Women's Basketball Game Notes vs. Columbia

Dec. 6, 2016

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FRIARS HEAD TO NEW YORK CITY TO FACE COLUMBIA... The Providence women’s basketball team will take on non-conference foe Columbia on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at Levien Gymnasium in New York, N.Y. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

FRIARS ALL-ACCESS... Friars All-Access, a subscription service, will feature live streaming audio for Wednesday’s game vs. Columbia. Visit www.Friars.com to connect. The broadcast also will be available, locally in Rhode Island, on WOON 1240 AM. Chris Fama will handle the play-by-play.

IVY LEAGUE DIGITAL NETWORK... Live streaming video will be available for the Friars’ game vs. Columbia 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. COLUMBIA... The Friars and Lions will meet for the first time in the history of the two women’s basketball programs on Dec. 7.

PROVIDENCE ALL-TIME VS. THE IVY LEAGUE... In the 43-year history of the Providence women’s basketball program, the Friars have compiled a 45-13 record all-time vs. Ivy League institutions. This season, Providence is 0-1 vs. schools in the Ivy League, having lost to Brown, 77-70, on Dec. 4.

SCOUTING COLUMBIA... Columbia enters Wednesday’s game with a 5-2 overall record and is in the midst of a three-game win streak. The Lions were picked to finish eighth in the eight-team Ivy League, having completed the 2015-16 season with a 12-17 overall record and a 1-13 mark in conference play. Eleven of Columbia’s 12 victories last season came during non-conference play.

PLAYERS TO WATCH... Camille Zimmerman carries the load for Columbia as she leads the squad in scoring (19.3 ppg), rebounding (9.7 rpg), assists (3.1 apg) and blocked shots (1.3 bpg). Tori Oliver (12.6 ppg) and Paulina Koerner (10.0 ppg) round out the list of Lions averaging double figures in the scoring column. Thirteen other players have seen game action, but none of them are averaging more than 4.5 points per game. Josie Little has been a force for Columbia on the boards, hauling in 8.6 rebounds per game. As a team, the Lions average 45.3 rebounds and they have held their opponents to an average of 29.9 rebounds.

FRIARS DROP FIRST GAME OF THE SEASON... Last weekend, the Friars advanced to the championship game of the inaugural Ocean State Tip-Off Tournament with a 62-51 victory over Bryant. Providence met Brown in the title game, which culminated in the Friars’ first loss of the season (77-70). Providence committed a season-high 19 turnovers in the game and shot a season-low 52.9-percent from the free-throw line (9-17). The Friars entered the game ranked No. 1 in the NCAA in free-throw percentage. Yoyo Nogic led Providence in scoring with 22 points, while Maddie Jolin added 18 points in the effort. Nogic shot 8-12 from the field, including a perfect 4-4 from three-point territory. Jolin was 6-9 from the field, including 4-7 from beyond the arc. Clara Che contributed nine points, three rebounds, five assists and a career-high five steals.

NOGIC AND CHE NAMED TO OCEAN STATE TIP-OFF ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM... Yoyo Nogic and Clara Che were named to the Ocean State Tip-Off All-Tournament Team on Dec. 4. Nogic averaged a team-best 15.0 points and added 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game, while shooting a blistering .579 from the field (11-19) and 4-6 from three-point territory (.667). Che averaged 11.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and led the team in assists (3.5 apg) and steals (3.0 spg).

SEVEN NON-CONFERENCE WINS... The Friars enter Wednesday’s game against Columbia with a 7-1 record in non-conference action. Providence’s seven victories are the most in non-conference play since going 8-6 during the 2011-12 campaign.

FRIARS RANK 9TH IN NCAA DIVISION I IN THREE-POINT FIELD-GOAL PERCENTAGE... The Friars are currently ranked ninth in the nation among NCAA Division I basketball programs in three-point field-goal percentage (through games played Dec. 4). Providence has converted 42.2-percent of its three-point attempts through eight games (57-135).

FRIARS SITTING AMONG THE TOP-20 IN THE NATION... The Friars are also ranked among the top-20 in the nation in field-goal percentage and free-throw percentage (through games played Dec. 4). Providence ranks 18th in field-goal percentage (.478, 225-471) and 18th in free-throw percentage (.778, 91-117).

DOUBLE TROUBLE... Two Friars have recorded double-doubles this season through eight 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 eight games. Sarah Beal leads the way with seven double-digit scoring games. Jovana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic and Maddie Jolin have each reached double figures six times. Allegra Botteghi has the longest current streak of double-digit games for Providence, having scored double figures in each of the last three games.

LOOKING TO FLIP THE SCRIPT AWAY FROM HOME... The Friars are 4-1 this season on the road (includes neutral site game). Heading into the season, the Friars had earned just one victory in their previous 20 games away from home and were 2-28 on the road in the last two seasons combined (includes neutral site games).

YOYO NOGIC HAS HIT 23-CONSECUTIVE FREE THROWS... Jovana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic has hit each of her 14 free throw attempts this season (14-14) through eight games. Furthermore, Nogic has hit 23-consecutive free throws during a streak that began on Jan. 17, 2016 vs. Creighton.

LONG-RANGE THREATS... Sophomores Maddie Jolin and Yoyo Nogic are shooting a combined 51.7-percent from three-point range this season (45-87). Jolin has converted 20-40 shots from long range (.500), while Nogic has knocked down 25-47 three-point opportunities (.532).

NOGIC RANKS 11TH IN THE NATION IN THREE-POINT FIELD-GOAL PERCENTAGE... Yoyo Nogic ranks 11th in the nation in three-point field-goal percentage, according to the NCAA’s most recent statistical report (through games played Dec. 4). Nogic has hit 25-47 attempts from three-point range (.532). She has hit four-or-more three-pointers in five of the Friars’ eight games this season. She logged a season-best five three-point buckets in two games vs. Binghamton (5-7) and Miami (OH) (5-10).

SARAH BEAL MOVES INTO TIE FOR 11th ALL-TIME AT PROVIDENCE IN CAREER ASSISTS... Sarah Beal has recorded 29 assists this season and owns 324 assists during her career with the Friars. Her 324 assists is tied for 11th place all-time at Providence College, with Mary Ann McCoy ‘80. Beal is looking upward at Chrissy Vozab ‘02, who currently holds 10th place on the list with 338 career assists. Vozab played in 109 career games for the Friars from 1998-02.

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 80 games during her career and has recorded a total of 904 points. Beal is 96 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).

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 three victories over Hartford, UNCW and Miami (OH). 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.

SARAH BEAL NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL TWICE... 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.

FRIARS OPENED 2016-17 SEASON WITH SEVEN-STRAIGHT WINS... The Friars opened the 2016-17 season with seven-straight victories. It marked the first 7-0 start for Providence since the 1990-91 season, when the team also started the year 7-0.

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 7-1 record, moving his career record to 304-269.

SIX-STRAIGHT DOUBLE-DIGIT VICTORIES... Prior to the Friars’ loss to Brown on Dec. 4, the Friars recorded six-straight victories - all of which were decided by double figures. The last time the program recorded six-consecutive wins in double figures dates back to the 1990-91 campaign. During that season, the Friars also 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).

FOUR-STRAIGHT ROAD VICTORIES... The Friars logged four-consecutive wins on the road prior to their loss to Brown on Dec. 4. Providence defeated Hartford (77-65), UNCW (65-49), Miami (OH) (75-59) and Bryant (62-51). 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).

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.

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).

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... Providence returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 10 against Boston College. The game will be played in Chestnut Hill, Mass. and is scheduled to tip-off at 4:00 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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