PC Friars Prepare To Host Hartford In WNIT Thursday
Providence College Press Release
PROVIDENCE, R.I.– The Providence College women’s basketball will host Hartford in the first round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) on Thursday, March 21. It marks the Friars’ first post-season tournament bid since 2010. The tip-off time for Thursday’s match-up between Providence and Hartford will be released tomorrow [March 19].
Providence and Hartford have met 11 times during the history of the two women’s basketball programs, with the last meeting dating back to Nov. 22, 2016. On that day, Providence earned a 77-65 victory to take a 7-4 lead in the all-time series.
It marks the second appearance all-time in the WNIT, having also competed in the tournament in 2010. Providence owns a 3-1 record in the WNIT. In its previous appearance, Providence defeated Boston University (64-58), Old Dominion (76-61) and Maryland (77-64) before falling to Miami (73-65) in the Quarterfinal Round.
Providence enters the tournament with a 17-15 overall record. The Friars posted an 8-10 mark in the BIG EAST Conference and finished in a tie for sixth in the final regular-season standings to claim the No. 7 seed in the conference tournament. It marked the program’s highest seed since 1996, when the team entered postseason as a No. 2 seed. On March 9, Providence went on to earn its first victory in the BIG EAST Tournament since 2001, with a 70-62 victory over Xavier in the First Round. Providence fell to eventual BIG EAST Champion DePaul, 85-60, in the Quarterfinals on March 10.
The Friars’ eight victories in BIG EAST regular-season play are the most since the 1996-97 campaign, while PC’s 17 victories overall on the year are the most since 2009-10, when the team finished 19-15.
Providence has a promising future under third-year Head Coach Jim Crowley. This year’s team has just three upperclassmen in seniors Jovana Nogic (Belgrade, Serbia), Maddie Jolin (Rehoboth, Mass.) and Clara Che (Valencia, Spain), while the remaining 10 players on the squad are made up of six freshmen and four sophomores.
Nogic, a two-time All-BIG EAST Honorable selection, leads the Friars in scoring at 13.3 points per game, while Jolin, a local product out of Bishop Feehan High School, checks in with 11.0 points per contest. BIG EAST Freshman of the Year Mary Baskerville (Enfield, Conn.) enters the WNIT averaging 8.8 points and a team-best 6.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots per game, while shooting an impressive .579 from the field (121-209). Her shooting percentage is the second-highest in program history behind Elizabeth Lawlor’s .581, which she achieved during the 1982-83 campaign.
The Friars’ WNIT selection marks the program’s 15thpost-season appearance overall. The team has been invited to the WNIT, twice, in addition to making five NCAA appearances, one National Women’s Invitational Tournament appearance and seven EAIAW Tournaments.
PROVIDENCE COLLEGE POST-SEASON TOURNAMENT HISTORY (record)
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)