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FRIARS SET SIGHTS ON BRYANT IN NON-CONFERENCE ACTION... The Providence College women’s basketball team will face Bryant University in non-conference action on Sunday, Nov. 30. The game will be played in Smithfield, R.I. at the Chace Athletic Center. Tip-off is slated for 1:00 p.m.
FRIARS ALL-ACCESS AUDIO BROADCAST... A live audio stream of Sunday’s game will be available on Friars All-Access via the College’s athletic web site at www.Friars.com. Friars All-Access is a subscription service, and play-by-play will be provided by Chris Fama. The broadcast also may be heard locally on WOON 1240 AM.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. BRYANT... Providence leads the all-time series vs. Bryant, 4-0. The first three meetings between the two teams were played in the 70s. The two teams renewed the series last season in Providence, R.I. on Nov. 12, 2013. The Friars earned a 104-67 victory on that day.
FRIARS AND BULLDOGS MEET IN SMITHFIELD FOR JUST THE SECOND TIME... Providence and Bryant have met just once in Smithfield, R.I. prior to Sunday’s game. The only meeting in Smithfield dates back to Dec. 3, 1976. On that day, Providence claimed an 88-37 victory.
FORMER FRIAR GREATS LEADING THE BULLDOGS... Bryant Head Coach Mary Burke is a 1987 graduate of Providence College. A three-time BIG EAST All-Conference selection, Burke was named a District I All-American as a senior. In her four years as a Friar, Burke helped lead her team to an 80-36 record. During that time, she led the 1985-86 Providence squad to the BIG EAST Championship Game and a bid in the NCAA Tournament. Burke ranks fifth all-time at Providence in scoring (1,672 points) and ninth all-time in rebounding (740). Associate Head Coach Britt King is a former teammate of Burke’s at Providence. King closed her PC career as the program’s all-time leading rebounder with 1,205 boards and is one of just three players in program history to record 1,000-career points and 1,000-career rebounds. During her time in Providence, she earned All-BIG EAST First Team honors in 1985-86, All-BIG EAST Second Team recognition in 1984-85, BIG EAST All-Tournament honors (1986) and was a 1985 KODAK District I All-American. King also helped lead her team to the NCAA Tournament in the 1984-85 season. King remains the all-time leader in rebounding at Providence.
SCOUTING BRYANT... Bryant enters Sunday’s game with a 4-1 overall record, including a 2-0 mark at Chace Athletic Center. Five players on the roster are averaging double figures in scoring, including Breanna Rucker and Morgan Olander, who are also averaging double figures on the boards. Rucker leads the Bulldogs in each category with 16.2 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. Olander is the team’s fourth-leading scorer (10.5 ppg) and is hauling in 10.3 boards per game. Jenniqua Bailey (14.6 ppg), Tiersa Winder (14.2 ppg) and Ivory Bailey (10.4 ppg) are also contributing double-digits in the scoring column. Jenniqua Bailey leads the Bulldogs in assists (26) and steals (11). The Bulldogs are shooting 72.3-percent from the free throw line this season (102-141), making an average of 20.4 free throws per game.
STRONG SECOND HALF PROPELS DAYTON TO VICTORY OVER PROVIDENCE... Andrea Hoover tallied 17 of her game-high 27 points in the second half and led Dayton to a 72-56 victory over Providence on Nov. 26. Dayton closed the first half on a 6-0 run to take a 31-26 lead at the break, and went on to out-score the Friars 41-30 in the second half. Alexis Harris led Providence with 16 points and seven rebounds, while freshman Allegra Botteghi chipped in 13 points. UD also out-rebounded the Friars, 53-40.
HARRIS LEADS THE FRIARS... Senior forward Alexis Harris leads the Friars in several statistical categories this season, including scoring (15.2 ppg), rebounding (8.4 rpg) and field-goal percentage (0.478, 33-69). She also ranks second on the team in steals (7) and free-throw percentage (0.800, 8-10). Harris is the only Friar to record double figures in the scoring column during each game this season.
TORI RULE REACHES 1,000-POINT MILESTONE... Senior Tori Rule became the 32nd player in program history to record 1,000 career points. She achieved the feat on Nov. 23 against Virginia Tech, as she hit her first bucket of the game at 16:03 of the first half. Rule finished the game with 14 points and now owns 1,016 career points. She currently ranks 30th on the Friars’ all-time scoring list. During Rule’s career, she has played 90 games and has averaged 11.3 points per game.
DOUBLE-TROUBLE... Senior Alexis Harris has registered a double-double in two of the Friars’ five games this season. She recorded 16 points and 12 rebounds in the Friars against Hartford on Nov. 20. She followed with 15 points and 11 rebounds against Virginia Tech on Nov. 23. Harris owns 14 double-doubles in her career. She recorded a team-best 12 double-doubles as a junior in 2013-14.
RULE NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... Senior guard Tori Rule was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, Nov. 24. Rule averaged a team-best 17.7 points and 2.3 steals in the Friars’ three games last week. She also shot a blistering 0.525 from the field, hitting 21-40 shot attempts, including 7-18 from three-point territory (0.389). She started the week with a season-high 20 points against Brown on Nov. 18. She went on to score 19 points vs. Hartford (11/20) and 14 points against Virginia Tech (11/23). On her first basket of the game vs. the Virginia Tech, Rule became the 32nd player in program history to reach the 1,000-point milestone. She also matched her season high with four steals against the Hokies.
GETTING ON THE OFFENSIVE BOARDS... On Nov. 23, the Friars recorded a season-high 19 offensive rebounds vs. Virginia Tech, compared to 18 boards on the defensive glass - for a total of 37 rebounds. Providence’s 19 offensive boards are the most in a single game since Dec. 18, 2013 vs. Dayton. Additionally, the last time Providence finished a game with more offensive rebounds and defensive rebounds dates back to Dec. 20, 2013 vs. Seton Hall. On that day, the Friars hauled in 13 offensive boards and 12 defensive rebounds.
BOTTEGHI NOTCHES BACK-TO-BACK DOUBLE-DIGIT GAMES... Freshman guard Allegra Botteghi had a break-out performance vs. Virginia Tech on Nov. 23, as she recorded a season-high 15 points on 6-12 shooting from the field, including a 3-5 performance from beyond the three-point arc. Botteghi followed with 13 points against Dayton on Nov. 26 on 5-11 shooting from the field. It marked the first time in her collegiate career she has scored double figures in back-to-back games.
IISKOLA DISHES CAREER-HIGH SEVEN ASSISTS VS. HOKIES... Evi Iiskola dished a career-high seven assists vs. Virginia Tech (11/23). Her previous career high was four, which she recorded vs. Xavier (1/18/14) and Notre Dame (1/26/13). Iiskola is second on the team this season in assists (3.2 apg). GAME IS ON THE LINE... On Nov. 23, the Friars were out-scored by 20 points on the foul line in a 72-69 loss to Virginia Tech. A total of 59 fouls were called in the game. Virginia Tech converted 30-of-42 (0.714) attempts from the charity stripe, while the Friars hit 10-of-21 (0.476) free throws.
CAN’T SPELL FRIARS WITHOUT FRIAS... Rookie forward Brianna Frias has provided the Friars with valuable minutes off the bench in her first season with the squad. In five games, Frias has averaged 17.0 minutes per contest and has contributed 2.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. She tallied a season-high seven points and six rebounds in a victory over Brown on Nov. 18. She also hauled in six boards against Virginia Tech (Nov. 23) and Dayton (11/26). Frias recorded a season-best three blocked shots against Dayton.
PROVIDENCE’S 44 BOARDS VS. BROWN... Providence out-rebounded Brown, 44-37, on Nov. 18. It marks the most rebounds for the Friars in a single-game since Dec. 21, 2013 vs. Rhode Island. On that day, Providence also recorded 44 rebounds. The Friars have hauled in 40+ rebounds in three of their five games.
20/20... Sarah Beal and Tori Rule each eclipsed 20 points in the Friars’ victory over Brown on Nov. 18. Rule achieved the feat for the 15th time in her career, while Beal’s 24 point effort marks the fifth 20+ point performance of her career.
HARRIS HITS FIRST THREE-POINT BUCKETS OF HER CAREER... Forward Alexis Harris was 2-2 from three-point territory vs. Richmond on Nov. 14. Her two treys marked the first of her career, having entered the game 0-5 from three-point territory during her previous three seasons with the team.
ALEXIS HARRIS NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-BIG EAST TEAM... Senior forward Alexis Harris was named to the 2014-15 Preseason All-BIG EAST Team, which is voted on by the league’s 10 head coaches. The announcement was made at BIG EAST Media Day in New York City on Oct. 22. Harris, an All-BIG EAST Second Team selection as a junior, averaged 14.0 points and 8.9 rebounds per game for the Friars in 2013-14. During BIG EAST Conference regular-season play, she remained a steady force with 15.1 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Harris also notched 12 double-doubles last season, which are the most by any returning player in the BIG EAST. The forward reached double-figures in the scoring column 23 times and also posted 14 double-digit rebounding games. Furthermore, Harris was one of just four players in the BIG EAST to record multiple 30-point games. She hit for a career-high 31 points against UMass Lowell on Nov. 9, and 30 points against Seton Hall on Jan. 25.
SARAH BEAL NAMED PRESEASON ALL-BIG EAST HONORABLE MENTION... Sophomore guard Sarah Beal was named a Preseason All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention selection, which is voted on by the league’s 10 head coaches. The announcement was made at BIG EAST Media Day in New York City on Oct. 22. Beal enjoyed an impressive rookie campaign as the program’s floor general, averaging 11.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and a team-best 4.7 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Her 135 assists mark the third-highest total all-time by a freshman in program history. Beal handed out a career-best 13 assists vs. Butler on Jan. 28, 2014, which is one hand-out shy of the BIG EAST single-game record by a freshman and also marked the most assists in a single game by a league player during the 2013-14 season. Beal also proved to be an effective scorer, having recorded 21 double-digit scoring games. She notched a career-best 27 points against Marquette on Jan. 21.
FRIARS PICKED TO FINISH SIXTH IN BIG EAST PRESEASON POLL... Despite recording just seven wins a year ago and finishing 10th in the BIG EAST standings, the league’s head coaches picked the Friars to finish sixth in the conference in 2014-15. The roster is filled with more height, length and defensive presence and will join forces with a proven ability to score the basketball, with the likes of Alexis Harris, Sarah Beal and senior guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.).
100-ASSISTS IN THE LAST DECADE... Sarah Beal finished the 2013-14 season with 135 assists. She is just the fourth Friar in the last decade to dish 100+ assists in a single season. Kendria Holmes achieved the feat in consecutive seasons (2006-07 and 2007-08) with 103 and 117 assists, respectively. Lola Wells ‘12 recorded 101 hand-outs in 2010-11. Symone Roberts ‘13 dished 135 assists during the 2012-13 slate. Through four games in 2014-15, Beal has dished 21 assists (5.35 apg). Additionally, she has dished 5+ assists in three of the Friars’ four games.
NATIONAL EXPOSURE... Providence College will have three nationally-televised games on FOX Sports 1 this season, including its match-ups vs. Creighton (Jan. 16), Seton Hall (Feb. 6) and Villanova (Feb. 27). The Friars also will have four games broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network. Games scheduled for broadcast on the league’s digital network may be viewed by downloading the FOX Sports GO app on your mobile device or tablet, and is free of charge.
NEW FACES... The Friars have four freshman on this year’s roster, including forward Alise Parker (Germantown, Tenn.), guard Allegra Botteghi (Bologna, Italy), forward Brianna Frias (Worcester, Mass.) and guard Alison Lewis (Kennett Square, Pa.). Three of the four players check in at 6-feet or taller.
MONTHLY COACH’S SHOW... The Friars will release a monthly Coach’s Show, called Friar Hoop Scoop, which will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the women’s basketball program this season. The show will be posted online during the first week of each month and may be viewed on each of the program’s social media platforms, including its YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/ProvidenceCollegeWBB. The first show was released earlier this month, and outlined Late Night Madness, BIG EAST Media Day and a campus spotlight segment on the Career Education and Professional Development Center.
WHAT’S NEXT... Providence College will return to action on Wednesday, Dec. 3 against BIG EAST foe Villanova. The game is scheduled for Noon at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. The BIG EAST Digital Network will broadcast the game live via FOX Sports GO. To view the game, download the app to your mobile device or tablet. The game also will serve as the backdrop for the Friars’ annual Project Providence initiative.
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