FRIARS FINISH OFF THREE-GAME HOMESTAND AGAINST BIG EAST FOE VILLANOVA... Providence will finish a three-game homestand against 18th-ranked Villanova in BIG EAST Conference action on Saturday, Dec. 30. The game will be played at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. and is scheduled to tip-off at 1:00 p.m.
TUNE-IN... The Friars’ game against Villanova will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) via FOX Sports Go. Download the FOX Sport Go app on your mobile device or tablet to watch the action, or watch on your desktop/laptop computer at http://www.FOXSportsGo.com. The FOX Sports Go app is not available internationally, but the game may be viewed on the internet.
FAMILIAR FOE... The Friars have played the Wildcats 71 times during the history of the two women’s basketball programs. It marks the most games vs. any opponent in program history.
PROVIDENCE VS. VILLANOVA ALL-TIME... Villanova leads the all-time series vs. Providence, 45-26. The Wildcats have earned victories in eight of the last 10 regular-season games, including each of the last five.
THE LAST TIME PROVIDENCE DEFEATED VILLANOVA... The Friars last defeated Villanova on Dec. 3, 2014. On that day, the Friars secured a 51-49 victory at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I.
LAST TIME PROVIDENCE DEFEATED A NATIONALLY-RANKED OPPONENT... The last time the Friars defeated a nationally-ranked opponent dates back to Jan. 23, 2013. On that day, Providence knocked off No. 25 Villanova, 65-60, in overtime at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. The Wildcats enter Saturday’s game against Providence ranked 18th in the Associated Press Top-25 and 18th in the ESPN / USA Today Coaches’ Poll.
COMBINATION OF TURNOVERS AND SEASON-LOW SHOOTING PERFORMANCE DOOM FRIARS IN BIG EAST OPENER... Providence fell to Georgetown, 75-43, in its BIG EAST opener on Dec. 28. The Friars found themselves trailing 19-0 after just eight minutes of action and never recovered. At the end of the night, Georgetown had out-scored Providence, 35-0 in points off of turnovers, 22-0 in fast-break points and 42-8 in the paint. The Friars committed 30 turnovers in the game and shot a season-low 27.7-percent from the field (13-47).
FRIARS SHOOT 50-PERCENT OR BETTER FROM FIELD A LEAGUE-BEST FOUR TIMES... The Friars rank second in the BIG EAST in field-goal percentage (.435, 382-840) and have shot better than 50-percent in four games this season, which leads the league.
FRIARS CLAIM A WINNING RECORD IN NON-CONFERENCE PLAY IN BACK-TO-BACK SEASONS... The Friars finished non-conference play with a 7-5 mark and have secured a winning record in non-conference action in back-to-back seasons for the first time since the 2010-11 and 2011-12 campaigns. Last season, Providence finished the non-conference portion of their schedule with an 8-4 record.
HOME AND AWAY... In six games on their home court at Alumni Hall, the Friars have recorded an overall field-goal percentage of .398 (128-322) and a three-point percentage of .365 (38-104). Providence is shooting the ball significantly better away from home. In seven games on the road (including neutral-site games), the Friars have shot .468 (170-363) from the field, including .444 (55-124) from beyond the arc.
FRIARS ARE 5-2 ON THE ROAD THIS SEASON... Providence College has collected five of its seven wins away from home this season (5-2). Three of those wins came on a neutral court during the Savannah Invitational (Nov. 21-23). Providence defeated Northeastern (98-95 OT) and Yale (55-51) on its opponents home court. The Friars dropped their first game of the year on the road on Dec. 6 at Quinnipiac (62-36). Providence fell victim to a season-low shooting performance from the field overall (.321, 17-53) and from beyond the three-point arc (.111, 2-18). The Friars also fell to Sacred Heart, 78-75, on Dec. 9.
PROVIDENCE LEADS THE BIG EAST AND RANKS SIXTH IN THE NATION IN THREE-POINT PERCENTAGE... The Friars enter Saturday’s game ranked first in the BIG EAST Conference and sixth in the nation (NCAA Division I) in three-point field-goal percentage (.408).
NOGIC RANKS SIXTH IN THE NATION IN FREE-THROW PERCENTAGE... Jovana Nogic leads the BIG EAST and ranks sixth in the nation in free throw percentage. She has shot 93.2-percent from the foul line (41-44). At one point during the season, Nogic had converted 33-consecutive attempts from the foul line. On Dec. 21, she finished 8-10 from the charity stripe against Boston College. Her eight makes at the foul line mark a single-game career high. For her career, she has cashed in on 90.8-percent of her attempts at the line (99-109).
NOGIC HOLDS SINGLE-SEASON RECORD FOR THREE-POINTERS... Jovana Nogic set the Providence College single-season record for three-pointers, with 91, during the 2016-17 season. The previous record was held by Julie Wheeler ‘98, which she set during the 1994-95 season, with 82. For her career, Nogic has hit 186-451 attempts from three-point territory (.408). The Providence College record for three-pointers made in a career was set by Wheeler (252) in 101 games (1994-98).
JOLIN AND CHE LEADING THE CHARGE BEYOND THE ARC... While Jovana Nogic has hit a team-best 41 three pointers this season (.387), it is Maddie Jolin and Clara Che who are leading the charge from beyond the arc when it comes to shooting percentage. Jolin ranks 10th in the BIG EAST and checks in at .429 having converted 30-of-70 attempts from three-point territory. Che leads the team and ranks sixth in the BIG EAST in three-point percentage at .463 (22-48).
DOUBLE-TROUBLE... Junior college transfer Ny-Asia Franklin recorded the first double-double of her career with the Friars on Nov. 14 against Northeastern. She posted 13 points and 13 boards against the Huskies. Franklin joins Allegra Botteghi (4) and Maddie Jolin (1) as the only active players on the current roster to record a double-double.
1,000-POINT MILESTONE... Jovana Nogic is nearing the 1,000-point career milestone. She enters Saturday’s game against Villanova with 947 points (72 games). Nogic need 53 points to become the 34th player in program history to achieve the feat. Sarah Beal ‘17 is the most recent Friar to reach the 1,000-point plateau. She finished her career ranked 21st on the Friars’ all-time scoring list with 1,188 points (2013-17).
NOGIC RANKS FIFTH IN THE BIG EAST IN SCORING... Jovana Nogic entered the week leading the BIG EAST in scoring. On Dec. 28, she tallied a season-low five points in the BIG EAST opener against Georgetown and currently ranks fifth in the league in scoring average (18.2 ppg). Just 0.7 points separate the leagues top-five scorers heading into Saturday’s games. Audrey Faber currently holds the top spot at 18.9 points per contest.
FRIARS CLAIM SAVANNAH INVITATIONAL TITLE... Providence posted a 3-0 record and claimed the Savannah Invitational title in Savannah, Ga. The Friars defeated Savannah State (78-48), Wright State (74-69) and Stetson (56-45).
FRIARS EARN FIRST IN-SEASON TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP SINCE 2012... The Friars last won an in-season tournament championship during the 2012-13 season, as part of the Fordham Holiday Classic in Bronx, N.Y. Providence College defeated Colorado State (71-53) and Lafayette (66-54) on Dec. 29-30, 2012. Last season, the Friars competed in two in-season tournaments. Providence finished 2-0 at the UNCW Hampton Inn Thanksgiving Classic, but the tournament did not award a champion. The Friars also participated in the first annual Ocean State Tip-Off Tournament, and fell to Brown in the championship game.
JIM CROWLEY HOLDS 7-2 MARK AT IN-SEASON TOURNAMENTS WITH PROVIDENCE... Providence College Head Coach Jim Crowley owns a 7-2 overall record with the Friars at in-season tournaments. The only two losses for Providence under the direction of Crowley at an in-season tournament have come against Brown. In consecutive seasons, Brown has defeated Providence at the Ocean State Tip-Off Tournament. The Bears claimed a 77-70 in last year’s championship game. This season, Brown defeated the Friars, 64-59, in the opening game of the tournament.
NOGIC NAMED BIG EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK... Jovana Nogic was named BIG EAST Player of the Week on Nov. 27. It marks the first time in her career that she has earned the honor, and comes on the heels of being named Most Valuable Player at the Savannah Invitational on Nov. 23. Nogic led the Friars to a 3-0 record and the tournament title at the Savannah Invitational, where she averaged 22.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. She shot an impressive 43.5-percent from the field (20-46), including a blistering 57.1-percent from three point territory (16-28). Nogic also was a perfect 12-12 from the foul line.
BOTTEGHI NAMED TO SAVANNAH INVITATIONAL ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM... Allegra Botteghi was named to the Savannah Invitational All-Tournament Team on Nov. 23. She played steady basketball throughout the tournament and averaged 7.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. Botteghi posted a tournament-high 12 points in the Friars’ victory over a tough Wright State team on Nov. 22. She also led Providence in rebounding in two of three games at the Savannah Invitational. In the Friars’ game against Stetson, Botteghi tallied a team-best six points and four rebounds in the first half to keep Providence in good position to stage a comeback. The Hatters led by as many as 15 in the second quarter, but the Friars were able to cut the deficit to seven (27-20) at halftime.
JOLIN NAMED TO OCEAN STATE TIP-OFF ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM... Junior guard Maddie Jolin earned Ocean State Tip-Off All-Tournament Team honors on Dec. 3. She averaged 15.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steal per game at the event in games vs. Brown and Rhode Island. Her scoring and rebounding averages were tops on the team. She shot .579 from the field (11-19), .500 from three-point territory and 1.000 from the charity stripe (2-2) while averaging 32 minutes per game. Jolin tallied 16 points and nine rebounds against Brown and followed with 14 points, six boards, three assists and two steals against Rhode Island. Jolin has reached double figures in the scoring column during seven of the Friars’ eight games.
SINGLE DIGITS... Four of the Friars’ six losses this season have been decided by a single-digit margin, including two by five points or less. Last season, 12 of the Friars’ 18 losses were decided by 10-points or less. This year, Providence is 4-4 in games decided by 10-points or less.
FRIARS ERASE 20-POINT FOURTH QUARTER DEFICIT... The Friars trailed by 15 points heading into the fourth quarter on Nov. 14 against Northeastern, and trailed by as many as 20 (71-51) with 9:09 remaining in the game. Providence used a 15-0 scoring run to stun the Huskies and out-scored Northeastern, 35-20, overall in the quarter to force overtime. The overtime featured four lead changes and three ties, but the Friars prevailed in the end by a score of 98-95.
FOURTH QUARTER MAGIC... The Friars shot a blistering 86.7-percent from the field in the fourth quarter against Northeastern on Nov. 14. Providence hit 13 of its 15 shots, including 4-4 from three-point territory.
MADDIE JOLIN SPARKS IMPROBABLE COMEBACK... Junior guard Maddie Jolin tallied 18 of her career-high 23 points in the fourth quarter, as the Friars mounted an improbable come-back victory against Northeastern on Nov. 14. The Huskies led 71-51 with 9:09 remaining in the game, before Jolin rattled off 10-consecutive points en route to a 15-0 run by the Friars. Jolin shot 6-7 from the field in the final quarter, including a 3-3 performance from three-point territory. She also hit 2-3 free-throw attempts. For the game, Jolin was 8-11 from the field, including 4-5 from beyond the arc.
NOGIC DRAINS CAREER-HIGH 31 POINTS... Jovana Nogic led the Friars with a career-best 31 points on Nov. 14 against Northeastern. She complemented a red-hot Maddie Jolin in the fourth quarter with nine points, and took control in the overtime, scoring eight of the Friars’ 13 points in the extra session. For the game, Nogic shot 12-19 from the field and hit 6-6 shots from the free-throw line. Nogic’s 31 points are the second most scored by a BIG EAST Conference player this season. Audrey Faber (Creighton) notched 34 points against Drake on Dec. 3.
THIRTY SOMETHING... Jovana Nogic is the first Friar to score 30+ points in a game since Tori Rule ‘15 dropped 30 points against Marquette on March 7, 2015. Nogic’s 31 points against Northeastern marks the second-highest scoring total in the BIG EAST Conference this season.
FRIARS IN OVERTIME GAMES UNDER JIM CROWLEY... Providence is 2-2 in overtime games under the direction of second-year Friars Head Coach Jim Crowley. In his first season with the program (2016-17), Providence posted a 1-2 mark in overtime games. The Friars are 2-0 in overtime games when they score 90+ points.
JOVANA NOGIC NAMED TO ANN MEYERS DRYSDALE AWARD WATCH LIST... Junior Jovana Nogic was announced as a candidate for the inaugural Ann Meyers Drysdale Award. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced its watch list, comprised of 20 players, on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Named after the first player, male or female, to be named to the All-America Team in four-straight seasons, the annual award recognizes the top shooting guard in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball. Nogic led the BIG EAST Conference and finished 19th in NCAA Division I in three-point field goal percentage (.429) and 20th in three-point field goals made per game (3.03). She ranked second in the BIG EAST and 25th in the nation in three-point field goals made (91).Additionally, Nogic hit at least one three-point bucket in 28 of the Friars’ 30 games. She knocked down three-or-more three-point attempts in 18 games, including six games with five-or-more makes from beyond the arc. On Jan. 27, 2017, Nogic recorded a career-best seven three-point makes (7-11) vs. eventual BIG EAST Tournament Champion Marquette. Her shooting prowess also extends to the free-throw line, where she knocked down 33-of-36 attempts (.917). Nogic is one of five players to land on the watch list from the BIG EAST Conference, joining Ashton Millender (DePaul), Natisha Hiedeman (Marquette), Allazia Blockton (Marquette) and Akina Wellere (St. John’s). The Selection Committee for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award is composed of top women’s college basketball personnel, including media members, head coaches, sports information directors and Hall of Famers. By mid-February, the watch list of 20 players for the 2018 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award will be narrowed to just 10. In March, five finalists will be presented to Ms. Drysdale and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. Fans also will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite finalist at www.hoophallawards.com.
HOW THE FRIARS FARED IN 2016-17... The Friars finished the season with a 12-18 overall record and a 4-14 mark in the BIG EAST Conference. The Friars’ 12 wins marked a seven-game improvement in the win column, compared to the previous season when they finished 5-24 (2015-16). It also marks the most wins overall in a single-season since 2011-12, when the team finished the year 13-17. In conference play, Providence’s four victories marked the most since 2011-12 when the team finished 5-11.
FRIARS PICKED TO FINISH NINTH IN BIG EAST PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL... The Friars were picked to finish ninth in the 2017-18 BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The announcement was made at the league’s annual media day on Oct. 18 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
2017-18 BIG EAST PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL
1. Marquette (9) 81
2. DePaul (1) 73
3. Villanova 61
4. Creighton 58
5. Georgetown 43
6. Seton Hall 40
7. St. John’s 37
8. Butler 29
9. Providence 18
10. Xavier 10
HIGHEST FINISH IN BIG EAST SINCE 1997-98... Providence finished in a three-way tie for seventh place in the BIG EAST Conference regular-season standings. It marks the highest finish for the program since conference realignment, and best finish overall in league play since 1997-98 when the team finished fourth in the BIG EAST 7 division.
WHAT’S NEXT... The Friars will hit the road for a pair of games against BIG EAST foes St. John’s and Seton Hall. Providence stops in Jamaica, N.Y. to take on the Red Storm on Tuesday, Jan. 2 at 7:00 p.m. The road trip concludes with a match-up against the Pirates in South Orange, N.J. on Friday, Jan. 5.
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