FRIARS HOST UMASS LOWELL AND RHODE ISLAND THIS WEEKEND AT ALUMNI HALL... The Providence College women's basketball team will host a pair of games this weekend vs. UMass Lowell and Rhode Island. The Friars welcome the River Hawks on Saturday, Dec. 6 at Noon, and follow with their intrastate rivalry game vs. the Rams on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2:00 p.m. TUNE IN... The Providence College vs. UMass Lowell women's basketball game will feature live streaming video on Friars All-Access via the College's athletic web site at www.Friars.com. Play-by-play will be provided by Chris Fama. Live stats also will be available.
PROVIDENCE VS. UMASS LOWELL ALL-TIME... The Friars and River Hawks met for the first time on Nov. 9, 2013 in Lowell, Mass. Providence earned a 109-74 victory on that day to take a 1-0 lead in the all-time series. Saturday's game will mark the first meeting between the two programs at Alumni Hall.
SCOUTING THE RIVER HAWKS... UMass Lowell is competing in its second year as a member of NCAA Division I and enters Saturday's game with a 3-3 record. The River Hawks started the year with three-straight losses, but are in the midst of a three-game win streak, with their most recent victory coming against Columbia (69-59) on Dec. 3. Jasmine McRoy leads the River Hawks in scoring with 14.2 points per game. Kayla Gibbs (11.7 ppg) and Shannon Samuels (11.2 ppg) are second and third, respectively. Lindsey Doucette is UML's leading rebounder this season, with an average of 6.2 boards per game.
REMEMBER WHEN?... Alexis Harris recorded a career-high 31 points and 10 rebounds against the River Hawks last season (11/9). Harris hit 13-15 field goals and was 5-7 from the free-throw line. She also dished four assists in 33 minutes of action.
PROCEEDS FROM SUNDAY TICKETS SALES VS. RHODE ISLAND TO BENEFIT THE CURE STARTS NOW FOUNDATION... All ticket proceeds earned from the women's basketball game between Providence College and the University of Rhode Island on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2:00 p.m. will benefit The Cure Starts Now Foundation, in support of the 1More4Lauren initiative honoring Lauren Hill. In addition to donating their ticket proceeds on Sunday, the Friars will be raffling a "Pink Out Friartown" uniform jersey signed by Lauren Hill. Raffle tickets will be sold at each of the Friars' home games this weekend vs. UMass Lowell (Sat., Dec. 6) and Rhode Island (Sun., Dec. 7). The winner of the raffle will be chosen at the four-minute media timeout during the second half of the Friars' game vs. URI. Raffle tickets will be 1 for $5 or 3 for $10. All monies raised via the raffle will also benefit "The Cure Starts Now Foundation" that is the Non-Profit of Lauren's choice. Hill is a women's basketball player from Mount St. Joseph who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor before playing her first college game. Hill recently made that dream come true and is now spreading the word to raise awareness for pediatric brain cancer. The Cure Starts Now Cancer Research Foundation is one of the only cancer foundations dedicated to a "homerun" cure for all cancers, starting with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). The Cure Starts Now educates and aids families battling cancer and fund cures for pediatric brain cancer.
FRIARS RALLY FROM 17-POINT DEFICIT TO CLAIM VICTORY IN BIG EAST OPENER... The Friars defeated Villanova in BIG EAST Conference play, 51-49, on Dec. 3 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. The Friars, who trailed by as many as 17 points with 1:39 to go in the first half, out-scored the Wildcats, 29-15 in the second half. Senior guard Tori Rule scored 17 of her game-high 22 points in the second half, including the game-winner with 1.4 seconds left on the clock. Rule was 7-9 from the field in the final 20 minutes of play. The Wildcats managed just 15 points in the second half as a team. Villanova tied the game, 49-49, as Caroline Coyer converted the first of two free throw attempts with 25-seconds left to play. Chanise Baldwin hauled in the defensive rebound on Coyer's second attempt, which led to Rule's driving lay-up on the right side of the key and the victory. The Wildcats tossed up a long-range shot to win the game from beyond mid-court as time expired, but it was well off the mark. DEJA VU... The Friars' 17-point deficit is the largest the team has overcome to win since Jan. 23, 2013. On that day, Providence trailed by 21 points to Villanova with 1:11 remaining in the first half, and rallied to win the game, 65-65, in overtime.
FRIARS WIN BIG EAST OPENER FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2009-10 SEASON... The Friars' 51-49 victory over Villanova on Dec. 3 marks the first win for PC in a BIG EAST opener since the 2009-10 season. That year, Providence also knocked off the Wildcats by a score of 52-38 in Providence, R.I.
FRIARS PLAY FOUR OF THEIR NEXT SIX GAMES AT HOME... Providence is 2-1 this season at Alumni Hall and will play four of its next six games at home vs. UMass Lowell (12/6), Rhode Island (12/7), Duquesne (12/21) and St. John's (12/30). Providence will host UMass Lowell and Duquesne for the first time at home in Alumni, while the Friars hold a 30-24 record all-time at home vs. Rhode Island (20-7) and St. John's (10-17).
FRIARS FALL TO BRYANT DESPITE IMPRESSIVE PERFORMANCE FROM THE FIELD... The Friars fell to Bryant, 90-80, on Nov. 30 in Smithfield, R.I. Providence shot an impressive 57.4-percent from the floor vs. the Bulldogs, connecting on 35-of-61 field-goal attempts. It marks the highest field-goal percentage in a game for Providence since Nov. 28, 2006. On that day, the Friars shot 59.6-percent (31-52) vs. New Hampshire in a 79-53 victory.
MORE ON THE BRYANT GAME... Tori Rule led the Friars with 20 points in the loss to Bryant and also contributed four assists and four steals. Jenniqua Bailey netted a game-high 35 points for Bryant, including 23 in the second half. The Bulldogs took control of the game with a 10-24 performance from three-point range, including 8-16 in the first half. Bryant also out-scored the Friars by 11 points at the free-throw line and held a 36-28 advantage on the boards.
FRIARS 80 POINTS MARK SEASON HIGH... The Friars' 80 points vs. Bryant mark a season high. It is the most points for PC in a single game since Jan.25 of last season vs. Seton Hall (87). Providence reached 80+ points in four games during the 2013-14 campaign, including two 100+ point games.
RULE MOVES INTO 25th ALL-TIME IN CAREER SCORING... Senior Tori Rule recently became the 32nd player in program history to record 1,000 career points. She achieved the feat on Nov. 23 against Virginia Tech, as she hit her first bucket of the game at the 16:03 mark of the first half. Rule enters Saturday's game vs. UMass Lowell with 1,058 career points, and ranks 25th all-time in scoring at Providence. Rule has played 92 career games with the Friars and has averaged 11.5 points per game. Through seven games this season, Rule leads the Friars with 16.1 points per contest.
STREAKING... Senior forward Alexis Harris is the only Friar to record double digits in the scoring column during each game this season. She currently ranks second on the team in scoring with 14.4 points per game. Harris recorded a season-high 19 points in the season opener vs. Richmond on Nov. 14, and has scored 15+ points in five of the Friars' seven games.
DOUBLE-TROUBLE... Alexis Harris has registered a double-double in two games this season. She recorded 16 points and 12 rebounds vs. Hartford on Nov. 20. She followed with 15 points and 11 rebounds against Virginia Tech on Nov. 23. Harris owns 14 double-doubles in her career. She recorded a team-best 12 double-doubles as a junior in 2013-14. PERFECT FROM THE LINE... Tori Rule is a perfect 12-12 from the free throw line this season through seven games. Rule has hit 75.4-percent of her free-throw attempts during her career (159-211).
RULE SITS IN TOP-10 AMONG BIG EAST PLAYERS IN SCORING... Tori Rule currently ranks ninth among BIG EAST Conference players in scoring with 16.1 points per game. Danaejah Grant (St. John's) leads the league in scoring at 20.7 points per game.
HARRIS NEARING 500-REBOUND MARK... Alexis Harris enters the weekend with 482 career rebounds and is 18 shy of reaching the 500-rebound mark. Harris pulled down just 13 rebounds as a freshman during the 2011-12 season, but started to gain command of the glass as a sophomore (156) and junior (259). This season, Harris leads the Friars on the boards with an average of 7.7 rebounds per game.
BEAL RANKS FOURTH IN THE BIG EAST IN ASSISTS... Sophomore point guard Sarah Beal leads the Friars in assists with an average of 4.6 hand-outs per game, and ranks fourth in the BIG EAST. Through seven games, Beal has dished 5+ assists four times, including a season-high seven dimes vs. Richmond (Nov. 14). Beal owns 167 assists during her career (4.6 apg).
100-ASSISTS IN THE LAST DECADE... Sarah Beal finished the 2013-14 season with 135 assists. She is just the fourth Friar in the last decade to dish 100+ assists in a single season. Kendria Holmes achieved the feat in consecutive seasons (2006-07 and 2007-08) with 103 and 117 assists, respectively. Lola Wells `12 recorded 101 hand-outs in 2010-11. Symone Roberts `13 dished 135 assists during the 2012-13 slate. 20/20... Tori Rule leads the Friars with three 20+ point games this season vs. Brown (20), Bryant (20) and Villanova (22). Sarah Beal is the only other Friar to eclipse 20 points. She notched 24 points vs. Brown, marking the highest scoring effort by a Friar this season. Rule has 17 20+ point games in her career, while Beal has achieved the feat five times.
RULE NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... Senior guard Tori Rule was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, Nov. 24. Rule averaged a team-best 17.7 points and 2.3 steals in the Friars' three games last week. She also shot a blistering 0.525 from the field, hitting 21-40 shot attempts, including 7-18 from three-point territory (0.389). She started the week with a season-high 20 points against Brown on Nov. 18. She went on to score 19 points vs. Hartford (11/20) and 14 points against Virginia Tech (11/23). On her first basket of the game vs. the Virginia Tech, Rule became the 32nd player in program history to reach the 1,000-point milestone. She also matched her season high with four steals against the Hokies.
GETTING ON THE OFFENSIVE BOARDS... On Nov. 23, the Friars recorded a season-high 19 offensive rebounds vs. Virginia Tech, compared to 18 boards on the defensive glass - for a total of 37 rebounds. Providence's 19 offensive boards are the most in a single game since Dec. 18, 2013 vs. Dayton. Additionally, the last time Providence finished a game with more offensive rebounds and defensive rebounds dates back to Dec. 20, 2013 vs. Seton Hall. On that day, the Friars hauled in 13 offensive boards and 12 defensive rebounds.
PROVIDENCE'S 44 BOARDS VS. BROWN... Providence out-rebounded Brown, 44-37, on Nov. 18. It marks the most rebounds for the Friars in a single-game since Dec. 21, 2013 vs. Rhode Island. On that day, Providence also recorded 44 rebounds. The Friars have hauled in 40+ rebounds in four of their seven games.
ALEXIS HARRIS NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-BIG EAST TEAM... Senior forward Alexis Harris was named to the 2014-15 Preseason All-BIG EAST Team, which is voted on by the league's 10 head coaches. The announcement was made at BIG EAST Media Day in New York City on Oct. 22. Harris, an All-BIG EAST Second Team selection as a junior, averaged 14.0 points and 8.9 rebounds per game for the Friars in 2013-14. During BIG EAST Conference regular-season play, she remained a steady force with 15.1 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Harris also notched 12 double-doubles last season, which are the most by any returning player in the BIG EAST. The forward reached double-figures in the scoring column 23 times and also posted 14 double-digit rebounding games. Furthermore, Harris was one of just four players in the BIG EAST to record multiple 30-point games. She hit for a career-high 31 points against UMass Lowell on Nov. 9, and 30 points against Seton Hall on Jan. 25.
SARAH BEAL NAMED PRESEASON ALL-BIG EAST HONORABLE MENTION... Sophomore guard Sarah Beal was named a Preseason All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention selection, which is voted on by the league's 10 head coaches. The announcement was made at BIG EAST Media Day in New York City on Oct. 22. Beal enjoyed an impressive rookie campaign as the program's floor general, averaging 11.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and a team-best 4.7 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Her 135 assists mark the third-highest total all-time by a freshman in program history. Beal handed out a career-best 13 assists vs. Butler on Jan. 28, 2014, which is one hand-out shy of the BIG EAST single-game record by a freshman and also marked the most assists in a single game by a league player during the 2013-14 season. Beal also proved to be an effective scorer, having recorded 21 double-digit scoring games. She notched a career-best 27 points against Marquette on Jan. 21.
FRIARS PICKED TO FINISH SIXTH IN BIG EAST PRESEASON POLL... Despite recording just seven wins a year ago and finishing 10th in the BIG EAST standings, the league's head coaches picked the Friars to finish sixth in the conference in 2014-15. The roster is filled with more height, length and defensive presence and will join forces with a proven ability to score the basketball, with the likes of Alexis Harris, Sarah Beal and senior guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.).
NATIONAL EXPOSURE... Providence College has three nationally-televised games on FOX Sports 1 this season, including its match-ups vs. Creighton (Jan. 16), Seton Hall (Feb. 6) and Villanova (Feb. 27). The Friars also have four games on the BIG EAST Digital Network. Games scheduled for broadcast on the league's digital network may be viewed by downloading the FOX Sports GO app on your mobile device or tablet, and is free of charge. Additionally, Providence is scheduled to make two appearances for a national audience on ESPN3, including games vs. Florida Gulf Coast (Dec. 11) and St. John's (Feb. 8).
MONTHLY COACH'S SHOW... The Friars will release a monthly Coach's Show, called Friar Hoop Scoop, which will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the women's basketball program this season. The show will be posted online during the first week of each month and may be viewed on each of the program's social media platforms, including its YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/ProvidenceCollegeWBB. The program's most recent show was released on Dec. 4.
WHAT'S NEXT... Upon completion of the UMass Lowell and Rhode Island games, the Friars return to action on Thursday, Dec. 11 vs. Florida Gulf Coast. The game will be played at Alico Arena in Fort Myers, Fla. and will be broadcast, live, on ESPN3. It will mark the first meeting between Providence and Florida Gulf Coast during the history of the two women's basketball programs.
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