There were 10 league teams in action on Tuesday night, including a pair of nationally televised games on the CBS Sports Network.
No. 20/25 St. John’s (19-8, 11-3 BIG EAST) held off RV/RV West Virginia (19-8, 9-5 BIG EAST) 63-54 in the Big Apple. St. John’s junior Nadirah McKenith matched her career high with 26 points.
STJ showed no signs of a letdown in their first game after a thrilling win at then-No. 2/2 UConn last Saturday night. The Red Storm raced out to a 31-18 lead at halftime.
WVU responded in the second half and cut it to two 41-39, but St. John’s held on for the win. Mountaineers redshirt-junior Ayana Dunning, scored a career-high 21 points and had 16 rebounds to lead WVU.
The Red Storm have won 12 of their last 14 games.
Syracuse (17-11, 6-8 BIG EAST) upset No. 21/18 DePaul (20-8, 8-6 BIG EAST) 81-65 in the Windy City. Sophomore Rachel Coffey and junior Carmen Tyson-Thomas scored 22 points apiece to lead the Orange.
Coffey reached career highs in points, as well as eight rebounds, seven assists and six 3-pointers. Tyson-Thomas had a career-high 15 rebounds.
Junior Kayla Alexander finished with 17 points and classmate Elashier Hall contributed 15 for the Orange, whose 23-0 run beginning early in the second half turned a two-point deficit into a runaway.
Junior Anna Martin led the Blue Demons with 18 points, which had their three-game win streak snapped.
No. 4/4 Connecticut (25-3, 12-2 BIG EAST) shutdown Pittsburgh (8-19, 0-14 BIG EAST) 86-37 in the Steel City.
Freshman Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 23 points and junior Kelly Faris added a game-high 10 rebounds for the Huskies. UConn began the game with a 29-4 run that included 10 straight points from Mosqueda-Lewis.
Freshman Brianna Kiesel led Pitt, losers of 13 straight, with 15 points while redshirt-sophomore Ashlee Anderson added 10.
The Huskies haven’t lost back-to-back games since losing to Providence and Louisville in March 1993. They’ve gone 683 games without consecutive losses and are 48-0 following a loss in that time.
No. 24/20 Rutgers (19-8, 8-6 BIG EAST) beat Seton Hall (7-21, 0-14 BIG EAST) 62-39 in a Garden State battle in Piscataway. RU senior April Sykes scored 17 points to lead the offense.
Redshirt-senior Khadijah Rushdan added 15 points and junior Erica Wheeler chipped in 11 in the Scarlet Knights’ 12th straight win over Seton Hall, dating back to 2003.
Senior Jasmine Crew scored 20 points and junior Brittany Morris had 14 for the Pirates, who have lost 16 straight overall and 14 straight in conference play.
Cincinnati (15-12, 6-8 BIG EAST) won at Marquette (13-14, 4-10 BIG EAST) 60-46. The Bearcats have posted their highest win total in five years, and tied their highest conference win total ever. Cincinnati also has won four straight and six of the last seven.
Cincinnati senior Bjonee Reaves poured in a game-high 15 points and tied a career-high with five 3-pointers.
Marquette was led by three players in double figures, including freshman Chelsie Butler who had 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Conference play hits the homestretch with each team having just two games remaining on Saturday and Monday. The final game of the regular-season will be televised on ESPN2 as Notre Dame heads to UConn at 9 p.m. ET on Feb. 27.
Sat. 25 DE PAUL at LOUISVILLE Noon BETV
GEORGETOWN at SYRACUSE 1:00 p.m.
RUTGERS at PROVIDENCE 2:00 p.m.
SETON HALL at PITTSBURGH 2:00 p.m.
USF at NOTRE DAME 2:00 p.m.
WEST VIRGINIA at CINCINNATI 2:00 p.m.
CONNECTICUT at MARQUETTE 3:00 p.m.
VILLANOVA at ST. JOHN’S 3:00 p.m.
Mon. 27 ST. JOHN’S at GEORGETOWN 4:00 p.m.
PROVIDENCE at USF (BMSC) 7:00 p.m.
SYRACUSE at VILLANOVA 7:00 p.m.
LOUISVILLE at SETON HALL 7:00 p.m.
PITTSBURGH at WEST VIRGINIA 7:00 p.m. CBS SN
MARQUETTE at RUTGERS 7:30 p.m.
CINCINNATI at DE PAUL 8:00 p.m.
NOTRE DAME at CONNECTICUT (XL) 9:00 p.m. ESPN2
All times are Eastern
Material from interviews, school websites, the Associated Press wire service as well as league and team sources was used in this report.