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PROVIDENCE WELCOMES BRYANT TO ALUMNI HALL... The Providence College women’s basketball team will host Bryant University on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. Tip-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.
FRIARS ALL-ACCESS... Live streaming video of the Friars’ game against Bryant will be available online (www.Friars.com) via Friars All-Access, which is a subscription service. Chris Fama will handle the play-by-play. The audio broadcast also will be available, locally, on WOON 1240AM. Live stats may be accessed via the GameTracker link on www.Friars.com.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. BRYANT... Providence leads the all-time series vs. Bryant, 4-1. The first three meetings between the two teams were played in the 70s, and the programs agreed to renewed the series during the 2013-14 campaign, with the Friars earning a 104-67 victory at Alumni Hall. Last season, Bryant exacted revenge on the Friars with a 90-80 victory vs. PC on Nov. 30 in Smithfield, R.I.
ALL-TIME VS. BRYANT AT ALUMNI HALL... Providence is 3-0 all-time vs. Bryant University on its home court at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I.
FORMER FRIAR GREATS LEADING THE BULLDOGS... Bryant Head Coach Mary Burke is a 1987 graduate of Providence College. A three-time BIG EAST All-Conference selection, Burke was named a District I All-American as a senior. In her four years as a Friar, Burke helped lead her team to an 80-36 record. During that time, she led the 1985-86 Providence squad to the BIG EAST Championship Game and a bid in the NCAA Tournament. Burke ranks fifth all-time at Providence in scoring (1,672 points) and ninth all-time in rebounding (740). Associate Head Coach Britt King is a former teammate of Burke’s at Providence. King closed her PC career as the program’s all-time leading rebounder with 1,205 boards and is one of just three players in program history to record 1,000-career points and 1,000-career rebounds. During her time in Providence, she earned All-BIG EAST First Team honors in 1985-86, All-BIG EAST Second Team recognition in 1984-85, BIG EAST All-Tournament honors (1986) and was a 1985 KODAK District I All-American. King also helped lead her team to the NCAA Tournament in the 1984-85 season. King remains the all-time leader in rebounding at Providence, in addition to holding the records for boards in a single-season (398, 1984-85) and in a single game (22, vs. Pittsburgh).
SCOUTING BRYANT... The Bulldogs enter Wednesday’s game vs. Providence with a 2-5 overall record. Three players are carrying the load on the offensive end of the floor, led by Ivory Bailey (14.9 ppg). Tiersa Winder is second on the team in scoring (14.8 ppg), while Breanna Rucker is averaging a double-double in points (13.7 ppg) and rebounds (12.7 rpg). Rucker currently ranks eighth in NCAA Division I in rebounding, as of games played through Dec. 7.
WHAT HAPPENED LAST YEAR... The Providence College women’s basketball team fell to Bryant, 90-80, on Sunday, Nov. 30 at the Chace Athletic Center in Smithfield, R.I. Jenniqua Bailey scored 23 second-half points for Bryant on her way to a game-high 35, while Tiersa Winder chipped in 20 points. Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) tallied 20 points to lead the Friars. Bryant knocked down 8-of-16 attempts from three-point territory in the first half to take a 52-39 lead at halftime. Providence shot well from the field overall in the half, checking in at a 55.2-percent clip (16-29), but could not combat Bryant’s three-point assault. Rule led the Friars in the half with nine points. Breanna Rucker led three Bulldogs in double figures with 16 points. In the second half, Providence out-scored Bryant 41-38, but could not close the gap. The Bulldogs cooled off from three-point territory, but Bailey turned it on for Bryant, scoring 23 of her 35 points. Providence shot a season-high 57.4-percent from the floor in the loss (35-61), while Bryant checked in at 51.7-percent (31-60). Bryant won the battle on the boards, 36-28. Twelve of the Bulldog’s 36 boards came off of the offensive glass and converted 13 second-chance points. Three other players joined Rule in double figures, including Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.), Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) and Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.). Beal finished with 13 points and two assists. Iiskola netted 11 points, and Harris completed the day with 10 points and a team-high five rebounds. A complete boxscore is below (PFD format only).
COMMON OPPONENT... Brown is the only common opponent on the Friars’ and Bulldogs’ schedule, to date. The Friars fell to the Bears, 57-47, on Nov. 17. The Bulldogs hosted Brown in its most recent game on Dec. 6 and fell by a score of 84-67. Rucker did not play in the game. 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.
MILLER LEADS THE PROVIDENCE IN DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING GAMES... Aliyah Miller leads the team in scoring with an average of 11.2 points per game. Miller also leads the Friars in double-digit scoring games (five), including a current personal-best streak of three-consecutive, double-digit games. 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... Aliyah Miller (11.6 ppg), Sarah Beal (11.3 ppg) and Jovana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic (10.4 ppg) each rank within the top-25 in the BIG EAST in scoring. Miller leads the way in 17th place, followed by Beal (21st) and Nogic (24th). Nogic is one of seven 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 TIED FOR SECOND IN THE BIG EAST IN THREE-POINT PERCENTAGE... According to the most recent BIG EAST statistics, released Dec. 7, Jovana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic ranks second in the BIG EAST in three-point field-goal percentage (.474, (18-38). She also ranks fourth in three-point field goals made per game (2.6). Nogic has hit at least one three-point bucket in each of the Friars’ seven games this season, including a season-best six triples vs. Hartford (6-9) on Nov. 25.
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 THIRD IN BIG EAST IN THREE-POINT PERCENTAGE... Through seven games, Providence ranks third in the BIG EAST Conference in three-point percentage (.348), having converted 32-of-92 attempts from beyond the arc.
BLOCK PARTY... Freshman Erica Meyer leads the Friars in blocked shots this season, with 15, and has swatted at least one shot in six of the Friars’ seven games. Meyer currently ranks third in the BIG EAST Conference in blocks per game (2.1 bpg). Meyer recorded a season-best four blocked shots vs. Richmond (Dec. 5) and has swatted 3+ shots in four of seven games.
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. and will welcome Florida Gulf Coast in non-conference action on Saturday, Dec. 12. The game will be nationally-televised on FS2 (check your local cable and satellite providers for availability).
HOME SWEET HOME... The Friars play five of their seven games during the month of December at home in Alumni Hall. Providence started the month at Albany (Dec. 1), but returned to Alumni for a three-game home-stand 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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