PROVIDENCE RESUMES BIG EAST PLAY... The Providence College women’s basketball team will host BIG EAST foe St. John’s on Tuesday, Dec. 30. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. St. John’s is currently receiving votes in the Associated Press Top-25 rankings and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll. TUNE IN... The Providence College vs. St. John’s women’s basketball game will feature live streaming video via Friars All-Access at www.Friars.com. Play-by-play will be provided by Chris Fama. Friars All-Access is a subscription service.
FRIARS ALL-TIME VS. ST. JOHN’S... Providence and St. John’s have met 60 times during the history of the two women’s basketball programs. The Red Storm lead the all-time series, 34-26, and have earned victories in 13 of the last 14 meetings, including each of the last eight. LAST TIME
PROVIDENCE DEFEATED ST. JOHN’S... Providence last defeated St. John’s on Feb. 10, 2007 in Queens, N.Y. On that day, the Friars earned a 93-77 victory.
PROVIDENCE VS. ST. JOHN’S AT ALUMNI HALL... The Friars and Red Storm have met 27 times at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. St. John’s leads the series vs. PC in games played at Alumni Hall, 17-10. The Red Storm have earned victories in each of the last seven games played on the Friars’ home court.
BIG EAST REGULAR-SEASON PLAY... Providence is one of four teams the BIG EAST with a 1-0 record, joining St. John’s, DePaul and Seton Hall. The Friars opened BIG EAST regular-season play with a 51-49 victory over Villanova on Dec. 3 in Providence, R.I.
LOOKING BACK AT THE FRIARS’ 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.
TORI RULE NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL FOR THIRD TIME THIS SEASON... On Dec. 29, senior guard Tori Rule was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll. In the Friars’ only game last week, she recorded 23 points, five steals, three rebounds and two assists vs. Boston College (12/28). She shot 9-20 from the field, including 5-12 from three-point range. Rule earned was named to the weekly honor roll on two previous occasions this season (11/24, 12/8). Alexis Harris is the only other Friar to earn BIG EAST honors this season as a member of the Honor Roll (12/22).
ROAD WOES... The Friars are currently 0-6 on the road this season. 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 73.5 points per game on the road (+13.0 ppg).
FRIARS ARE 2-0 WHEN LEADING AT HALFTIME... Providence is 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.
GETTING OVER THE HUMP... Seven of the Friars’ 12 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.
TORI RULE MOVES INTO 21st 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 Tuesday’s game vs. St. John’s with 1,125 career points, and ranks 21st all-time in scoring at Providence. Rule has played 97 career games with the Friars and has averaged 11.6 points per game. WHO’S NEXT... Tori Rule needs two points to pass Monika Roberts ‘01 and take sole possession of 20th on the Friars’ all-time career scoring list. Roberts played 102 games from 1997-01 and recorded 1,126 career points (11.0 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 517 career rebounds heading into Tuesday’s game against St. John’s. Harris is on pace to crack the top-20 on the Friars’ all-time rebounding list. She currently is 66 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 12 games in 2014-15, Harris leads the Friars with 89 boards (7.4 rpg).
THE DAILY DIME... Sarah Beal leads the Friars in assists this season with 5.0 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’ 12 games, including five of the last six games. Beal’s career high in assists is 13 (vs. Butler 1/28/14).
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 60 assists through the first 12 games (6.0 apg).
DEFENSE... The Friars have allowed seven of their 12 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 1-6 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).
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 four 20+ point games this season vs. Brown (20), Bryant (20), Villanova (22) and Boston College (23). 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 18, 20+ point games in her career, while Beal has achieved the feat five times.
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 hit the road for back-to-back BIG EAST Conference games vs. Butler and Xavier. The Friars’ tip-off against Butler at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Friday, Jan. 2 at 2:00 p.m. in Indianapolis, Ind. Providence remains on the road to face Xavier on Sunday, Jan. 4 at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.
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