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PROVIDENCE HEADS TO FORT MYERS, FLA. TO TAKE ON FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIVERSITY... The Providence College women’s basketball team will travel to Fort Myers, Fla. to face non-conference foe Florida Gulf Coast University on Thursday, Dec. 11 at Alico Arena. Tip-off is slated for 7:05 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
TUNE IN... The Providence College vs. FGCU women’s basketball game will be broadcast live on ESPN3. David Moulton will provide the play-by-play and J. Webb Horton serve as color analyst.
FRIARS ALL-ACCESS... The Providence vs. FGCU game also will feature live streaming audio on Friars All-Access via the College’s athletic web site at www.Friars.com. Play-by-play will be provided by Chris Fama. Friars All-Access is a subscription service.
ALL-TIME VS. FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIVERSITY... The Friars and Eagles will meet for the first time in the history of the two women’s basketball programs on Thursday, Dec. 11.
SCOUTING FLORIDA GULF COAST... The Eagles enter Thursday’s game with a 6-2 overall record, including a 4-0 mark at home in Alico Arena. FGCU shoots an impressive 46.3-percent from the field (219-473), including 40.1-percent from three-point territory (93-232). Forty-two percent (42-percent) of the Eagles’ made field goals have come from beyond the arc. Eight players are shooting 40-percent or better from deep range. Four members of the team are averaging double digits in the scoring column, led by Whitney Knight (14.6 ppg). Jenna Cobb leads the Eagles on the glass with 5.4 rebounds per game. DyTiesha Dunson is tops on the team in assists (4.0 apg). FGCU’s only losses this season were suffered at the hands of Auburn (72-69) and Ohio State (90-82, 2OT).
FRIARS POST 2-1 RECORD LAST WEEK... Providence won two of its three games last week - all of which were played at home in Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium. The Friars defeated BIG EAST foe Villanova, 51-49, on Dec. 3 and UMass Lowell, 66-54, on Dec. 6. The Friars dropped a 63-56 decision to in-state rival Rhode Island on Dec. 7. The Friars are 3-6 overall this season and own a 3-2 mark at Alumni Hall. The Friars are 0-4 on the road.
BALDWIN RECORDS FIRST DOUBLE-DOUBLE AS A FRIAR... In the Friars’ most recent game on Dec. 7 vs. Rhode Island, Chanise Baldwin recorded her first career double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Baldwin played a season-high 34 minutes vs. the Rams and shot 6-10 from the field. She also recorded two steals, one assist and one blocked shot.
BACK-TO-BACK DOUBLE-DIGIT REBOUNDING GAMES... Chanise Baldwin has recorded double-digit rebounds in each of the Friars’ last two games. On Dec. 6, she hauled in a career-high 15 boards vs. UMass Lowell. She followed with 12 rebounds vs. Rhode Island on Dec. 7. It marks the first time in her career she has recorded double-digit boards in consecutive games.
Tori Rule MOVES INTO 24th PLACE ON ALL-TIME CAREER SCORING LIST... 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 Thursday’s game at FGCU with 1,079 career points, and ranks 24th all-time in scoring at Providence. In the Friars’ most recent game, she tallied 18 points and surpassed Symone Roberts ‘13 on the all-time scoring list (1,074). Rule has played 94 career games with the Friars and has averaged 11.5 points per game. Through nine games this season, Rule leads the Friars with 14.9 points per contest.
DOUBLE-TROUBLE... Alexis Harris leads the team with two double-doubles 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. Chanise Baldwin is the only other Friar to record a double-double (vs. Rhode Island - 12 pts/12 rebs).
500 AND COUNTING... On Dec. 7, Alexis Harris collected eight rebounds vs. Rhode Island, bringing her career rebounding total to 500. Through nine game, Harris is averaging 8.0 rebounds per game. Harris is on pace to crack the top-20 on the Friars’ all-time rebounding list. She currently is 83 rebounds shy of tying Jen Gombotz ‘01 for 20th place on the list (583). As a junior during the 2013-14 season, Harris recorded a career-best 259 boards for Providence.
THE DAILY DIME... Sarah Beal leads the Friars in assists this season and currently ranks second in the BIG EAST with 4.9 hand-outs per game. She has dished a season-high seven assists in games vs. Richmond (Nov. 14) and Rhode Island (Dec. 7). Beal also has recorded 5+ assists in six of the Friars’ nine games, including each of the last three. Beal’s career high in assists is 13 (vs. Butler 1/28/14).
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. This season, Beal has recorded 44 assists through the first nine games (4.9 apg).
DEFENSE... The Friars have allowed five of their nine opponents to shoot 45-percent or better from the field this season, including three teams who shot better than 50-percent. The Friars have posted a 1-4 record in those game. Providence’s only victory when allowing an opponent to shoot 45-percent or better came against UMass Lowell on Dec. 6. The River Hawks nailed 22-48 attempts from the field (45.8-percent).
GETTING AHEAD... Providence has held the lead at halftime just once this season. On Dec. 6, the Friars led UMass Lowell 35-28 at the break and went on to win, 66-54. Providence is 1-0 with a halftime lead and 2-6 when trailing at the half.
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.
VALUE THE BASKETBALL... The Friars committed 61 turnovers during the first three games of the season for an average of 20.3 miscues per game. As the season has progressed, the Friars are taking better care of the basketball. During the course of the last six games, the Friars have turned the ball 87 times, for an average of 14.5 turnovers per game. In Providence’s most recent game on Dec. 7, the team committed a season-low 10 turnovers vs. Rhode Island.
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 Villanova by a score of 52-38 in Providence, R.I.
FRIARS FALL TO BRYANT DESPITE IMPRESSIVE PERFORMANCE FROM THE FIELD... The Friars fell to Bryant, 90-80, on Nov. 30. 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 added 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.
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 five of their eight 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... The Friars will return to action on Sunday, Dec. 21 against Duquesne at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. Tip-off is slated for 1:00 p.m. The Friars and Dukes will meet for just the second time during the history of the two women’s basketball programs. Duquesne earned an 83-78 victory in the first-ever match-up on Dec. 5, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pa.
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