weekend with a 2-1 overall record and is coming off of a 72-66 victory over Georgia State (Nov. 20). The Seahawks were picked to finish ninth in the Colonial Athletic Association. UNCW finished the 2015-16 campaign with a 7-23 overall record (3-15 CAA). This year, UNCW is averaging 67.0 points and 40.0 rebounds per contest. The Seahawks are shooting 42.6-percent from the field (75-176), but have struggled from the foul line (.522, 24-46). The Seahawks also are averaging 19.0 turnovers per game.
SEAHAWKS TO WATCH... Madison Raque leads the Seahawk’s offense with an average of 12.3 points per game and is second among her teammates in assists (4.3 apg). Jenny DeGraaf is averaging a double-double for UNCW, with 12.0 points and 10.3 rebounds per contest. Preseason All-CAA Honorable Mention pick, Jasmine Steele, checks in with 7.3 points per game and is dishing a team-best 5.7 assists per game.
SCOUTING MIAMI (OH)... Miami (OH) enters the weekend with a 2-2 overall record and will face La Salle at Noon on Nov. 26 to open play at the UNCW Hampton Inn Thanksgiving Classic. Miami begins tournament play having lost consecutive games to Morehead State (77-43) and Cincinnati (49-43). The RedHawks finished the 2015-16 campaign with a 9-21 overall record, including a 3-15 mark in the Mid-American Conference (MAC). This season, the RedHawks are averaging 54.8 points and 38.5 rebounds per game. The team scored 43 points in each of its last two games, and tallied a season-high 73 points in its season-opening win against Austin Peay on Nov. 11.
REDHAWKS TO WATCH... Lauren Dickerson is leading Miami in scoring (12.0 ppg), rebounding (5.3 rpg), assists (2.5 apg) and steals (1.5 spg). She is the only RedHawk averaging double figures in the scoring column. Kayla Brown and Leah Purvis are averaging 8.8 and 8.3 points per game, respectively.
FRIARS START SEASON 4-0... The Friars have earned four-straight victories to start the 2016-17 season. It marks the first 4-0 start for Providence since the 2009-10 campaign. That year, the Friars also rattled off four-straight victories to begin the year. The program had its best start all-time during the 1976-77 and 1981-82 campaigns, as each of those teams began the year 9-0.
PROVIDENCE DROPS 27 POINTS IN THIRD QUARTER TO DEFEAT HARTFORD... The Friars were leading Hartford by just four points at halftime on Nov. 22 (35-31). Providence took control of the game with a strong third quarter, during which the Friars outscored the Hawks 27-13. Providence’s 27 points marks the team’s highest scoring output in a single quarter this season. Additionally, Providence has scored 20+ points in a single quarter five times this season. Three of those five 20+ point performances have come in the third quarter.
FRIARS LEAD THE NATION IN FREE-THROW PERCENTAGE... Through four games, the Friars are ranked No. 1 in the nation in free-throw percentage (NCAA Division I - games played through Nov. 24). Providence is shooting 90.6-percent from the foul line, having converted 58-64 attempts.
IT DOESN’T STOP THERE... In addition to leading the nation in free-throw percentage, the Friars also rank among the nation’s best in field-goal percentage and three-point percentage. Through games played Nov. 24, Providence ranked fourth in NCAA Division I in field-goal-percentage (.502, 119-237) and 10th in three-point percentage (.435, 30-69).
FRIARS SHOOT BETTER THAN 45-PERCENT FROM THE FIELD IN FOUR-CONSECUTIVE GAMES... The Friars have shot better than 45-percent from the field in four-consecutive games this season. It marks the longest such streak since the 2006-07 campaign, when the Friars also shot 45-percent or better in four-straight games vs. Saint Francis NY (.491), North Carolina A&T (.559), UNC Greensboro (.473) and New Hampshire (.596).
THREE-STRAIGHT DOUBLE-DIGIT VICTORIES... The Friars have won each of their last three games by double-digit margins. It marks the first time since the 2012-13 season that Providence has earned three-straight wins by double figures: Rhode Island (+26), Colorado State (+18) and Lafayette (+12).
ALIYAH MILLER NOTCHES THIRD CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE... Senior forward Aliyah Miller recorded her first double-double of the season, and third of her career, in a 77-65 victory at Hartford on Nov. 22. Miller tallied 10 points and 10 rebounds vs. the Hawks. She registered the first two double-doubles of her career last season against Rhode Island and Marquette.
SARAH BEAL IMPACTS THE OFFENSE... Sarah Beal either scored or assisted on 13 of the Friars’ 27 field goals in Providence’s victory over Hartford on Nov. 22, which equates to 48-percent of the Friars’ offense from the field. She scored 14 points on 6-10 shooting from the field and dished a season-high seven assists. Through four games, Beal is second among her teammates in scoring (15.3 ppg) and first in assists (4.3 apg). Her seven assists against the Hawks marked her 31st career game with 5+ assists.
MADDIE JOLIN GRABS CAREER-HIGH NINE BOARDS AND LEADS THE FRIARS IN SCORING AT HARTFORD... Sophomore Maddie Jolin hauled in a career-high nine rebounds in the Friars’ win at Hartford on Nov. 22. Seven of her nine rebounds came during the first half. Additionally, her seven defensive boards in the game also marked a personal best. Jolin also led the Friars in scoring with 16 points on 4-8 shooting from the field, and 7-8 shooting from the free-throw line.
BALANCED ATTACK... The Friars have six players averaging 9+ points per game this season, and on three occasions, the team has had five players reach double figures in the scoring column in the same game.
DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORERS... Seven of the 12 players on the roster who have seen game action have hit double digits in the scoring column at least once through four games. Sarah Beal and Yoyo Nogic are the only Friars to record double figures in all four of the Friars’ games. Maddie Jolin and Aliyah Miller have each tallied double figures in three games.
JIM CROWLEY REACHES 300-WIN MILESTONE... Providence Head Coach Jim Crowley earned his 300th career victory on Nov. 19 against 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 4-0 record, moving his career record to 301-268.
LOOKING TO FLIP THE SCRIPT AWAY FROM HOME... The Friars defeated Hartford, 77-65, on Nov. 22 in West Hartford, Conn. to begin an eight-game road swing. Heading into the game, the Friars had earned just one victory in their last 20 road games and were 2-28 on the road in the last two seasons combined (includes neutral site games). With the victory at Hartford, Providence snapped a 10-game winless streak away from home.
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 earn a 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.
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 four 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).
TRIPLE THREAT... Sophomores Clara Che, Maddie Jolin and Yoyo Nogic are shooting a combined 50.9-percent from three-point range this season (29-57). Jolin and Nogic have taken 49 of the Friars’ 69 attempts overall. Jolin has converted 9-20 shots from long range (.450), while Nogic has knocked down 15-29 three-point opportunities (.517). Che has been selective to this point, but highly successful, hitting 5-8 from outside the arc (.625).
SHARING THE ROCK... Through four games, the Friars have recorded an assist on 50.4-percent of their made field goals. Providence has hit 119-237 field-goal attempts and has totaled 60 assists. The Friars have handed out double-digit assists in each of their four games, including three games with 15+ assists.
CLARA CHE TAKES ADVANTAGE OF HER OPPORTUNITIES... Sophomore Clara Che has only attempted 18 shots from the field this season (sixth-most attempts on the team), but has taken advantage of what the defense has given her. She’s shooting 14-18 from the field (.778), including 5-8 from three-point territory (.625). She also has been clinical at the free-throw line, hitting each of her five attempts (5-5).
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 17 assists this season and owns 312 assists during her career with the Friars. Her 312 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.
DOUBLE-OVERTIME... The Friars’ 92-85 double-overtime victory against Colgate (Nov. 11) marked the program’s first double-overtime game since Feb. 6, 2013. On that day, 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).
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.
WHAT’S NEXT... The Friars will participate in the inaugural Ocean State Tip-Off Tournament, which will feature all four NCAA Division I women’s basketball programs in the State of Rhode Island. On Saturday, Dec. 3, the Friars will face Bryant at 1:00 p.m. to open tournament play. Providence will face either Brown or Rhode Island on Sunday, Dec. 4 in the consolation game (1:00 p.m.) or championship game (3:00 p.m.). The tournament will be hosted by Brown University in Providence, R.I.
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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