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Marquette’s 96-35 victory against New Orleans on Nov. 29 marked the 300th career win for MU head coach Terri Mitchell, who is 300-174 all-time in her 16th season guiding the program. She is the winningest women’s basketball coach in school history. Louisville head coach Jeff Walz picked up his 100th win with the Cardinals against then-RV/24 Florida at the Florida State Tournament on Nov. 25. Kim Barnes Arico led St. John’s to a win against Howard for her 250th career win.
No. 2/2 Connecticut defeated Dayton 78-38 on Nov. 27 to earn its 89th-straight win at home, setting an NCAA record across all divisions. The previous record was held by Division III Rust (Miss.) College, which won 88-straight at home from 1982-89. The Huskies beat Towson at home on Nov. 30 to extend the streak to 90.
LAST WEEK’S TOP-10 WINS
On Nov. 26, No. 21/21 Georgetown defeated No. 10/10 Georgia 64-56 at the Lady Rebel Roundup in Las Vegas, Nev. The Hoyas were led by junior Sugar Rodgers’ 23 points against the Bulldogs. On the same day, No. 4/3 Notre Dame defeated No. 7/6 Duke at the Junkanoo Jam in Freeport, Bahamas, on a buzzer-beater by senior Natalie Novosel. The BIG EAST has had seven wins over top-25 teams this year.
STIFLING THE OPPONENT
On Nov. 24, Cincinnati held South Dakota State to four first-half points at the Cancun Challenge in Cancun, Mexico. A day later, Connecticut held visiting Fairleigh Dickinson to five points in the first half of action at Gampel Pavilion in the World Vision Classic. Last season, there were six times in nonconference play where an opponent was held to single digits in a half. In the previous five years, there was only one single-digit half (Connecticut versus Hartford on Dec. 29, 2007).
BEARCATS OPEN HOT
After a win against visiting Morgan State on Dec. 1, Cincinnati improved to 6-0 for the first time since the 2001-02 season. The Bearcats, who were picked to finish 15th in the Preseason Poll, are one of four undefeated league teams along with Connecticut (7-0), Rutgers (7-0) and Syracuse (6-0).
REACHING FOR RECORDS
Junior Shenneika Smith had 21 rebounds for St. John’s on Nov. 25 against Iowa; it was the second-best performance in St. John’s history. Her 21 rebounds were the most in the league since last season, when Seton Hall’s Tajay Ashmeade pulled down 23 rebounds on Dec. 22, 2010 against La Salle. Earlier that month, Seton Hall’s Kandice Green grabbed 23 boards against William & Mary. Connecticut’s Peggy Walsh holds the record with 25 caroms against Pittsburgh (Feb. 19, 1986).
RACKING UP THE POINTS
Marquette’s 96 points against New Orleans on Nov. 29 established an Al McGuire Center scoring record, and the team’s 61-point decision over the Privateers broke MU’s previous record for largest margin of victory (56), set in 1993.