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FRIARS PREPARE FOR INAUGURAL OCEAN STATE TIP-OFF TOURNAMENT... The Providence women’s basketball team will participate in the inaugural Ocean State Tip-Off Tournament, which brings together each of the four NCAA Division I women’s basketball programs in the State of Rhode Island to compete on Dec. 3-4. This year’s tournament is hosted by Brown University and all games will be played at the Pizzitola Sports Center.
TOURNAMENT PAIRINGS... Providence and Bryant will open the tournament on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 1:00 p.m. Brown and Rhode Island will square-off in the second game of the day, scheduled for 3:00 p.m. On Sunday, Dec. 4, the consolation game will be played at 1:00 p.m. and will feature the two losing teams from the previous day. The championship game, featuring the two winning teams, will be played at 3:00 p.m. on Dec. 4.
FRIARS ALL-ACCESS... Friars All-Access, a subscription service, will feature live streaming audio for each of the Friars’ games in the Ocean State Tip-Off Tournament. Visit www.Friars.com to connect. The broadcasts also will be available, locally, on WOON 1240 AM. Chris Fama will handle the play-by-play.
IVY LEAGUE DIGITAL NETWORK... Live streaming video will be available for each of the four games in the tournament via the Ivy League Digital Network. The platform is a subscription-based service. To obtain a full schedule of events and sign-up, please visit: www.IvyLeagueDigitalNetwork.com.
PROVIDENCE VS. BRYANT ALL-TIME... The Friars and Bulldogs have met six times in the history of the two women’s basketball programs. The Friars lead the series, 5-1. The teams have played three times since Bryant became an NCAA Division I program. The Friars hold a 2-1 record vs. Bryant in those three games.
WHAT HAPPENED LAST YEAR... The Providence women’s basketball team defeated Bryant, 88-78, on Dec. 9 in Providence, R.I. Sarah Beal recorded a double-double, with 23 points and a career-best 10 steals to lead a well-balanced Friar effort. Beal’s 10 thefts set a program record for steals in a single-game, which was previously held by Helen Jessie-Mency `91, with nine steals on Feb. 5, 1991. Bryant held a 6-4 lead with 6:38 on the clock in the first quarter, before Providence raced out to a 15-point lead (27-12), with the help of a 23-6 scoring run. Bryant closed the quarter with two free throws and faced a 27-14 deficit. The Bulldogs closed the gap to nine (32-23) with 6:58 on the clock in the second quarter, but Beal got Providence back to a double-digit lead with a three-point bucket. Beal’s triple started a 10-4 scoring run that gave Providence a 15-point lead with 3:46 on the clock. Bryant answered with an 11-0 run to cut the deficit to four (42-38) with 1:12 remaining. Beal halted the run as she converted a lay-up with 17-seconds left and Providence took a 44-38 lead into halftime. Bryant opened the third quarter with an 11-2 scoring run to take a 49-46 lead and force a Providence timeout. The Friars dismissed the Bulldog’s threat to regain the lead (52-51) with 3:37 left on the clock. It proved to be a lead that Providence would not relinquish. The Bulldogs battled to within one (63-62) with 8:47 left in the fourth quarter, but Providence used a 10-2 run to push its lead to nine (73-64) at the 6:16 mark. Bryant halted the run with a three-point bucket with 5:41 remaining in the game to get within six (73-67), but it would be as close as the Bulldogs could get down the stretch. Yoyo Nogic and Aliyah Miller also reached the 20-point plateau for the Friars, with 23 and 20 points, respectively. Maddie Jolin added 10 points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal. Brianna Frias finished the night with a team-high six rebounds and swatted four blocked shots.
HIGH-FLYING OFFENSE... The Friars have averaged 90.7 points per game in the last three meetings vs. Bryant. During that same stretch, Bryant has averaged 78.3 points per game. Providence has logged 80+ points in each game, including a 104-67 victory over the Bulldogs on Nov. 12, 2013.
THE ONE AND ONLY... The Friars’ only loss to Bryant came on Nov. 30, 2014 in Smithfield, R.I. On that day, the Bulldogs defeated the Friars, 90-80.
PLAYERS TO WATCH... Alex Klein and Ivory Bailey are the Bulldogs’ top players this season through five games. Klein is averaging a double-double with 18.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. Bailey is second in scoring (15.4 ppg) and also is averaging 6.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Morgan Olander checks in with 9.0 points, 6.6 rebounds and a team-best 3.4 assists per game.
FRIARS ALL-TIME VS. BROWN... Providence and Brown have met 24 times during the history of the two programs. Providence leads the all-time series, 18-6. However, the Bears have claimed victory in two of the last three meetings. The Bears have won each of the last two meetings against Providence at the Pizzitola Sports Center, including last season’s 57-47 win by Brown on Nov. 17, 2015.
FRIARS ALL-TIME VS. RHODE ISLAND... Providence and Rhode Island have met 47 times in the history of the two programs. The Friars lead the series, 36-11, with victories in three of the last four meetings. Last year, the Friars earned a 64-55 overtime victory over the Rams at the Ryan Center in Kingston, R.I.
FRIARS START SEASON 6-0... The Friars have earned six-straight victories to start the 2016-17 season. It marks the first 6-0 start for Providence since the 2006-07 campaign. That year, the Friars also rattled off six-straight victories to begin the year. The last time Providence started the year 7-0 dates back to the 1990-91 season. The program had its best start all-time during the 1976-77 and 1981-82 campaigns, as each of those teams began the year 9-0.
PROVIDENCE CLAIMS TWO VICTORIES AT UNCW HAMPTON INN THANKSGIVING CLASSIC... The Friars are coming off of two victories at the UNCW Hampton Inn Thanksgiving Classic to improve to 6-0 overall on the year. The Friars defeated host UNCW, 65-49, on Nov. 26 and followed with a 75-59 victory over Miami (OH) on Nov. 27. Sarah Beal averaged a team-best 15.0 points, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals during the tournament. Maddie Jolin (14.0 ppg), Jovana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic (12.0 ppg) and Allegra Botteghi (Bologna, Italy) also averaged double figures for the Friars during the two-game span. Botteghi led Providence in rebounding with an average of 9.5 points per game.
MADDIE JOLIN NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... Sophomore Maddie Jolin was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Nov. 28, marking the first league honor of her career. Jolin averaged 14.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game as the Friars posted a 3-0 record last week. She shot 50-percent from the floor (14-28), including 7-14 shooting from three-point range (50-percent). Jolin also converted 9-12 free throws (75-percent). She reached double figures in the scoring column in all three games. She narrowly missed her first career double-double against Hartford on Nov. 22 with 16 points and a career-high nine rebounds. She posted 17 points against UNCW on Nov. 26 as she hit 6-8 shots from the field, including a 6-8 effort from beyond the arc.
FRIARS LEAD THE NATION IN FREE-THROW PERCENTAGE... Through six games, the Friars are ranked No. 1 in the nation in free-throw percentage (NCAA Division I - games played through Nov. 30). Providence is shooting 86.1-percent from the foul line, having converted 68-79 attempts.
IT DOESN’T STOP THERE... In addition to leading the nation in free-throw percentage, the Friars also rank among the nation’s best in field-goal percentage and three-point percentage. Providence is ranked fifth in NCAA Division I in field-goal-percentage (.494, 177-358) and sixth in three-point percentage (.423, 44-104). NCAA Statistics include games played through Nov. 30.
FIVE-STRAIGHT DOUBLE-DIGIT VICTORIES... Each of the Friars’ last five wins have been decided by double-digits. The last time PC earned five-straight double-digit wins dates back to the 1990-91 season. During that season, the Friars reeled off six-straight wins decided by double figures against Villanova (+27), Iona (+45), Seton Hall (+24), Pittsburgh (+11), Georgetown (+14) and Boston College (+29).
THREE-STRAIGHT ROAD VICTORIES... The Friars have earned three-straight road victories for the first time since the 2008-09 season. During that season, Providence also had a stretch of three-straight wins away from home vs. Massachusetts (75-63), Buffalo (67-63) and Southeast Missouri State (67-59). The last time Providence won four-consecutive games away from home was during the 1991-92 campaign against Villanova (82-80, 2OT), Pittsburgh (91-83), Georgetown (89-88) and St. John’s (82-79).
DOUBLE TROUBLE... Two Friars have recorded double-doubles this season through six games. Senior forward Aliyah Miller recorded her first double-double of the season, and third of her career, in a 77-65 victory at Hartford on Nov. 22. She tallied 10 points and 10 rebounds vs. the Hawks. On Nov. 27, junior Allegra Botteghi notched her first double-double of the season, and third of her career, in a 75-59 victory over Miami (OH). She registered 14 points and 12 rebounds vs. the RedHawks.
DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORERS... Seven of the 12 players on the roster who have seen game action have hit double digits in the scoring column at least once through six games. Sarah Beal is the only player on the roster to record double digits in all six games. Jovana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic and Maddie Jolin have each reached double figures five times.
JIM CROWLEY REACHES 300-WIN MILESTONE... Providence Head Coach Jim Crowley earned his 300th career victory on Nov. 19 against Binghamton, 71-58. Crowley came to Providence with a 297-268 record, which he compiled in 16 seasons at St. Bonaventure (2000-16) and three season at Keuka College (1993-96). He has started his tenure at Providence College with a 6-0 record, moving his career record to 303-268.
LOOKING TO FLIP THE SCRIPT AWAY FROM HOME... The Friars have started their eight-game road swing with three-straight victories vs. Hartford (77-65), UNCW (65-49) and Miami OH (75-59). Heading into the season, the Friars had earned just one victory in their previous 20 road games and were 2-28 on the road in the last two seasons combined (includes neutral site games).
FRIARS OVERCOME LARGEST HALFTIME DEFICIT SINCE 2012-13 SEASON TO EARN VICTORY... On Nov. 19, the Friars rallied from a 10-point deficit at halftime (41-31) to defeat Binghamton, 71-58. It marks the largest halftime deficit that the Friars have rallied back from to earn a win since Jan. 23, 2013. That day, Providence trailed then-ranked No. 25 Villanova, 29-10, at halftime (-19) and battled back to earn a 65-60 victory in overtime.
YOYO NOGIC HAS HIT 19-CONSECUTIVE FREE THROWS... Jovana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic has hit each of her 10 free throw attempts this season (10-10) through six games. Furthermore, Nogic has hit 19-consecutive free throws during a streak that began on Jan. 17, 2016 vs. Creighton.
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY SINCE 2013... The Friars defeated North Dakota State, 86-63, on Nov. 16 in Providence, R.I. It marked Providence’s largest margin of victory (+23) since Nov. 20, 2013, when it defeated Hartford by 26 points (79-53).
LONG-RANGE THREATS... Sophomores Maddie Jolin and Yoyo Nogic are shooting a combined 50.9-percent from three-point range this season (36-73). Jolin has converted 15-32 shots from long range (.469), while Nogic has knocked down 21-41 three-point opportunities (.512). Nogic ranks 21st in the nation in three-point field-goal percentage (.512), tied for 18th in three-pointers made per game (3.50) and tied for 17th in three-point field goals made (21).
CLARA CHE TAKES ADVANTAGE OF HER OPPORTUNITIES... Sophomore Clara Che has only attempted 26 shots from the field this season (sixth-most attempts on the team), but has taken advantage of what the defense has given her. She’s shooting 17-26 from the field (.654). Che is 5-13 from three-point territory (.385) and 5-5 from the foul line.
SARAH BEAL RANKS 12TH ALL-TIME AT PROVIDENCE IN CAREER ASSISTS... Sarah Beal has recorded 23 assists this season and owns 318 assists during her career with the Friars. Her 318 assists rank 12th all-time at Providence College. Beal is looking up at Mary Ann McCoy ‘80, who holds 11th place with 324 dimes.
MORE ON BEAL’S ASSIST TOTAL... Sarah Beal became the first player to eclipse 300 career assists since Symone Roberts ‘13, after dishing two dimes against NDSU on Nov. 16. Roberts finished her career at Providence with 351 assists (2009-13) and currently ranks ninth all-time in program history. Beal is averaging 4.1 assists per game during her career, which is the sixth-highest average among the program’s top-15 ranked players in career assists.
ANOTHER MILESTONE LOOMING... Sarah Beal has played 78 games during her career and has recorded a total of 890 points. Beal is 110 points shy of the 1,000-point career milestone. During the 43-year history of the program, 32 players have achieved the feat. The most recent player to score 1,000 points was Tori Rule ‘15. Rule tallied 1,271 points in 106 games during her career (2011-15).
SARAH BEAL NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL FOR SECOND-CONSECUTIVE WEEK... Sarah Beal was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll during each of the first two weeks of the season (Nov. 14 and Nov. 21), and has earned the honor seven times during her career overall. The senior guard recorded 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and one blocked shot in the Friars’ 92-85 double-overtime victory over Colgate (Nov. 11). She shot 8-11 (.727) from the field and was 1-1 from the free-throw line. Beal scored seven of her 17 points in the overtime sessions. In overtime, she was 3-3 from the field, 1-1 from the free throw line and added three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one blocked shot, playing all 10 minutes of extra time. To claim honors for a second-straight week, Beal averaged 15.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.50 steals in the Friars’ victories over NDSU (Nov. 16) and Binghamton (Nov. 19). She shot an impressive .522 from the field (12-23) and .857 from the free-throw line (6-7). In the Friars’ come-from-behind victory over Binghamton, Beal notched 17 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals. She came up big for the Friars in the decisive second half, as she tallied 10 of her 17 points and added three assists and two steals.
DOUBLE-OVERTIME... The Friars’ 92-85 double-overtime victory against Colgate (Nov. 11) marked the program’s first double-overtime game since Feb. 6, 2013. On that day, the Friars defeated Pittsburgh, 85-83, in double-OT in Pittsburgh, Pa.
NEW ERA... The Friars are beginning a new era under the direction of first-year Head Coach Jim Crowley, who was named the program’s 10th coach on May 10, 2016. Crowley spent the previous 20 seasons at St. Bonaventure, including each of the last 16 as the program’s head coach. He led the Bonnies to post-season play during six of the last eight seasons, including trips to the NCAA Tournament in 2016 (Second Round) and 2012 (Sweet 16). Crowley is a three-time Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year (2009, 2012, 2014) and was tabbed ESPN.com National Coach of the Year in 2012.
FRIARS RETURN 10 LETTER WINNERS FROM 2015-16... The Providence College women’s basketball team returns 10 letter winners from last year’s squad. The Friars lost just one player to graduation in guard/forward Evi Iiskola. Iiskola played 29 games and appeared in the starting line-up 26 times. She averaged 5.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. Eight of the Friars’ 10 returners have experience in the starting line-up.
WHAT’S NEXT... Upon completion of the Ocean State Tip-Off Tournament, the Friars will remain on the road to face Columbia on Wednesday, Dec. 7. The game will be played at Levien Gymnasium in New York, N.Y., and is scheduled to tip-off at 7:00 p.m. SCHEDULE UPDATE... The Providence women’s basketball team announced that two of its game times have been changed/adjusted. The Friars’ BIG EAST Conference game vs. DePaul on Sunday, Jan. 29 has been moved from a Noon tip-off to a 1:00 p.m. tip. Additionally, Providence’s conference game vs. Seton Hall on Sunday, Feb. 19 also has been moved from a Noon start to a 1:00 p.m. tip-off.
OLIVIA ORLANDO SIGNS NLI TO ATTEND PROVIDENCE COLLEGE... Providence College women’s basketball Head Coach Jim Crowley announced on Nov. 10 that Olivia Orlando (Winthrop, Mass.) has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the College beginning in the Fall of 2017. Orlando is the first student-athlete to sign a NLI to attend Providence College and play for Crowley, as he embarks on his first season as the program’s head coach in 2016-17. Orlando, a 5-foot, 10-inch, guard, currently attends Tilton School, where she is coached by Tara Brisson. Orlando enters the 2016-17 campaign with 920 career points and is on track to become the program’s all-time leading scorer by season’s end (1,104 points). During her three seasons at Tilton School, she has averaged a double-double with 14.0 point and 10.4 rebounds per game. Orlando is a three-time Lakes Region All-Star and NEPSAC All-Star (2014-16). She also has earned NEPSAC Championship Game Most Valuable Player honors during her career, in addition to Blackburn Tournament MVP recognition and Nickerson Tournament All-Tournament Team honors. While with the program, Tilton School has compiled a 65-12 overall record, including an impressive 40-3 mark at home. Orlando, a three-year captain, has helped guide Tilton School to three-consecutive Lakes Region Championships and two NEPSAC titles.
DORIS BURKE ‘87 TO HAVE JERSEY RETIRED... On Saturday, Feb. 11, Providence College will honor six of its all-time greatest athletes. Former Friar men’s basketball players Otis Thorpe ‘84 and the late Bruce “Soup” Campbell ’78 and women’s basketball player Doris Burke ’87, as well as hockey greats Lou Lamoriello ‘63, Ron Wilson ‘77 and Cammi Granato ’93 all will be recognized as they join the Friar Legends Forever Tradition. The six individuals will be honored during a halftime ceremony at the men’s basketball game vs. Butler on Feb. 11. Following the game, the Athletic Department will hold a dinner to honor the group at the Omni Hotel in Downtown Providence. Burke also will be honored at halftime at the women’s basketball home game vs. Seton Hall on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 1:00 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The Friar Legends Forever Tradition began in 1996. To earn the honor, the player or coach must have made a significant impact on Friar basketball and he/she must have received national recognition during his/her career at Providence. Burke will become the fourth player in Providence College women’s basketball history to be honored, and the fifth honoree overall. In 2010, former Associate Athletic Director Helen Bert and former Friar great Kathy Finn Hill `84 were honored. In 2014, Tracy Lis `92 was honored. Most recently, Andrea Mangum ’90 joined the Friar Legends in 2015. Burke (formerly Sable) was a member of the women’s basketball team from 1983-87. Burke led the Friars in assists during three of her four seasons with the program and finished her career with 602 handouts. Burke is ranked second all-time at PC in career assists and also ranks 10th all-time in career scoring (1,372 points). She was a three-time All-BIG EAST selection, including a member of the First Team as a senior in 1987. She also was honored as a KODAK District 1 All-America selection. Burke has since been inducted into the Providence College Athletics Hall of Fame. Professionally, Burke is widely known as a pioneer in the world of television sports broadcasting. She is a versatile commentator who works a variety of ESPN assignments, including the NBA, women’s college basketball regular-season and NCAA Championship, men’s college basketball regular season and Championship Week, in addition to assignments for other ESPN properties. Since 2003, Burke has taken on additional roles and assignments for NBA coverage, including sideline reporter and game analyst during select ESPN NBA telecasts. She also serves as a sideline reporter for NBA playoff games and the NBA Finals on ABC.
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