FRIARS WELCOME RHODE ISLAND TO ALUMNI HALL … The Providence College women’s basketball team will host the University of Rhode Island in an intrastate match-up on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be played at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. and will be broadcast on FloSports.
FRIARS ALL-TIME VS. RHODE ISLAND… The Friars and Rams have met 51 times during the history of the two women’s basketball programs. Providence leads the all-time series, 39-12.
LAST FIVE… The Friars have earned victories in four of the last five meetings between the two teams, including each of the last two.
FIRST MEETING BETWEEN PROVIDENCE AND URI AT ALUMNI HALL SINCE 2017… The Friars and Rams will tip-off at Alumni Hall for the first time since Dec. 3, 2017. On that day, Providence defeated URI, 65-41, in the first round of the Ocean State Tip-Off Tournament.
THE LAST MEETING… The Friars and Rams last met on Nov. 28, 2020 at the Ryan Center in South Kingstown, R.I. Providence got off to a hot start in the first quarter and led wire-to-wire en route to a 76-50 victory. The Friars shot a blistering 57.6-percent from the field (34-59) in the game, while the Rams checked in at 36-percent shooting (18-50). Four Friars scored in double figures, led by Mary Baskerville’s 16 points. URI got a game-high 17 points from Marie-Paule Foppossi.
SCOUTING RHODE ISLAND… Rhode Island enters Wednesday’s match-up with a 3-0 record. URI was picked to finish second in the Atlantic 10 Preseason Coaches’ Poll, earning two first-place votes. The Rams are scoring 87.7 points per game this season, and are paced offensively by Marie-Paule Foppossi at 14.7 points per game. Dez Elmore, a grad transfer from BIG EAST member Seton Hall, is second on the team in scoring at 13.3 points per game. Emmanuelle Tahane, the reigning A-10 Co-Player of the Year, is averaging a double-double with 10.3 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. The trio was featured among this year’s Atlantic 10 Preseason All-Conference selections. Tahane was on the First Team, while Foppossi and Elmore were named to the Second Team and Third Team, respectively.
FORMER FRIAR CHANELL WILLIAMS RETURNS TO ALUMNI HALL AS A GRADUATE TRANSFER PLAYING FOR URI… Chanell Williams is returning to Alumni Hall as a graduate transfer member of the Rhode Island women’s basketball team. Williams played four seasons for the Friars and is taking advantage of the extra year of eligibility that was granted to student-athletes by the NCAA due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At Providence, she played 118 games and appeared in the starting line-up 69 times. She averaged 6.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game during her career with the Friars. This season, Williams has started all three games for the Rams and is averaging 8.7 points, 1.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game. She scored a season-high 20 points in the Rams’ season opener vs. Dartmouth on Nov. 9.
HOME-SWEET-HOME… The Friars will play 13 of their first 17 games at home in Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I. Through the first two months of the season, the Friars leave the city of Providence just twice. On Nov. 13, the Friars traveled to Orono, Maine to face the Black Bears. On Dec. 31, Providence will travel to Cincinnati, Ohio to take on Xavier (and remain on the road to face Butler on Jan. 2). Providence’s only other road game during the months of November and December will be played at Brown University, which is located in Providence, R.I.
JANAI CROOMS NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL… Janai Crooms was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, Nov. 15. In two games last week to start the 2021-22 season, she averaged 18.0 points, 13.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 3.0 steals and 2.5 blocked shots per game. Her 13.0 rebounds per game is a BIG EAST best to start the season. In the Friars’ most recent game against Maine (Nov. 13), Crooms exploded for 18 points, 19 rebounds, five assists, four blocked shots and two steals.
FRIARS OVERCOME 17-POINT DEFICIT TO DEFEAT MAINE IN OVERTIME…The Friars started 1-13 from the field against Maine on Nov 13 and had to overcome a 17-point deficit to take the win in overtime (66-61). A strong second quarter got the momentum going for PC, outscoring the Black Bears, 21-11, and cutting the deficit to 28-24 at halftime. In the fourth quarter, Maine gained a 54-48 advantage on an 8-0 run with 5:45 remaining on the clock. Maine went scoreless for over two and a half minutes and the Friars managed to tie the game, 56-56, capped by a traditional three-point play from Mary Baskerville. In overtime, Providence outscored Maine 10-5. Freshman Emily Archibald (four) and junior Janai Crooms (three) combined to score seven of the Friars’ 10 points in the extra session. Archibald paced the Friars with 20 points, while Crooms recorded a double-double on 18 points and 19 rebounds. Senior Alyssa Geary contributed 15 points.
TWO-TIME MAINE GATORADE PLAYER OF THE YEAR EMILY ARCHIBALD RETURNS TO HER HOME STATE AND DROPS 20 ON THE BLACK BEARS… Freshman forward Emily Archibald has had an impressive start to her career with the Friars. Through two games, she is averaging 15.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, while shooting .522 from the field (12-23). On Nov. 13, she returned to her home State of Maine and dropped a team and career high 20 points on the Black Bears. She shot 57-percent from the field (8-14) and added six boards and two steals. Archibald is a two-time Maine Gatorade Player of the Year (2020, 2021) and was named Miss Maine Basketball (2021).
ALYSSA GEARY COMES ALIVE IN WIN OVER MAINE… Senior Alyssa Geary responded nicely from her 0-7 performance against Yale in the Friars’ season opener with a 15-point effort in a win over Maine the very next game. Geary shot 7-14 from the field (.500) and added three boards, three assists and one steal. Geary will be a key player in the Friars’ season moving forward. Last year, she started all 21 games ranked second among her teammates in (11.4 ppg) and blocked shots (1.3 bpg) and third in rebounding (4.8 rpg) and assists (2.4 apg). Geary recorded a team-best 15 double-digit scoring games, including six-straight to finish the season. She led the Friars in scoring (14.5 ppg), rebounding (6.5 rpg) and blocked shots (2.0 bpg) during the BIG EAST Tournament, including 19 points and nine rebounds in the Friars’ First Round victory over Butler (Mar. 3).
CLEANING THE GLASS… Providence has recorded 40+ rebounds in each of its two games to start the season. Last year, Providence only eclipsed 40 rebounds in one game (49 vs. Butler, 3/5/21). As a team, the Friars are averaging 44.5 rebounds per game.
FRIARS DROP SEASON OPENER TO YALE IN OVERTIME… The Friars dropped their season opener to Yale in overtime (63-57) on Nov. 9 in Providence, R.I. The Bulldogs used a +9 scoring advantage at the free throw line, which proved to be a critical factor in the game. Providence shot just 9-20 from the stripe (.450), while the Bulldogs shot 18-23 (.783). Janai Crooms led the Friars with 18 points in her debut with the program and also added seven rebounds, four assists and four steals. Senior Mary Baskerville contributed 11 points, nine rebounds, six blocked shots and four steals before fouling out. Freshman Emily Archibald started at forward and played 36 minutes in her collegiate debut, recording 10 points, five rebounds and two assists.
PRESEASON TUNE-UP… The Friars defeated NCAA Division II Bentley, 64-46, in an exhibition game on Nov. 4 in Providence, R.I. Four Friars reached double figures in the scoring column, led by freshman Kylee Sheppard (14 points). Fellow freshman Olivia Olsen came off the bench to record 11 points, while Mary Baskerville and Janai Crooms each contributed 10 points. Graduate transfer Andreana Wrister hauled in a team-high seven rebounds, and freshman Audrey Koch put up a solid line of eight points, four rebounds and a team-high five assists.
FRIARS SET TO MAKE THEIR RETURN TO THE DUNKIN’ DONUTS CENTER… The Friars will host a game at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center for the first time since 2010 when they welcome Connecticut on Sunday, Jan. 30. Tip-off is set for 11:00 a.m. It marks the first time Providence has played a game at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center since Feb. 6, 2010 against West Virginia.
NEW LOOK FRIARS… The Friars welcome eight new faces to the program this season, including two transfers and six freshmen. Andreana Wrister is a graduate transfer, who played four seasons at Tennessee State. Janai Crooms, a native of Cranston, R.I., has played three seasons of NCAA Division I basketball in the Big Ten at Ohio State and Michigan State. Both Wrister and Crooms are guards. Four more guards will join the rotation as freshmen in Kylee Sheppard, Meghan Huerter, Nariah Scott and Audrey Koch. Olivia Olsen and Emily Archibald join the front court for their rookie seasons in the college ranks.
PROVIDENCE PICKED TO FINISH EIGHTH IN BIG EAST PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL… The Friars were picked to finish eighth in the 2021-22 BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll, which was released at the league’s annual media day at MSG in New York City. The Friars recorded 32 points in the poll and sit above Georgetown (27), Xavier (18) and Butler (17). Connecticut was a unanimous selection to win the league for a second-straight season.
MARY BASKERVILLE NAMED TO ALL-BIG EAST SECOND TEAM AT THE CONCLUSION OF 2020-21 SEASON… Last season, Mary Baskerville led Providence College in scoring (12.7 ppg), rebounding (6.5 rpg), blocked shots (1.8 bpg), steals (1.4 spg) and field-goal percentage (.538, 112-208). For her efforts, she was named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team. It marked her first postseason honor since earning BIG EAST Freshman of the Year and BIG EAST All-Freshman Team accolades in 2019.
CLEARED FOR TAKE-OFF… The NCAA cleared Janai Crooms to play during the 2021-22 season on Nov. 4, prior to the Friars’ exhibition game against Bentley. Crooms was a four-star recruit and ranked No. 36 in 2018 class by Prospect Nation coming out of St. Andrew’s (Barrington, R.I.). She played two seasons at Ohio State (2018-20) before transferring to Michigan State for the 2020-21 campaign. Crooms has two years of eligibility remaining, including the current 2021-22 seasons.
CROOMS SHINES IN DEBUT WITH THE FRIARS… Cranston, R.I. native Janai Crooms made her debut with the Friars on Nov. 9 against Yale. She played the previous three seasons in the Big Ten at Ohio State and Michigan State and has two years of eligibility with the Friars. In the season opener vs. Yale, Crooms paced the Friars with 18 points, four assists and four steals, while also hauling in seven rebounds. The veteran guard hit a baseline jumper as time expired to push the game into overtime. Her impact on the court is undeniable, but she’ll aim to take better care of the basketball moving forward, as she recorded 10 turnovers vs. the Bulldogs.
MARY BASKERVILLE RANKS 20th ALL-TIME AT PROVIDENCE IN CAREER REBOUNDS… Senior Mary Baskerville ranks 20th all-time in career boards at Providence with 612. She hauled in a team-best nine rebounds in the Friars’ season opener against Yale (Nov. 9) and passed former Friar Mi-Khida Hankins ’11 (602) in the rankings.
1,000-POINT MILESTONE ON THE HORIZON… Mary Baskerville has scored 931 points (85 games) with the Friars. She is on pace to become the 35th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point milestone.
FRIARS IN THE POSTSEASON… The Friars’ last appeared in the postseason during the 2018-19 campaign, when their current senior class came on to the scene as freshmen. Providence’s 2019 WNIT selection marked the program’s 15th post-season appearance overall and first since 2010. In 2019-20, NCAA and WNIT Championships were canceled to the Covid-19 pandemic, and Friars did not qualify for postseason during the abbreviated 2020-21 campaign. Complete post-season breakdown below (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 Tournament East Regional (1-1)
1988-89 NCAA Tournament First Round (0-1)
1986-87 National Women’s 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)
WHAT’S NEXT… The Friars continue their seven-game home stand on Saturday, Nov. 20 against Boston College. Tip-off is set for 1:00 p.m. at Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium in Providence, R.I.