PROVIDENCE COLLEGE RETURNS FROM CHRISTMAS BREAK TO FACE BOSTON COLLEGE... The Providence College women’s basketball team will face regional foe Boston College on Sunday, Dec. 28. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The match-up marks the final non-conference game of the season for Providence.
TUNE IN... The Providence College vs. Boston College women’s basketball game will feature live streaming audio via Friars All-Access at www.Friars.com. Play-by-play will be provided by Chris Fama. The broadcast also will be available locally on WOON 1240 AM. Friars All-Access is a subscription service. Boston College will provide live streaming video of the match-up on its athletic website free of charge at www.bceagles.com.
PROVIDENCE VS. BOSTON COLLEGE ALL-TIME... Providence and Boston College have played 50 times during the history of the two women’s basketball programs. The Friars lead the all-time series, 30-20, but have fallen to the Eagles in each of the last 11 games.
LAST TIME PROVIDENCE DEFEATED BOSTON COLLEGE... The Friars last defeated Boston College on Feb. 4, 1998 in Providence, R.I. Providence edged the Eagles 84-75 at Alumni Hall.
FRIARS TRAVEL TO CONTE FORUM FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2004... The last time Providence and Boston College faced one another at Conte Forum dates back to Jan. 28, 2004. The Eagles earned a 76-42 victory on that day.
PROVIDENCE VS. BOSTON COLLEGE ALL-TIME AT CONTE FORUM... Providence and Boston College have met 22 times at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The Friars lead the series at Conte Forum, 14-8. Boston College has earned victories over Providence in each of the last five meetings at the venue.
PROVIDENCE LOOKING TO CAPTURE FIRST WIN AT CONTE FORUM SINCE 1996... The last time Providence College defeated Boston College at Conte Forum dates back to Feb. 17, 1996. On that day, the Friars earned an 83-56 victory. Providence has lost each of the last five meetings vs. Boston College at Conte Forum.
FRIARS LOOKING TO SECURE FIRST ROAD VICTORY OF THE SEASON... The Friars are currently 0-5 on the road this season, entering Sunday’s match-up at Boston College. Conversely, Providence has posted a 4-2 record at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. Providence holds its opponents to an average of 60.5 points per game at home in Alumni Hall, but has given up an average of 72.4 points per game on the road (+11.9 ppg).
FRIARS HEAD INTO CHRISTMAS BREAK WITH VICTORY OVER DUQUESNE... Providence snapped a two-game skid and enjoyed a pre-Christmas victory (67-56) over Duquesne on Dec. 21 in Providence, R.I. Alexis Harris led the Friars with 19 points, while Sarah Beal tallied 10 points and five assists. Aliyah Miller saw her first game action of the season and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds in 18 minutes off the bench. The Friars held Duquesne to 26.2-percent shooting from the field (16-61), including 20-percent from three-point territory. The Dukes entered the game shooting 45-percent from the floor. The Friars also cashed in at the foul line, making 27-of-34 attempts. Evi Iiskola and Karin Robinson each shot 8-8 from the charity stripe. It marks the most makes and most attempts at the line for Providence through the first 11 games of the season.
FRIARS ARE 2-0 WHEN LEADING AT HALFTIME... Providence recently improved to 2-0 this season when holding a lead at halftime. On Dec. 21, the Friars held a 25-21 lead vs. Duquesne at halftime and went on to win the game, 67-56. Providence also led UMass Lowell at the half (35-28) on Dec. 6 and won the game, 66-54.
MILLER MAKES SEASON DEBUT... Sophomore forward Aliyah Miller made her season debut against Duquesne on Dec. 21, after missing the Friars’ first 10 games recovering from an injury. Miller played 18 minutes off the bench and tallied two points (1-2 FG’s), one blocked shot and a game-high eight rebounds. Seven of her boards came off of the defensive glass, which ties her career high. Last season, Miller played 30 games as a rookie and averaged 6.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
HARRIS RANKS THIRD AMONG BIG EAST PLAYERS IN FIELD-GOAL PERCENTAGE... Alexis Harris leads the Friars in field-goal percentage and currently ranks third among BIG EAST players (0.507, 70-138). Harris recently shot a season-best 80-percent from the field (8-10) in a victory over Duquesne on Dec. 21.
GETTING OVER THE HUMP... Seven of the Friars’ 11 games this season have been decided by 10 points or less. Providence has recorded a 2-5 record in those contests. Additionally, three games have been decided by three points or less, in which Providence has posted a 1-2 record. The lone victory among those three games came against BIG EAST foe Villanova (51-49) on Dec. 3.
HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE ON TORI RULE... Since becoming a full-time member of the starting line-up during the 2012-13 season, Tori Rule has played 71 games. During that time, she has been held to single digits in the scoring column just 16 times, including the Friars’ most recent game vs. Duquesne on Dec. 21. When Rule has been held to single digits, she has bounced back to average 18.5 points in the following game. She has scored single digits in back-to-back games only twice in the last 71 contests. Additionally, she has followed up a single-digit performance with 20+ points six times.
TORI RULE SITS IN 24th PLACE ON ALL-TIME CAREER SCORING LIST... Senior Tori Rule became the 32nd player in program history to record 1,000 career points. She achieved the feat on Nov. 23 against Virginia Tech, as she hit her first bucket of the game at the 16:03 mark of the first half. Rule enters Sunday’s game vs. Boston College with 1,102 career points, and ranks 24th all-time in scoring at Providence. She recently passed Symone Roberts ‘13 on the all-time scoring list (1,074). Rule has played 96 career games with the Friars and has averaged 11.5 points per game.
WHO’S NEXT... Tori Rule needs three points to pass Stefanie Goettsche ‘94 and take sole possession of 23rd on the Friars’ all-time career scoring list. Goettsche played 120 games (1990-94) and accumulated 1,104 points (9.2 ppg). For a complete list of 1,000 point scorers at Providence College see page 5 of game notes.
DOUBLE-TROUBLE... Alexis Harris leads the team with two double-doubles this season. She recorded 16 points and 12 rebounds vs. Hartford on Nov. 20. She followed with 15 points and 11 rebounds against Virginia Tech on Nov. 23. Harris owns 14 double-doubles in her career. She recorded a team-best 12 double-doubles as a junior in 2013-14. Chanise Baldwin is the only other Friar to record a double-double (vs. Rhode Island - 12 pts/12 rebs).
500 AND COUNTING... Alexis Harris owns 511 career rebounds heading into Sunday’s game vs. Boston College. Harris is on pace to crack the top-20 on the Friars’ all-time rebounding list. She currently is 72 rebounds shy of tying Jen Gombotz ‘01 for 20th place on the list (583). As a junior during the 2013-14 season, Harris recorded a career-best 259 boards for Providence. Through 11 games in 2014-15, Harris leads the Friars with 83 boards (7.5 rpg).
THE DAILY DIME... Sarah Beal leads the Friars in assists this season with 5.1 hand-outs per game. She has dished a season-high seven assists in games vs. Richmond (Nov. 14), Rhode Island (Dec. 7) and Florida Gulf Coast (Dec. 11). Beal also has recorded 5+ assists in eight of the Friars’ 11 games, including each of the last five. Beal’s career high in assists is 13 (vs. Butler 1/28/14).
BEAL RANKS SECOND AMONG BIG EAST PLAYERS IN ASSISTS... Sarah Beal heads into Sunday’s game vs. Boston College ranked second in the BIG EAST Conference in assists, with an average of 5.1 hand-outs per game. She trails Ka-Deidre Simmons (Seton Hall), who is averaging 5.8 dimes per game.
100-ASSISTS IN THE LAST DECADE... Sarah Beal finished the 2013-14 season with 135 assists. She is just the fourth Friar in the last decade to dish 100+ assists in a single season. Kendria Holmes achieved the feat in consecutive seasons (2006-07 and 2007-08) with 103 and 117 assists, respectively. Lola Wells ‘12 recorded 101 hand-outs in 2010-11. Symone Roberts ‘13 dished 135 assists during the 2012-13 slate. This season, Beal has recorded 56 assists through the first 11 games (5.1 apg).
DEFENSE... The Friars have allowed six of their 11 opponents to shoot 45-percent or better from the field this season, including four teams who shot better than 50-percent. The Friars have posted a 1-5 record in those game. Providence’s only victory when allowing an opponent to shoot 45-percent or better came against UMass Lowell on Dec. 6. The River Hawks hit 22-48 field-goal attempts (45.8-percent).
PICKING IT UP IN THE SECOND HALF... Providence has outscored seven of its 11 opponents in the second half, and tied an eighth opponent in second-half scoring. In the first half of play, the Friars average 28.4 points per game, compared to their opponent’s 34.5 points per game (-6.2). In the second half, the Friars average 34.7 points, while their opponents average 31.4 points (+3.4).
FRIARS’ 27 MADE FREE THROWS VS. DUQUESNE... The Friars’ 27 made free throws vs. Duquesne on Dec. 21 are the most makes in a single-game at the line since Nov. 9, 2013 vs. UMass Lowell. On that day, Providence hit 32-44 free throw attempts (.727).
20/20... Tori Rule leads the Friars with three 20+ point games this season vs. Brown (20), Bryant (20) and Villanova (22). Sarah Beal is the only other Friar to eclipse 20 points. She notched 24 points vs. Brown, marking the highest scoring effort by a Friar this season. Rule has 17 20+ point games in her career, while Beal has achieved the feat five times.
FRIARS RALLY FROM 17-POINT DEFICIT TO CLAIM VICTORY IN BIG EAST OPENER... The Friars defeated Villanova in BIG EAST Conference play, 51-49, on Dec. 3 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. The Friars, who trailed by as many as 17 points with 1:39 to go in the first half, out-scored the Wildcats, 29-15 in the second half. Senior guard Tori Rule scored 17 of her game-high 22 points in the second half, including the game-winner with 1.4 seconds left on the clock. Rule was 7-9 from the field in the final 20 minutes of play. The Wildcats managed just 15 points in the second half as a team. Villanova tied the game, 49-49, as Caroline Coyer converted the first of two free throw attempts with 25-seconds left to play. Chanise Baldwin hauled in the defensive rebound on Coyer’s second attempt, which led to Rule’s driving lay-up on the right side of the key and the victory. The Wildcats tossed up a long-range shot to win the game from beyond mid-court as time expired, but it was well off the mark.
DEJA VU... The Friars’ 17-point deficit is the largest the team has overcome to win since Jan. 23, 2013. On that day, Providence trailed by 21 points to Villanova with 1:11 remaining in the first half, and rallied to win the game, 65-65, in overtime.
FRIARS WIN BIG EAST OPENER FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2009-10 SEASON... The Friars’ 51-49 victory over Villanova on Dec. 3 marks the first win for PC in a BIG EAST opener since the 2009-10 season. That year, Providence also knocked off Villanova by a score of 52-38 in Providence, R.I.
FRIARS’ 80 POINTS MARK SEASON HIGH... The Friars’ 80 points vs. Bryant mark a season high. It is the most points for PC in a single game since Jan. 25 of last season vs. Seton Hall (87). Providence reached 80+ points in four games during the 2013-14 campaign, including two 100+ point games.
PROVIDENCE’S 44 BOARDS VS. BROWN... Providence out-rebounded Brown, 44-37, on Nov. 18. It marks the most rebounds for the Friars in a single-game since Dec. 21, 2013 vs. Rhode Island. On that day, Providence also recorded 44 rebounds. The Friars have hauled in 40+ rebounds in five of their 11 games.
ALEXIS HARRIS NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-BIG EAST TEAM... Senior forward Alexis Harris was named to the 2014-15 Preseason All-BIG EAST Team, which is voted on by the league’s 10 head coaches. The announcement was made at BIG EAST Media Day in New York City on Oct. 22. Harris, an All-BIG EAST Second Team selection as a junior, averaged 14.0 points and 8.9 rebounds per game for the Friars in 2013-14. During BIG EAST Conference regular-season play, she remained a steady force with 15.1 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Harris also notched 12 double-doubles last season, which are the most by any returning player in the BIG EAST. The forward reached double-figures in the scoring column 23 times and also posted 14 double-digit rebounding games. Furthermore, Harris was one of just four players in the BIG EAST to record multiple 30-point games. She hit for a career-high 31 points against UMass Lowell on Nov. 9, and 30 points against Seton Hall on Jan. 25.
SARAH BEAL NAMED PRESEASON ALL-BIG EAST HONORABLE MENTION... Sophomore guard Sarah Beal was named a Preseason All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention selection, which is voted on by the league’s 10 head coaches. The announcement was made at BIG EAST Media Day in New York City on Oct. 22. Beal enjoyed an impressive rookie campaign as the program’s floor general, averaging 11.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and a team-best 4.7 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Her 135 assists mark the third-highest total all-time by a freshman in program history. Beal handed out a career-best 13 assists vs. Butler on Jan. 28, 2014, which is one hand-out shy of the BIG EAST single-game record by a freshman and also marked the most assists in a single game by a league player during the 2013-14 season. Beal also proved to be an effective scorer, having recorded 21 double-digit scoring games. She notched a career-best 27 points against Marquette on Jan. 21.
FRIARS PICKED TO FINISH SIXTH IN BIG EAST PRESEASON POLL... Despite recording just seven wins a year ago and finishing 10th in the BIG EAST standings, the league’s head coaches picked the Friars to finish sixth in the conference in 2014-15. The roster is filled with more height, length and defensive presence and will join forces with a proven ability to score the basketball, with the likes of Alexis Harris, Sarah Beal and senior guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.).
NATIONAL EXPOSURE... Providence College has three nationally-televised games on FOX Sports 1 this season, including its match-ups vs. Creighton (Jan. 16), Seton Hall (Feb. 6) and Villanova (Feb. 27). The Friars also have four games on the BIG EAST Digital Network. Games scheduled for broadcast on the league’s digital network may be viewed by downloading the FOX Sports GO app on your mobile device or tablet, and is free of charge. Additionally, Providence is scheduled to make two appearances for a national audience on ESPN3, including games vs. Florida Gulf Coast (Dec. 11) and St. John’s (Feb. 8).
MONTHLY COACH’S SHOW... The Friars produce a monthly Coach’s Show, called Friar Hoop Scoop, which provides a behind-the-scenes look at the women’s basketball program. The show is posted online during the first week of each month and may be viewed on each of the program’s social media platforms, including its YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/ProvidenceCollegeWBB. The program’s most recent show was released on Dec. 4.
WHAT’S NEXT... The Friars will return to action on Tuesday, Dec. 30 against BIG EAST foe St. John’s. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. St. John’s leads the all-time series vs. Providence, 36-24.
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