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FRIARS OPEN BIG EAST CONFERENCE PLAY AGAINST XAVIER... Providence College will host Xavier in the 2016-17 BIG EAST Conference opener on Wednesday, Dec. 28 at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. Tip-off is slated for 7:03 p.m.
BIG EAST DIGITAL NETWORK... The Friars’ game vs. Xavier on Dec. 28 will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) via FOX Sports Go. To watch the game, visit http://www.FoxSportsGo.com. The game also is available via the FOX Sports Go app on your mobile device or tablet. The app is not available internationally. Play-by-play will be handled by Chris Fama. Mike Logan will serve as the color analyst.
FRIARS ALL-TIME VS. XAVIER... The Friars and Musketeers have met six times in the history of the two women’s basketball programs. Xavier leads the all-time series, 5-1, and has earned victories in each of the last four meetings.
WHEN IT ALL BEGAN... Xavier competed in its inaugural season as a BIG EAST Conference member during the 2013-14 campaign. Providence and Xavier had not played one another prior to Xavier’s acceptance into the league. During the 2013-14 season, the Friars and Musketeers met twice and split the season series. Xavier earned a 75-52 victory in the first-ever meeting between the two teams on Jan. 18, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Friars followed with a 61-59 victory later that season on Feb. 22, 2014 in Providence, R.I.
HOME VS. AWAY... The Friars and Musketeers have met three times at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. In addition to earning its only win of the series vs. Xavier at Alumni Hall, the Friars have been markedly more competitive against the Musketeers on their home court. Two of the three games vs. Xavier at Alumni Hall were decided by single digits. The largest margin between the two teams at Alumni Hall was an 11-point Xavier victory on Feb. 1, 2015. The average margin of victory/defeat between the two teams at Alumni Hall is 7.0 points. Meanwhile, in three games played at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Providence is 0-3 and has been defeated by a margin of 20.0 points per game.
OFFENSE VS. DEFENSE... Providence leads the league in field goal percentage (.457) and three-point percentage (.415) heading into its BIG EAST opener against Xavier. The Musketeers enter league play ranked second in the conference in field goal percentage defense and three-point percentage defense. Xavier has held its opponents to 32.7-percent from the field overall, including 29.5-percent shooting from beyond the three-point arc.
SCOUTING THE MUSKETEERS... Xavier enters Wednesday’s BIG EAST opener with an 8-3 overall record. The Musketeers posted a 6-0 record at home in the Cintas Center, but own a 2-3 mark on the road (includes neutral site games). Xavier started the year with six-straight victories, but is 2-3 in its last five games. The Musketeers snapped a two-game winless streak with a 75-52 victory over Kennesaw State in their most recent game (Dec. 21).
PLAYERS TO WATCH... Raeshaun Gaffney is the only player on Xavier’s roster averaging double figures in the scoring column (15.0 ppg). She also is averaging 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and a team-best 1.2 steals per game. Marquia Turner is second among her teammates in scoring (9.8 ppg) and leads Xavier in assists (4.3 apg). Leah Schaefer is the Musketeers’ top rebounder (6.7 rpg) and also leads the squad in blocked shots (20).
NCAA RPI... The Friars enter BIG EAST Conference action ranked 94th in the most recent NCAA Women’s Basketball RPI - through games played Dec. 23. Providence is one of six BIG EAST teams ranked inside the top-100 (see full league rankings below).
NCAA RPI (Dec. 23, 2016)
Georgetown - 4
DePaul - 19
Marquette - 42
St. John’s - 75
Creighton - 83
Providence - 94
Xavier - 117
Villanova - 129
Seton Hall - 165
Butler - 224
THREE HEADED MONSTER... In addition to leading the league in field goal percentage (.457, 293-641) and three-point field goal percentage (.415, 76-183), the Friars also lead the BIG EAST Conference in free-throw percentage (.767, 115-150). Providence also ranks among the top-25 in NCAA Division I in three-point percentage (5th) and free-throw percentage (24th), according to the most recent NCAA statistical release on Dec. 24.
GOOD TO BE HOME... Providence returns to Alumni Hall / Mullaney Gymnasium after playing eight-consecutive games on the road. During the eight game stretch, the Friars posted a 5-3 record. The Friars five wins on the road are the most since 2011-12 when the team finished the year 5-11.
FRIARS COMPLETE NON-CONFERENCE PLAY WITH 8-3 RECORD... The Friars finished non-conference play with a 62-58 victory over Monmouth on Dec. 21. The Friars posted an 8-3 record during the non-conference portion of it’s schedule, marking the most victories in non-conference play since going 8-6 during the 2011-12 campaign.
SARAH BEAL NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL... Sarah Beal was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, Dec. 26. It marks the third time this season that Beal has been recognized on the honor roll, and the eighth time in her career. In the Friars’ only game last week, Beal led the team with a season-high 19 points in a 62-58 victory over Monmouth. She shot 5-10 from the field (0.500) and 9-11 from the free-throw line (0.818). Beal also grabbed four rebounds and tallied one assist, one blocked shot and one steal.
FRIARS HAUL IN SEASON-HIGH 47 REBOUNDS VS. MONMOUTH... The Friars recorded a season-high 47 rebounds in their most recent victory over Monmouth (62-58) on Dec. 21. Providence’s 18 offensive rebounds in the game also marked a season high. Brianna Frias and Allegra Botteghi each collected a game-high nine rebounds. Frias’ nine boards marked a career high. Frias had collected a total of 10 rebounds in the previous six games she played leading up to the Monmouth game. Maddie Jolin and Aliyah Miller also crashed the boards vs. Monmouth, recording eight and seven rebounds, respectively.
YOYO NOGIC RANKS 11th IN THE NATION IN THREE-POINT PERCENTAGE... Yoyo Nogic ranks 11th in the nation among NCAA Division I players in three-point field goal percentage (through games played Dec. 23). She has hit 32-65 of her attempts from long range (.492), and has recorded at least one three-point bucket in 10 of Friars’ 11 games this season. Nogic has hit a season-high five three-pointers in two games this year vs. Binghamton (5-7) and Miami OH (5-10).
MADDIE JOLIN THRIVING IN SIXTH-MAN ROLE... Sophomore Maddie Jolin has made a significant impact on the court this season, averaging 29.0 minutes per game off the bench. She ranks third on the team in scoring (11.2 ppg), rebounding (4.2 rpg) and assists (2.3 apg) as the team’s top reserve. Jolin is shooting 44.6-percent from the field (41-92), 44.2-percent from three-point territory (23-52) and 72.0-percent from the free throw line (18-25).
FLIPPING THE SCRIPT AWAY FROM HOME... The Friars are 5-3 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).
MILLER AND BOTTEGHI LEADING THE WAY ON THE GLASS... Aliyah Miller and Allegra Botteghi are leading the Friars on the boards this season through 11 games. Miller is averaging 6.8 rebounds per game, while Botteghi checks in with 6.5 boards per contest. Botteghi has pulled down eight-or-more rebounds in four of the Friars’ last six games and has led the team in rebounding seven times overall. Miller has led Providence on the boards four times and has recorded double-digit rebounds in two games. Botteghi ranks third in the BIG EAST in defensive rebounds per game (5.4), while Miller ranks fourth (5.3).
BALANCED ATTACK... Five different Friars have led the team in scoring through 11 games this season. Yoyo Nogic and Sara Beal have led the team in scoring four times, while Maddie Jolin has paced the team’s offense in three games. Four players are averaging double figures in the scoring column, led by Nogic’s 14.0 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 11 games. Sarah Beal and Yoyo Nogic have hit double figures nine times each, followed by Allegra Botteghi (seven) and Maddie Jolin (six). Nogic is in the midst of a four-game double-digit scoring streak.
TRIPLE THREAT... Yoyo Nogic and Maddie Jolin ranked No. 2 and No. 3 in the BIG EAST in three-point field goal percentage. Nogic has converted 49.2-percent of her attempts from deep (32-65), while Jolin has connected on 44.2-percent of her three-point attempts (23-52). Clara Che also is ranked inside the top-10 in the BIG EAST in three-point shooting (T-8th - .389, 14-36).
SARAH BEAL RANKS 11th ALL-TIME AT PROVIDENCE IN CAREER ASSISTS... Sarah Beal has recorded 36 assists this season and owns 331 assists during her career with the Friars. Her 331 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.
ANOTHER MILESTONE LOOMING... Sarah Beal has played 83 games during her career and has recorded a total of 942 points. Beal is 58 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 11 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.
YOYO NOGIC HAS HIT 25-CONSECUTIVE FREE THROWS... Yoyo Nogic has hit each of her 16 free throw attempts this season (16-16) through 11 games. Furthermore, Nogic has hit 25-consecutive free throws during a streak that began on Jan. 17, 2016 vs. Creighton. Nogic has been exceptional from the line during her young career with the Friars, hitting 41-45 attempts overall (.911).
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.
FRIARS OPENED 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 8-3 record, moving his career record to 305-271.
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).
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).
WHAT’S NEXT... Providence remains home to host Butler in BIG EAST Conference play on Friday, Dec 30. The game will tip-off at Noon and 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.
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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