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FRIARS HOST BUTLER IN BIG EAST PLAY ON FRIDAY, DEC. 30... Providence College will host Butler in BIG EAST Conference action on Friday, Dec. 30. The game will tip-off at Noon at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I.
BIG EAST DIGITAL NETWORK... The Friars’ game vs. Butler 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.
PROVIDENCE VS. BUTLER ALL-TIME... Providence and Butler have met six times during the history of the two women’s basketball programs. Butler leads the all-time series, 6-0.
FIRST MEETING... The Friars and Bulldogs first met on Jan. 1, 2014 in Providence, R.I. as Butler embarked on its inaugural season in the BIG EAST Conference. The Bulldogs claimed a 68-65 victory on that day.
BY THE NUMBERS... Five of the six meetings between Providence and Butler have been decided by 10 points or less, including three meetings decided by five points or less.
WHAT HAPPENED LAST SEASON... The Friars and Bulldogs met twice during the 2015-16 season. On Jan. 8, 2016, Butler claimed a 77-67 victory at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. On Feb. 7, 2016, the Bulldogs defeated Providence, 65-50, at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. The Bulldog’s 15-point victory marked the largest margin during the all-time series.
SCOUTING BUTLER... Butler enters Friday’s game with a 3-9 overall record, including a 0-1 mark in the BIG EAST. The Bulldogs opened BIG EAST play with a 67-52 loss to Creighton in Omaha, Neb. Michelle Weaver led the Bulldogs with 18 points and three assists, while Tori Schickel contributed eight points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Kristen Spolyar joined Weaver in double figures with 11 points. Through 12 games, Schickel is one of just two players in the league averaging a double-double with 13.2 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Spolyar and Weaver enter Friday’s game averaging 13.0 points and 10.6 points, respectively. As a team, Butler ranks 10th in the BIG EAST in scoring offense, averaging just 54.9 points per game. Additionally, the Bulldogs rank ninth in the conference in rebounding (33.9 rpg).
FRIARS FALL TO XAVIER IN BIG EAST OPENER... Providence fell to Xavier, 54-51, in its BIG EAST Conference opener on Dec. 28 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. Sarah Beal led all scorers with 16 points for Providence. Xavier tallied the first bucket of the game, but the Friars followed with a 16-2 run to take a 16-4 advantage with 1:36 left in the first quarter. Raeshaun Gaffney hit a three-pointer for Xavier to halt the run with 43-seconds left and Providence took a 16-7 lead into the break. Xavier opened the second quarter with another three from Gaffney to get within six (16-10), but the Friars went on an 8-2 run to take a 24-12 lead with 5:04 on the clock. The Friars held a 28-16 lead at halftime. The Musketeers used a 10-0 run in during the third quarter to get within one (35-34) with 2:17 left on the clock. Providence closed the quarter with a driving lay-up from Beal and a free-throw by Aliyah Miller to take a four-point advantage into the fourth quarter (38-34). In the fourth quarter, Providence fought off Xavier on several occasions as the Musketeers tied the game with 4:36 remaining (43-43) and again with 3:08 on the clock (45-45). Each time, Miller helped Providence regain the lead, first with a lay-up and then with a pair of free throws. Xavier’s Gaffney knocked down a three-point bucket with 2:28 remaining in the game, to give her team its first lead since the opening basket of the game. Leah Schaefer followed with a lay-up to give Xavier a 50-47 advantage with 1:47 to play, and the Musketeers held off the Friars down the stretch. Providence got within one (52-51) with six seconds on the clock as Allegra Botteghi scored off an inbounds play. The Friars fouled immediately and Marquia Turner made both free throws to give Xavier a three-point cushion with four seconds on the clock (54-51). Providence called timeout to advance the ball and draw up a final play, but Clara Che’s deep look at a three was off the mark. Botteghi and Miller joined Beal in double figures with 13 points and 11 points, respectively. Miller narrowly missed a double-double as she also contributed a game-high nine rebounds. Yoyo Nogic finished the night with nine points.
UNCHARACTERISTIC NIGHT FROM THREE-POINT TERRITORY... The Friars entered Wednesday’s game against Xavier as the top three-point shooting team in the conference (.415). Against the Musketeers, the Friars shot an uncharacteristic 13.6-percent from beyond the arc (3-22). Yoyo Nogic shot 3-7 from three-point territory, while the rest of the team combined to shoot 0-15.
FRIARS LOOKING TO FINISH DOWN THE STRETCH... The Friars have shown significant improvement this season in multiple facets of the game, but the team is still looking to clear some hurdles when it comes to finishing close games. Each of the Friars’ four losses have been decided by single digits. Providence is 2-4 this season in games decided by eight points or less, including a 1-3 mark in games decided by four points or less.
NCAA RPI... The Friars entered 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... The Friars enter Friday’s game against Butler ranked No. 1 in free-throw percentage (.771, 121-157) and three-point percentage (.385, 79-205). Additionally, Providence ranks second in the league in field-goal percentage (.451, 314-696).
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.
NON-CONFERENCE COMPARISON BETWEEN 2015-16 AND 2016-17 SEASONS... With the close of non-conference play, the Friars have showed significant improvements in nearly every statistical category. For a complete breakdown, see below:
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 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.
MADDIE JOLIN THRIVING IN SIXTH-MAN ROLE... Sophomore Maddie Jolin has made a significant impact on the court this season, averaging 28.6 minutes per game off the bench. She ranks fourth on the team in scoring (10.3 ppg) and third in rebounding (4.4 rpg) and assists (2.2 apg). She is shooting 41.8-percent from the field (41-98), 41.1-percent from three-point territory (23-56) and 72-percent from the foul 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 12 games. Miller is averaging 7.0 rebounds per game, while Botteghi checks in with 6.6 boards per contest. Botteghi has pulled down eight-or-more rebounds in four of the Friars’ last seven games and has led the team in rebounding seven times overall. Miller has led Providence on the boards five times and has recorded double-digit rebounds in two games.
BALANCED ATTACK... Five different Friars have led the team in scoring through 12 games this season. Sara Beal has led the team in scoring five times and Yoyo Nogic has been the top scorer for Providence in four contests. 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 13.6 points per game.
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 12 games. Sarah Beal leads the team with 10 double-digit scoring games. Yoyo Nogic has reached double figures nine times.
TRIPLE THREAT... Yoyo Nogic and Maddie Jolin rank in the top-five in the BIG EAST in three-point field goal percentage. Nogic ranks second and has converted 48.6-percent of her attempts from deep (35-72), while Jolin is ranked fifth (.411, 23-56). Nogic also ranks second in three-point field goals made (2.9).
SARAH BEAL RANKS 11th ALL-TIME AT PROVIDENCE IN CAREER ASSISTS... Sarah Beal has recorded 37 assists this season and owns 332 assists during her career with the Friars. Her 332 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 84 games during her career and has recorded a total of 958 points. Beal is 42 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.
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 hits the road for a pair of road games against DePaul (Jan. 2) and Marquette (Jan. 4). The Friars match-up against DePaul will be nationally-televised on CBS Sports Net at 9:00 p.m. ET. Providence and Marquette will tip-off at 8:00 p.m. ET on the BIG EAST Digital Network 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.
DORIS BURKE ‘87 TO HAVE JERSEY RETIRED... 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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