Nov. 26, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
PROVIDENCE WELCOMES ALBANY TO ALUMNI HALL... The Providence College women's basketball team will host the University at Albany on Wednesday, November 27 at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
TUNE IN... Live streaming video of the Providence College vs. Albany 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 6:50 p.m.
FIRST MEETING ALL-TIME... The Friars and Great Danes will meet for the first time in the history of the two women's basketball programs.
SCOUTING ALBANY... The Great Danes enter Wednesday's game at Providence with a 5-0 record. Three players are averaging double figures in the scoring column, led by three-time America East Player of the Week Shereesha Richards. Richards is averaging 23.2 points and is hauling in a team-best 9.6 rebounds per game. Sarah Royals is second on the team in scoring (14.4 ppg) and leads the Great Danes in assists (6.0 apg). Margarita Rosario is third in scoring (10.2 ppg) and second in assists (4.6 apg) and steals (2.0 spg). Megan Craig is a 6'-9" center from New Zealand, who is averaging 9.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and a team-best 2.0 blocked shots per game. Albany has played four of its five games at home. The Great Danes are looking to capture their third-straight America East Championship. Last season, Albany finished the season with a 27-4 overall record and a 16-0 mark in the America East.
TORI RULE NAMED BIG EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK... Junior guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) was named BIG EAST Player of the Week on Monday, November 25. It marks the first time in her career that she has earned the league's weekly honor. In three games last week, she averaged 22.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game. She netted a season-high 32 points against Dartmouth, which stands as the highest single-game scoring total in the BIG EAST this season. She recorded 14 points against Hartford (11/20) and 22 points and a season-high five rebounds against Arizona State (11/23). Rule has scored 20+ points in four of the Friars' six games.
FRIARS LOOK TO IMPROVE ON PERFECT RECORD AT ALUMNI HALL... The Friars have recorded a 2-0 record this season in games played at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. Providence defeated Bryant in its home opener, 104-67, on November 12. On November 20, the Friars defeated Hartford, 79-53.
FRIARS VS. THE AMERICA EAST... Providence is 2-0 this season vs. teams from the America East Conference. The Friars defeated UMass Lowell, 109-74, in Lowell, Mass. on November 9. On November 20, Providence defeated Hartford, 79-53, in Providence, R.I. Hartford was picked to finished second in the America East Preseason Poll, while Albany is the favorite to win the league for a third-straight season.
TORI RULE TIED FOR SECOND AMONG BIG EAST PLAYERS IN SCORING... Through six games, junior Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) is tied for second among BIG EAST Conference players in scoring with 21.5 points per game. Aliyyah Handford (St. John's) is the league leader at 25.8 points per game. Rule is tied with Shatyra Hawkes (Xavier).
ALEXIS HARRIS PUTTING UP SOLID NUMBERS... Junior forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) is putting up solid numbers for the Friars through the first six games. She is averaging 14.4 points and a team-best 9.7 rebounds per game, in addition to 1.5 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.3 steals. Harris ranks 14th in the BIG EAST in scoring, fifth in rebounding and second in field-goal percentage (0.643, 36-56). Harris has reached double figures in the scoring column in five of the Friars' six games, including a career-high 31 points against UMass Lowell on November 9.
EVI IISKOLA LEADS THE WAY AT THE CHARITY STRIPE... Sophomore Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) leads the team in free-throw percentage this season (.808, 21-26). Heading into the Friars' game against Albany, Iiskola has made 10-consecutive free throws dating back to the second half of the Friars' game vs. Drexel on November 15. Iiskola was 5-5 from the foul line in the team's most recent game against Arizona State (11/23).
TORI RULE NOTCHES FOURTH 20+ POINT GAME... Junior guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) has scored in double figures during each of the Friars' first six games, including four games with 20-or-more points. On November 18, Rule notched a season-high 32 points against Dartmouth, which marks the highest point total by a BIG EAST player this season. Rule has 29 double-digit scoring games in her career, including nine, 20+ point games. Rule has hit for 30-or-more points three times during her career.
SARAH BEAL PUTTING TOGETHER IMPRESSIVE ROOKIE CAMPAIGN... Through six games of her rookie season, Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) is putting together an impressive resume. Beal is averaging 12.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.2 steals per game. She ranks 14th in the BIG EAST in field-goal percentage (0.500, 25-50) and second in three-point percentage (0.600, 6-10). Beal has recorded double digits in the scoring column five times, including a season-best 20 points against UMass Lowell (11/9). She also has dished 6+ assists in three games, including a season-high seven hand-outs in two games.
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 FALL TO ARIZONA STATE IN MOST RECENT GAME... The Friars fell to Arizona State, 86-65, on November 23 at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz. The Friars trailed by just nine points at halftime (45-36), but were out-dueled in the second half, 41-29. The Sun Devils' bench out-scored the Friars' bench, 40-6, in the loss. Junior Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) recorded a game-high 22 points for the Friars, but the depth of the Sun Devils proved to be too much. Five Arizona State players reached double figures, led by Promise Amukamara's 16 points. Kelsey Moos recorded a double-double for the Sun Devils on 10 points and 10 boards, while Joy Burke added 14 points and nine rebounds. Joining Rule in double figures for the Friars were Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) and Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland). Beal finished with 17 points, while Iiskola notched 11. Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) and Aliyah Miller (Southaven, Miss.) each hauled in six boards for PC.
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).
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.
ALEXIS HARRIS RECORDS FOURTH DOUBLE-DOUBLE... 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.
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 two losses of the season (vs. Drexel, 62-52 and vs. Arizona State, 86-65), 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.) is the only Friar to reach double figures in all six games. Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) and Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) have each scored double figures in five games.
FRIARS SHOOT BETTER THAN 47-PERCENT IN FOUR OF SIX GAMES... Providence has shot better than 47-percent from the field in four of its six 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' two losses this season, team shot below 40-percent each time.
SCORING DEFENSE... Through six games, the Friars have held four of their five opponents below 40-percent from the field. Overall, PC's opponents are shooting 38.5-percent (159-413). The only two teams that shot better than 40-percent against the Friars this season were Dartmouth (.429, 30-70) and Arizona State (.524, 33-63).
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 64.3-percent (36-56). Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) is shooting 50.0-percent (25-50) and Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) is at 51.2-percent (22-43). Junior Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) sits at 44.3-percent (47-106). As a team, Providence is shooting 45.4-percent from the field (177-390). 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 (1,111 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 six games this season.
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 20.3-percent from three-point range in four road games this season, having converted just 12-59 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 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+ points 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 game against Dartmouth this season (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 Thursday, December 5 against non-conference foe Duquesne. The game will be played in Pittsburgh, Pa., and will tip-off at 7:00 p.m.
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