Updated BIG EAST Notes
Seven league teams are in action on Sunday, including a top-10 matchup as No. 7/6 Louisville (8-0) hosts to No. 9/8 Kentucky (5-1) in a battle of the Bluegrass State at the KFC Yum! Center. The game will be televised live on ESPNU at 6 p.m. Louisville has won four of the last six matchups, in addition, the home team has won in each of the last four games. A full schedule of Sunday’s games can be found below.
In action on Saturday, Georgetown (6-2) won at crosstown rival George Washington 70-54. Senior Sugar Rodgers scored a game-high 22 points and was a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line. The guard leads the BIG EAST in scoring at 23.5 ppg and has scored at least 20 points in each of her last four games. The game was tied at halftime, but Georgetown outscored the Colonels 37-21 in the second half.
USF (6-0) is one of five undefeated teams in the BIG EAST following a 66-44 win over North Florida. In the win over the Ospreys, 10 different players scored a basket for the Bulls. USF is 6-0 for the first time since the 2006-07 season. There are 24 undefeated teams left in Division I women’s basketball.
Seton Hall (3-4) takes on one of the unbeatens on Sunday with a 2 p.m. contest against rv/24 South Carolina (8-0) at home.
Marquette (4-2) held off Fordham for a 51-48 win at home. Senior Sarina Simmons and freshman Brooklyn Pumroy led the Golden Eagles with 10 points apiece. Pumroy also grabbed five boards and had three steals. Junior Katherine Plouffe was near a double-double with nine points and a season-high 13 rebounds.
No. 17/15 St. John’s (4-2) lost at Boston University 66-49. Sophomore Amber Thompson was the only St. John's player to score in double figures with 11 points. The Red Storm was without its starting backcourt for the game. Senior Eugeneia McPherson missed her first full game after suffering a season-ending ACL injury to her right knee against Hartford last Sunday. Senior point guard Nadirah McKenith dressed, but did not play because of back spasms.
Pittsburgh (5-2) lost at Lafayette 68-65. Pitt sophomore Brianna Kiesel led the way with 17 points. Three players - juniors Asia Logan and Ashlee Anderson and sophomore Cora McManus – had 12 points each for the Panthers.
Providence (2-5) lost at Hartford 66-39. The Friars trailed 34-21 at halftime and scored just 18 points in the second half.
Upcoming BIG EAST schedule:
Sun. 2 Rutgers at Boston College 1:00 p.m.
Xavier at Cincinnati 2:00 p.m. FS Ohio
South Carolina at Seton Hall 2:00 p.m.
La Salle at Villanova 2:00 p.m.
Syracuse at Temple 2:00 p.m.
Northwestern at DePaul 5:00 p.m.
Kentucky at Louisville 6:10 p.m. ESPNU
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