Women's Basketball Game Notes vs. Albany

Nov. 30, 2015

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PROVIDENCE SET TO FACE ALBANY ON THE ROAD TUESDAY... The Providence College women’s basketball team will face Albany in non-conference action on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be played in Albany, N.Y. at SEFCU Arena.

FRIARS ALL-ACCESS... Live streaming audio of the Friars’ game against Albany will be available online (www.Friars.com) via Friars All-Access. The broadcast also will be available, locally, on WOON 1240AM. Play-by-play will be provided by Chris Fama.

BROADCAST OFFERINGS ON ALBANY’S WEBSITE... Albany will be providing a live video stream via AmericaEast.tv. A link to the stream may be found on the women’s basketball schedule at www.ualbanysports.com, and is free.

FRIARS AND GREAT DANES ALL-TIME... Providence and Albany have met just once during the history of the two women’s basketball programs. The first meeting took place in Providence, R.I. on Nov. 27, 2013 and the Great Danes claimed a 70-60 victory. Tuesday’s meeting will mark the first game between Providence and Albany at SEFCU Arena in Albany, N.Y.

SCOUTING ALBANY... The Great Danes enter Tuesday’s match-up with a 4-1 record. Their only loss came at the hands of No. 4/5 Tennessee, 63-55, on Nov. 27. in Knoxville, Tenn. The Great Danes are 1-0 at home in SEFCU Arena, having defeated Pepperdine, 64-49, in the season opener on Nov. 15. Each of the last four games have been played on the road. Albany is 2-1 on its opponent’s home court and 1-0 at a neutral site.

PLAYERS TO WATCH... Imani Tate and Shereesha Richards are each averaging 20+ points per game. Tate leads the way in scoring (21.2 ppg) and steals (3.8 spg) and ranks second in assists (3.6 apg). Richards checks in with 20.2 points per game and is second among her teammates on the glass (7.6 rpg). Tiana-Jo Carter is averaging 11.7 points and a team-best 8.0 rebounds per game. Carter has played in just three of Albany’s five games this season off the bench, and was not in the line-up in its most recent game vs. Tennessee. Zakiya Saunders leads Albany in assists (5.2 apg) and also is contributing 6.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. As a team, Albany averages 66.4 points and has held its opponents to an average of 53.6 points per contest. According to the most recent NCAA statistics, Albany is tied for 30th in the nation in scoring defense (53.6).

FRIARS ENTER TUESDAY’S GAME ON TWO-GAME WIN STREAK... The Friars started the 2015-16 season with three-straight losses, but have rebounded to earn victories in each of their last two games vs. Hartford (69-50) and Monmouth (71-59).

LOOKING TO MAKE IT THREE IN A ROW... The Friars are on a two-game win streak and looking to secure it’s third-consecutive victory when they face Albany on Dec. 1. The Friars have not won three-straight games since the 2012-13 season, when they defeated Rhode Island (78-52), Colorado State (71-53) and Lafayette (66-54).

BEAL NETS SEASON-HIGH 21 POINTS IN VICTORY OVER MONMOUTH... Sarah Beal scored a game and season-high 21 points in a 71-59 victory over Monmouth on Nov. 28. She shot 7-15 from the field, including 2-4 from three-point territory, and also added six rebounds, four assists and one steal. Beal’s 21-point performance marked her first of the season - and sixth 20+ point game of her career. She joined Jovana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic as the only member of the team to eclipse 20 points this season.

MILLER NARROWLY MISSES FIRST CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE... Aliyah Miller recorded 18 points and nine rebounds in the Friars’ victory over Monmouth on Nov. 28, narrowly missing her first collegiate double-double. She shot 8-13 from the field and added one assist, one blocked shot and one steal.

SCORING DEFENSE... Through five 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. 29).

NOGIC LEADS THE BIG EAST IN THREE-POINT PERCENTAGE... According to the most recent BIG EAST statistics, released on Nov. 30, Jovana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic leads the BIG EAST in three-point field-goal percentage (53.8-percent, 14-26). She also is tied for third in three-point field goals made per game (2.8). Nogic has hit at least one three-point bucket in each of the Friars’ five games this season, including a season-best six triples vs. Hartford (6-9) on Nov. 25.

NOGIC SECOND IN THE NATION AMONG FRESHMAN IN THREE-POINT PERCENTAGE.... Jovana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic ranks second in NCAA Division I in three-point percentage among freshman, and 17th overall, according to the most recent NCAA women’s basketball statistics (released Nov. 30). Margret Halfdanardottir (Canisius) and Malia Kency (Florida Atlantic) lead the nation at 66.7-percent, with each shooting 10-15 from deep. Maci Morris (Kentucky) is the top-shooting freshman from three-point territory and ranks 10th overall (56.5-percent, 13-23).

MORE FROM DEEP... Jovana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic’s six three-point field goals vs. Hartford on Nov. 25 are the second most makes in a single game by a BIG EAST Conference player. Sydney Buck hit seven triples vs. UCF on Nov. 29.

FRIARS RANK SECOND IN BIG EAST IN THREE-POINT PERCENTAGE... Through five games, Providence ranks second in the BIG EAST Conference in three-point percentage (38.2-percent), having converted 26-of-68 attempts from beyond the arc. Three players on the roster are shooting better than 35-percent. Providence has shot better than 58-percent from the field in each of its last two games.

BLOCK PARTY... Freshman Erica Meyer leads the Friars in blocked shots this season, with 11, and has swatted at least one shot in each of Providence’s five games. Meyer currently ranks second in the BIG EAST Conference in blocks per game (2.2 bpg). Meyer has recorded a season-high three blocks in three games vs. Boston College (Nov. 13), Brown (Nov. 17) and Monmouth (Nov. 28).

WIRE-TO-WIRE... The Friars led their 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).

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.

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.

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 return home to Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. for three-straight games vs. Richmond (Dec. 5), Bryant (Dec. 9) and Florida Gulf Coast (Dec. 12).

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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