BIG EAST teams posted another undefeated night with a 6-0 performance and have won 14 in a row. The league’s nonconference record sits at 82-25 for a .766 winning percentage. In addition, all 16 teams hold a record of .500 or better and four squads remain undefeated. The last loss by a league team came on Nov. 26.
No. 2/2 Connecticut (7-0) beat Towson at the XL Center 92-31. The Huskies forced 30 turnovers and hit 12 3-point shots. Sophomore Bria Hartley had 24 points and five assists and freshman Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 21 points for UConn, which extended its NCAA-record home-court winning streak to 90 games.
“That’s the strength of our team,” head coach Geno Auriemma said. “We have a bunch of guards with a certain skill level that translates well with full-court stuff. They are good with the ball in the open floor, and we’re a pretty good shooting team. It’s an appropriate way to play for this particular team.”
The Huskies, who had four players in double figures, have won 163 straight against non-ranked opponents, and 256 in a row against the unranked at home.
In Piscataway, N.J., senior April Sykes scored a season-high 19 points to help the No. 11/12 Scarlet Knights beat the Temple Owls 71-50. Rutgers shot 55 percent from the field for the game.
Senior Khadijah Rushdan added 16 points while junior Monique Oliver had 15 for the Scarlet Knights (7-0), who are off to their best start in six years. They began the 2005-06 season 8-0, the only other time they have won their first seven games under coach C. Vivian Stringer.
Rutgers will face a stiff test this weekend when it visits Florida on Friday before playing at No. 9/9 Miami on Monday.
“We look forward to the experience and challenge,” Sykes said. “Miami and Florida are two great teams and they will be a great road test for us.”
Junior Sugar Rodgers scored 26 points and had seven 3-point field goals in a first-half barrage that led No. 20/20 Georgetown over Coppin State 70-54.
Rodgers hit her first 3-pointer nine seconds into the game and added six more without a miss in the game’s first seven minutes to give the Hoyas (6-2) a 25-8 lead.
Coppin State led 6-5 in the early moments, but Georgetown, which has won five straight, went on a 20-2 run powered by Rodgers. Rodgers finished 9-of-16 from the field and 8-of-13 from beyond the arc.
Other results saw St. John’s (4-3) beat Howard 63-48, Villanova (5-2) knock off Lehigh 62-54 in overtime and West Virginia (4-2) beat LaSalle 63-52.
Material from interviews, school websites, the Associated Press wire service as well as league and team sources was used in this report.