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FRIARS 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/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. The tournament will feature all four NCAA Division I teams in the State of Rhode Island. Providence will host Brown in the first game of the day on Dec. 2 at Noon, followed by a match-up between Bryant and Rhode Island at 2:00 p.m. The winner of each game will advance to the championship game on Dec. 3 at 2:00 p.m. The consolation game will be played at Noon.
TOYS FOR TOTS... Fans are encouraged to bring an unopened and unwrapped toy to games, which will benefit Toys For Tots. Donations will be accepted at the entrance of Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium for the duration of the two-day tournament.
TUNE-IN... All four games of the Ocean State Tip-Off Tournament will be broadcast live on YurView (Cox channel 4 & 1004). A live stream also will be available on Providence’s athletic website via Friars All-Access. Visit the women’s basketball schedule for links.
LAST YEAR’S INAUGURAL TOURNAMENT... Providence College and Brown each advanced to the inaugural championship game of the Ocean State Tip-Off Tournament in 2016, held at Brown University. The Brown Bears claimed the title with a 77-70 victory.
PROVIDENCE VS. BROWN ALL-TIME... Providence and Brown have met 25 times during the history of the two programs. The Friars lead the series, 18-7. However, the Bears have earned victories in three of the last four meetings, including each of the last two. Each of the Bears’ three wins have come on Brown’s home court, while the lone win by the Friars during the four-game stretch came at Alumni Hall.
PROVIDENCE VS. BROWN AT ALUMNI HALL... The Friars and Bears have met at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium 11 times. Providence leads the series vs. Brown on its home court, 8-3. The last time Providence and Brown met at Alumni Hall dates back to Nov. 18, 2014. On that day, the Friars claimed a 78-69 victory.
ALL-TIME VS. THE IVY LEAGUE… The Providence College women’s basketball program has compiled a 46-15 record all-time vs. Ivy League institutions.
FRIARS VS. THE IVY LEAGUE IN 2017-18… Providence is 1-1 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. On Nov. 29, the Friars picked up a 55-51 victory over Yale in New Haven, Conn.
PROVIDENCE VS. THE REST OF THE OCEAN STATE TIP-OFF FIELD... Depending on Saturday’s results, the Friars’ potential opponents for Sunday would be Bryant or Rhode Island. The Friars lead the all-time series vs. both teams heading into the tournament. Providence leads the series with Bryant, 6-1, and holds a 36-11 edge all-time against Rhode Island.
LOOKING FOR FIRST VICTORY OF THE SEASON AT ALUMNI HALL... The Friars are 0-2 this season in games played at Alumni Hall. Providence lost its season opener to Columbia, 73-64, on Nov. 10 and dropped a 60-51 decision to Penn State at home on Nov. 18. Last season, Providence posted a 6-6 record on its home court, including a 3-0 record during non-conference action.
FRIARS GRIND OUT VICTORY AGAINST YALE... Providence pulled out a 55-51 victory over Yale on Nov. 29 in New Haven, Conn. Jovana Nogic recorded a game-high 18 points and added six rebounds, five assists and three steals. Yale started the game on a 5-0 run. Maddie Jolin hit the Friars’ first bucket of the game with a three-pointer at the 6:15 mark of the first quarter and sparked a 7-0 Providence run to take a 7-5 lead. The Bulldogs answered with four-straight points, but PC closed the quarter with a 4-0 spurt of its own and held an 11-9 lead at the break. Providence led by four points on four different occasions during the second quarter, and by as many as six (27-21) with 1:25 on the clock. The Bulldogs cut the deficit to 27-24 on a three point bucket by Tamara Simpson heading into halftime. The Friars secured their largest lead of the game (33-26) with 8:12 remaining in the third quarter. Nogic and Jolin teamed up to drill back-to-back three pointers with a lay-up by Yale sandwiched in between. Despite the hot start from the field for Providence, Yale closed the quarter with a 14-4 scoring advantage to take a 40-37 lead into the final quarter. Yale struck first in the fourth quarter as Ellen Andrews scored just 11-seconds into the action to take a 42-37 lead. Providence’s Clara Che took away any momentum that the Bulldog’s picked up as she drained a three to cut the deficit to two (42-40). The teams traded baskets and the Friars eventually regained a three-point advantage on a triple from Nogic with 7:04 to play (48-45). Yale ripped off a quick 6-2 scoring run to go ahead 51-50 with 2:42 left in regulation, but Franklin put the Friars back on top with a lay-up at the other end (52-51) with 1:47 on the clock. Timely rebounding and a 3-4 shooting performance at the free-throw line in the closing seconds of the game sealed the win for Providence. Franklin finished the game with 12 points and three rebounds, while Jolin chipped in 10 points and a team-best seven rebounds.
FRIARS RANK SECOND IN THE NATION IN THREE-POINT FIELD-GOAL PERCENTAGE... The Friars enter the weekend ranked second in the nation among NCAA Division I women’s basketball programs in three-point field-goal percentage. Providence is shooting 48.4-percent from beyond the arc, having hit 59-122 attempts. Saint Joseph’s (Pa.) leads the nation at 50-percent (35-70).
PROVIDENCE RANK AMONG TOP-25 IN THE NATION IN FIELD-GOAL PERCENTAGE AND FREE THROW PERCENTAGE... In addition to shooting the ball at an impressive clip from three-point territory, the Friars also rank among the top-25 in NCAA Division I in field-goal percentage (21st) and free-throw percentage (25th). Providence is shooting 47.3-percent overall from the field (168-355) and 77.1-percent from the charity stripe (81-105).
THREE-HEADED MONSTER... Clara Che, Maddie Jolin and Jovana Nogic are leading the Friars’ efforts behind the three-point line this season. The trio has combined to shoot 49.1-percent from beyond the arc, hitting 59-120 attempts. Che leads the BIG EAST Conference and ranks 11th in the nation in three-point percentage at 55.6-percent (15-27). Jolin is shooting 50-percent (19-38) from three-point territory, which ranks her 25th in the country. Nogic is shooting 45.5-percent from deep (25-55) and ranks seventh in the nation in three-point field goals made (25), 16th in three-point field goals made per game (3.57) and 75th in three-point percentage.
NOGIC RANKS FIFTH AMONG ACTIVE NCAA DIVISION I PLAYERS IN CAREER THREE-POINT PERCENTAGE... Jovana Nogic ranks fifth in the nation among active NCAA Division I women’s basketball players in career three-point percentage. In 66 career games with the Friars, she has shot 42-percent from three-point territory, hitting 168-of-400 attempts.
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. For her career, Nogic has hit 168-of-400 attempts from three-point territory (.420). The Providence College record for three-pointers made in a career was set by Wheeler (252) in 101 games (1994-98).
STREAKING... Jovana Nogic leads the Friars in free-throw percentage this season, shooting an impressive .966 from the charity stripe (28-29). Nogic has made 26-consecutive free throws dating back to Nov. 10 vs. Columbia. For her career, she has converted 91.5-percent of her attempts from the free-throw line (86-94).
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 13 points and 13 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.
FRANKLIN OFFERS SOLID LINE OFF THE BENCH... Junior college transfer Ny-Asia Franklin is averaging 21.0 minutes per game off the bench this season. She is fourth among her teammates in scoring (8.1 ppg) and leads the Friars in rebounding (5.0 rpg). Fourteen of her team-high 35 rebounds have come off of the offensive glass. She has tallied three double-digit scoring games, including a career-best 14 points against Stetson (Nov. 23). She also hauled in a career-high 13 rebounds against Northeastern (Nov. 14). Through seven games, she is shooting 50-percent from the field (26-52).
HELPING HANDS... Three Friars have recorded 5+ assists in a single game this season. Jovana Nogic leads the Friars in assists overall (3.0 apg) and has dished 5+ assists in two games this season vs. Northeastern (six) and Yale (five). Freshman Chanell Williams is second on the team in assists (2.1 apg) and recently dished a career-best five assists in the Friars’ victory over Yale. Junior Clara Che is third in assists (2.0 apg) and handed out a season-high five assists against Northeastern.
MORE ASSISTS... The Friars have recorded an assist on 54.2-percent of their field goals this season. Providence has handed out 91 assists on 168 made field goals. Six Friars have reached double-digit assists on the year through seven games.
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.
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 3-2 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.
WHAT’S NEXT... The Friars will hit the road for back-to-back games against Quinnipiac and Sacred Heart. Providence will face Quinnipiac, who advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 a year ago, on Wednesday, Dec. 6 in Hamden, Conn. at 7:00 p.m. The Friars will tip-off against Sacred Heart on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 1:00 p.m. in Fairfield, Conn. Providence will close out its non-conference schedule against Boston College on Thursday, Dec. 21 at Noon in Providence, R.I.
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