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THE FRIARERS HOSTS STONEHILL IN THE ALUMNI HALL FRIDAY NIGHT… Providence College will host Stonehill College on Friday, November 11 at Alumni Hall in Providence, RI The game is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m.
PROVIDENCE CLAIMS VICTORY IN SEASON OPENING… The Friars defeated Dayton, 69-60, in their season opener at Alumni Hall on November 7. The Friars improved to 29-20 all-time in season starts and 33-16 all-time in home starts.
HOME SWEET HOME… The Friars will play eight of their first 12 games at Alumni Hall in Providence, RI, including back-to-back home games against Dayton (November 7) and Stonehill (November 11) to open the season. Providence will also host the Friar Thanksgiving Classic Nov. 25-27, welcoming Hartford, Weber State and Bryant to Alumni Hall.
EXPLORING STONEHILL… Stonehill accepted an invitation to join the Northeast Conference and is in the midst of transitioning to full NCAA Division I membership. The Skyhawks will be eligible for the NEC postseason beginning in 2024-25. Meanwhile, Stonehill made his Division I debut against Lehigh on Nov. 7 and fell to the Mountain Hawks, 60-43. Stonehill finished the 2021-22 season with a 16-9 record, including a 12-7 mark in the Northeast 10, and reached the conference championship game. The Skyhawks return six-letter winners, including three members of last year’s team’s starting lineup. Mia Kelly (11 points), Emily Bramanti (11 points) and Maddie Loder (10 points) reached double figures against Lehigh. Sophie Glidden recorded eight points and 12 rebounds.
PROVIDENCE VS. STONEHILL ALL TIME… The Friars and Skyhawks met five times between 1975 and 1984. Providence claimed a 3-2 record in those games, including a 3-1 mark at Alumni Hall.
LOOKING BACK TO THE SEASON OPENING… Providence opened the season with a 69-60 win over Dayton. The Friars led from start to finish in the victory and held their biggest margin of the night (14 points) with 4:01 remaining in the third quarter. Providence outscored Dayton 20-6 in points from turnovers and 9-2 in fast break points. Janai Crooms he outscored four Friars in double figures with 20 points and also added a team-high nine rebounds. olivia olson he scored 11 of his 15 points in the second half and completed the night with seven rebounds. Grace Ephosa Y Brynn Farrell each recorded 10 points in the victory. Efosa matched his career high in scoring, while Farrell made his debut with the Friars and reached double figures for the second time of his career.
FOUR FRIARS IN DOUBLE FIGURES… Four Friars reached double figures in the scoring column against Dayton on Nov. 7, including Janai Crooms (twenty), olivia olson (fifteen), Brynn Farrell (10) and Grace Ephosa (10). The last time Providence had four or more players in double figures dates back to the 2020-21 season (Jan. 7, 2021 vs. Butler). That day, Chanell Williams (16), Mary Baskerville (13), Alyssa Geary (10) and Kyra Spiwak (10) all scored in double figures in the scoring column.
JANAI CROOMS NAMED TO PRE-SEASON ALL-BIG EAST TEAM… elder guard Janai Crooms was among the list of 11 student-athletes named to the preseason All-BIG EAST team, unveiled at the league’s annual media day on October 18 at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY Crooms is entering his second season with the Friars and his final season of NCAA Division I basketball. In addition to his time at Providence (2021-present), he also played two seasons at Ohio State (2018-20) and one season at Michigan State (2020-21). A year ago, Crooms was named an All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention after leading the Friars in scoring (13.8 ppg), rebounding (7.2 ppg) and assists (3.5 ppg). .
1000 POINT MILESTONE… Janai Crooms He scored his 1,000th point in the Friars’ season opener against Dayton on November 7. He entered the game 14 points shy of the milestone and reached the mark with 7:41 remaining in the third quarter. Crooms is the 37th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point milestone. Before the game against Stonehill, the Friars will honor Crooms with a memorial dance.
CLIMBING THE STAIRS… Janai Crooms he ranks 11th on the Friars’ all-time career attendance list (340). With his two assists against Dayton on Nov. 7, Crooms surpassed Chrissy Vozab ’02, who had 338 assists for PC between 1998 and 2002. Crooms had 171 of his 340 assists during his two seasons at Ohio State (2018-20), he added 65 at Michigan State (2020-21) and posted 104 with the Friars (2021-present). Through 113 career games, Crooms averaged 3.0 assists per contest.
ALL ADULTS… Last season, the Friars fielded one of the youngest rosters at the BIG EAST Conference with six freshmen. Those six players entered the 2022-23 season having gained a wealth of experience, with each player seeing action in 20 or more games as a rookie. audrey koch Y olivia olson they were two of only three players to compete in all 30 games a year ago. Also, Emily Archibald, kylee shepherd and Koch each started 15 or more games.
NEWCOMERS… The Friars added two transfers and a freshman to the roster in 2022-23. graduate student logan cook he played four seasons in Iowa, during which time the Hawkeyes won two Big Ten titles (2019, 2022) and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite 8 (2022) and Sweet 16 (2019). He played 53 games in his career and averaged 1.5 points and 1.5 rebounds per game. Junior Brynn Farrell He played two seasons in Florida, where he played 28 games with the Gators after being slowed down by injury. She averaged 2.9 points and 1.0 rebounds per game and made 22-28 free throw attempts over two seasons (.786). kami ludwig he is the only freshman on the team and attended Geneseo High School before coming to campus. The 3A All-State selection and IBCA All-State honoree averaged 24.6 points per game in her senior year and finished her career as Geneseo’s all-time leading scorer (1,881 points).
2021-22 UNANIMOUS TEAM BIG EAST ALL-FRESHMAN HONOREE KYLEE SHEPPARD RETURNS FOR SOPHONE CAMPAIGN… kylee shepherd she missed a third of her rookie season with injuries, but still found a way to make a significant impact during her time on the floor. He appeared in 20 of the Friars’ 30 games and averaged 9.6 points, 3.2 rebounds. 2.1 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Sheppard finished the year ranked third on the team in scoring and second in assists and steals. She shot 40.2 percent from the field (169-68), including 24-68 from 3-point territory (.353), and posted eight double-digit scoring games. Sheppard scored 20-plus points in two games as a rookie, both of which came during the BIG EAST regular season, including a career-best 22 points against DePaul (Jan. 7) on 9-for-12 shooting. .
HOPING TO PICK UP WHERE YOU LEFT OFF… Second year student Emily Archibald scored a career-high 21 points in the Friars’ BIG EAST Tournament game against Georgetown, shooting 7-9 from the floor, including an impressive 6-8 performance from beyond the arc. Her 21 points marked the most points by a Providence College freshman and also the most points by a Friar off the bench in a BIG EAST Tournament game since Jennifer Davis ’97 scored 23 points against Boston College in the quarterfinals of BIG EAST in 1994.
RAISING THE BOUNDARY IN YEAR TWO… olivia olson he was one of three players to appear in all 30 games last season. She averaged just shy of 20 minutes per game as a freshman, but capitalized on her time on the floor with an impressive stat line. She led the Friars in field goal percentage and was the only player on the roster to shoot more than 50 percent from the floor (.529, 157-83). Olsen finished fifth on the team in scoring (6.8 ppg) and second in rebounding (5.6 rpg). She compiled eight double-digit scoring games and three double-digit rebounding games last season, including two double-doubles. Six of her double-digit scoring games came during BIG EAST Conference play. The 6-3 forward also led the team in rebounding 11 times, including eight of the last nine games to end the year. She ranked second on the team in offensive rebounds (60) and recorded a total of 169 rebounds overall. Olsen came off the bench for the first 24 games of the season before finally breaking out of the starting lineup late in the season.
PRE-SEASON ADJUSTMENT… The Friars hosted Southern New Hampshire in an exhibition game on October 25 at Alumni Hall. Providence claimed a 91-43 victory and was led by the second-year forward. olivia olsen 23 points and nine rebounds. He shot 10-of-12 from the field and also added two blocks and a steal. Emily Archibald (fifteen), kylee shepherd (14), nariah scott (10) and Brynn Farrell (10) also recorded two digits in the score column. Providence shot 63 percent from the field as a team (38-60), including 50 percent from the ground from 3-point range (8-16).
BIG EAST PRE-SEASON COACHING SURVEY… The Friars were picked to finish eighth in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches Poll, with 34 points. Connecticut is chosen to win the league, having earned 10 first-place votes and 100 total points. Creighton (89 points) and Villanova (83 points; 1 first-place vote) round out the top three spots. Last season, the Friars finished eighth in the 2022 regular season standings with an 11-19 overall record and a 6-14 mark at the BIG EAST.
FRIARS IN THE POST-SEASON… The Friars’ last postseason appearance during the 2018-19 campaign. Providence’s 2019 WNIT selection marked the program’s 15th postseason appearance overall and first since 2010. In 2019-20, the NCAA and WNIT championships were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Friars did not qualify for the postseason during the abbreviated 2020–21 campaign. The full postseason breakdown follows (records in parentheses):
2018-19 WNIT Round of 16 (2-1)
2009–10 WNIT Quarterfinal Round (3–1)
1991-92 NCAA Tournament First Round (0-1)
1990-91 NCAA Tournament Second Round (1-1)
1989-90 NCAA Eastern Regional Tournament (1-1)
1988-89 NCAA Tournament First Round (0-1)
1986-87 Women’s National Invitational Tournament (1-2)
1985-86 NCAA Tournament First Round (0-1)
1981-82 EAIAW Regional Tournament (0-1)
1980-81 EAIAW Regional Tournament (0-1)
1979-80 EAIAW National Tournament (3-1)
1978-79 EAIAW Regional Tournament (0-1)
1977-78 EAIAW Regional Tournament (1-1)
1976-77 EAIAW Regional Tournament (2-2)
1975-76 EAIAW Regional Tournament (1-2)
WHATS NEXT… The Friars will go on the road for a three-game stretch over seven days against Rhode Island (November 14), Iona (November 17) and Boston College (November 20).