Dec. 29, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
PROVIDENCE COLLEGE SET TO HOST BUTLER IN BIG EAST MATCH-UP... The Friars will host Butler University in BIG EAST Conference action on Wednesday, January 1. The game will be held at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. and is scheduled to tip-off at 1:00 p.m.
TUNE IN... Live streaming video of the Providence College vs. Butler University game will be available via Friars All-Access at www.Friars.com. Play-by-play will be provided by Chris Fama. The pre-game broadcast begins at 12:50 p.m.
PROVIDENCE VS. BUTLER ALL-TIME... The Friars and Bulldogs will meet for the first time in the history of the two women's basketball programs. Butler is in the midst of its inaugural season in the BIG EAST Conference.
PRESEASON BIG EAST PREDICTIONS... The Friars were picked to finish eighth in the 2013-14 BIG EAST Preseason Coaches' Poll, which was released at the league's annual media day on October 16. Butler University was picked to finish seventh in its first season with the conference.
SCOUTING BUTLER... The Bulldogs enter Wednesday's game with a 5-7 overall record and an 0-1 mark in BIG EAST play. The Bulldogs fell to Marquette, 61-59, in their first-ever BIG EAST Conference game on December 28 at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. Preseason All-BIG EAST selection Daress McClung leads Butler in scoring (14.7 ppg) and rebounding (7.4 rpg). Liz Stratman is second on the team in scoring at 13.3 points per game and third in rebounding (5.0 rpg). Taylor Schippers rounds out the list of players averaging in double figures (12.4 ppg) and leads the Bulldogs in assists (3.8 apg) and steals (1.7 spg). As a team, Butler averages 66.9 points and 36.7 rebounds per game.
BUTLER VS. MARQUETTE... Butler fell to Marquette, 61-59, on December 28 at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. The Bulldogs held a 26-23 lead at halftime, but were out-scored by Marquette, 38-33, in the second half. The Bulldogs suffered a 45-31 deficit on the boards, which translated to a 13-6 scoring advantage for Marquette in second-chance points. Taylor Schippers led Butler with a game-high 16 points and added four assists. Ijeoma Uchendu came off the bench to record 15 points and a game-high eight rebounds for the Bulldogs, while Daress McClung chipped in 13 points. McClung played just 23 minutes in the game due to foul trouble. Liz Stratman was a non-factor in the game, having fouled out with just four points and three rebounds in 24 minutes of action. Butler led by as many as eight points in the game with 10:05 remaining on the clock.
PROVIDENCE ALL-TIME IN BIG EAST OPENERS... The Friars are 13-18 all-time in BIG EAST openers, including losses in each of the last three. The last time Providence recorded a victory in a BIG EAST season opener was on January 6, 2010. On that day, Providence defeated Villanova, 52-38, at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I.
FRIARS' COME-BACK EFFORT FALLS SHORT AGAINST BOSTON COLLEGE... The Friars finished the non-conference schedule with an 80-71 loss to Boston College on Sunday, December 29 in Providence, R.I. The Friars rallied from a 15-point deficit in the first half and trailed by just three at halftime (40-37). Providence gained a 35-33 lead with 1:38 remaining on the clock, but the Eagles went into the locker room on a 7-2 run. The Friars started the second half on a 5-0 run to take a 42-40 lead. However, the Eagles would regain the lead a minute later and would not relinquish it the rest of the way. Boston College pushed its lead to as many as 18 (72-54) with 6:36 remaining. The Friars cut the deficit to nine (76-67) on a 13-4 run, but it was as close as they would get the rest of the way. The Eagles kept Providence at arms length by hitting 4-4 free throws in the final 1:45 of play. Rule finished the night with a game-high 23 points on 8-13 shooting from the field, including 4-8 from three-point territory. Rule scored 15 of her 23 points in the second half, including 10-straight points in the first six minutes of play.
TORI RULE NOTCHES SIXTH 20+ POINT GAME OF THE SEASON... Junior guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) has reached double figures in the scoring column during nine of the Friars' 11 games, including six games with 20+ points. In the Friars' most recent game, Rule scored 23 points on 8-13 shooting from the floor, including 4-8 from beyond the arc. Earlier this season on November 18, Rule notched a season-high 32 points against Dartmouth, which marks the highest point total by a BIG EAST player this season. Rule has 32 double-digit scoring games in her career, including 11, 20+ point games. Rule has recorded 30+ points three times.
FRIARS BENCH PROVIDES SOLID MINUTES VS. BOSTON COLLEGE... The Friars' bench out-scored Boston College's reserves 21-5 on December 29. The trio of Miranda Simpson (Round Rock, Texas), Karin Robinson (Jamaica, N.Y.) and Aliyah Miller (Southaven, Miss.) combined to hit 6-of-10 shots from the floor in the game. Miller finished the day with nine points and seven rebounds. Simpson hit 2-of-3 attempts from beyond the arc and was a perfect 2-of-2 from the charity stripe. Robinson netted four points (2-4) and finished second on the team in assists, with three.
FRIARS HIT EIGHT THREE-POINTERS VS. BOSTON COLLEGE... The Friars shot a season-best 53.3-percent from beyond the three-point arc vs. Boston College on Sunday, December 29. Providence hit 8-of-15 attempts from three-point territory. The Friars' eight threes are the second most recorded by the team in a game this season. Providence hit 17 three-pointers against Bryant on November 12.
FOUR FRIARS RANK IN THE TOP-30 AMONG BIG EAST PLAYERS IN SCORING... Four Friars rank among the top-30 in scoring in the BIG EAST according to the league's latest statistical report. Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) leads the way in third place overall at 18.3 points per game. Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) ranks 14th (13.3 ppg), Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) is 21st (11.1 ppg) and Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) ranks 29th (10.1 ppg). The Friars join Marquette with four players ranked in the top-30, while DePaul leads the league with five players.
ROOKIE IMPACT... Freshman point guard Sarah Beal (Matthews, N.C.) has started 10 of the Friars' 11 games this season and has made an immediate impact. She is second in the BIG EAST Conference among freshman in scoring, and 29th overall, with 10.1 points per game. Beal also ranks eighth overall in the BIG EAST in steals (1.8 spg) and seventh in assists (4.5 apg) - which is tops among freshmen in both categories. Additionally, she has recorded seven double-digit scoring games and also contributes 4.5 rebounds per contest. Beal has dished a career-high seven assists in four games this season, including each of the last two games.
ALEXIS HARRIS ENTERS BIG EAST PLAY RANKED FIFTH IN REBOUNDING... Junior Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) ranks fifth among BIG EAST players in rebounding this season with 8.2 boards per game. Freshman Natalie Butler (Georgetown) leads the league with 12.8 rebounds per game. Harris' single-season career high in rebounding is 156 boards, which she established last year (2012-13). Harris has already hauled in 90 boards this season through 11 games.
KARIN ROBINSON RETURNS TO THE COURT VS. BOSTON COLLEGE... Prior to the Friars' game vs. Boston College on December 29, junior Karin Robinson (Jamaica, N.Y.) missed three-straight games with an injury. Robinson returned to the court to face the Eagles and posted four points, three assists and one steal in 19 minutes of action off the bench. In eight games this year, Robinson is averaging 8.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.9 steals.
HARRIS EARNS BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL FOR THE SECOND TIME THIS SEASON... Junior forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, December 23. It marked the second time this season that Harris has been named to the league's weekly honor roll. Last week, Harris averaged 13.5 points and 10.5 rebounds for the Friars in games vs. Dayton and Rhode Island. She played a key role in the Friars' victory over Rhode Island on December 21 with her fifth double-double of the season on 10 points and a career-best 16 rebounds. Thirteen of her boards came off of the defensive glass, which also marks a career-best. Harris previously earned honor roll status on November 18.
20+ ASSISTS... The Friars have dished 20+ assists in four games this season, heading into Wednesday's match up against Butler. Prior to this season, the Friars played 81-straight games without reaching 20 assists. The last time Providence recorded 20+ assists in a game, prior to the 2013-14 season, dates back to December 1, 2010. On that day, PC recorded 20 assists vs. Yale.
FRIARS' 28 ASSISTS VS. BRYANT ARE THE MOST IN A SINGLE GAME SINCE JANUARY 21, 1998... The Friars recorded 28 assists during their victory against Bryant on November 12. It marks the most assists in a single game for Providence since January 21, 1998. On that day, Providence dished 29 assists in a 103-92 loss to West Virginia. Providence has dished 20+ assists in four of its 11 games this season.
STEADY EVI... Sophomore Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) has been a steady force on the court for the Friars in virtually every game. She is averaging 11.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. Iiskola has recorded 5+ rebounds in seven of the Friars' 11 games and has reached double-digits in the scoring column six times. The gritty sophomore has been very selective from the field, shooting 40-percent or better from the floor in 10 of 11 games, including 50-percent or better in eight contests. Iiskola leads the team in free-throw percentage (.813, 39-48) and field-goal percentage (.500, 41-82).
FRIARS LOSE FOR FIRST TIME THIS SEASON WHEN SHOOTING HIGHER PERCENTAGE THAN OPPONENT... On December 5 vs. Duquesne, the Friars shot 47.8-percent from the field (33-69), while the Dukes shot 45.9-percent (28-61). It marked the first loss of the season for Providence when out-shooting their opponent. The difference in the game was a 15-point advantage for the Dukes at the free-throw line. Duquesne hit 21-of-33 attempts from the charity stripe, while the Friars hit 6-of-10.
WELCOME BACK ANNIE RUSSIAN... The Friars welcome back junior walk-on Annie Russian (Round Rock, Texas), who missed the early portion of the 2013-14 schedule while competing for the Providence College women's volleyball team. Russian has been slowed by a minor injury, but has resumed practice with the team and suited up for the first time on Wednesday, December 18 vs. Dayton. She will add depth at the forward position.
TORI RULE NAMED BIG EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK... Junior guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) was named BIG EAST Player of the Week on Monday, November 25. It marks the first time in her career that she has earned the league's weekly honor. The previous week, she averaged 22.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game. She netted a season-high 32 points against Dartmouth, which stands as the highest single-game scoring total in the BIG EAST this season. She recorded 14 points against Hartford (11/20) and 22 points and a season-high five rebounds against Arizona State (11/23). Rule has scored 20+ points in six of the Friars' 11 games.
30-POINT SCORERS... Juniors Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) and Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) have each scored 30+ points in a game this season. It's the first time since the 1989-90 season that two different players have eclipsed the 30-point mark. That year, Dottie VanGheem recorded three, 30+ point games, while Andrea Mangum hit the milestone once. Additionally, there have been just four, 30+ point games by a BIG EAST player this season and Providence accounts for two of them.
TORI RULE NETS 32 POINTS IN VICTORY OVER DARTMOUTH... Junior Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) reached the 30-point plateau for the third time in her career on November 18 during an 82-72 victory over Dartmouth. Rule notched 32 points for the Friars on 12-of-21 shooting (0.571) from the field, including 2-of-4 shooting from three-point territory. Rule also made each of her six free-throw attempts in the game. Last season, Rule eclipsed the 30-point mark twice. She tallied 32 points against Colorado State on December 29, 2012, and notched a career-high 35 points against Georgetown on March 8, 2013 in the first round of the BIG EAST Women's Basketball Championship.
ALEXIS HARRIS NETS CAREER-BEST 31 POINTS VS. UMASS LOWELL... Junior forward Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) exploded for a career-high 31 points in the Friars' 109-74 victory over UMass Lowell on November 9. Harris hit 13-of-15 shots from the field, including 7-of-7 in the second half. She also converted 5-of-7 free-throw attempts. Harris joins Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) as the only active players on the roster to score 30+ points in a game for Providence. Rule has surpassed the 30-point plateau three times in her career, including Providence's game against Dartmouth this season (32 points) on November 18.
FRIARS ARE 4-1 THIS SEASON WHEN FOUR-OR-MORE PLAYERS SCORE DOUBLE-FIGURES... The Friars are 4-1 on the season when four-or-more players reach double-figures in the scoring column. The only loss in that stretch came against Duquesne, 83-78, during which four players tallied double-digits. Providence had a season-high seven players in double figures in a 104-67 victory over Bryant (11/12).
EVERY ACTIVE PLAYER HAS SCORED IN DOUBLE FIGURES... Each of the eight active players on the roster have scored in double figures at least once this season (Annie Russian has not played in a game this season, to date). Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) leads the way with nine double-digit games.
FRIARS RECORD 100+ POINTS IN BACK-TO-BACK GAMES... The Friars scored 100+ points in back-to-back games to start the season. The last time Providence scored 100+ points in back-to-back games was during the 1993-94 season. The Friars' 109 points against UMass Lowell and 104 points against Bryant mark the 48th and 49th, 100-point games in program history (1,116 games all-time).
FRIARS' 38 FIELD GOALS MADE VS. UMASS LOWELL ARE MOST SINCE FEBRUARY 10, 2007... The Friars connected on 38-of-79 attempts from the field in their season opening victory against UMass Lowell on November 9. It marks the most field goals made in a single game since February 10, 2007 against St. John's. On that day, the Friars hit 38-of-79 attempts from the floor in a 93-77 victory.
FRIARS HIT 17 THREE-POINT BUCKETS IN WIN OVER BRYANT... The Friars hit 17-of-33 (51.5-percent) attempts from three-point range in a 104-67 victory over Bryant on November 12. The Friars' 17 three-pointers are the most by Providence in a single game, using statistics available beginning with the 1996-97 season. The NCAA introduced the three-point line during the 1986-87 season.
FRIARS' 109 POINTS MOST SINCE JANUARY 3, 1992... The Friars' 109 points vs. UMass Lowell are the most scored by the team since January 3, 1992. On that day, the Friars defeated Pittsburgh, 109-90, in Providence, R.I. Earlier that same season, Providence notched 116 points in a victory over Ball State on November 30 (116-80).
THE LAST TIME PROVIDENCE HIT TRIPLE DIGITS PRIOR TO 2013-14 SEASON... The last time Providence scored 100+ points in a game, prior to the 2013-14 season, was on January 3, 2007. The Friars defeated the Cardinals, 106-94, in double-overtime. Providence eclipsed the 100-point mark in each of its first two games this season.
LAST TIME PROVIDENCE SCORED 100+ POINT IN A GAME OF REGULATION LENGTH PRIOR TO 2013-14 SEASON... The last time Providence scored 100+ points in a game of regulation length (40 minutes), prior to 2013-14 season, dates back to December 30, 1998. On that day, Providence defeated West Virginia, 100-95, in Providence, R.I.
FRIARS RECORD LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY SINCE 1997... The Friars 37-point victory over Bryant on November 12 (104-67), marks the largest margin of victory for the Friars since defeating Puerto Rico, 88-45 (+43), on November 28, 1997 at the San Juan Shoot-out in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
DOUBLE-TROUBLE... Two players have recorded double-doubles this season through 11 games. Alexis Harris (Detroit, Mich.) leads the way with five double-doubles, marking the first five of her career. Sophomore Evi Iiskola (Espoo, Finland) has recorded one double-double.
FRIARS' 65 REBOUNDS VS. UMASS LOWELL TIES PROVIDENCE COLLEGE SINGLE-GAME RECORD... The Friars recorded 65 rebounds against UMass Lowell on November 9. The Friars' 65 boards ties the program record for rebounds in a single-game at Providence College. Last season, the Friars recorded 65 rebounds against Villanova (1/23/13).
FRIARS CELEBRATE 40th SEASON OF WOMEN'S BASKETBALL AT PROVIDENCE COLLEGE... The 2013-14 campaign marks the 40th season of women's basketball at Providence College, which coincides with the start of a new era of BIG EAST Conference basketball. The program's first season of "varsity" competition was during the 1974-75 season, under the direction of Head Coach Kay McDonald. Providence finished its inaugural season with a 9-4 overall record.
TORI RULE NAMED TO 2013-14 PRESEASON ALL-BIG EAST TEAM... Junior guard Tori Rule (Minneapolis, Minn.) was named to the 2013-14 Preseason All-BIG EAST Team on October 16. The announcement was made by the league office at its annual media day, held at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York City. Rule was among the list of 10 players named to the preseason team. Rule is the Friars' leading returning scorer from 2012-13, having averaged 14.4 points per game. She also contributed 3.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.2 steals per game.
WBCA JUNIOR/COMMUNITY COLLEGE COACHES' ALL-AMERICAN KARIN ROBINSON JOINS FRIARS FOR 2013-14 SEASON... Junior Karin Robinson (Jamaica, N.Y.) joins the Friars for her first season of NCAA Division I women's basketball after spending the last two seasons at the community college level. She began her career at Coffeyville Community College (2011-12), and played the 2012-13 season at Monroe Community College. Robinson averaged 10.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 3.1 steals per game at Monroe CC and was one of just 10 players named to the 2013 WBCA Junior/Community College All-America Team. This season, Robinson is averaging 8.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.9 steals per game. Robinson has played in eight of the Friars' 11 games (missed three games due to injury).
TRANSFER SHEQUANA HARRIS TO SIT OUT AFTER PLAYING 2012-13 SEASON AT CHARLOTTE... Sophomore Shequana Harris (Bronx, N.Y.) will sit out the 2013-14 season due to NCAA transfer rules. Harris played the 2012-13 season at Charlotte and enrolled at Providence College this past summer. While at Charlotte, Harris saw action in 17 games as a freshman and averaged 1.7 points per game. Prior to college, she attended Murry Bergtraum High School in New York, where she was named 2012 New York City Player of the Year by the New York Post. She also was rated as a three-star recruit by ESPN/Hoopgurlz as a senior.
PROVIDENCE COLLEGE INKS THREE STUDENT-ATHLETES DURING THE EARLY SIGNING PERIOD... Head Coach Susan Robinson Fruchtl announced on Monday, December 9, 2013 that student-athletes Yasmine Bidikuindila (Montreal, Quebec), Brianna Frias (Worcester, Mass.) and Alise Parker (Germantown, Tenn.) have each signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Providence College. A full press release regarding their commitments can be found on Pg. 8 of the game notes.
TRACY LIS '92 TO HAVE HER JERSEY RETIRED ON JANUARY 25... On Saturday, January 25, Providence College will honor three of its all-time greatest basketball players. Former Friar men's basketball players Kevin Stacom '74 and Joe Hassett '77 and women's basketball player Tracy Lis '92 will be honored at the men's and women's home games that day as banners will be unveiled with their names and numbers (Stacom #25, Hassett #10 and Lis #22). The banners will be presented at a halftime ceremony of each game. All three former Friars will join the Friar Legends Forever Tradition. On January 25, the Friar men's team will play Xavier at the Dunkin' Donuts Center at noon and the Friar women's basketball team will play Seton Hall in Mullaney Gymnasium at 2:30 p.m. Lis will become the second player in Providence College women's basketball history to have her jersey retired, and the third honoree overall. In 2010, former Associate Athletic Director Helen Bert and former Friar great Kathy Finn Hill `84 were honored. Lis, a native of Cromwell, Conn., is one of the greatest players to ever wear a Friar uniform. She played for the Providence College women's basketball team from 1988-92, and is the program's all-time leading scorer with 2,534 career points. She is the only Friar to eclipse the 2,000-point plateau in the history of the program. Lis also ranks fifth in career rebounding with 821 boards. She also ranks fourth all-time among BIG EAST Conference career leaders in points (1,296), ninth in scoring average (19.6 ppg), third in free throws made (302), ninth in steals (183) and 11th in field goals made (455) in conference action. In 1990, she led the Friars to the program's first BIG EAST Tournament title. That same season, the Friars advanced to the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Tournament. In 1991, she guided the program to its highest national ranking in the Associated Press Top-25 at No. 15. In 1992, Lis received the BIG EAST Special Achievement Award and was named ECAC Player of the Year. Lis was a two-time First-Team All-BIG EAST selection. In 2004, Lis was one of 15 players honored as a member of the BIG EAST Conference Silver Anniversary Team. During her career, Providence made four-consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament and compiled a 96-31 record (.755). Providence also advanced to the BIG EAST Championship game three-straight years (1989-91). Lis played professionally for the New England Blizzard in the American Basketball League (ABL).
FOX SPORTS 1... The Friars have two games broadcast on national television this season. FOX Sports 1, which reached 90-million homes across the United States, has picked up the Friars' game vs. Boston College on Sunday, December 29 at 3:00 p.m. and Providence's BIG EAST tilt against St. John's on Saturday, February 8 at 12:30 p.m.
WOON 1240 AM... The Friars will have five games broadcast, locally, on WOON 1240 AM this season; vs. Bryant (11/12), at Rhode Island (12/21), at Xavier (1/18), at St. John's (2/8) and at Seton Hall (2/18). Audio coverage of all games (home and away) will be available via the internet at www.Friars.com. In addition to the audio coverage, all home games (with the exception of televised contests) will feature live streaming video.
WHAT'S NEXT... The Friars will play back-to-back road games at Villanova and DePaul. Providence will face the Wildcats on Saturday, January 4 at The Pavilion in Villanova, Pa. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Villanova leads the all-time series against Providence, 38-25. The Friars will make the trip to Chicago, Ill. to face the Blue Demons on Wednesday, January 8. The match-up between Providence and DePaul will tip-off at 8:00 p.m. (ET) at McGrath-Phillips Arena. DePaul leads the all-time series, 7-4.
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