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FRIARS TRAVEL TO NEW HAVEN, CONN. TO FACE YALE... The Providence College women’s basketball team will travel to New Haven, Conn. to face Yale in non-conference action on Wednesday, Nov. 29. The game will be played at John J. Lee Amphitheater and is scheduled to tip-off at 6:00 p.m.
TUNE IN... Wednesday’s game against Yale will be broadcast live on ESPN3/WatchESPN. Additionally, an audio only broadcast will be available via Friars All-Acces (www.Friars.com).
PROVIDENCE COLLEGE VS. YALE ALL-TIME… The Friars and Bulldogs have met 11 times during the history of the two women’s basketball programs. Providence leads the all-time series, 10-1.
THE LAST TIME THE TWO TEAMS MET… The last time the two teams met dates back to Dec. 1, 2010. On that day, Providence claimed a 74-62 victory at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I.
THE ONLY BLEMISH… The only blemish for Providence in the all-time series against Yale came on Dec. 29, 2006. Yale pulled off a 68-55 victory on its home court in New Haven, Conn. Prior to that loss, the Friars had reeled off nine-straight wins to open the series.
PROVIDENCE VS. YALE IN NEW HAVEN, CONN… Providence and Yale have met five times on the Bulldog’s home court in New Haven, Conn. The Friars have earned victories in four of those contests (4-1).
BY THE NUMBERS… Providence held Yale below 60 points in eight of the 11 meetings between the two teams, including four games below 50 points.
ALL-TIME VS. THE IVY LEAGUE… The Providence College women’s basketball program has compiled a 45-15 record all-time vs. Ivy League institutions.
FRIARS VS. THE IVY LEAGUE IN 2017-18… Providence is 0-1 vs. teams in the Ivy League this season. Providence fell to Columbia, 73-64, in the season opener on Nov. 10 in Providence, R.I. The Friars will face their third Ivy League opponent of the season on Dec. 2, when the team takes on Brown in the first game of the Ocean State Tip-Off Tournament.
NEIGHBORS TO THE WEST… Yale is the first of three opponents the Friars will face from the State of Connecticut. Providence will finish its non-conference road schedule with back-to-back games against Quinnipiac in Hamden, Conn. on Dec. 6, followed by a tilt with Sacred Heart in Fairfield, Conn. on Dec. 9.
SCOUTING YALE... The Bulldogs enter Wednesday’s game with a 3-2 overall record, including a signature win at TCU (82-72) on Nov. 21. Yale’s two losses this season came at Kansas (81-75) and at home against Army (82-65). Three players on the roster are averaging double figures in the scoring column led by Jen Berkowitz (17.6 ppg). Tamara Simpson (16.8 ppg) and Roxy Barahman (11.4 ppg) round out the list of double-digit scorers. Berkowitz also leads Yale on the glass at 9.0 boards per game. Barahman is the team leader in assists (2.8 apg) and steals (2.6 spg). Last season, Yale finished with a 14-17 overall record, including a 5-9 mark in the Ivy League. However, the Bulldogs played well on their home court and posted a 10-5 mark at John J. Lee Amphitheater.
FRIARS CLAIM SAVANNAH INVITATIONAL TITLE... Providence posted a 3-0 record and claimed the Savannah Invitational title last week in Savannah, Ga. The Friars defeated Savannah State (78-48), Wright State (74-69) and Stetson (56-45). Providence College Head Coach Jim Crowley improved to 6-1 overall with the Friars at in-season tournaments. The only loss for Providence under the direction of Crowley at an in-season tournament was to Brown (77-70) in last year’s Ocean State Tip-Off Tournament championship game.
FRIARS EARN FIRST IN-SEASON TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP SINCE 2012... The Friars last won an in-season tournament championship during the 2012-13 season, as part of the Fordham Holiday Classic in Bronx, N.Y. Providence College defeated Colorado State (71-53) and Lafayette (66-54) on Dec. 29-30, 2012. Last season, the Friars competed in two in-season tournaments. Providence finished 2-0 at the UNCW Hampton Inn Thanksgiving Classic, but the tournament did not award a champion. The Friars also participated in the first annual Ocean State Tip-Off Tournament, and fell to Brown in the championship game.
Jovana Nogic NAMED BIG EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK... Jovana Nogic was named BIG EAST Player of the Week on Nov. 27. It marks the first time in her career that she has earned the honor, and comes on the heels of being named Most Valuable Player at the Savannah Invitational on Nov. 23. Nogic led the Friars to a 3-0 record and the tournament title at the Savannah Invitational, where she averaged 22.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. She shot an impressive 43.5-percent from the field (20-46), including a blistering 57.1-percent from three point territory (16-28). Nogic also was a perfect 12-12 from the foul line.
Allegra Botteghi NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM... Allegra Botteghi was named to the Savannah Invitational All-Tournament Team on Nov. 23. She played steady basketball throughout the tournament and averaged 7.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. Botteghi posted a tournament-high 12 points in the Friars’ victory over a tough Wright State team on Nov. 22. She also led Providence in rebounding in two of three games at the Savannah Invitational. In the Friars’ game against Stetson, Botteghi tallied a team-best six points and four rebounds in the first half to keep Providence in good position to stage a comeback. The Hatters led by as many as 15 in the second quarter, but the Friars were able to cut the deficit to seven (27-20) at halftime.
STREAKING... Jovana Nogic leads the Friars in free-throw percentage this season, shooting an impressive .958 from the charity stripe (23-24). Nogic has made 21-consecutive three pointers dating back to Nov. 10 vs. Columbia. For her career, she has converted 91-percent of her attempts from the free-throw line (81-89).
SHOOTING THE LIGHTS OUT... The Friars lead the BIG EAST Conference in field-goal percentage and three-point field-goal percentage this season through six games. Providence enters Wednesday’s game against Yale shooting 46.8-percent from the field (147-314) and 49.1-percent from three-point territory (52-106).
FRIARS RANK SECOND IN THE NATION IN THREE-POINT PERCENTAGE... Not only do the Friars lead the BIG EAST Conference in three-point percentage, but they are currently ranked second in the nation in that category (NCAA Division I). The Friars have hit 52 of their 106 attempts from beyond the arc (.491). They trail only Saint Joseph’s (Pa.), who is shooting 56.7-percent from deep (34-60).
THREE-POINT THREATS... Through six games, Maddie Jolin, Clara Che and Jovana Nogic have combined to shoot 49.5-percent from three-point territory (52-105). Che currently leads the team in three-point percentage (.520, 13-25). Jolin also is shooting a 50-percent clip from downtown (17-34). Nogic leads the Friars in three-point makes and is shooting 47.8-percent overall (22-46). The three players have combined to hit 8.7 three-pointers per game. Last season, the Friars averaged 6.4 three-point makes per game, with the aforementioned trio leading the way. Jolin, Che and Nogic combined to shoot 39.9-percent (182-457) from beyond the arc in 2016-17 (6.1 three-pointers per game).
DOUBLE-TROUBLE... Junior college transfer Ny-Asia Franklin recorded the first double-double of her career with the Friars on Nov. 14 against Northeastern. She posted 15 points and 12 boards against the Huskies. Franklin joins Allegra Botteghi (4) and Maddie Jolin (1) as the only active players on the current roster to record a double-double.
SINGLE DIGITS... Each of the Friars’ two losses this season have been decided by a single-digit margin. Last season, 12 of the Friars’ 18 losses were decided by 10-points or less. This year, Providence is 2-2 in games decided by 10-points or less.
FINAL THREE MINUTES PROVE DECISIVE AS NITTANY LIONS PREVAIL IN DEFENSIVE BATTLE BETWEEN PROVIDENCE AND PENN STATE... On Saturday, Nov. 18, the Friars displayed a stingy defense that held Penn State to 23.3 points below their average. However, the Friars could not take advantage of the defensive effort, as they shot a season-low 34.5-percent from the field (19-55), including 32.1-percent from three-point territory (9-28). PSU earned a 60-51 victory. Providence trailed by just two points (51-49) with 3:21 remaining in the game, but the Nittany Lions used a 9-2 scoring advantage down the stretch, hitting 7-10 free-throws to seal the win.
FRIARS ERASE 20-POINT FOURTH QUARTER DEFICIT... The Friars trailed by 15 points heading into the fourth quarter on Nov. 14 against Northeastern, and trailed by as many as 20 (71-51) with 9:09 remaining in the game. Providence used a 15-0 scoring run to stun the Huskies and out-scored Northeastern, 35-20, overall in the quarter to force overtime. The overtime featured four lead changes and three ties, but the Friars prevailed in the end by a score of 98-95.
FOURTH QUARTER MAGIC... The Friars shot a blistering 86.7-percent from the field in the fourth quarter against Northeastern on Nov. 14. Providence hit 13 of its 15 shots, including 4-4 from three-point territory.
Maddie Jolin SPARKS IMPROBABLE COMEBACK... Junior guard Maddie Jolin tallied 18 of her career-high 23 points in the fourth quarter, as the Friars mounted an improbable come-back victory against Northeastern on Nov. 14. The Huskies led 71-51 with 9:09 remaining in the game, before Jolin rattled off 10-consecutive points en route to a 15-0 run by the Friars. Jolin shot 6-7 from the field in the final quarter, including a 3-3 performance from three-point territory. She also hit 2-3 free-throw attempts. For the game, Jolin was 8-11 from the field, including 4-5 from beyond the arc.
NOGIC DRAINS CAREER-HIGH 31 POINTS... Jovana Nogic led the Friars with a career-best 31 points on Nov. 14 against Northeastern. She complemented a red-hot Maddie Jolin in the fourth quarter with nine points, and took control in the overtime, scoring eight of the Friars’ 13 points in the extra session. For the game, Nogic shot 12-19 from the field and hit 6-6 shots from the free-throw line. Nogic’s 31 points are the most scored by a BIG EAST Conference player this season. Whitney Jennings (Butler) is the only other player in the league to reach 30 points this season (30 vs. Austin Peay, Nov. 11).
THIRTY SOMETHING... Jovana Nogic is the first Friar to score 30+ points in a game since Tori Rule ‘15 dropped 30 points against Marquette on March 7, 2015. Nogic’s 31 points against Northeastern are also the most points scored by a Friar since March 8, 2013, when Rule tallied 35 points against Georgetown.
FRIARS IN OVERTIME GAMES UNDER Jim Crowley... Providence is 2-2 in overtime games under the direction of second-year Friars Head Coach Jim Crowley. In his first season with the program (2016-17), Providence posted a 1-2 mark in overtime games. The Friars are 2-0 in overtime games when they score 90+ points.
Jovana Nogic NAMED TO ANN MEYERS DRYSDALE AWARD WATCH LIST... Junior Jovana Nogic was announced as a candidate for the inaugural Ann Meyers Drysdale Award. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced its watch list, comprised of 20 players, on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Named after the first player, male or female, to be named to the All-America Team in four-straight seasons, the annual award recognizes the top shooting guard in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball. Nogic led the BIG EAST Conference and finished 19th in NCAA Division I in three-point field goal percentage (.429) and 20th in three-point field goals made per game (3.03). She ranked second in the BIG EAST and 25th in the nation in three-point field goals made (91).Additionally, Nogic hit at least one three-point bucket in 28 of the Friars’ 30 games. She knocked down three-or-more three-point attempts in 18 games, including six games with five-or-more makes from beyond the arc. On Jan. 27, 2017, Nogic recorded a career-best seven three-point makes (7-11) vs. eventual BIG EAST Tournament Champion Marquette. Her shooting prowess also extends to the free-throw line, where she knocked down 33-of-36 attempts (.917). Nogic is one of five players to land on the watch list from the BIG EAST Conference, joining Ashton Millender (DePaul), Natisha Hiedeman (Marquette), Allazia Blockton (Marquette) and Akina Wellere (St. John’s). The Selection Committee for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award is composed of top women’s college basketball personnel, including media members, head coaches, sports information directors and Hall of Famers. By mid-February, the watch list of 20 players for the 2018 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award will be narrowed to just 10. In March, five finalists will be presented to Ms. Drysdale and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. Fans also will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite finalist at www.hoophallawards.com.
HOW THE FRIARS FARED IN 2016-17... The Friars finished the season with a 12-18 overall record and a 4-14 mark in the BIG EAST Conference. The Friars’ 12 wins marked a seven-game improvement in the win column, compared to the previous season when they finished 5-24 (2015-16). It also marks the most wins overall in a single-season since 2011-12, when the team finished the year 13-17. In conference play, Providence’s four victories marked the most since 2011-12 when the team finished 5-11.
FRIARS PICKED TO FINISH NINTH IN BIG EAST PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL... The Friars were picked to finish ninth in the 2017-18 BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The announcement was made at the league’s annual media day on Oct. 18 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
2017-18 BIG EAST PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL
1. Marquette (9) 81
2. DePaul (1) 73
3. Villanova 61
4. Creighton 58
5. Georgetown 43
6. Seton Hall 40
7. St. John’s 37
8. Butler 29
9. Providence 18
10. Xavier 10
HIGHEST FINISH IN BIG EAST SINCE 1997-98... Providence finished in a three-way tie for seventh place in the BIG EAST Conference regular-season standings. It marks the highest finish for the program since conference realignment, and best finish overall in league play since 1997-98 when the team finished fourth in the BIG EAST 7 division.
NOGIC HOLDS SINGLE-SEASON RECORD FOR THREE-POINTERS... Jovana Nogic set the Providence College single-season record for three-pointers, with 91, during the 2016-17 season. The previous record was held by Julie Wheeler ‘98, which she set during the 1994-95 season, with 82.
FRIARS TO HOST SECOND ANNUAL OCEAN STATE TIP-OFF TOURNAMENT... Providence College will serve as host of the second annual Ocean State Tip-Off Tournament on Dec. 2-3 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. The tournament features all four NCAA Division I women’s basketball programs in the State of Rhode Island. On Dec. 2, Providence will host Brown at 12:00 p.m., in a rematch of last year’s championship game. Rhode Island and Bryant will play in the second game of the afternoon at 2:00 p.m. On Dec. 3, the consolation game is set for 12:00 p.m. and the two winners from the opening day of action will tip-off at 2:00 p.m. in the championship game. All four games of the tournament will be broadcast locally on YurView, in addition to the internet via Friars All-Access (www.Friars.com).
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