Dec. 16, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
PROVIDENCE SET TO HOST DAYTON... The Friars will host the Dayton in non-conference action on Wednesday, December 18 at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. Tip-off is slated for 12:00 p.m.
TUNE IN... Live streaming video of the Providence College vs. Dayton game will be available via Friars All-Access at www.Friars.com. Play-by-play will be provided by Chris Fama. The pre-game broadcast begins at 11:50 a.m.
SEVENTH ANNUAL PROJECT PROVIDENCE... The program will host its seventh Annual Project Providence event on December 18, and approximately 1,500 elementary and middle-school students are expected to attend. The long-standing initiative features a morning session for participants to discuss the importance of fitness, good health and education. The students also participate in a variety of fun exercises and basketball drills. After lunch, the students are admitted to the game to cheer on the Friars.
PROVIDENCE VS. DAYTON ALL-TIME... Providence and Dayton will meet for the first time during the history of the two women's basketball programs.
FAMILIAR FACES... Current Dayton Head Coach Jim Jabir returns to Providence College for the first time, having previously served as the Friars' head coach from 1996-2002. Additionally, current Dayton Assistant Coach Shauna Green, spent five seasons on the sidelines at Providence as an assistant coach from 2007-2012.
FRIARS' RALLY FALLS SHORT AT DUQUESNE... The Friars rallied from a 19-point, second-half deficit against Duquesne in their most recent game on December 5. The Friars trailed 65-46 with 9:10 remaining in regulation, before rallying to tie the game, 75-75, with less than two minutes to play. Providence used a 29-10 run to tie the game, including a stretch of 14-straight points. However, the deficit proved too great for the Friars, and fell to the Dukes, 83-78. Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) finished the night with a game-high 26 points, while junior Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) added 16 points. Harris notched 14 of her 16 points in the second half. Sophomore Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) chipped in 12 points. Freshman Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) contributed 11 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and one steal. Fellow freshman Aliyah Miller (Southaven, Miss.) narrowly missed a double-double with eight points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Senior Danielle Pearson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) dished a career-high nine assists. Providence won the battle on the boards, 42-37, but Duquesne managed a 27-16 advantage in second-chance points. Free-throw shooting played a significant role in the contest as Duquesne converted 21-of-33 attempts, while Providence shot just 6-of-10.
TORI RULE NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... Junior guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, December 9. During the previous week, Rule recorded a game-high 26 points in the Friars' match-up against Duquesne on December 5. She shot 11-23 from the field (.478), including 4-12 from three-point territory (.333). Rule converted seven of her 11 attempts from the field inside the arc (.636).
DANIELLE PEARSON DISHES CAREER-BEST NINE ASSISTS VS. DUQUESNE... Senior Danielle Pearson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) dished a career-best nine assists against Duquesne on December 5. It marked the fourth, 5+ assist game of her career at Providence. Pearson's previous career high in assists was six, which she set vs. Harvard on November 18, 2011.
HELPING HANDS... On December 5, Providence dished 21 assists as a team, marking the fourth game of the season that the Friars have dished 20+ assists. Sixteen of the Friars' 21 assists were distributed by two players. Senior Danielle Pearson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) recorded a career-high nine assists, while freshman Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) matched her career high with seven hand-outs.
20+ ASSISTS... The Friars have dished 20+ assists in four games this season, heading into Wednesday's match-up against Dayton. Prior to this season, the Friars played 81-straight games without reaching 20 assists. The last time Providence recorded 20+ assists in a game, prior to the 2013-14 season, dates back to December 1, 2010. On that day, PC recorded 20 assists vs. Yale.
FRIARS' 28 ASSISTS VS. BRYANT ARE THE MOST IN A SINGLE GAME SINCE JANUARY 21, 1998... The Friars recorded 28 assists during their victory against Bryant on November 12. It marks the most assists in a single game for Providence since January 21, 1998. On that day, Providence dished 29 assists in a 103-92 loss to West Virginia. Providence has dished 20+ assists in four of eight games this season.
ALEXIS HARRIS HELPS FUEL FRIARS' COME-BACK... On December 5, junior Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) recorded 14 of her 16 points against Duquesne during the second half. Overall, Harris shot 8-13 from the field (.615), but was locked in during the second half with a 7-8 performance (.875). Harris was a perfect 5-5 from the floor in the final 6:22 of the game, leading the charge in the Friars' come-back effort.
ALIYAH MILLER RECORDS FIRST DOUBLE-DIGIT REBOUNDING GAME OF HER CAREER... Freshman Aliyah Miller (Southaven, Miss.) hauled in a career-high 10 rebounds in the Friars' loss to Duquesne on December 5. It marked the first double-digit rebounding game of her career. Her previous career-best was eight boards against Bryant on November 12. Miller also contributed eight points, one blocked shot and one steal.
SARAH BEAL SETTLES IN AT THE POINT GUARD POSITION... Rookie Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) is contributing on all areas of the court as the Friars' starting point guard. Beal leads the team in assists (4.3 apg) and steals (2.0 spg) through eight games, and is third among her teammates in scoring (11.3 ppg). She leads Providence in three-point percentage (.444, 8-18), ranks third in field-goal percentage (.451, 32-71) and fourth in free-throw percentage (.692, 18-26). Beal has produced six, double-digit scoring games and four games with 5+ assists. In the Friars' most recent contest against Duquesne on December 5, she recorded 11 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and one steal. Her seven assists ties a career high, which she has recorded in three games this season.
STEADY EVI... Sophomore Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) has been a steady force on the court for the Friars in virtually every game. She is averaging 10.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. Iiskola has recorded 5+ rebounds in six of the Friars' eight games and has reached double-digits in the scoring column five times. The gritty sophomore has been very selective from the field, shooting 40-percent, or better, from the floor in every game, including 50-percent, or better, in each of the last six. Iiskola leads the team in free-throw percentage (.794, 27-34), and is second in field-goal percentage (.537, 29-54).
TORI RULE NOTCHES FIFTH 20+ POINT GAME... Junior guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) has reached double figures in the scoring column during seven of the Friars' eight games, including five games with 20+ points. On November 18, Rule notched a season-high 32 points against Dartmouth, which marks the highest point total by a BIG EAST player this season. Rule has 30 double-digit scoring games in her career, including 10, 20+ point games. Rule has recorded 30+ points three times.
FRIARS LOSE FOR FIRST TIME THIS SEASON WHEN SHOOTING HIGHER PERCENTAGE THAN OPPONENT... On December 5 vs. Duquesne, the Friars shot 47.8-percent from the field (33-69), while the Dukes shot 45.9-percent (28-61). It marked the first loss of the season for Providence when out-shooting their opponent. The difference in the game was a 15-point advantage for the Dukes at the free-throw line. Duquesne hit 21-of-33 attempts from the charity stripe, while the Friars hit 6-of-10.
WELCOME BACK ANNIE RUSSIAN... The Friars welcome back junior walk-on Annie Russian (Round Rock, Texas), who missed the early portion of the 2013-14 schedule while competing for the Providence College women's volleyball team. Russian has been slowed by a minor injury, but has resumed practice with the team and will suit up for the first time on Wednesday, December 18 vs. Dayton. She will add depth at the forward position.
TORI RULE NAMED BIG EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK... Junior guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) was named BIG EAST Player of the Week on Monday, November 25. It marks the first time in her career that she has earned the league's weekly honor. The previous week, she averaged 22.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game. She netted a season-high 32 points against Dartmouth, which stands as the highest single-game scoring total in the BIG EAST this season. She recorded 14 points against Hartford (11/20) and 22 points and a season-high five rebounds against Arizona State (11/23). Rule has scored 20+ points in five of the Friars' eight games.
30-POINT SCORERS... Juniors Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) and Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) have each scored 30+ points in a game this season. It's the first time since the 1989-90 season that two different players have eclipsed the 30-point mark. That year, Dottie VanGheem recorded three, 30+ point games, while Andrea Mangum hit the milestone once.
TORI RULE NETS 32 POINTS IN VICTORY OVER DARTMOUTH... Junior Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) reached the 30-point plateau for the third time in her career on November 18 during an 82-72 victory over Dartmouth. Rule notched 32 points for the Friars on 12-of-21 shooting (0.571) from the field, including 2-of-4 shooting from three-point territory. Rule also made each of her six free-throw attempt in the game. Last season, Rule eclipsed the 30-point mark twice. She tallied 32 points against Colorado State on December 29, 2012, and notched a career-high 35 points against Georgetown on March 8, 2013 in the first round of the BIG EAST Women's Basketball Championship.
ALEXIS HARRIS NETS CAREER-BEST 31 POINTS VS. UMASS LOWELL... Junior forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) exploded for a career-high 31 points in the Friars' 109-74 victory over UMass Lowell on November 9. Harris hit 13-of-15 shots from the field, including 7-of-7 in the second half. She also converted 5-of-7 free-throw attempts. Harris joins Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) as the only active players on the roster to score 30+ points in a game for Providence. Rule has surpassed the 30-point plateau three times in her career, including Providence's game against Dartmouth this season (32 points) on November 18.
FRIARS ARE 4-1 THIS SEASON WHEN FOUR-OR-MORE PLAYERS SCORE DOUBLE-FIGURES... The Friars are 4-1 on the season when four-or-more players reach double-figures in the scoring column. The only loss in that stretch came against Duquesne, 83-78, during which four players tallied double-digits. Providence had a season-high seven players in double figures in a 104-67 victory over Bryant (11/12).
EVERY ACTIVE PLAYER HAS SCORED IN DOUBLE FIGURES... Each of the eight active players on the roster have scored in double figures at least once this season. Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) leads the way with seven double-digit games. Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) and Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) have each scored double figures in six games.
FOUR OF FIVE STARTERS ARE SHOOTING 40-PERCENT OR BETTER FROM THE FIELD... Four of the Friars' five starters are shooting better than 40-percent from the field this season, including two players above 50-percent. Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) leads the team at 57.5-percent (46-80). Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) is at 53.7-percent (29-54). Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) is shooting 45.1-percent (32-71) and junior Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) sits at 42.6-percent (60-141). As a team, Providence is shooting 43.9-percent from the field (232-528).
FRIARS RECORD 100+ POINTS IN BACK-TO-BACK GAMES... The Friars scored 100+ points in back-to-back games to start the season. The last time Providence scored 100+ points in back-to-back games was during the 1993-94 season. The Friars' 109 points against UMass Lowell and 104 points against Bryant mark the 48th and 49th, 100-point games in program history (1,113 games all-time).
FRIARS' 38 FIELD GOALS MADE VS. UMASS LOWELL ARE MOST SINCE FEBRUARY 10, 2007... The Friars connected on 38-of-79 attempts from the field in their season opening victory against UMass Lowell on November 9. It marks the most field goals made in a single game since February 10, 2007 against St. John's. On that day, the Friars hit 38-of-79 attempts from the floor in a 93-77 victory.
FRIARS HIT 17 THREE-POINT BUCKETS IN WIN OVER BRYANT... The Friars hit 17-of-33 (51.5-percent) attempts from three-point range in a 104-67 victory over Bryant on November 12. The Friars' 17 three-pointers are the most by Providence in a single game, using statistics available beginning with the 1996-97 season. The NCAA introduced the three-point line during the 1986-87 season.
FRIARS' 109 POINTS MOST SINCE JANUARY 3, 1992... The Friars' 109 points vs. UMass Lowell are the most scored by the team since January 3, 1992. On that day, the Friars defeated Pittsburgh, 109-90, in Providence, R.I. Earlier that same season, Providence notched 116 points in a victory over Ball State on November 30 (116-80).
THE LAST TIME PROVIDENCE HIT TRIPLE DIGITS PRIOR TO 2013-14 SEASON... The last time Providence scored 100+ points in a game, prior to the 2013-14 season, was on January 3, 2007. The Friars defeated the Cardinals, 106-94, in double-overtime. Providence eclipsed the 100-point mark in each of its first two games this season.
LAST TIME PROVIDENCE SCORED 100+ POINT IN A GAME OF REGULATION LENGTH PRIOR TO 2013-14 SEASON... The last time Providence scored 100+ points in a game of regulation length (40 minutes), prior to 2013-14 season, dates back to December 30, 1998. On that day, Providence defeated West Virginia, 100-95, in Providence, R.I.
FRIARS RECORD LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY SINCE 1997... The Friars 37-point victory over Bryant on November 12 (104-67), marks the largest margin of victory for the Friars since defeating Puerto Rico, 88-45 (+43), on November 28, 1997 at the San Juan Shoot-out in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
DOUBLE-TROUBLE... Two players have recorded double-doubles this season through eight games. Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) leads the way with four double-doubles, marking the first four of her career. Sophomore Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) has recorded one double-double.
DANIELLE PEARSON HAULS IN CAREER-HIGH 16 REBOUNDS VS. RIVER HAWKS... On November 9, Danielle Pearson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) recorded a career-best 16 rebounds vs. UMass Lowell. Her previous career high of 11 boards was set on February 6, 2013 at Pittsburgh. Twelve of Pearson's 16 boards came off of the defensive glass. Through eight games, Pearson is second on the team in rebounding with 6.0 boards per game, and checks in at just 5-feet, 9-inches tall.
FRIARS' 65 REBOUNDS VS. UMASS LOWELL TIES PROVIDENCE COLLEGE SINGLE-GAME RECORD... The Friars recorded 65 rebounds against UMass Lowell on November 9. The Friars' 65 boards ties the program record for rebounds in a single-game at Providence College. Last season, the Friars recorded 65 rebounds against Villanova (1/23/13).
FRIARS CELEBRATE 40th SEASON OF WOMEN'S BASKETBALL AT PROVIDENCE COLLEGE... The 2013-14 campaign marks the 40th season of women's basketball at Providence College, which coincides with the start of a new era of BIG EAST Conference basketball. The program's first season of "varsity" competition was during the 1974-75 season, under the direction of Head Coach Kay McDonald. Providence finished its inaugural season with a 9-4 overall record.
ALEXIS HARRIS NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... Junior forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, November 18. It marked the first weekly honor of Harris' career, and recognized her efforts in the Friars' first three games of the season. During that span, she averaged a double-double, with 18.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. She notched a career-high 31 points in the Friars' season opener vs. UMass Lowell and added 10 boards for her first career double-double. She also dished a career-best four assists. She followed with 10 points and nine rebounds vs. Bryant on November 12, to go along with two assists and two steals. Against Drexel (11/15), Harris posted the second double-double of her career on 14 points and 11 boards. Her 10 defensive rebounds in the game mark a career high.
TORI RULE NAMED TO 2013-14 PRESEASON ALL-BIG EAST TEAM... Junior guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) was named to the 2013-14 Preseason All-BIG EAST Team on October 16. The announcement was made by the league office at its annual media day, held at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York City. Rule was among the list of 10 players named to the preseason team. Rule is the Friars' leading returning scorer from 2012-13, having averaged 14.4 points per game. She also contributed 3.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.2 steals per game. WBCA JUNIOR/COMMUNITY COLLEGE COACHES' ALL-AMERICAN KARIN ROBINSON JOINS FRIARS FOR 2013-14 SEASON... Junior Karin Robinson (Jamaica, N.Y.) joins the Friars for her first season of NCAA Division I women's basketball after spending the last two seasons at the community college level. She began her career at Coffeyville Community College (2011-12), and played the 2012-13 season at Monroe Community College. Robinson averaged 10.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 3.1 steals per game at Monroe CC and was one of just 10 players named to the 2013 WBCA Junior/Community College All-America Team. Through eight games this season, Robinson is averaging 9.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game.
TRANSFER SHEQUANA HARRIS TO SIT OUT AFTER PLAYING 2012-13 SEASON AT CHARLOTTE... Sophomore Shequana Harris (Bronx, N.Y.) will sit out the 2013-14 season due to NCAA transfer rules. Harris played the 2012-13 season at Charlotte and enrolled at Providence College this past summer. While at Charlotte, Harris saw action in 17 games as a freshman and averaged 1.7 points per game. Prior to college, she attended Murry Bergtraum High School in New York, where she was named 2012 New York City Player of the Year by the New York Post. She also was rated as a three-star recruit by ESPN/Hoopgurlz as a senior.
PROVIDENCE COLLEGE INKS THREE STUDENT-ATHLETES DURING THE EARLY SIGNING PERIOD... Head Coach Susan Robinson Fruchtl announced on Monday, December 9, 2013 that student-athletes Yasmine Bidikuindila (Montreal, Quebec), Brianna Frias (Worcester, Mass.) and Alise Parker (Germantown, Tenn.) have each signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Providence College. A full press release regarding their commitments can be found on Pg. 8 of the game notes (PDF).
TRACY LIS '92 TO HAVE HER JERSEY RETIRED ON JANUARY 25... On Saturday, January 25, Providence College will honor three of its all-time greatest basketball players. Former Friar men's basketball players Kevin Stacom '74 and Joe Hassett '77 and women's basketball player Tracy Lis '92 will be honored at the men's and women's home games that day as banners will be unveiled with their names and numbers (Stacom #25, Hassett #10 and Lis #22). The banners will be presented at a halftime ceremony of each game. All three former Friars will join the Friar Legends Forever Tradition. On January 25, the Friar men's team will play Xavier at the Dunkin' Donuts Center at noon and the Friar women's basketball team will play Seton Hall in Mullaney Gymnasium at 2:30 p.m. Lis will become the second player in Providence College women's basketball history to have her jersey retired, and the third honoree overall. In 2010, former Associate Athletic Director Helen Bert and former Friar great Kathy Finn Hill `84 were honored. Lis, a native of Cromwell, Conn., is one of the greatest players to ever wear a Friar uniform. She played for the Providence College women's basketball team from 1988-92, and is the program's all-time leading scorer with 2,534 career points. She is the only Friar to eclipse the 2,000-point plateau in the history of the program. Lis also ranks fifth in career rebounding with 821 boards. She also ranks fourth all-time among BIG EAST Conference career leaders in points (1,296), ninth in scoring average (19.6 ppg), third in free throws made (302), ninth in steals (183) and 11th in field goals made (455) in conference action. In 1990, she led the Friars to the program's first BIG EAST Tournament title. That same season, the Friars advanced to the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Tournament. In 1991, she guided the program to its highest national ranking in the Associated Press Top-25 at No. 15. In 1992, Lis received the BIG EAST Special Achievement Award and was named ECAC Player of the Year. Lis was a two-time First-Team All-BIG EAST selection. In 2004, Lis was one of 15 players honored as a member of the BIG EAST Conference Silver Anniversary Team. During her career, Providence made four-consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament and compiled a 96-31 record (.755). Providence also advanced to the BIG EAST Championship game three-straight years (1989-91). Lis played professionally for the New England Blizzard in the American Basketball League (ABL).
FOX SPORTS 1... The Friars have two games broadcast on national television this season. FOX Sports 1, which reached 90-million homes across the United States, has picked up the Friars' game vs. Boston College on Sunday, December 29 at 3:00 p.m. and Providence's BIG EAST tilt against St. John's on Saturday, February 8 at 12:30 p.m.
COX SPORTS COVERAGE... Cox Sports will televise the Friars' game against the University of Rhode Island on Saturday, December 21 at the Ryan Center in Kingston, R.I. Tip-off is slated for 2:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast live.
WOON 1240 AM... The Friars will have five games broadcast, locally, on WOON 1240 AM this season; vs. Bryant (11/12), at Rhode Island (12/21), at Xavier (1/18), at St. John's (2/8) and at Seton Hall (2/18). Audio coverage of all games (home and away) will be available via the internet at www.Friars.com. In addition to the audio coverage, all home games (with the exception of televised contests) will feature live streaming video.
WHAT'S NEXT... The Friars have two games remaining during the month of December. Providence returns to the court on Saturday, December 21 against the University of Rhode Island. The game will be played at the Ryan Center in Kingston, R.I. at 2:00 p.m. The game will be televised live on Cox Sports. The Friars return home to Alumni Hall / Mullaney Gymnasium on Sunday, December 29 to host ACC-foe Boston College at 3:00 p.m. The game will be nationally televised on FOX Sports 1. It will mark the first meeting between Providence and Boston College since 2004-05 season.
ALL-TIME SERIES VS. RHODE ISLAND AND BOSTON COLLEGE... The Friars hold a 34-10 advantage in the all-time series vs. Rhode Island, including victories in seven of the last 10 meetings. Providence and Boston College last met during the 2004-05 season, and the Friars lead the all-time series with the Eagles, 30-19. However, the Eagles have earned victories in 12 of the last 13 meetings.
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