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PROVIDENCE SET TO FACE RHODE ISLAND AT THE RYAN CENTER... The Providence College women’s basketball team will travel to Kingston, R.I. to face intra-state rival Rhode Island on Sunday, Dec. 20 at the Ryan Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.
TUNE IN... Providence will offer a live audio broadcast of its game vs. Rhode Island online via Friars All-Access (www.Friars.com). The broadcast also will be available locally on WOON 1240AM. Chris Fama will handle the play-by-play.
LIVE VIDEO STREAM... The University of Rhode Island will offer a live video stream of Sunday’s game via its athletic website at www.gorhody.com. The video is part of a subscription service offered by the A-10 Network.
PROVIDENCE VS. RHODE ISLAND ALL-TIME... The Friars and Rams have met 46 times during the history of the two women’s basketball programs. Providence leads the all-time series, 35-11. The Friars have captured victories in seven of the last 10 meetings.
PROVIDENCE VS. RHODE ISLAND AT THE RYAN CENTER... The Friars and Rams have met six times at the Ryan Center, since opening its doors in June of 2002, and Providence holds a 5-1 record at the venue. The Rams’ only victory vs. Providence at the Ryan Center came on November 16, 2011. On that day, URI defeated Providence, 52-43.
PROVIDENCE VS. URI ALL-TIME IN KINGSTON... The Friars and Rams have met 17 times in Kingston, R.I. during the all-time series. The Friars lead the series in Kingston, 14-3, overall (5-1 at the Ryan Center).
FRIARS CLOSE OUT NON-CONFERENCE ACTION VS. THE RAMS... Sunday’s game vs. Rhode Island marks the Friars’ final non-conference game of the season. Providence starts BIG EAST Conference play after Christmas with a pair of home games vs. Seton Hall (Dec. 29) and St. John’s (12/31).
THE LAST MEETING BETWEEN PROVIDENCE AND URI... The Providence College women’s basketball team hosted in-state rival Rhode Island on Sunday, Dec. 7 at Alumni Hall. Rhode Island sank its first basket of the game at the 19:15 mark and remained in the lead for the duration of the first half. Sydney Lewis paced Rhode Island with eight points and the Rams carried a 29-22 lead into the break. Alexis Harris led the Friar offense with 10 first-half points. Rhode Island extended its lead to as many as 11 points in the second half, 55-44, with 7:08 remaining. Beginning at that mark, the Friars went on a 10-0 run to pull within one point of the Rams, 55-54, but that was as close as they would get (2:09). Charise Wilson helped the Rams secure the victory with 16 second-half points. Tori Rule and Chanise Baldwin joined Harris in double figures with 17 and 12 points, respectively. Baldwin notched her first career double-double in the game by adding 12 rebounds. A complete boxscore is available below (PDF format only).
SCOUTING URI... URI has earned victories in four of its last five games, including three-straight heading into Sunday’s game vs. Providence. The Rams are 5-4 overall, with a 3-2 mark in games played at the Ryan Center. All four of the program’s losses this season have been decided by 10 points or less, including three games by single digits. Charise Wilson leads URI in scoring (15.7 ppg), assists (3.1 apg) and steals (2.8 spg). Samantha Tabakman is averaging a double-double through the first nine games of the season with 13.2 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.
COMMON OPPONENTS... Providence and URI have two common opponents heading into Sunday’s match-up. The Friars and Rams each lost to Brown and Albany this season. Providence fell to Brown, 57-47, on Nov. 17 and Albany, 71-58, on Dec. 1. Rhode Island lost to Brown, 67-63, on Dec. 1 and Albany, 67-58, on Nov. 22.
SARAH BEAL NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... Junior guard Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, Dec. 14. It marked Beal’s second appearance of the season on the honor roll and third of her career. In two games last week, Beal averaged 17.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 5.5 steals per game. She opened the week with a season-high 23 points and set the program’s single-game steals record, with 10 thefts vs. Bryant on Dec. 9. The previous steals mark for a single game (nine) was set by Helen Jessie-Mency ‘91 vs. Pittsburgh on Feb. 5, 1991. In addition to her points/steals double-double vs. Bryant, she also chipped in three assists and one blocked shot. On Dec. 12 vs. Florida Gulf Coast, Beal recorded her second-straight double-double with 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. It marked the third double-double of her career.
NOGIC TIED FOR FIRST AMONG BIG EAST CONFERENCE PLAYERS IN THREE-POINT PERCENTAGE... Jovana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic is tied for first among BIG EAST players in three-point field goal percentage (.500, 22-44). She is tied with Creighton’s duo of Audrey Faber (.500, 23-46) and MC McGrory (.500, 13-26). Nogic also sits in a tie for 10th among NCAA Division I players in three-point percentage overall and is tied for second in the nation among freshmen.
MORE FROM DEEP... Jovana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic also ranks fourth in the BIG EAST Conference in three point field goals made per game (2.4). The BIG EAST leader is Butler’s Blaire Langlois (2.8).
BLOCK PARTY... Freshman Erica Meyer leads the Friars in blocked shots this season, with 16, and has swatted at least one shot in seven of the Friars’ nine games. Meyer currently ranks third in the BIG EAST Conference in blocks per game (1.8 bpg). Meyer recorded a season-best four blocked shots vs. Richmond (Dec. 5), and has swatted three-or-more shots in four of nine games.
BEAL, MILLER & NOGIC AMONG TOP-20 IN BIG EAST FOR SCORING AVERAGE... Sarah Beal (12.7 ppg), Aliyah Miller (12.0 ppg) and Jovana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic (11.8 ppg) are ranked inside the top-20 among BIG EAST players in scoring, sitting in 16th, 17th and 18th, respectively.
FRIARS RACK UP 88 POINTS VS. BRYANT... Providence defeated Bryant, 88-78, on Dec. 9 in Providence, R.I. It marks the most points in a single game for PC since Nov. 12, 2013 when it defeated Bryant 104-67.
SARAH BEAL SETS PROGRAM’S SINGLE-GAME STEALS RECORD... On Dec. 9 vs. Bryant, junior guard Sarah Beal collected 10 steals to set the Friars’ single-game steals record, previously held by Helen Jessie-Mency ‘91. Mency collected nine steals vs. Pitt on Feb. 5, 1991. For some perspective - Mency set the previous mark for steals in a game four years before Beal was born.
MOST STEALS BY A BIG EAST PLAYER SINCE 2012... Sarah Beal’s 10 steals on Dec. 9 vs. Bryant are the most by a BIG EAST Conference player since Andrell Smith (USF) recorded 12 on Dec. 22, 2012 vs. Creighton.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE... In addition to setting the single game steals record at Providence, with 10 thefts, Beal also recorded 23 points vs. Bryant on Dec. 9 for her first double-double of the season. It marks the first points/steals double-double by a BIG EAST player since Dec. 22, 2012 when Andrell Smith (USF) recorded 27 points and 12 steals vs. Creighton. Beal notched her first double-double on Jan. 28, 2014 vs. Butler with 13 points and 13 assists.
DOUBLE-TROUBLE... Sarah Beal notched her second double-double of the season in the Friars’ most recent game vs. Florida Gulf Coast on Dec. 12. Beal posted 12 points and a career-best 12 rebounds. Beal owns three double-doubles in her career and they all have come in different ways. On Jan. 28, 2014, she recorded 13 points and 13 assists vs. Butler. On Dec. 9, 2015, Beal posted 23 points and 10 steals vs. Bryant, followed by her 12 point/12 rebound performance vs. FGCU (Dec. 12).
THREE FRIARS NOTCH 20-POINT GAMES VS. BRYANT... Sarah Beal (23pts), Jovana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic (23pts) and Aliyah Miller (20pts) all reached the 20-point plateau vs. Bryant on Dec. 9. It marked the first time that the Friars have three 20+ point scorers in the same game since Nov. 9, 2013 in a 109-74 victory at UMass Lowell. In that game, former Friars Alexis Harris (31pts) and Tori Rule (23pts) joined current junior guard Sarah Beal (20pts) to achieve the feat.
20-SOMETHING... Sarah Beal and Jovana ‘Yoyo’ Nogic lead the Friars this season in 20-point games, with two each. Beal tallied 21 points vs. Monmouth (Nov. 28) and a season-high 23 points vs. Bryant (Dec. 9). Beal owns seven, 20+ point games in her career. Nogic dropped 20 points vs. Hartford (Nov. 25) and a career-best 23 points vs. Bryant (Dec. 9) in her rookie season. Aliyah Miller netted a career-high 20 points on Dec. 9 vs. Bryant, marking the first 20-point game of her career.
LONG DISTANCE... 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. Buck’s teammate Blaire Langlois also hit seven three-pointers vs. Ball State on Dec. 6.
HOME SWEET HOME... Providence has earned each of its three victories this season at home in Alumni Hall. The Friars are 3-3 overall this season on their home court, including victories in three of its last five match-ups played at home.
GOOD THINGS HAPPEN WHEN DIALED IN BEYOND THE ARC... In each of the Friars’ three victories this season, they have shot better than 50-percent from three-point territory. Against Hartford, the Friars hit 58.8-percent (10-17) on Nov. 25. In the very next game on Nov. 28 vs. Monmouth, Providence shot 58.3-percent from deep (7-12). In the Friars’ most recent game on Dec. 9 vs. Bryant, the squad shot a season-best 62.5-percent from three-point territory (5-8).
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).
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).
EIGHT OF 11 PLAYERS ON THE ROSTER ARE UNDERCLASSMEN... Providence has a youthful look in 2015-16, as eight of its 11 players are freshmen or sophomores. The freshmen are the largest class, which is comprised of five players and there are three 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.
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.
ALISON LEWIS LEAVES PROGRAM... Sophomore guard Alison Lewis has requested her release from the program, and will look to transfer for the second semester. As a freshman, Lewis played 18 games and appeared in the starting line-up three times and averaged 7.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. This season, Lewis appeared in all nine games off the bench and averaged 1.2 points and 1.7 rebounds.
The Friars open the BIG EAST Conference regular-season schedule after Christmas break with home games vs. Seton Hall (Dec. 29) and St. John’s (Dec. 31). Both games are slated for a 1:00 p.m. tip-off and will be played at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium.
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