BIG EAST Player of the Week
Kayla Alexander, Syracuse, So., C (Milton, Ontario)
Alexander averaged 19.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg and 3.0 bpg in a 2-0 week for Syracuse. In a come-from-behind win at No. RV/22 St. John’s, Alexander led all scorers with 26 points, going 10-of-16 from the floor and 6-of-6 from the free throw line. She added eight rebounds. In a win against NR/RV Louisville, Alexander recorded 12 points, six rebounds and four blocks. She leads the BIG EAST with 2.8 blocks per game and is 14th in the nation. She is fourth in the league in field goal percentage and fifth in offensive rebounds.
BIG EAST Freshman of the Week
Bria Hartley, Connecticut, Fr., G (North Babylon, N.Y.)
Hartley averaged 20.0 points per game and shot 62.5 percent from the field, including 42.9 percent from beyond the 3-point arc, to help lead the Huskies to wins over No. 12/14 Oklahoma and No. 8/8 Notre Dame by an average of 31 points per game. Against Oklahoma, Hartley had 11 points, going 5-of-9 from the floor. In the win against Notre Dame, she had 29 points and five assists, connecting on 10 of her 16 shots, including 5-of-9 from long-range. Against the Irish and also posted a pair of thefts in 37-minutes of action. Hartley registered career highs in points (29), field goals made (10), 3-point field goals made (5), and free throw attempts (6).
Maya Moore, Connecticut, Sr., F (Lawrenceville, Ga.)
Averaged 19.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg and 7.0 apg in a 2-0 week. Against No. 12/14 Oklahoma, she had 27 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. In a win over No. 8/8 Notre Dame, she had 12 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. She shot 60.7 percent from the floor and 57 percent from long-range.
Keisha Hampton, DePaul, Jr., F (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Averaged 17.0 ppg in wins over NR/RV Rutgers and No. 22/21 Marquette. Had seven assists and five 3-pointers against the Scarlet Knights and 12 points against the Golden Eagles.
Taneisha Harrison, Pittsburgh, Sr., G (Bowie, Md.)
Averaged 24.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg and 2.5 apg in a 1-1 week. Scored 20 points in a win against Providence, adding four assists. In a loss to West Virginia, she recorded 28 points.
Lindsay Kimmel, Villanova, Jr., F (Binghamton, NY)
Had a career-high 23 points in a win against Cincinnati, marking the second-straight game she hit seven 3-pointers. In a win against Seton Hall, she had 18 points, including five 3-pointers, and four rebounds.
Madina Ali, West Virginia, Sr., F (Williamsport, Pa.)
Led the Mountaineers to a win over Pittsburgh with 21 points and 13 rebounds, shooting 52.9 percent from the floor.
INSIDE THE BIG EAST NOTES
CLINCHING A SPOT - Both Connecticut and DePaul have wrapped up a bye to the quarterfinal round of the 2011 BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Championship, held at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. on March 4-8. UConn has earned a bye to the quarterfinals in each of the three years since the tournament expanded to 16 teams, while DePaul has secured its first.
BLUE DEMON RECORDS – DePaul is 25-3 after a win against visiting Georgetown on Feb. 20. Last time DePaul reached 25 wins was in 2005-06, it took that team 30 games (25-5). DePaul’s 12-1 BIG EAST record is its best start through 13 games since the Blue Demons joined the BIG EAST in 2005-06.
AWAY FROM HOME – Of the seven BIG EAST games played on Saturday, six road teams posted victories. Louisville, Providence, Villanova No. 21/20 West Virginia, Rutgers and Syracuse all won away from home. No. 2/2 Connecticut was the only home team to post a victory.
ON THE GLASS – In a 78-67 win at No. RV/22 St. John’s on Feb. 19, the Orange held a 44-21 edge on the boards. It marked the 24th time in the past 26 games that the Orange has outrebounded the opposition as the team continues to lead the nation with a 15.2 rebounding margin.
CAREY MILESTONE WIN – With a 90-79 win at Pittsburgh in a rematch of the Backyard Brawl on Feb. 19, West Virginia Head Coach Mike Carey picked up his 200th victory with the school. Carey holds a 200-113 record in his tenth season.
20 WINS AND COUNTING – With No. 22/21 Marquette’s win at Seton Hall on Feb. 16, the Golden Eagles picked up their 20th win of the season. There are six BIG EAST teams that have hit the 20-win plateau. Syracuse sits at 19-7 overall, looking to reach the 20-win plateau.