FRIARS PREPARE FOR BOSTON COLLEGE... The Providence women’s basketball team will travel to Chestnut Hill, Mass. to take on Boston College at Conte Forum on Saturday, Dec. 10. Tip-off is slated for 4:00 p.m.
FRIARS ALL-ACCESS... Friars All-Access, a subscription service, will feature live streaming audio for Saturday’s game at Boston College. Visit www.Friars.com to connect. Chris Fama will handle the play-by-play.
ACC NETWORK EXTRA... Saturday’s game will be available on ACC Network Extra, as part of ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.
PROVIDENCE VS. BOSTON COLLEGE ALL-TIME... The Friars and Eagles have met 52 times during the history of the two women’s basketball programs. Providence leads the all-time series, 30-22. However, Boston College has earned victories in each of the last 13 meetings.
PROVIDENCE VS. BOSTON COLLEGE IN CHESTNUT HILL... Providence holds a 14-9 all-time record vs. Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The Eagles have earned victories in each of the last six games played on their home court in Chestnut Hill.
THE LAST TIME PROVIDENCE DEFEATED BOSTON COLLEGE... The Friars last defeated Boston College on Feb. 4, 1998. On that day, Providence claimed an 84-75 victory at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I.
THE LAST TIME PROVIDENCE DEFEATED BOSTON COLLEGE AT CONTE FORUM... The Friars last defeated the Eagles at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Mass. on Feb. 17, 1996. On that day, Providence secured an 83-56 victory over Eagles.
WHAT HAPPENED LAST YEAR... Providence and Boston College last met on Nov. 13, 2015 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. The Eagles claimed a 67-41 victory. The Friars led 16-9 with 1:45 remaining in the first quarter, but the Eagles closed out the quarter on a 9-0 run to take an 18-16 lead. Boston College continued its run with eight-straight points to start the second quarter to take a 26-16 lead. Yoyo Nogic halted the run with a three-point basket at 5:26, but it would prove to be the only Friar points, as the Eagles out-scored Providence 14-3 in the second quarter to take a 32-19 lead at the break. Boston College held the Friars off with a 35-22 scoring advantage in the second half. The Eagles shot an impressive 52.8-percent from the field (28-53), including 60-percent from beyond the three-point arc (6-10). Meanwhile, the Friars struggled from the floor at 24.4-percent (11-45). BC also took advantage of 21 Friar miscues to post a 23-10 scoring edge in points off of turnovers. Kelly Hughes led all scorers for BC with 22 points on 8-11 shooting. Kailey Edwards and Mariella Fasoula both came off the bench to score 11 points each for the Eagles. Sarah Beal and Aliyah Miller each scored nine points for Providence. Nogic finished the game with eight points. Beal also contributed two assists and grabbed four rebounds. Allegra Botteghi came off the bench to haul in four rebounds to match Beal for the team lead.
ROAD WARRIORS... The Friars enter Saturday’s game at Boston College with a 4-2 record on the road. It marks the most victories away from home since the 2011-12 campaign, when the team registered a 5-11 mark on the road (includes neutral site games).
SEVEN NON-CONFERENCE WINS... The Friars enter Saturday’s game against Boston College with a 7-2 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.
SINGLE-DIGITS... Providence started the season with a 7-0 record, and six of its seven victories were decided by a double-digit margin. The Friars enter Saturday’s game on a two-game winless streak. Both losses were decided by single digits, including PC’s 66-64 overtime loss to Columbia in its most recent game on Dec. 7.
FRIARS FALL SHORT AT COLUMBIA... Providence fell to Columbia, 66-64 in overtime, in its most recent game on Dec. 7. The Friars recorded three more field goals than the Lions overall, but were out-scored at the free throw line, 16-8. Providence took an 18-5 lead in the first quarter, but were out-scored 10-2 in the second and 26-18 in the third. Twelve of the Lions’ 26 points in the third quarter came from the free throw line (12-12). The fourth quarter featured eight lead changes and three ties. The Friars held a 54-51 lead with 1:25 left on the clock, but back-to-back buckets by the Columbia’s Tori Oliver and Camille Zimmerman gave the Lions a one-point edge with 20-seconds remaining in the game (55-54). After a Providence timeout, senior Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) sliced to the hoop for a bucket, which rimmed out. Fellow senior Aliyah Miller (Southaven, Miss.) hauled in the offensive board and was fouled. Miller made one of two free throws to tie the game and Nogic came up with a steal on the defensive end to send the game to overtime (55-55). Columbia took a 64-61 lead on a three-pointer by Paulina Koerner with 1:26 left in OT. After both teams committed turnovers on their ensuing offensive possessions, Beal converted a traditional three-point play with 22-seconds left to tie the game, 64-64. The Lions called timeout, which advanced the ball to Columbia’s front-court. Zimmerman muscled her way to the rim for her 27th point of the night with eight seconds remaining in the game, and the Friars’ attempt on the other end fell short as time expired.
BALANCED ATTACK... Five different Friars have led the team in scoring through nine games this season. Yoyo Nogic has led the team in scoring four times, while Maddie Jolin and Sarah Beal have paced the team in three games each. Clara Che and Allegra Botteghi have each led the team in scoring once. Three players are averaging double figures in the scoring column, led by Nogic’s 14.7 points per game. In all, six Friars are averaging better than 8.0 points per contest.
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 nine games. Sarah Beal leads the way with eight double-digit scoring games. Yoyo Nogic has hit double figures seven times, followed by Maddie Jolin (six).
SARAH BEAL RANKS 11th ALL-TIME AT PROVIDENCE IN CAREER ASSISTS... Sarah Beal has recorded 34 assists this season and owns 329 assists during her career with the Friars. Her 329 assists ranks 11th all-time at Providence College. 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. 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 81 games during her career and has recorded a total of 921 points. Beal is 79 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).
FRIARS RANK 5TH IN NCAA DIVISION I IN THREE-POINT FIELD-GOAL PERCENTAGE... The Friars are currently ranked fifth in the nation among NCAA Division I basketball programs in three-point field-goal percentage (through games played Dec. 7). Providence has converted 42.6-percent of its three-point attempts through nine games (63-148).
FRIARS RANK 14TH IN THE NATION IN FREE-THROW PERCENTAGE... The Friars rank 14th in the nation in free-throw percentage (through games played Dec. 7). The team has converted 78.6-percent of its attempts from the foul line (99-126).
DOUBLE TROUBLE... Two Friars have recorded double-doubles this season through nine 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.
FLIPPING THE SCRIPT AWAY FROM HOME... The Friars are 4-2 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... Yoyo Nogic has hit each of her 14 free throw attempts this season (14-14) through nine games. Furthermore, Nogic has hit 23-consecutive free throws during a streak that began on Jan. 17, 2016 vs. Creighton.
NOGIC RANKS 9TH IN THE NATION IN THREE-POINT FIELD-GOAL PERCENTAGE... Yoyo Nogic ranks ninth in the nation in three-point field-goal percentage, according to the NCAA’s most recent statistical report (through games played Dec. 7). Nogic has hit 28-52 attempts from three-point range (.538). She has hit four-or-more three-pointers in five of the Friars’ nine games this season. She logged a season-best five three-point buckets in two games vs. Binghamton (5-7) and Miami (OH) (5-10).
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).
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 7-2 record, moving his career record to 304-270.
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).
WHAT’S NEXT... Providence concludes non-conference play on Wednesday, Dec. 21 against Monmouth University. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 7:00 p.m. in West Long Branch, N.J. at the OceanFirst Bank Center. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.
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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