Updated BIG EAST Notes
League teams went 2-2 on Sunday as No. 2/2 UConn (2-0) won at No. 16/13 Texas A&M 81-50. UConn junior center Stefanie Dolson tied her career high with 24 points shooting 11-of-15 from the field. Sophomore Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 16 points and the Huskies handed the Aggies their worst loss at home since Gary Blair took over in 2003.
''Dolson just put on a clinic over my post players,'' A&M coach Gary Blair said.
The Huskies outscored the Aggies in the paint 42-12, as A&M had no answer for the 6-foot-5 Dolson. UConn also held a 40-28 edge on the glass. UConn guard Bria Hartley missed her second consecutive game to start the season with a sprained ankle. The Huskies defeated the Aggies by the nearly identical score of 81-51 in last year's Jimmy V Classic in the XL Center in Hartford, Conn.
No. 7/6 Notre Dame (2-0) beat UMass 94-50 on Sunday in the home opener. ND junior Kayla McBride scored 18 points and senior Skylar Diggins added 15.
The Irish led by four early, before they used a 17-0 run to blow the game open. Notre Dame’ defense took control, forcing 20 turnovers in the first half that led to 30 points. The Irish led 53-19 at halftime.
''We've really been working hard at double-teaming, running at the ball, and trying to have our defense get their offense to feel really uncomfortable,'' McGraw said. ''I was disappointed we didn't take more charges but overall I thought we had a good awareness today of where their shooters were.''
UMass coach Sharon Dawley scheduled the game for her senior center, Jasmine Watson, a South Bend native. Watson and Diggins led South Bend Washington to the state title game their senior year.
In other action on Sunday, Providence (1-2) lost at Virginia 61-42 and Marquette (1-1) lost at Georgia Tech 76-72. Providence sophomore Tori Rule led the Friars with 14 points. Marquette junior guard Katie Young led the Golden Eagles with 18 points to tie her career high. She was 7-of-8 from the field.
Four BIG EAST teams are in action Monday. Cincinnati (1-1) is at Kent State, while LSU is at Georgetown (2-1) and Seton Hall (2-1) is at Michigan. All three games begin at 7 p.m. DePaul (2-1) hosts Yale at 8 p.m.
Material from interviews, school websites, the Associated Press wire service as well as league and team sources was used in this report. All times are Eastern