Women's Basketball Game Notes vs. Monmouth

Nov. 27, 2015

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PROVIDENCE WELCOMES MONMOUTH TO ALUMNI HALL... The Providence College women’s basketball team will host Monmouth University in non-conference action on Saturday, Nov. 28. The game will be played at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. and is scheduled to tip-off at 1:00 p.m.

FRIARS ALL-ACCESS... The Friars’ game vs. Monmouth will be broadcast live on the College’s athletic website (www.Friars.com) via Friars All-Access, which is a subscription service. Play-by-play will be provided by Chris Fama.

FIRST MEETING SINCE 1983... Providence and Monmouth will meet for the first time since Dec. 30, 1983. On that day, the Friars defeated the Hawks, 78-39, as part of the Dial Classic in Miami, Fla.

ALL-TIME VS. MONMOUTH... The Friars are unbeaten in five previous meetings vs. Monmouth (5-0). Each of the five games were played in the early 80s. Three of the five games were decided by single digits, including a 74-70 overtime victory by the Friars on Dec. 30, 1980.

PROVIDENCE VS. MONMOUTH AT ALUMNI HALL... The Friars and Hawks have met twice during the all-time series at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I., and Providence claimed victory each time. Both meetings were part of the Providence College Invitational. The first meeting at Alumni Hall took place on Jan. 11, 1980, and the Friars earned a 64-48 victory. The second meeting between the two teams at Alumni Hall took place on Jan. 16, 1982, and Providence claimed a 58-52 win.

SCOUTING MONMOUTH... The Monmouth Hawks enter Saturday’s game with a 1-2 overall record and have not played since defeating Colgate, 86-80, in overtime on Nov. 22. Two of the Hawks’ three games have been decided in overtime. Monmouth started the season with back-to-back losses against Lehigh (95-88, OT) on Nov. 13 and Robert Morris (60-47) on Nov. 19. As a team, the Hawks are averaging 73.7 points and 46.7 rebounds per game.

PLAYERS TO WATCH... Four players are averaging double figures in the scoring column for Monmouth, led by Jamiyah Bethune’s 15.0 points per game. She is followed by Sarah Olson (13.0 ppg), Jasmine Walker (12.0 ppg) and Tyese Purvis (10.7 ppg). McKinzee Barker is fourth on the team in scoring (9.7 ppg) and leads the Hawks in rebounding (9.0 rpg) and assists (5.0 apg). Christina Mitchell is second among her teammates in rebounding, with an average of 7.3 boards per game.

MCKINZEE BARKER NARROWLY MISSES TRIPLE DOUBLE... In the Hawks’ 86-80 loss to Colgate in overtime on Nov. 22, freshman McKinzee Barker flirted with a triple-double, having finished the game with 14 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. For her efforts, she earned MAAC Rookie of the Week honors on Nov. 23.

HOW MONMOUTH FINISHED 2014-15 SEASON... The Monmouth University women’s basketball team finished the 2014-15 season with a 13-18 overall record, including an 8-12 mark in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).

FRIARS EARN FIRST VICTORY OF THE SEASON... On Nov. 25, the Friars earned their first victory of the season with a 69-50 win over Hartford in Providence, R.I. Freshman Jovana `Yoyo’ Nogic (Lisbon, Portugal) scored a career-high 20 points to lead the Friars’ offense. Nogic knocked down 7-of-10 field-goal attempts, including 6-of-9 from three-point territory. She also dished five assists and grabbed three rebounds in 37 minutes of play. Providence took a 25-14 lead into the locker room at halftime as the team shot an impressive 47.5-percent from the field (10-21), including 3-9 from three-point range. Providence also dominated the paint, where it out-scored the Hawks, 12-2. Nogic led the Friars with eight points, while Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) chipped in seven points, five rebounds and three assists. Hartford shot just 22.2-percent in the opening half (6-27), and was led by Deanna Mayza’s five points. The Friars’ defense held the Hawks to single digits in each of the first two quarters. The Friars maintained control of the game in the second half with an even hotter performance from the field. Providence hit 13-of-19 field-goal attempts (68.4-percent), including a blistering 87.5-percent from three-point territory (7-8). Providence led by as many as 20 (52-32) with 7:25 remaining in the fourth quarter. Hartford only managed to get within 14 (54-40), fueled by eight-straight points from Deanna Mayza. Providence held a 15-10 scoring edge down the stretch to take the 19-point victory. Joining Nogic in double figures for Providence was Beal and senior Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland). The duo each scored 12 points. Beal dished a game and season-high six assists and added five rebounds. Iiskola also grabbed five boards. Sophomore Brianna Frias (Worcester, Mass.) recorded a career-high seven rebounds to lead the Friars on the glass. Freshman Clara Che (Valencia, Spain) also had a solid game for Providence with a career-high nine points. She converted all six of her free-throw attempts and was 1-2 from the field.

WIRE-TO-WIRE... The Friars led the game vs. Hartford wire-to-wire on Nov. 25 to take a 69-50 victory. Providence last won wire-to-wire in its 2014-15 regular-season finale vs. Georgetown on March 1, 2014 (81-66).

LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY FOR FRIARS SINCE 2013... With its 19-point victory over Hartford on Nov. 25 (69-50), Providence posted its largest margin of victory since Nov. 20, 2013. Ironically, the Friars also defeated Hartford on that day, by a score of 79-53 (+26).

FRIARS POST HIGHEST SHOOTING PERCENTAGE FROM THE FIELD SINCE 2006... On Nov. 25, the Friars shot 57.5-percent from the field vs. Hartford (23-40). It marked the highest field-goal percentage in a single game since Nov. 28, 2006 vs. New Hampshire (59.6-percent, 31-52).

RED HOT FROM BEYOND THE ARC... On Nov. 25, Providence shot 58.8-percent from three-point territory vs. Hartford (10-17). It marked the highest three-point field-goal percentage in a single game since Feb. 13, 2005 vs. Seton Hall (66.7-percent, 4-6). Additionally, it marked the highest three-point field-goal percentage in a game, with a minimum of 10 attempts, since Jan. 20, 2005 vs. Rutgers (70-percent, 7-10).

SCORING DEFENSE... Through four games, the Friars are holding their opponents to an average of 59.0 points per game, which ranks fifth in the BIG EAST Conference in scoring defense (through games played Nov. 26).

NOGIC NETS A CAREER-BEST 20 POINTS VS. HARTFORD... Jovana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic scored a career-high 20 points for the Friars in a win over Hartford on Nov. 25. Nogic shot 7-10 from the field, including 6-9 from three-point territory. Nogic’s six three-point field goals are tied for the most threes made in a single games this season among BIG EAST Conference players. Butler’s Sydney Buck hits six threes (6-9) vs. South Florida on Nov. 25.

NOGIC RANKS FOURTH IN THE BIG EAST IN THREE-POINT FIELD-GOAL PERCENTAGE... According to the most recent BIG EAST statistics, released on Nov. 27, Jovana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic ranks fourth in the BIG EAST in three-point field-goal percentage (55-percent, 11-20). She also ranks tied for third in three-point field goals made per game (2.8).

BLOCK PARTY... Freshman Erica Meyer leads the Friars in blocked shots this season, with eight, and has swatted at least one shot in each of Providence’s four games. Meyer currently ranks second in the BIG EAST Conference in blocks per game (2.0 bpg). Meyer has recorded a season-high three blocks in two games vs. Boston College (Nov. 13) and Brown (Nov. 17).

BEAL POSTS SOLID STAT LINE VS. HARTFORD... In 31 minutes of action against Hartford on Nov. 25, Sarah Beal put together an impressive stat line of 12 points, six assists and five rebounds. The performance marked her first double-digit scoring game of the season - and the 29th of her career. She also dished 5+ assists in a single game for the 22nd time in her career. Beal converted 5-8 attempts from the field (.625).

FRIAS RECORDS CAREER-HIGH SEVEN REBOUNDS VS. HARTFORD... Sophomore Brianna Frias hauled in a career-best seven rebounds to lead Providence on the glass against Hartford (Nov. 25). Her previous career high in rebounding was six, which she posted on five different occasions.

IISKOLA HITS DOUBLE FIGURES FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS SEASON... Evi Iiskola recorded a season-high 12 points in just 24 minutes of action during the Friars’ victory over Hartford on Nov. 25. It marked her first double-digit scoring game of the season, and 28th of her career. She hit 4-9 attempts from the field and went 3-4 from the foul line. Iiskola also reeled in a season-best five rebounds.

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.

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 hit the road to face non-conference foe Albany on Tuesday, Dec. 1 in Albany, N.Y. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.

FRIARS ALL-TIME VS. ALBANY... Providence and Albany met for the first time during the history of the two women’s basketball programs on Nov. 27, 2013 and the Great Danes captured a 70-60 victory to take a 1-0 lead in the series. When the two teams meet on Dec. 1, it will mark the first game between the two teams in Albany, N.Y.

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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