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BIG EAST Player of the Week
Sugar Rodgers, Georgetown, Jr., G (Suffolk, Va.)
Rodgers averaged 23.0 points per game and 5.5 steals per game in a 2-0 week for the Hoyas. In a conference win at Pittsburgh, Rodgers had 28 points, five steals, four assists, three rebounds and shot 44 percent from the field. In a win at home against George Washington, Rodgers had 18 points, six steals and four rebounds. For the week, Rodgers went 15-of-17 from the charity stripe, missing only one free throw in each game.
BIG EAST Freshman of the Week
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Fr., F (Anaheim, Calif.)
Mosqueda-Lewis averaged 14.5 points per game in a 2-0 week for Connecticut that included a win against No. 8/7 Texas A&M and a league victory at Seton Hall. Mosqueda Lewis had 14 points, two blocks, two steals and shot 40 percent from the floor in the win against the Aggies. Against the Pirates, she recorded 15 points, grabbed five rebounds and made a trio of 3-pointers.
Antonita Slaughter, Louisville, So., G
Slaughter had 23 points in 25 minutes in a 92-27 win against Gardner-Webb on Dec. 10. She shot 8-of-11 from the floor, including 7-of-9 from 3-point range, and added six rebounds and a steal.
Monique Oliver, Rutgers, Jr., F/C
Oliver averaged 18.5 points per game and 12.0 rebounds per game last week. She had 23 points, three blocks and 19 rebounds in a loss at No. 9/9 Miami before posting 14 points, two steals, two blocks and five rebounds in a win against Fordham. Oliver shot 54.8 percent for the week and went 3-of-3 from the free throw line.
Eugeneia McPherson, St. John’s, Jr., G
McPherson averaged 20.5 points per game against two ranked opponents last week. Against No. 1/1 Baylor, McPherson had a game-high 23 points, connecting on 9-of-13 from the floor. Against No. 20/21 DePaul, McPherson led the team with 18 points and had five rebounds. She connected on 4-of-5 from behind the arc.
Laura Sweeney, Villanova, Jr. F
Sweeney averaged a double-double in a 2-0 week for the Wildcats. In a win at Providence, she had 25 points and 13 rebounds, while she recorded 18 points and nine rebounds in a home win against Saint Joseph’s.
Ayana Dunning, West Virginia, R-Jr., C
Dunning averaged 17.0 ppg and 12.0 rpg in a 2-0 week for the Mountaineers. Dunning had 19 points and 15 rebounds in a conference win at Syracuse. She had 15 points, three steals, one block and nine rebounds while shooting 6-of-10 in a win against North Florida.
**INSIDE THE BIG EAST **
AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS
The Fighting Irish defeated No. 12/14 Purdue 66-38 on the road on Dec. 10. No. 3/3 Notre Dame is 2-1 against ranked opponents this year, also owning a 56-54 win over No. 7/6 Duke on Nov. 26. The Irish and No. 1/1 Connecticut have four of the BIG EAST’s nine wins over Top 25 teams this season (two apiece).
THE CARDINAL RULE OF DEFENSE
No. 15/13 Louisville defeated visiting Gardner-Webb 92-27 on Dec. 10. The 65-point win for the Cardinals goes down as the fourth-largest in school history. Of Louisville’s eight all-time wins by 54 points or more, four have come in the KFC Yum! Center over the past two seasons. UofL is 17-2 all-time at the KFC Yum! Center.
Connecticut holds the record with 91-straight wins on its home court. The last loss came on Jan. 6, 2007 against then-No. 4/4 Tennessee 70-64. DePaul has won 24 straight home games, with the last loss on the Blue Demons’ own court coming on Deb. 10, 2010 against then-No. 1/1 Connecticut. Georgetown has won 33-straight nonconference home games, starting in the 2006-07 season.
ST. JOHN’S TAKES ON NO. 1/1 BAYLOR
On Dec. 11, St. John’s lost 73-59 to No. 1/1 Baylor in the sixth annual Maggie Dixon Classic in Madison Square Garden. The Red Storm turned the ball over just eight times during the game; no other team has managed to record single-digit turnovers against Baylor this season. The Red Storm defense held 2011 consensus ﬁrst-team All-American Brittney Griner, who was averaging 23.4 points per game, to a season-low 17 points. St. John’s led Baylor 36-30 with 18:27 remaining in the game. No. 7/8 Tennessee is the only other team to hold a lead against the Bears in the second half (Nov. 27).
No. 2/2 Connecticut is the only undefeated BIG EAST team remaining, winning nine-straight to start the season. No. 19/20 Georgetown has won eight-straight games to improve to 9-2 overall to start the season. The Hoyas are coming off wins against George Washington and a conference win at Pittsburgh. No. 3/3 Notre Dame won two games last week, at No. 12/14 Purdue and against league foe Marquette to make it six-straight wins.
MOVING TOWARDS MILESTONES
West Virginia defeated North Florida 86-30 on Dec. 10, putting Mountaineer head coach Mike Carey only two wins away from his 500th career victory. DePaul’s Doug Bruno is five wins away from the 500-mark.