Women's Basketball Game Notes vs. Richmond

Dec. 4, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -

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PROVIDENCE BEGINS THREE-GAME HOME-STAND WITH RICHMOND... The Providence College women’s basketball team will host the University of Richmond on Saturday, Dec. 5 to begin a three-game home-stand at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium.

FRIARS ALL-ACCESS... Live streaming video of the Friars’ game against Richmond will be available online (www.Friars.com) via Friars All-Access, which is a subscription service. Chris Fama will handle the play-by-play. Live stats also will be available during the game via the GameTracker link on www.Friars.com.

ALL-TIME VS. RICHMOND... The Friars and Spiders have met just once during the history of the two women’s basketball programs. The first meeting took place on Nov. 14, 2014 in Richmond, Va. The Spiders claimed a 75-59 victory to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

SCOUTING RICHMOND... Richmond enters Saturday’s game against Providence with a 5-2 overall record. The Spiders started the season with five-straight wins, but have been defeated in each of their last two contests vs. Marquette (98-80) on Nov. 29 and Furman (69-62) on Dec. 1. Richmond has been chosen by the coaches of the Atlantic 10 to finish sixth in the league behind George Washington, Dayton, Duquesne, Fordham and Saint Louis, respectively. Junior guard Janelle Hubbard, the Spiders top-returning scorer, was recognized as a Preseason All-Conference Second Team selection after posting 13.9 points per game a season ago. As a team, Richmond is averaging 66.7 points and 36.3 rebounds per game. The Spiders have held four of their seven opponents below 60 points.

PLAYERS TO WATCH... Janelle Hubbard leads the Spiders in scoring, with an average of 16.9 points per game. Micaela Parsons has been a solid contributor in several facets of the game this season, averaging 14.9 points and leads the team in assists (3.1 apg) and steals (1.9 spg). Parsons is shooting a team-best .534 from the field (31-58), including .385 from beyond the three-point arc (5-13). She also ranks second on the team in free-throw percentage (.822, 37-45). Lauren Tolson is third among her teammates in scoring (13.1 ppg) and is tied with Tuuli Menna in rebounding (5.3 rpg).

WHAT HAPPENED IN THE LAST MEETING... The Providence College women’s basketball team fell to Richmond, 75-59, in its 2014-15 season opener on Nov. 14 in Richmond, Va. Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) recorded a game-high 19 points and added four rebounds, two steals and one assist for Providence. Five players reached double figures for Richmond, led by Liz Brown’s 17 points and eight rebounds. The Friars committed nine turnovers in the first 11 minutes of play and found themselves down by 12 (25-13). Richmond pushed its lead to 14 (34-20) with 5:05 to play, but the Friars cut it to 10 at the 3:39 mark. It looked as if Providence was finally settling in to a rhythm, but the Spiders closed the half with five unanswered points to take a 41-26 into halftime. The Friars committed a total 15 turnovers in the first half, which led to 17 points on the other end for Richmond. The Spiders took their largest lead of the game (48-30) with 17 minutes remaining on the clock in the second half. The Friars clawed their way back and cut the lead to single digits with 6:07 to play (64-55), but it was as close as PC could get down the stretch. Joining Harris in double figures was Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland). Rule netted 14 points, while Iiskola checked in with 13. Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) dished a game-high seven assists in the Friar effort. A complete boxscore is below (PDF format only).

FRIARS’ GRADUATE ASSISTANT KERI SOPPE IS A 2015 GRADUATE OF RICHMOND... First-year graduate assistant for Providence College, Keri Soppe, is a 2015 graduate of Richmond, where she competed on the women’s basketball team for four seasons. During her career, she played 105 games and appeared in the starting line-up 67 times. Soppe averaged 3.6 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. She finished her career with a .373 field-goal percentage (134-359) and also hit 62-76 attempts from the free-throw line (.816). Soppe is pursuing her MBA at Providence College and is expected to graduate in May 2017. In the Friars’ meeting against Richmond last season, Soppe played 26 minutes and recorded 12 points, seven rebounds, two assists and one steal. She shot 4-8 from the field, including 2-3 from three-point territory.

FORMER TEAMMATES FACE OFF AGAINST ONE ANOTHER SATURDAY... Providence College junior guard Evi Iiskola and Richmond freshman forward Tuuli Menna are both natives of Finland. The duo played together for Tapiolan Honka, which is a club team in Espoo, Finland. They also spent time together on Finland’s National Team.

FOURTH-QUARTER RALLY FALLS SHORT AT ALBANY IN FRIARS’ MOST RECENT GAME... The Providence College women’s basketball team rallied from an 18-point deficit in the fourth quarter against Albany to get within five points (61-56) with 2:37 remaining, but the rally fell short in a 71-58 loss on Dec. 1 in Albany, N.Y. The Great Danes used an 18-9 scoring advantage in the third quarter to mount a 56-39 lead heading into the final 10 minutes of play. Albany hit a free throw with 8:06 remaining on the clock in the fourth to make the score 57-39, before the Friars went on a 17-4 run to get within five (61-56). Albany’s Imani Tate converted a traditional three-point play with 1:48 left in the game and sparked a 10-0 run and gave the Great Danes control down the stretch. Providence’s Jovana `Yoyo’ Nogic (Lisbon, Portugal) hit a jumper with eight seconds on the clock to make the final 71-58. Shereesha Richards led all scorers with 28 points, while Tate finished the night with 21 for Albany. Zakiya Saunders joined the duo of Richards and Tate in double figures with 12 points. Providence was led offensively by Sarah Beal’s (Matthews, N.C.) 14 points. The junior guard also recorded six assists, five steals and two rebounds in 37 minutes of action. Nogic added 13 points and Aliyah Miller (Southaven, Miss.) contributed 11 points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal. The Friars and Danes each converted 21-of-47 attempts from the field (.447), but Albany enjoyed a decisive advantage at the free-throw line, hitting 27-of-41 freebies, compared to a 12-of-17 performance for Providence (+15).

20/20... Sarah Beal and Jovana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic are the only Friars to eclipse the 20-point plateau in a single game this season. Beal netted a season-high 21 points against Monmouth on Nov. 28. Nogic hit for 20 points, marking her career high with the Friars, against Hartford on Nov. 25.

TRIPLE THREAT... Sarah Beal leads the Friars in three major statistical categories, including scoring (11.5 ppg), assists (3.3 apg) and steals (1.5 spg). She also ranks second among her teammates in rebounding from the point guard position (4.5 rpg).

MILLER LEADS THE FRIARS IN DOUBLE-DIGIT SCORING GAMES... Aliyah Miller ranks second on the team in scoring with an average of 11.2 points per game. Miller has scored in double figures four times this season, through six games, which leads the team. Prior to the current season, Miller reached double figures in just seven of the 47 games she appeared in.

BEAL, MILLER AND NOGIC RANK AMONG THE TOP-25 IN THE BIG EAST IN SCORING... Sarah Beal (11.5 ppg), Aliyah Miller (11.2 ppg) and Jovana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic (11.0 ppg) each rank within the top-25 in the BIG EAST in scoring. Beal leads the way in 20th, followed by Miller in 22nd and Nogic in a tie for 23rd. Nogic is one of eight freshmen highlighting a loaded rookie class inside the top-25.

ROAD WOES... The Friars are 0-3 this season in road games. Providence has not won a game on the road since Jan. 23, 2015. On that day, the Friars clipped Marquette, 66-58, in Milwaukee, Wis. Since that day, the Friars have dropped eight-straight games on the road.

NOGIC LEADS THE BIG EAST IN THREE-POINT PERCENTAGE... According to the most recent BIG EAST statistics, released Dec. 4, Jovana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic leads the BIG EAST in three-point field-goal percentage (51.5-percent, 17-33). She also ranks 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’ six 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 22nd overall, according to the most recent NCAA women’s basketball statistics (released Dec. 4). Overall, sophomore Malia Kency (Florida Atlantic) leads the nation at 66.7-percent (10-15). Kelly Guarino (NJIT) is the top-shooting freshman from three-point territory and ranks tied for 10th overall (55.6-percent, 20-36).

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 (Butler) hit seven triples vs. UCF on Nov. 29.

FRIARS RANK SECOND IN BIG EAST IN THREE-POINT PERCENTAGE... Through six games, Providence ranks second in the BIG EAST Conference in three-point percentage (37-percent), having converted 30-of-81 attempts from beyond the arc. Three players on the roster are shooting better than 35-percent.

BLOCK PARTY... Freshman Erica Meyer leads the Friars in blocked shots this season, with 11, and has swatted at least one shot in five of the Friars’ six games. Meyer currently ranks four in the BIG EAST Conference in blocks per game (1.8 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).

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 remain home at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. for back-to-back games vs. 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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