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FRIARS TRAVEL TO FAIRFIELD, CONN. TO TAKE ON SACRED HEART... Providence will travel to Fairfield, Conn. to take on Sacred Heart in non-conference action on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 1:00 p.m.
TUNE-IN... Saturday’s game at Sacred Heart will be broadcast live on NEC Front Row (video stream). Providence College will offer an audio only broadcast via Friars.com as part of the Friars All-Access subscription service, in addition to a commercial radio broadcast on WOON 1240 AM.
PROVIDENCE VS. SACRED HEART ALL-TIME... Providence and Sacred Heart have met three times during the history of the two women’s basketball programs. Sacred Heart leads the series, 2-1.
MOST RECENT MEETING... The most recent meeting between the two programs dates back to the 2006-07 season. The Pioneers earned a 76-69 victory on its home court in Fairfield, Conn. on December 1, 2006. It marked the only meeting of the series at the William H. Pitt Center.
SCOUTING SACRED HEART... The Pioneers enter the weekend with a 3-5 overall record, and have lost three of their last four games. Most recently, Sacred Heart fell to Brown University, 102-77. The Pioneers held a 27-13 lead after the first quarter, but Brown out-scored Sacred Heart 89-50 in the final three quarters to earn the win, including a 64-34 advantage in the second half. Heading into the 2017-18 season, the Pioneers were picked to finish fourth in the NEC and Katherine Haines was named to the All-NEC Preseason Team.
PLAYERS TO WATCH... Four Pioneers are averaging double figures in the scoring column led by Candice Leatherwood (15.2 ppg) and Erin Storck (15.1 ppg). Leatherwood also averages a team-best 3.5 assists per game. Katherine Haines checks in with 13.6 points per game and leads Sacred Heart in rebounding (9.6 rpg). Haines has missed three games this season, including the Pioneers most recent game against Brown. Tykera Carter rounds out the list of double-digit scorers with 11.4 points per game.
FRIARS ARE 5-1 ON THE ROAD THIS SEASON... Providence College has collected five of its six wins away from home this season (5-1). Three of those wins came on a neutral court during the Savannah Invitational (Nov. 21-23). Providence defeated Northeastern (98-95 OT) and Yale (55-51) in its only two true road games of the season. The Friars dropped their first game of the year on the road on Dec. 6 at Quinnipiac (62-36). Providence fell victim to a season-low shooting performance from the field overall (.321, 17-53) and from beyond the three-point arc (.111, 2-18).
NCAA RPI... The first set of NCAA RPI rankings were released this week, and nine of the 10 BIG EAST Conference schools are ranked inside the top-100. Villanova leads the way at No. 5, followed by St. John’s (10), Butler (40), Xavier (61), Providence (92), Marquette (93), DePaul (95), Seton Hall (98) and Creighton (100). The BIG EAST is one of only five leagues to have at least nine teams in the top 100, joining the ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC.
FRANKLIN FINDING HER STRIDE... Junior college transfer Ny-Asia Franklin led the Friars with 14 points and eight rebounds in the team’s most recent game against Quinnipiac on Dec. 6. It marked the fifth double-digit scoring game of her career, and she has hit double figures in four of the Friars’ last five games. In addition to hitting her season-high 14 points against Quinnipiac, she also scored 14 points against Brown (Dec. 2) and Stetson (Nov. 23). Over the last five games, Franklin has averaged 11.6 points on 27-46 shooting from the field (.587).
COOPER HAS SOLID EVENING AT QUINNIPIAC... Freshman forward Andrea Cooper scored a career-high eight points on 4-5 shooting off the bench against Quinnipiac on Dec. 6. She also played a career-high 28 minutes against the Bobcats and did not yield a turnover. In fact, Cooper has turned the ball over just three times in her nine appearances this season, while averaging 15.1 minutes per game.
NOGIC RANKS FIFTH AMONG ACTIVE NCAA DIVISION I PLAYERS IN CAREER THREE-POINT PERCENTAGE... Jovana Nogic ranks fifth in the nation among active NCAA Division I women’s basketball players in career three-point percentage. In 69 career games with the Friars, she has shot 41.3-percent from three-point territory, hitting 176-426 attempts.
NOGIC HOLDS SINGLE-SEASON RECORD FOR THREE-POINTERS... Jovana Nogic set the Providence College single-season record for three-pointers, with 91, during the 2016-17 season. The previous record was held by Julie Wheeler ‘98, which she set during the 1994-95 season, with 82. For her career, Nogic has hit 176-426 attempts from three-point territory (.413). The Providence College record for three-pointers made in a career was set by Wheeler (252) in 101 games (1994-98).
TRIPLE THREAT... Three Friars are shooting better than 40-percent this season from three-point territory. Clara Che leads the way at 47.1-percent (16-34). Maddie Jolin checks in at 43.9-percent (25-57), while Jovana Nogic sits at 40.7-percent (33-81).
FRIARS LEAD THE BIG EAST AND RANK EIGHTH IN THE NATION IN THREE-POINT PERCENTAGE... The Friars lead the BIG EAST and rank eighth in NCAA Division I in three-point percentage (.425, 74-174). The Friars entered the week ranked No. 2 in the nation, but suffered a season-low .111 (2-18) performance against Quinnipiac on Dec. 6.
STREAKING... Jovana Nogic leads the Friars in free-throw percentage this season, shooting an impressive .966 from the charity stripe (28-29). Nogic has made 26-consecutive free throws dating back to Nov. 10 vs. Columbia, although she has not attempted a free throw in any of the Friars’ last three games. For her career, she has converted 91.5-percent of her attempts from the free-throw line (86-94). Additionally, Nogic ranks fifth in NCAA Division I in free-throw shooting percentage and is second in the BIG EAST Conference.
DOUBLE-TROUBLE... Junior college transfer Ny-Asia Franklin recorded the first double-double of her career with the Friars on Nov. 14 against Northeastern. She posted 13 points and 13 boards against the Huskies. Franklin joins Allegra Botteghi (4) and Maddie Jolin (1) as the only active players on the current roster to record a double-double.
HELPING HANDS... Four Friars have recorded 5+ assists in a single game this season. Jovana Nogic leads the Friars in assists overall (3.0 apg) and has dished 5+ assists in two games this season vs. Northeastern (six) and Yale (five). Freshman Chanell Williams is second on the team in assists (2.1 apg) and dished a career-best five assists in the Friars’ victory over Yale (Nov. 29). Junior Clara Che and sophomore Ny’Dajah Jackson are averaging 1.8 and 1.7 assists, respectively. Che handed out a season-high five assists against Northeastern, while Jackson dished a career-high five assists in the Friars’ game against Rhode Island (Dec. 3).
MORE ASSISTS... The Friars have recorded an assist on 54.4-percent of their field goals this season. Providence has handed out 129 assists on 237 made field goals. Five Friars are averaging better than 1.5 assists per game.
1,000-POINT MILESTONE... Junior guard Jovana Nogic is nearing the 1,000-point career milestone. She enters Saturday’s game against Sacred Heart with 900 points (69 games). Nogic need 100 points to become the 34th player in program history to achieve the feat. Sarah Beal ‘17 is the most recent player to reach the 1,000-point plateau with the Friars. She finished her career ranked 21st on the Friars’ all-time scoring list with 1,188 points (2013-17).
FRIARS WIN FIRST HOME GAME OF THE YEAR... Providence started the season 0-3 on its home court at Alumni Hall. The Friars picked up their first win at home on Dec. 3 against Rhode Island in the consolation game of the Ocean State Tip-Off Tournament (65-41).
FRIARS CLAIM SAVANNAH INVITATIONAL TITLE... Providence posted a 3-0 record and claimed the Savannah Invitational title last week in Savannah, Ga. The Friars defeated Savannah State (78-48), Wright State (74-69) and Stetson (56-45).
FRIARS EARN FIRST IN-SEASON TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP SINCE 2012... The Friars last won an in-season tournament championship during the 2012-13 season, as part of the Fordham Holiday Classic in Bronx, N.Y. Providence College defeated Colorado State (71-53) and Lafayette (66-54) on Dec. 29-30, 2012. Last season, the Friars competed in two in-season tournaments. Providence finished 2-0 at the UNCW Hampton Inn Thanksgiving Classic, but the tournament did not award a champion. The Friars also participated in the first annual Ocean State Tip-Off Tournament, and fell to Brown in the championship game.
JIM CROWLEY HOLDS 7-2 MARK AT IN-SEASON TOURNAMENTS WITH PROVIDENCE... Providence College Head Coach Jim Crowley owns a 7-2 overall record with the Friars at in-season tournaments. The only two losses for Providence under the direction of Crowley at an in-season tournament have come against Brown. In consecutive seasons, Brown has defeated Providence at the Ocean State Tip-Off Tournament. The Bears claimed a 77-70 in last year’s championship game. This season, Brown defeated the Friars, 64-59, in the opening game of the tournament.
NOGIC NAMED BIG EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK... Jovana Nogic was named BIG EAST Player of the Week on Nov. 27. It marks the first time in her career that she has earned the honor, and comes on the heels of being named Most Valuable Player at the Savannah Invitational on Nov. 23. Nogic led the Friars to a 3-0 record and the tournament title at the Savannah Invitational, where she averaged 22.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. She shot an impressive 43.5-percent from the field (20-46), including a blistering 57.1-percent from three point territory (16-28). Nogic also was a perfect 12-12 from the foul line.
BOTTEGHI NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM... Allegra Botteghi was named to the Savannah Invitational All-Tournament Team on Nov. 23. She played steady basketball throughout the tournament and averaged 7.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. Botteghi posted a tournament-high 12 points in the Friars’ victory over a tough Wright State team on Nov. 22. She also led Providence in rebounding in two of three games at the Savannah Invitational. In the Friars’ game against Stetson, Botteghi tallied a team-best six points and four rebounds in the first half to keep Providence in good position to stage a comeback. The Hatters led by as many as 15 in the second quarter, but the Friars were able to cut the deficit to seven (27-20) at halftime.
JOLIN NAMED TO OCEAN STATE TIP-OFF ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM... Junior guard Maddie Jolin earned Ocean State Tip-Off All-Tournament Team honors on Dec. 3. She averaged 15.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steal per game at the event in games vs. Brown and Rhode Island. Her scoring and rebounding averages were tops on the team. She shot .579 from the field (11-19), .500 from three-point territory and 1.000 from the charity stripe (2-2) while averaging 32 minutes per game. Jolin tallied 16 points and nine rebounds against Brown and followed with 14 points, six boards, three assists and two steals against Rhode Island. Jolin has reached double figures in the scoring column during seven of the Friars’ eight games.
SINGLE DIGITS... Three of the Friars’ four losses this season have been decided by a single-digit margin. Last season, 12 of the Friars’ 18 losses were decided by 10-points or less. This year, Providence is 3-3 in games decided by 10-points or less.
FINAL THREE MINUTES PROVE DECISIVE AS NITTANY LIONS PREVAIL IN DEFENSIVE BATTLE BETWEEN PROVIDENCE AND PENN STATE... On Saturday, Nov. 18, the Friars displayed a stingy defense that held Penn State to 23.3 points below their average. However, the Friars could not take advantage of the defensive effort, as they shot a season-low 34.5-percent from the field (19-55), including 32.1-percent from three-point territory (9-28). PSU earned a 60-51 victory. Providence trailed by just two points (51-49) with 3:21 remaining in the game, but the Nittany Lions used a 9-2 scoring advantage down the stretch, hitting 7-10 free-throws to seal the win.
FRIARS ERASE 20-POINT FOURTH QUARTER DEFICIT... The Friars trailed by 15 points heading into the fourth quarter on Nov. 14 against Northeastern, and trailed by as many as 20 (71-51) with 9:09 remaining in the game. Providence used a 15-0 scoring run to stun the Huskies and out-scored Northeastern, 35-20, overall in the quarter to force overtime. The overtime featured four lead changes and three ties, but the Friars prevailed in the end by a score of 98-95.
FOURTH QUARTER MAGIC... The Friars shot a blistering 86.7-percent from the field in the fourth quarter against Northeastern on Nov. 14. Providence hit 13 of its 15 shots, including 4-4 from three-point territory.
MADDIE JOLIN SPARKS IMPROBABLE COMEBACK... Junior guard Maddie Jolin tallied 18 of her career-high 23 points in the fourth quarter, as the Friars mounted an improbable come-back victory against Northeastern on Nov. 14. The Huskies led 71-51 with 9:09 remaining in the game, before Jolin rattled off 10-consecutive points en route to a 15-0 run by the Friars. Jolin shot 6-7 from the field in the final quarter, including a 3-3 performance from three-point territory. She also hit 2-3 free-throw attempts. For the game, Jolin was 8-11 from the field, including 4-5 from beyond the arc.
NOGIC DRAINS CAREER-HIGH 31 POINTS... Jovana Nogic led the Friars with a career-best 31 points on Nov. 14 against Northeastern. She complemented a red-hot Maddie Jolin in the fourth quarter with nine points, and took control in the overtime, scoring eight of the Friars’ 13 points in the extra session. For the game, Nogic shot 12-19 from the field and hit 6-6 shots from the free-throw line. Nogic’s 31 points are the most scored by a BIG EAST Conference player this season. Whitney Jennings (Butler) is the only other player in the league to reach 30 points this season (30 vs. Austin Peay, Nov. 11).
THIRTY SOMETHING... Jovana Nogic is the first Friar to score 30+ points in a game since Tori Rule ‘15 dropped 30 points against Marquette on March 7, 2015. Nogic’s 31 points against Northeastern marks the second-highest scoring total in the BIG EAST Conference this season.
FRIARS IN OVERTIME GAMES UNDER JIM CROWLEY... Providence is 2-2 in overtime games under the direction of second-year Friars Head Coach Jim Crowley. In his first season with the program (2016-17), Providence posted a 1-2 mark in overtime games. The Friars are 2-0 in overtime games when they score 90+ points.
JOVANA NOGIC NAMED TO ANN MEYERS DRYSDALE AWARD WATCH LIST... Junior Jovana Nogic was announced as a candidate for the inaugural Ann Meyers Drysdale Award. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced its watch list, comprised of 20 players, on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Named after the first player, male or female, to be named to the All-America Team in four-straight seasons, the annual award recognizes the top shooting guard in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball. Nogic led the BIG EAST Conference and finished 19th in NCAA Division I in three-point field goal percentage (.429) and 20th in three-point field goals made per game (3.03). She ranked second in the BIG EAST and 25th in the nation in three-point field goals made (91).Additionally, Nogic hit at least one three-point bucket in 28 of the Friars’ 30 games. She knocked down three-or-more three-point attempts in 18 games, including six games with five-or-more makes from beyond the arc. On Jan. 27, 2017, Nogic recorded a career-best seven three-point makes (7-11) vs. eventual BIG EAST Tournament Champion Marquette. Her shooting prowess also extends to the free-throw line, where she knocked down 33-of-36 attempts (.917). Nogic is one of five players to land on the watch list from the BIG EAST Conference, joining Ashton Millender (DePaul), Natisha Hiedeman (Marquette), Allazia Blockton (Marquette) and Akina Wellere (St. John’s). The Selection Committee for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award is composed of top women’s college basketball personnel, including media members, head coaches, sports information directors and Hall of Famers. By mid-February, the watch list of 20 players for the 2018 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award will be narrowed to just 10. In March, five finalists will be presented to Ms. Drysdale and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. Fans also will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite finalist at www.hoophallawards.com.
HOW THE FRIARS FARED IN 2016-17... The Friars finished the season with a 12-18 overall record and a 4-14 mark in the BIG EAST Conference. The Friars’ 12 wins marked a seven-game improvement in the win column, compared to the previous season when they finished 5-24 (2015-16). It also marks the most wins overall in a single-season since 2011-12, when the team finished the year 13-17. In conference play, Providence’s four victories marked the most since 2011-12 when the team finished 5-11.
FRIARS PICKED TO FINISH NINTH IN BIG EAST PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL... The Friars were picked to finish ninth in the 2017-18 BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The announcement was made at the league’s annual media day on Oct. 18 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
2017-18 BIG EAST PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL
1. Marquette (9) 81
2. DePaul (1) 73
3. Villanova 61
4. Creighton 58
5. Georgetown 43
6. Seton Hall 40
7. St. John’s 37
8. Butler 29
9. Providence 18
10. Xavier 10
HIGHEST FINISH IN BIG EAST SINCE 1997-98... Providence finished in a three-way tie for seventh place in the BIG EAST Conference regular-season standings. It marks the highest finish for the program since conference realignment, and best finish overall in league play since 1997-98 when the team finished fourth in the BIG EAST 7 division.
WHAT’S NEXT... The Friars will close out non-conference action on Thursday, Dec. 21 against Boston College at Noon. The game will be played at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. and will be televised locally on YurView (Cox channel 4 & 1004).
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