Dec. 3, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - PROVIDENCE HEADS TO PITTSBURGH TO FACE DUQUESNE... The Providence College women's basketball team will travel to Pittsburgh, Pa. to face Duquesne University on Thursday, December 5. The game will be played at the A.J. Palumbo Center at 7:00 p.m.
TUNE IN... Live audio of the Providence College vs. Duquesne game will be available via Friars All-Access at www.Friars.com. Play-by-play will be provided by Chris Fama. The pre-game broadcast will be available at 6:50 p.m.
FRIARS AND DUKES MEET FOR THE FIRST TIME... The Friars and Dukes will meet for the first time in the history of the two women's basketball programs on December 5, 2013.
FRIARS TO PLAY JUST FOUR GAMES IN DECEMBER... The Friars have just four games on the schedule during the month of December - two at home and two on the road. Providence plays Duquesne on December 5 before heading into final exams. The Friars return from a 12-day hiatus to host Dayton on December 18 at Noon. Providence closes out the month with games at Rhode Island on December 21 and home against Boston College on December 29.
BIG EAST PLAY LOOMING... The start of BIG EAST Conference play is less than one month away. The Friars will host league newcomer Butler on Wednesday, January 1 at 1:00 p.m. The game will be played at Alumni Hall / Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. Providence will face each of its nine BIG EAST opponents twice during the regular season - once at home and once on the road.
SCOUTING DUQUESNE... The Dukes enter Thursday's game with a 5-3 overall record and are 1-1 at the A.J. Palumbo Center this season. Prior to the 2013-14 campaign, Duquesne advanced to the Women's National Invitation Tournament, five-straight seasons. The Dukes were picked to finish third in the A-10 Preseason Coaches' Poll, behind Dayton and St. Joseph's. Four members of the team are currently averaging double figures in the scoring column, led by Raegan Moore's 18.0 points per game. Wumi Agunbiade is second on the team in scoring (12.5 ppg) and leads the Dukes in rebounding (6.8 rpg). Three players have recorded 20+ assists through eight games, led by April Robinson's 37 handouts (4.6 apg).
DAN DURKIN RETURNS TO DUQUESNE... Providence College assistant coach Dan Durkin makes his return to Duquesne University with the Friars, having spent 14 years as the Dukes' head coach from 1993-2007. Durkin earned A-10 Coach of the Year honors in 1998 and helped develop two WNBA draft picks at Duquesne in Korie Hlede and Candice Futrell. Hlede was Duquesne's first-ever All-America selection. While with the Dukes, Durkin established marks for most wins in a season, most conference victories and the school's highest seed in the A-10 Tournament.
FRIARS LOOK TO HALT TWO-GAME SKID...Providence has lost back-to-back games for the first time this season vs. Arizona State (86-65) and Albany (70-60), since starting the year 4-1. The Friars look to halt their two-game skid against Duquesne on December 5. Providence is 2-2 this season in games played on the road.
FRIARS ARE 4-0 WHEN SHOOTING OVER 45-PERCENT FROM THE FIELD... Providence is 4-0 this season when shooting 45-percent or better from the field. The Friars shot a season-high 52.9-percent (37-70) in a 104-67 victory over Bryant on November 12. In the Friars' three losses this season, Providence shot 36-percent or lower from the field.
FRIARS FEATURE POTENT SCORING PUNCH... Four Friars are currently ranked in the top-30 for scoring in the BIG EAST Conference, demonstrating the team's potent ability on the offensive end of the floor. Tori Rule ranks fourth overall (19.1 ppg), followed by Alexis Harris (14th, 13.4 ppg), Sarah Beal (25th, 11.3 ppg) and Evi Iiskola (28th, 10.6 ppg). Only DePaul has more players ranked in the top-30 (five). Marquette joins Providence, with four players.
THREE FRIARS AVERAGE 6+ REBOUNDS PER GAME... Three Friars are averaging 6+ rebounds per game this season, led by junior forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.), with 8.9 boards per game. Junior Danielle Pearson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and sophomore Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) are each averaging 6.0 rebounds per game. Harris is fourth among BIG EAST players in rebounding, while Pearson and Iiskola are tied for 14th.
TORI RULE NAMED BIG EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK... Junior guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) was named BIG EAST Player of the Week on Monday, November 25. It marks the first time in her career that she has earned the league's weekly honor. In three games the week prior, she averaged 22.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game. She netted a season-high 32 points against Dartmouth, which stands as the highest single-game scoring total in the BIG EAST this season. She recorded 14 points against Hartford (11/20) and 22 points and a season-high five rebounds against Arizona State (11/23). Rule has scored 20+ points in four of the Friars' seven games.
ALEXIS HARRIS PUTTING UP SOLID NUMBERS... Junior forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) is putting up solid numbers for the Friars through the first seven games. She is averaging 13.4 points and a team-best 8.9 rebounds per game, in addition to 1.4 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.3 steals. Harris has reached double figures in the scoring column in five of the Friars' seven games, including a career-high 31 points against UMass Lowell on November 9.
TORI RULE NOTCHES FOURTH 20+ POINT GAME... Junior guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) has scored in double figures during six of the Friars' seven games, including four, 20+ point games. On November 18, Rule notched a season-high 32 points against Dartmouth, which marks the highest point total by a BIG EAST player this season. Rule has 29 double-digit scoring games in her career, including nine, 20+ point games. She has hit for 30-or-more points three times during her career.
SARAH BEAL PUTTING TOGETHER IMPRESSIVE ROOKIE CAMPAIGN... Through seven games of her rookie season, Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) is putting together an impressive resume. Beal is averaging 11.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.1 steals per game. Beal has recorded double digits in the scoring column five times, including a season-best 20 points against UMass Lowell (11/9). She also has dished 6+ assists in three games, including a season-high seven hand-outs (twice).
KARIN ROBINSON POSTS CAREER-HIGH 16 POINTS AGAINST ALBANY... Junior Karin Robinson (Jamaica, N.Y.) netted a career-best 16 points in the Friars' loss to Albany on November 27. It marked her fourth double-digit scoring game of the season. She also recorded three assists and three steals. Robinson played the previous two seasons at the community college level, most recently with Monroe Community College (N.Y.), where she was one of 10 players to earn All-America honors.
TWO FRIARS ECLIPSE 30+ POINTS THIS SEASON... Juniors Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) and Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) have each scored 30+ points in a game this season. It's the first time since the 1989-90 season that two different players have eclipsed the 30-point mark. That year, Dottie VanGheem recorded three, 30+ point games, while Andrea Mangum hit the milestone once.
ALEXIS HARRIS NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... Junior forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, November 18. It marked the first weekly honor of Harris' career, and recognized her efforts in the Friars' first three games of the season. During that span, she averaged a double-double, with 18.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. She notched a career-high 31 points in the Friars' season opener vs. UMass Lowell and added 10 boards for her first career double-double. She also dished a career-best four assists. She followed with 10 points and nine rebounds vs. Bryant on November 12, to go along with two assists and two steals. Against Drexel (11/15), Harris posted the second double-double of her career on 14 points and 11 boards. Her 10 defensive rebounds in the game mark a career high.
TORI RULE NETS 32 POINTS IN VICTORY OVER DARTMOUTH... Junior Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) reached the 30-point plateau for the third time in her career on November 18 during an 82-72 victory over Dartmouth. Rule notched 32 points for the Friars on 12-of-21 shooting (0.571) from the field, including 2-of-4 shooting from three-point territory. Rule also made each of her six free-throw attempt in the game. Last season, Rule eclipsed the 30-point mark twice. She tallied 32 points against Colorado State on December 29, 2012, and notched a career-high 35 points against Georgetown on March 8, 2013 in the first round of the BIG EAST Women's Basketball Championship.
ALEXIS HARRIS RECORDS FOURTH DOUBLE-DOUBLE... Junior Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) recorded her fourth double-double of the season, and career, on November 20 vs. Hartford with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Harris posted her first-career double-double in the Friars' season opener vs. UMass Lowell (11/9) with 31 points and 10 rebounds. She also finished with a double-double against Drexel on November 15 (14 pts / 11 rebs) and against Dartmouth on November 18 (16 pts / 12 rebs) with 14 points and 11 boards.
EVERY ACTIVE PLAYER HAS SCORED IN DOUBLE FIGURES... Each of the eight active players on the roster have scored in double figures at least once this season. Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) leads the way with six double-digit scoring games.
FOUR OF FIVE STARTERS ARE SHOOTING 40-PERCENT OR BETTER FROM THE FIELD... Four of the Friars' five starters are shooting better than 40-percent from the field this season, including two players above 50-percent. Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) leads the team at 56.7-percent (38-67). Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) is at 51.1-percent (24-47). As a team, Providence is shooting 43.4-percent from the field (199-459).
FRIARS SCORE SEASON-LOW 20 POINTS IN SECOND HALF VS. DREXEL... Providence scored a season-low 20 points in the second half vs. Drexel on 18.2-percent shooting (4-22). Heading into the match-up with the Dragons, the Friars were averaging 58.5 points in the second half of games.
FRIARS RECORD 100+ POINTS IN BACK-TO-BACK GAMES... The Friars scored 100+ points in back-to-back games to start the season. The last time Providence scored 100+ points in back-to-back games was during the 1993-94 season. The Friars' 109 points against UMass Lowell and 104 points against Bryant mark the 48th and 49th, 100-point games in program history (1,112 games all-time).
FRIARS' 28 ASSISTS VS. BRYANT ARE THE MOST IN A SINGLE GAME SINCE JANUARY 21, 1998... The Friars recorded 28 assists during their victory against Bryant on November 12. It marks the most assists in a single game for Providence since January 21, 1998. On that day, Providence dished 29 assists in a 103-92 loss to West Virginia. Providence has dished 20+ assists in three of seven games this season.
FRIARS' 38 FIELD GOALS MADE VS. UMASS LOWELL ARE MOST SINCE FEBRUARY 10, 2007... The Friars connected on 38-of-79 attempts from the field in their season opening victory against UMass Lowell on November 9. It marks the most field goals made in a single game since February 10, 2007 against St. John's. On that day, the Friars hit 38-of-79 attempts from the floor in a 93-77 victory.
FRIARS HIT 17 THREE-POINT BUCKETS IN WIN OVER BRYANT... The Friars hit 17-of-33 (51.5-percent) attempts from three-point range in a 104-67 victory over Bryant on November 12. The Friars' 17 three-pointers are the most by Providence in a single game, using statistics available beginning with the 1996-97 season. The NCAA introduced the three-point line during the 1986-87 season.
FRIARS' 109 POINTS MOST SINCE JANUARY 3, 1992... The Friars' 109 points vs. UMass Lowell are the most scored by the team since January 3, 1992. On that day, the Friars defeated Pittsburgh, 109-90, in Providence, R.I. Earlier that same season, Providence notched 116 points in a victory over Ball State on November 30 (116-80).
THE LAST TIME PROVIDENCE HIT TRIPLE DIGITS PRIOR TO 2013-14 SEASON... The last time Providence scored 100+ points in a game, prior to the 2013-14 season, was on January 3, 2007. The Friars defeated the Cardinals, 106-94, in double-overtime. Providence eclipsed the 100-point mark in each of its first two games this season.
LAST TIME PROVIDENCE SCORED 100+ POINT IN A GAME OF REGULATION LENGTH PRIOR TO 2013-14 SEASON... The last time Providence scored 100+ points in a game of regulation length (40 minutes), prior to 2013-14 season, dates back to December 30, 1998. On that day, Providence defeated West Virginia, 100-95, in Providence, R.I. The Friars scored 100+ point in each of their first two games this season.
FRIARS RECORD LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY SINCE 1997... The Friars 37-point victory over Bryant on November 12 (104-67), marks the largest margin of victory for the Friars since defeating Puerto Rico, 88-45 (+43), on November 28, 1997 at the San Juan Shoot-out in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
ALEXIS HARRIS NETS CAREER-BEST 31 POINTS VS. UMASS LOWELL... Junior forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) exploded for a career-high 31 points in the Friars' 109-74 victory over UMass Lowell on November 9. Harris hit 13-of-15 shots from the field, including 7-of-7 in the second half. She also converted 5-of-7 free-throw attempts. Harris joins Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) as the only active players on the roster to score 30+ points in a game for Providence. Rule has surpassed the 30-point plateau three times in her career, including Providence's game against Dartmouth this season (32 points) on November 18.
DOUBLE-TROUBLE... Two players have recorded double-doubles this season through seven games. Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) leads the way with four double-doubles, marking the first four of her career. Sophomore Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) has recorded one double-double.
DANIELLE PEARSON HAULS IN CAREER-HIGH 16 REBOUNDS VS. RIVER HAWKS... On November 9, Danielle Pearson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) recorded a career-best 16 rebounds vs. UMass Lowell. Her previous career high of 11 boards was set on February 6, 2013 at Pittsburgh. Twelve of Pearson's 16 boards came off of the defensive glass. Through seven games, Pearson is tied for second on the team in rebounding with 6.0 boards per game.
FRIARS' 65 REBOUNDS VS. UMASS LOWELL TIES PROVIDENCE COLLEGE SINGLE-GAME RECORD... The Friars recorded 65 rebounds against UMass Lowell on November 9. The Friars' 65 boards ties the program record for rebounds in a single-game at Providence College. Last season, the Friars recorded 65 rebounds against Villanova (1/23/13).
FRIARS CELEBRATE 40th SEASON OF WOMEN'S BASKETBALL AT PROVIDENCE COLLEGE... The 2013-14 campaign marks the 40th season of women's basketball at Providence College, which coincides with the start of a new era of BIG EAST Conference basketball. The program's first season of "varsity" competition was during the 1974-75 season, under the direction of Head Coach Kay McDonald. Providence finished its inaugural season with a 9-4 overall record.
TORI RULE NAMED TO 2013-14 PRESEASON ALL-BIG EAST TEAM... Junior guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) was named to the 2013-14 Preseason All-BIG EAST Team on October 16. The announcement was made by the league office at its annual media day, held at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York City. Rule was among the list of 10 players named to the preseason team. Rule is the Friars' leading returning scorer from 2012-13, having averaged 14.4 points per game. She also contributed 3.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.2 steals per game.
WBCA JUNIOR/COMMUNITY COLLEGE COACHES' ALL-AMERICAN KARIN ROBINSON JOINS FRIARS FOR 2013-14 SEASON... Junior Karin Robinson (Jamaica, N.Y.) joins the Friars for her first season of NCAA Division I women's basketball after spending the last two seasons at the community college level. She began her career at Coffeyville Community College (2011-12), and played the 2012-13 season at Monroe Community College. Robinson averaged 10.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 3.1 steals per game at Monroe CC and was one of just 10 players named to the 2013 WBCA Junior/Community College All-America Team.
TRANSFER SHEQUANA HARRIS TO SIT OUT AFTER PLAYING 2012-13 SEASON AT CHARLOTTE... Sophomore Shequana Harris (Bronx, N.Y.) will sit out the 2013-14 season due to NCAA transfer rules. Harris played the 2012-13 season at Charlotte and enrolled at Providence College this past summer. While at Charlotte, Harris saw action in 17 games as a freshman and averaged 1.7 points per game. Prior to college, she attended Murry Bergtraum High School in New York, where she was named 2012 New York City Player of the Year by the New York Post. She also was rated as a three-star recruit by ESPN/Hoopgurlz as a senior.
TRACY LIS '92 TO HAVE HER JERSEY RETIRED ON JANUARY 25... On Saturday, January 25, Providence College will honor three of its all-time greatest basketball players. Former Friar men's basketball players Kevin Stacom '74 and Joe Hassett '77 and women's basketball player Tracy Lis '92 will be honored at the men's and women's home games that day as banners will be unveiled with their names and numbers (Stacom #25, Hassett #10 and Lis #22). The banners will be presented at a halftime ceremony of each game. All three former Friars will join the Friar Legends Forever Tradition. On January 25, the Friar men's team will play Xavier at the Dunkin' Donuts Center at noon and the Friar women's basketball team will play Seton Hall in Mullaney Gymnasium at 2:30 p.m. Lis will become the second player in Providence College women's basketball history to have her jersey retired, and the third honoree overall. In 2010, former Associate Athletic Director Helen Bert and former Friar great Kathy Finn Hill `84 were honored. Lis, a native of Cromwell, Conn., is one of the greatest players to ever wear a Friar uniform. She played for the Providence College women's basketball team from 1988-92, and is the program's all-time leading scorer with 2,534 career points. She is the only Friar to eclipse the 2,000-point plateau in the history of the program. Lis also ranks fifth in career rebounding with 821 boards. She also ranks fourth all-time among BIG EAST Conference career leaders in points (1,296), ninth in scoring average (19.6 ppg), third in free throws made (302), ninth in steals (183) and 11th in field goals made (455) in conference action. In 1990, she led the Friars to the program's first BIG EAST Tournament title. That same season, the Friars advanced to the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Tournament. In 1991, she guided the program to its highest national ranking in the Associated Press Top-25 at No. 15. In 1992, Lis received the BIG EAST Special Achievement Award and was named ECAC Player of the Year. Lis was a two-time First-Team All-BIG EAST selection. In 2004, Lis was one of 15 players honored as a member of the BIG EAST Conference Silver Anniversary Team. During her career, Providence made four-consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament and compiled a 96-31 record (.755). Providence also advanced to the BIG EAST Championship game three-straight years (1989-91). Lis played professionally for the New England Blizzard in the American Basketball League (ABL).
FOX SPORTS 1... The Friars will have two games broadcast on national television this season. FOX Sports 1, which reached 90-million homes across the United States, has picked up the Friars' game vs. Boston College on Sunday, December 29 at 3:00 p.m. and Providence's BIG EAST tilt against St. John's on Saturday, February 8 at 12:30 p.m.
COX SPORTS COVERAGE... Cox Sports will televise the Friars' game against the University of Rhode Island on Saturday, December 21 at the Ryan Center in Kingston, R.I. Tip-off is slated for 2:00 p.m.
WOON 1240 AM... The Friars will have five games broadcast, locally, on WOON 1240 AM this season; vs. Bryant (11/12), at Rhode Island (12/21), at Xavier (1/18), at St. John's (2/8) and at Seton Hall (2/18). Audio coverage of all games (home and away) will be available via the internet at www.Friars.com. In addition to the audio coverage, all home games (with the exception of televised contests) will feature live streaming video.
WHAT'S NEXT... The Friars break for final exams and will return to action on Wednesday, December 18 against Dayton. The game will be played at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium and is scheduled to tip-off at Noon. The Friars' match-up with Dayton coincides with the program's 7th Annual Project Providence initiative. Approximately 1,500 local elementary and middle school students are expected to attend the event, which features a morning session for participants to discuss the importance of fitness, good health and education. The students also participate in a variety of fun exercises and basketball drills. After lunch, the students are admitted to the game to cheer on the Friars.
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