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FRIARS CLOSE NON-CONFERENCE PLAY AGAINST BOSTON COLLEGE... Providence will close out non-conference play against Boston College on Thursday, Dec. 21. The game will be played at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. and will tip-off at Noon.
TUNE-IN... The Friars’ game against Boston College will be televised locally on YurView (Cox channel 4 & 1004). A live stream also will be available on the College’s athletic website (www.Friars.com) as part of Friars All-Access.
PROVIDENCE VS. BOSTON COLLEGE ALL-TIME... The Friars and Eagles have met 53 times during the history of the two women’s basketball programs. Providence leads the all-time series, 30-23. However, Boston College has earned victories in each of the last 14 meetings.
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.
FRIARS AND EAGLES AT ALUMNI HALL... The Friars and Eagles have met 25 times at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium. Providence leads the series vs. Boston College on its home court, 15-10. Boston College has earned victories in each of the last eight meetings between the two teams at Alumni Hall.
SCOUTING BOSTON COLLEGE... The Eagles enter Thursday’s game with a 5-6 overall record and are coming off of a 64-55, overtime, win against New Hampshire on Dec. 17. Boston College was picked to finish 15th in the ACC Blue Ribbon Panel Preseason Poll and ACC Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Last season, BC finished with a 9-21 overall record and a 2-14 mark in the ACC.
PLAYERS TO WATCH... Milan Bolden-Morris leads Boston College in scoring with an average of 12.8 points per game and ranks third in rebounding (5.4 rpg). Georgia Pineau is hovering near a double-double as she ranks second in scoring (12.1 ppg) and first on the team in rebounding (9.4 rpg). Taylor Ortlepp rounds out the list of players averaging double digits in the scoring column (10.8 ppg). She ranks first in assists (2.8 apg) and steals (1.3 spg).
WHAT HAPPENED LAST YEAR... Providence College fell to Boston College, 57-53, on Dec. 10 at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Allegra Botteghi paced the Friars with a season-high 16 points and added a team-high six rebounds. The Friars found themselves trailing 22-7 after the opening 10 minutes of play, but responded by outscoring the Eagles 35-20 during the second and third quarters. Providence trailed by as many as 20 points (27-7) with 6:27 remaining in the second quarter. The two teams traded baskets for the next 2:25 before Providence went on an 11-0 run to get within seven (33-26) with 53 seconds left. Boston College took a nine-point advantage into halftime (35-26). The Friars opened the third quarter with an 8-0 run to cut the Eagles’ lead to one (35-34). Boston College recorded its first bucket of the quarter at the 6:04 mark to stop the bleeding, but Botteghi nailed a three-pointer at the other end to tie the game, 37-37, with 5:48 on the clock. Just over a minute later, the Eagles answered with a three to regain the lead (40-37), but Jovana Nogic knifed her way through the lane to get the Friars within one (40-39). With 1:39 remaining in the third, Emma Guy put Boston College back ahead by three (42-39), but PC’s Clara Che knocked down a baseline three-pointer as time expired to tie the game, 42-42, setting up the final 10 minutes of play. Providence took its first lead of the game with 7:30 remaining on the clock as Nogic drilled a three from the wing. Boston College regained the lead just under a minute later as the Eagles fed Mariella Fasoula converted in the paint for a lay-in. The Friars answered quickly as Maddie Jolin took the ball to the rim for an easy two, giving Providence at one-point edge (47-46) with 6:28 to play. From there, the Eagles went on a 7-0 run, which extended to a 10-2 run with 1:52 to play, giving Boston College a 56-49 lead. Providence cut the deficit to three (56-53) with 39-seconds to play, but it was as close as the Friars would get. Nogic joined Botteghi in double figures with 10 points. She also added five boards, two assists and three steals. Che and Jolin added nine points apiece for the Friars. Fasoula paced Boston College with 18 points and chipped in six rebounds. Kelly Hughes notched 15 points, while Edwards finished the day with 12 points. Martina Mosetti dished a game-high seven assists.
FRIARS DROP BACK-TO-BACK GAMES FOR FIRST TIME THIS SEASON... Providence is in the midst of a two-game winless streak, having lost to Quinnipiac (62-36) and Sacred Heart (78-75). It marks the first time this season that the Friars have lost back-to-back games.
THREE-GAME HOMESTAND... After playing seven of its first 11 games on the road, the Friars will begin a three-game homestand on Dec. 21 against Boston College, before opening BIG EAST Conference play at home against Georgetown (Dec. 28) and Villanova (Dec. 30).
FRIARS ARE 5-2 ON THE ROAD THIS SEASON... Providence College has collected five of its six wins away from home this season (5-2). Three of those wins came on a neutral court during the Savannah Invitational (Nov. 21-23). Providence defeated Northeastern (98-95 OT) and Yale (55-51) in its only two true road games of the season. The Friars dropped their first game of the year on the road on Dec. 6 at Quinnipiac (62-36). Providence fell victim to a season-low shooting performance from the field overall (.321, 17-53) and from beyond the three-point arc (.111, 2-18). The Friars also fell to Sacred Heart, 78-75, in their most recent game (Dec. 9).
PROVIDENCE RANKS SEVENTH IN THE NATION IN THREE-POINT PERCENTAGE... The Friars enter Thursday’s game ranked first in the BIG EAST Conference and seventh in the nation (NCAA Division I) in three-point field-goal percentage (.414, 82-198). Miami (OH) leads the nation in three-point percentage (.446).
NOGIC PACES BIG EAST IN SCORING... Jovana Nogic currently leads the BIG EAST Conference in scoring with an average of 19.4 points per game. She also is tops in the league in free-throw percentage (.971), ranks second in three point field goals made per game (3.5) and 15th in three-point field goal percentage (.404).
NOGIC RANKS SECOND IN THE NATION IN FREE-THROW PERCENTAGE... Jovana Nogic leads the BIG EAST and ranks second in the nation in free throw percentage. She has shot 97.1-percent from the foul liine (33-34). Nogic has made 31-consecutive free throws dating back to Nov. 10 vs. Columbia, and recently was 5-5 from the line vs. Sacred Heart. For her career, she has converted 91.9-percent of her attempts from the free-throw line (91-99).
COOPER GETTING GOOD RUN... Andrea Cooper netted a season-best eight points in each of the last two games for Providence vs. Quinnipiac and Sacred Heart (8.0 ppg). She shot a combined 7-10 from the field (.700), while averaging 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocked shots per game. During the two-game span, only Jovana Nogic (15.0 ppg) and Ny-Asia Franklin (8.5 ppg) had a higher scoring average.
JACKSON GETS AFTER THE BOARDS... Sophomore guard Ny’Dajah Jackson leads the Friars in rebounding this season with an average of 4.6 boards per game. Since being inserted into the starting line-up vs. Rhode Island on Dec. 3, Jackson has averaged 6.3 rebounds per contest during a three-game span. She has recorded 5+ rebounds six, including each of the last four games. Jackson recorded a season-high nine boards against Savannah State (Nov. 21).
FRANKLIN CONTRIBUTING IN FIRST YEAR WITH FRIARS... Junior college transfer Ny-Asia Franklin ranks second among her teammates in rebounding (4.5 rpg) and third in scoring (8.4 ppg). She has scored in double figures five times this season, including five of the last six games for the Friars. On Nov. 14, she notched her first career double-double against Northeastern with 13 points and 13 rebounds. She scored a career-best 14 points in three games vs. Stetson (Nov. 23), Brown (Dec. 2) and Quinnipiac (Dec. 6).
NOGIC RANKS NINTH AMONG ACTIVE NCAA DIVISION I PLAYERS IN CAREER THREE-POINT PERCENTAGE... Jovana Nogic ranks ninth in the nation among active NCAA Division I players in career three-point percentage. In 70 career games with the Friars, she has shot 41.2-percent from three-point territory, hitting 181-439 attempts.
NOGIC HOLDS SINGLE-SEASON RECORD FOR THREE-POINTERS... Jovana Nogic set the Providence College single-season record for three-pointers, with 91, during the 2016-17 season. The previous record was held by Julie Wheeler ‘98, which she set during the 1994-95 season, with 82. For her career, Nogic has hit 181-439 attempts from three-point territory (.412). The Providence College record for three-pointers made in a career was set by Wheeler (252) in 101 games (1994-98).
TRIPLE THREAT... Three Friars are shooting better than 40-percent this season from three-point territory. Clara Che leads the way at 45.0-percent (18-40). Maddie Jolin checks in at 42.6-percent (26-61), while Jovana Nogic sits at 40.4-percent (38-94). As a team, Providence averages 7.5 three pointers per game. Nogic ranks second in the BIG EAST Conference with 3.5 three pointers made per contest.
DOUBLE-TROUBLE... Junior college transfer Ny-Asia Franklin recorded the first double-double of her career with the Friars on Nov. 14 against Northeastern. She posted 13 points and 13 boards against the Huskies. Franklin joins Allegra Botteghi (4) and Maddie Jolin (1) as the only active players on the current roster to record a double-double.
HELPING HANDS... Four Friars have recorded 5+ assists in a single game this season. Jovana Nogic leads the Friars in assists overall (2.9 apg) and has dished 5+ assists in two games this season vs. Northeastern (six) and Yale (five). Freshman Chanell Williams and Clara Che are tied for second on the team in assists (2.0 apg), while Ny’Dajah Jackson is fourth on the team (1.8 apg). Williams dished a career-best five assists in the Friars’ victory over Yale (Nov. 29). Che handed out a season-high five assists against Northeastern, while Jackson dished a career-high five assists in the Friars’ game against Rhode Island (Dec. 3).
MORE ASSISTS... The Friars have recorded an assist on 54.7-percent of their field goals this season. Providence has handed out 144 assists on 263 made field goals. Five Friars are averaging better than 1.8 assists per game.
1,000-POINT MILESTONE... Junior guard Jovana Nogic is nearing the 1,000-point career milestone. She enters Thursday’s game against Boston College with 924 points (70 games). Nogic need 76 points to become the 34th player in program history to achieve the feat. Sarah Beal ‘17 is the most recent player to reach the 1,000-point plateau with the Friars. She finished her career ranked 21st on the Friars’ all-time scoring list with 1,188 points (2013-17).
FRIARS WIN FIRST HOME GAME OF THE YEAR... Providence started the season 0-3 on its home court at Alumni Hall. The Friars picked up their first win at home on Dec. 3 against Rhode Island in the consolation game of the Ocean State Tip-Off Tournament (65-41).
FRIARS CLAIM SAVANNAH INVITATIONAL TITLE... Providence posted a 3-0 record and claimed the Savannah Invitational title last week in Savannah, Ga. The Friars defeated Savannah State (78-48), Wright State (74-69) and Stetson (56-45).
FRIARS EARN FIRST IN-SEASON TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP SINCE 2012... The Friars last won an in-season tournament championship during the 2012-13 season, as part of the Fordham Holiday Classic in Bronx, N.Y. Providence College defeated Colorado State (71-53) and Lafayette (66-54) on Dec. 29-30, 2012. Last season, the Friars competed in two in-season tournaments. Providence finished 2-0 at the UNCW Hampton Inn Thanksgiving Classic, but the tournament did not award a champion. The Friars also participated in the first annual Ocean State Tip-Off Tournament, and fell to Brown in the championship game.
JIM CROWLEY HOLDS 7-2 MARK AT IN-SEASON TOURNAMENTS WITH PROVIDENCE... Providence College Head Coach Jim Crowley owns a 7-2 overall record with the Friars at in-season tournaments. The only two losses for Providence under the direction of Crowley at an in-season tournament have come against Brown. In consecutive seasons, Brown has defeated Providence at the Ocean State Tip-Off Tournament. The Bears claimed a 77-70 in last year’s championship game. This season, Brown defeated the Friars, 64-59, in the opening game of the tournament.
NOGIC NAMED BIG EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK... Jovana Nogic was named BIG EAST Player of the Week on Nov. 27. It marks the first time in her career that she has earned the honor, and comes on the heels of being named Most Valuable Player at the Savannah Invitational on Nov. 23. Nogic led the Friars to a 3-0 record and the tournament title at the Savannah Invitational, where she averaged 22.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. She shot an impressive 43.5-percent from the field (20-46), including a blistering 57.1-percent from three point territory (16-28). Nogic also was a perfect 12-12 from the foul line.
BOTTEGHI NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM... Allegra Botteghi was named to the Savannah Invitational All-Tournament Team on Nov. 23. She played steady basketball throughout the tournament and averaged 7.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. Botteghi posted a tournament-high 12 points in the Friars’ victory over a tough Wright State team on Nov. 22. She also led Providence in rebounding in two of three games at the Savannah Invitational. In the Friars’ game against Stetson, Botteghi tallied a team-best six points and four rebounds in the first half to keep Providence in good position to stage a comeback. The Hatters led by as many as 15 in the second quarter, but the Friars were able to cut the deficit to seven (27-20) at halftime.
JOLIN NAMED TO OCEAN STATE TIP-OFF ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM... Junior guard Maddie Jolin earned Ocean State Tip-Off All-Tournament Team honors on Dec. 3. She averaged 15.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steal per game at the event in games vs. Brown and Rhode Island. Her scoring and rebounding averages were tops on the team. She shot .579 from the field (11-19), .500 from three-point territory and 1.000 from the charity stripe (2-2) while averaging 32 minutes per game. Jolin tallied 16 points and nine rebounds against Brown and followed with 14 points, six boards, three assists and two steals against Rhode Island. Jolin has reached double figures in the scoring column during seven of the Friars’ eight games.
SINGLE DIGITS... Four of the Friars’ five losses this season have been decided by a single-digit margin, including two by five points or less. Last season, 12 of the Friars’ 18 losses were decided by 10-points or less. This year, Providence is 3-4 in games decided by 10-points or less.
FRIARS ERASE 20-POINT FOURTH QUARTER DEFICIT... The Friars trailed by 15 points heading into the fourth quarter on Nov. 14 against Northeastern, and trailed by as many as 20 (71-51) with 9:09 remaining in the game. Providence used a 15-0 scoring run to stun the Huskies and out-scored Northeastern, 35-20, overall in the quarter to force overtime. The overtime featured four lead changes and three ties, but the Friars prevailed in the end by a score of 98-95.
FOURTH QUARTER MAGIC... The Friars shot a blistering 86.7-percent from the field in the fourth quarter against Northeastern on Nov. 14. Providence hit 13 of its 15 shots, including 4-4 from three-point territory.
MADDIE JOLIN SPARKS IMPROBABLE COMEBACK... Junior guard Maddie Jolin tallied 18 of her career-high 23 points in the fourth quarter, as the Friars mounted an improbable come-back victory against Northeastern on Nov. 14. The Huskies led 71-51 with 9:09 remaining in the game, before Jolin rattled off 10-consecutive points en route to a 15-0 run by the Friars. Jolin shot 6-7 from the field in the final quarter, including a 3-3 performance from three-point territory. She also hit 2-3 free-throw attempts. For the game, Jolin was 8-11 from the field, including 4-5 from beyond the arc.
NOGIC DRAINS CAREER-HIGH 31 POINTS... Jovana Nogic led the Friars with a career-best 31 points on Nov. 14 against Northeastern. She complemented a red-hot Maddie Jolin in the fourth quarter with nine points, and took control in the overtime, scoring eight of the Friars’ 13 points in the extra session. For the game, Nogic shot 12-19 from the field and hit 6-6 shots from the free-throw line. Nogic’s 31 points are the second most scored by a BIG EAST Conference player this season. Audrey Faber (Creighton) notched 34 points against Drake on Dec. 3.
THIRTY SOMETHING... Jovana Nogic is the first Friar to score 30+ points in a game since Tori Rule ‘15 dropped 30 points against Marquette on March 7, 2015. Nogic’s 31 points against Northeastern marks the second-highest scoring total in the BIG EAST Conference this season.
FRIARS IN OVERTIME GAMES UNDER JIM CROWLEY... Providence is 2-2 in overtime games under the direction of second-year Friars Head Coach Jim Crowley. In his first season with the program (2016-17), Providence posted a 1-2 mark in overtime games. The Friars are 2-0 in overtime games when they score 90+ points.
JOVANA NOGIC NAMED TO ANN MEYERS DRYSDALE AWARD WATCH LIST... Junior Jovana Nogic was announced as a candidate for the inaugural Ann Meyers Drysdale Award. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced its watch list, comprised of 20 players, on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Named after the first player, male or female, to be named to the All-America Team in four-straight seasons, the annual award recognizes the top shooting guard in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball. Nogic led the BIG EAST Conference and finished 19th in NCAA Division I in three-point field goal percentage (.429) and 20th in three-point field goals made per game (3.03). She ranked second in the BIG EAST and 25th in the nation in three-point field goals made (91).Additionally, Nogic hit at least one three-point bucket in 28 of the Friars’ 30 games. She knocked down three-or-more three-point attempts in 18 games, including six games with five-or-more makes from beyond the arc. On Jan. 27, 2017, Nogic recorded a career-best seven three-point makes (7-11) vs. eventual BIG EAST Tournament Champion Marquette. Her shooting prowess also extends to the free-throw line, where she knocked down 33-of-36 attempts (.917). Nogic is one of five players to land on the watch list from the BIG EAST Conference, joining Ashton Millender (DePaul), Natisha Hiedeman (Marquette), Allazia Blockton (Marquette) and Akina Wellere (St. John’s). The Selection Committee for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award is composed of top women’s college basketball personnel, including media members, head coaches, sports information directors and Hall of Famers. By mid-February, the watch list of 20 players for the 2018 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award will be narrowed to just 10. In March, five finalists will be presented to Ms. Drysdale and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. Fans also will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite finalist at www.hoophallawards.com.
HOW THE FRIARS FARED IN 2016-17... The Friars finished the season with a 12-18 overall record and a 4-14 mark in the BIG EAST Conference. The Friars’ 12 wins marked a seven-game improvement in the win column, compared to the previous season when they finished 5-24 (2015-16). It also marks the most wins overall in a single-season since 2011-12, when the team finished the year 13-17. In conference play, Providence’s four victories marked the most since 2011-12 when the team finished 5-11.
FRIARS PICKED TO FINISH NINTH IN BIG EAST PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL... The Friars were picked to finish ninth in the 2017-18 BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The announcement was made at the league’s annual media day on Oct. 18 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
2017-18 BIG EAST PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL
1. Marquette (9) 81
2. DePaul (1) 73
3. Villanova 61
4. Creighton 58
5. Georgetown 43
6. Seton Hall 40
7. St. John’s 37
8. Butler 29
9. Providence 18
10. Xavier 10
HIGHEST FINISH IN BIG EAST SINCE 1997-98... Providence finished in a three-way tie for seventh place in the BIG EAST Conference regular-season standings. It marks the highest finish for the program since conference realignment, and best finish overall in league play since 1997-98 when the team finished fourth in the BIG EAST 7 division.
WHAT’S NEXT... The Friars will open the BIG EAST Conference schedule with a pair of home games against Georgetown and Villanova. Providence will host the Hoyas on Thursday, Dec. 28 at 7:00 p.m., followed by a match-up against the Wildcats on Saturday, Dec. 30 at 1:00 p.m. Both games will be played at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. and will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) via FOX Sports Go.
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