FRIARS CONCLUDE NON-CONFERENCE PLAY AT MONMOUTH... The Providence women’s basketball team will face Monmouth on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at 7:00 p.m. It marks the final non-conference game of the season for Providence and will be played in West Long Branch, N.J. at the OceanFirst Bank Center.
FRIARS ALL-ACCESS... Friars All-Access, a subscription service, will feature live streaming audio for Wednesday’s game at Monmouth. Visit www.Friars.com to connect. The game also will be available locally on WOON 1240 AM. Chris Fama will handle the play-by-play.
ESPN3... Monmouth will provide a live broadcast of Wednesday’s game on ESPN3. To watch, visit http://www.espn3.com or download the WatchESPN app on your mobile device or tablet.
PROVIDENCE VS. MONMOUTH ALL-TIME... The Friars and Hawks have met six times during the history of the two women’s basketball programs. Providence leads the all-time series, 6-0. Each of the first five meetings were played during the 1980s, but the two teams revived the series last season. Providence won the most recent meeting between the two teams, 71-59, on Nov. 28, 2015 in Providence, R.I.
FRIARS VS. HAWKS IN WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. ... Providence and Monmouth have met just once in West Long Branch, N.J. In the lone meeting on Monmouth’s home court, the Friars earned a 59-56 victory on Feb. 6, 1983.
A LOOK AT LAST YEAR’S MEETING... Sarah Beal scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Providence College women’s basketball team to a 71-59 victory over Monmouth on Nov. 28 in Providence, R.I. Providence took a 34-28 lead into the locker room, despite a 27-18 deficit on the boards. The Friars’ hot shooting prevailed, as the team netted 41.9-percent of its attempts from the field (13-31), including 4-7 from beyond the arc (57.1-percent). Providence also benefited from 12 Monmouth turnovers in the half, and out-scored the Hawks, 12-4, in points off of turnovers. Beal led the Friars with 11 first-half points, while Jasmine Walker collected 10 points and eight rebounds for Monmouth. In the third quarter, Monmouth cut the deficit to four points on two separate occasions under the four-minute mark. Providence responded each time to keep the Hawks at bay with buckets by Rachel Aho and Erica Meyer. PC took a 52-45 lead into the fourth quarter. The Friars controlled play in the final stanza, and pushed their lead out to as many as 13 (69-56) with 1:46 remaining. Though Beal led the Friars offense with 21 points, the victory was a total team effort. Aliyah Miller narrowly missed a double-double with 18 points and nine rebounds. Evi Iiskola registered 11 points and added five boards. Yoyo Nogic chipped in nine points and dished a career-high seven assists. Providence shot 45.2-percent from the field as it connected on 28-62 attempts. The Friars were lethal from three-point territory at 58.3-percent (7-12). The Friars also recovered from an nine-rebound deficit on the glass in the first half (27-18) to finish the game just one board off the Hawks’ pace (43-42).
PLAYERS TO WATCH... Tyese Purvis leads the team in scoring with an average of 12.8 points per game. Nearly 70-percent of her field-goal attempts come from beyond the three-point arc, where she is shooting just 29.7-percent (27-91). Purvis is 41-134 from the field overall (.306). Kayla Shaw is second on the team in scoring with 10.5 points per game. Three players are averaging better than five rebounds per game, led by Taylor Nason, who checks in with 8.1 boards per contest. Thirty of her 65 rebounds have come off of the offensive glass. As a team, the Hawks average 42.3 rebounds per game. Rosa Graham leads Monmouth in assists (2.9 apg) and steals (1.6 spg).
ROAD WARRIORS... The Friars game at Monmouth on Wednesday marks the eighth-consecutive road game for Providence. The Friars enter the match-up with a 4-3 record on the road, marking the most victories away from home since the 2011-12 campaign. That year, the team registered a 5-11 mark on the road (includes neutral site games).
SEVEN NON-CONFERENCE WINS... The Friars enter Wednesday’s game against Monmouth with a 7-3 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 seven-straight victories but is currently in the midst of a three-game winless streak. The Friars have lost each of their three games by single-digit margins, including two games by four points or less.
FRIARS LEAD THE NATION IN THREE-POINT FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE... Providence College leads the nation in three-point field goal percentage, through games played Dec. 17. The Friars are shooting 43.1-percent from beyond the arc, having connected on 72-167 attempts.
YOYO NOGIC RANKS 13TH IN THE NATION IN THREE-POINT PERCENTAGE... Sophomore Yoyo Nogic leads the Friars’ hot shooting from beyond the three-point arc this season and ranks 13th in the nation in three-point field goal percentage (through games played Dec. 17). Nogic enters Wednesday’s game shooting 51.7-percent from long range (30-58).
FRIARS RANK AMONG TOP-25 IN NATION IN FREE-THROW AND FIELD-GOAL PERCENTAGE... In addition to leading the nation in three-point field goal percentage this season, the Friars also rank among the top-25 in the nation in free-throw percentage (13th) and field-goal percentage (21), out of 344 NCAA Division I institutions (games played through Dec. 17). Providence is shooting 78.3-percent from the foul line (101-129) and 47.0-percent from the floor (72-167).
WHERE THE FRIARS STAND AMONG BIG EAST TEAMS... Providence College ranks first among BIG EAST Conference teams in three-point field goal percentage, free-throw percentage and field goal percentage.
BALANCED ATTACK... Five different Friars have led the team in scoring through 10 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. Four players are averaging double figures in the scoring column, led by Nogic’s 14.2 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 10 games. Sarah Beal and Yoyo Nogic have hit double figures eight times each, followed by Maddie Jolin (six) and Allegra Botteghi (six).
SARAH BEAL RANKS 11th ALL-TIME AT PROVIDENCE IN CAREER ASSISTS... Sarah Beal has recorded 35 assists this season and owns 330 assists during her career with the Friars. Her 330 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 4.0 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 82 games during her career and has recorded a total of 923 points. Beal is 77 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).
DOUBLE TROUBLE... Two Friars have recorded double-doubles this season through 10 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 4-3 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 10 games. Furthermore, Nogic has hit 23-consecutive free throws during a streak that began on Jan. 17, 2016 vs. Creighton.
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 7-3 record, moving his career record to 304-271.
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 begins BIG EAST Conference play with a pair of home games at Alumni Hall against Xavier and Butler. The Friars will host Xavier on Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 7:00 p.m. Providence will welcome Butler on Friday, Dec. 30 at Noon. Both games will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) via FOX Sports Go.
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’s jersey will also be unveiled at Alumni Hall, where it will remain along with previous women’s basketball Friar Legends, during halftime at the women’s basketball home game vs. Seton Hall on Sunday, Feb. 19. Tip-off is for that game is slated for 1:00 p.m. 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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