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BIG EAST Player of the Week
Sugar Rodgers, Georgetown, Jr., G (Suffolk, Va.)
Rodgers averaged 36.5 ppg in a 2-0 week for the Hoyas. She had 34 points against Vermont before dropping in a career-best 39 at Dartmouth. She added 12 rebounds, five steals and shot 52 percent from behind the arc for the week. Rodgers was named the Blue Sky Classic MVP after breaking tournament records for points in a game (39), points in the tournament (73) and 3-pointers in the tournament (11).
BIG EAST Freshman of the Week
Markisha Wright, Notre Dame, Fr., F (Des Moines, Iowa)
Wright came off the bench to average 16.0 ppg in a 2-0 week for the Fighting Irish. She poured in 24 points in 20 minutes at Mercer, shooting 83 percent from the field (10-of-12). She added four rebounds and assist and a steal. Against Longwood earlier in the week, Wright had eight points and four rebounds.
Anna Martin, DePaul, Jr., G
In her only game of the week, Martin led the Blue Demons to a win against Northern Illinois with 30 points. She finished the game with 1,019 career points, the 27th player to surpass 1,000 points in program history.
Tiffany Hayes, Connecticut, Sr., G
Hayes went 8-of-11, including a pair of 3-pointers, in the Huskies win against Fairfield on Dec. 29. She scored 23 points in just 27 minutes of action, adding five rebounds and a pair of assists. She is in 19th place on UConn’s all-time scoring list with 1,413 career points.
Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame, Jr., G
Diggins had 11 points and 10 assists with only one turnover in 18 minutes in a win against Longwood on Dec. 28. She added five rebounds, a block and three steals. At Mercer, Diggins was a perfect 8-of-8 from the floor and 4-of-4 from the free throw line, recording 21 points and dishing out four assists in 16 minutes of action.
Monique Oliver, Rutgers, Jr., F
Oliver had 23 points in 24 minutes to lead the Scarlet Knights to a win at George Washington on Dec. 30. She shot 65-percent from the floor and grabbed eight rebounds.
Iasia Hemingway, Syracuse, Sr., F
Hemingway averaged 23.5 ppg and 9.5 rpg in a 2-0 week for the Orange. She had 16 points, shooting 75 percent from the floor, adding six rebounds and two blocks against Niagara. Against Colgate, she posted a career-high 31 points and 13 rebounds. For the week, she was 21-of-25 from the charity stripe.
**INSIDE THE BIG EAST **
WINNING WITH RECORDS
In a 65-46 victory against visiting Northern Illinois on Dec. 31, DePaul head coach Doug Bruno tallied his 540th career coaching victory and 500th at the collegiate level, with all 500 coming as the head coach at DePaul. In the same game, junior Anna Martin became DePaul’s 27th 1,000 point scorer after recording 30 points (1,019). It was her second career 30-point performance. Martin has led DePaul in scoring in her last three games. The Blue Demons have won their last 27 games at McGrath-Phillips Arena, dating back to Feb. 23, 2010.
RODGERS EARNS MVP HONORS
Georgetown junior Sugar Rodgers was named the Blue Sky Classic MVP after breaking the tournament records for points in a game (39), points in the tournament (73) and 3-pointers in the tournament (11).Rodgers set a career high with 39 points in the win over Dartmouth, averaging 36.5 ppg for the week. She also led GU with 6.0 rpg on the week and went 11-of-21 from 3-point range (52.4 percent) and 12-of-14 (85.7 percent) from the line.
HOLDING THE BALL
Marquette, which pushed its win-streak to four games, entered the game against Toledo averaging 21.5 turnovers. But in a 69-60 win on Dec. 31 against the Rockets, the Golden Eagles coughed the ball up only 10 times. MU, who has held eight opponents to 60 or fewer points, is 8-0 in those contests.
IRISH KEEP FIGHTING
Notre Dame set eight school records in its win over Mercer, including points in a game (128; also 17th-most in NCAA Division I history and most since Nov. 29, 2002), points in a half (72; also eighth-most in NCAA Division I history and most since November 30, 1996), margin of victory (86), field goal percentage (.702), free throws made (43) and free throws attempted (52). In addition to the highest-scoring game and half by any Division I team in the nation this year, Notre Dame’s .702 field goal percentage is second-highest by any Division I team in a game this year, eclipsed only by Connecticut’s .707 mark (41-of-58) against Pacific on Nov. 15. Notre Dame’s current 10-game winning streak is its longest since a 15-game run to open the 2009-10 season. The Fighting Irish also are off to a 13-1 start or better for the fifth time in school history and third time in the last four years.
RUSHDAN IN ELITE COMPANY
Senior guard Khadijah Rushdan became the second player in Rutgers women’s basketball history to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists, joining former Scarlet Knight Cappie Pondexter.
ORANGE WINNING BIG
Syracuse wrapped up nonconference play with a pair of 51-point victories. On Dec. 29, the Orange defeated Niagara 81-30 and followed that up with an 83-32 win over Colgate on Dec. 31.
PANTHERS COMING BACK
In a 74-69 overtime win against Lafayette on Dec. 31, Pitt trailed by as many as 15 points in the second half, marking the biggest comeback victory since 2008. The victory is also the second this season in which Pitt has come back from double-digits (14 versus Michigan State) and also the second of the year after trailing at the half. The win is the Panthers’ second overtime victory of the season, following a 77-72 overtime win over Indiana on Dec. 20.