BIG EAST women’s basketball teams went 4-1 on Wednesday night, as No. 10/11 West Virginia beat Duquesne 69-58, Providence topped Rhode Island 71-40, USF handled Stetson 80-42 and Louisville swarmed Houston Baptist 100-34. Pittsburgh lost at Minnesota 73-63.
BIG EAST teams have held their opponents to 50 points or less 17 times this season. In addition, league squads have limited teams to 40 points or less five times. In Wednesday night action, USF held Stetson to 42 points, Providence held Rhode Island to 40 points and Louisville held Houston Baptist to 34 points.
In the Mountaineers’ win, senior forward Madina Ali used a career-best 19 points. Ali recorded the third double-double of her career as she pulled down 10 rebounds in addition to her 8-of-12 shooting from the floor. The co-captain had a career night, while she also recorded a personal-best four blocks and tied a career high in assists with four. Co-captain Liz Repella also was an offensive threat as she tied a season high in scoring with 18 points.
“I think they are a legitimate top 10 team,” Duquesne head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio said. “They have so many weapons. It’s basically pick your poison. They have Liz Repella who can knock down shots if you leave her, Bussie and Ali inside, they’re just a presence on the floor. We had to bring a double team so often.”
The Mountaineers (2-0) also were featured as the No. 10 team in this week’s Sports Illustrated College Basketball Preview issue.
The Friars (2-1) beat URI at home as senior Mi-Khida Hankins scored a game-high 16 points and added nine rebounds. PC senior Teya Wright grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds as Providence dominated the glass holding a 57-31 advantage. The 57 rebounds were just six shy of tying the program’s all-time single-game record of 63 set on Dec. 28, 1980 against Long Island.
USF (1-1) rolled over Stetson as five players scored in double figures. Center Porche Grant had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in just 23 minutes. The Bulls shot 41.8 percent from the field despite a 1-of-9 performance from 3-point range.
Louisville (2-1) held Houston Baptist to just eight points in the second half, the fewest points allowed in a half in program history. Junior Monique Reid and freshman Sheronne Vails paced the team in scoring with 18 points each as the Cardinals finished with five players in double figure scoring. Sophomore Asia Taylor led the team in rebounds with a career-high 10 to go along with nine points. Vails set a school record with a career-high seven blocks.
The last time Louisville scored 100 points in a game was on Nov. 12, 2006 against Memphis when the Cardinals won 102-64. The 66-point scoring margin is the third best in program history.
Pittsburgh senior guard Brittaney Thomas led all scorers with 24 points, but it was not enough as Panthers lost a 73-63 decision to Minnesota at Williams Arena. The contest was part of the Super Six Series, pitting the teams from the top-six conference against one another. Thomas, who scored 18 of her 24 points in the second half, led the Panthers for the second time in as many games.