Updated BIG EAST Notes
No. 5/5 Notre Dame (5-0) hosts No. 3/3 Baylor (6-1) in the league’s third top-10 matchup this week. It is a rematch of last year’s national championship and features two of the nation’s top players in Irish guard Skylar Diggins and Baylor center Brittany Griner. The game will be televised live on ESPN2 at 7 p.m.
Notre Dame has designated Wednesday's game against Baylor as a "Lime Out", with fans encouraged to wear the unique shade of green in support of the Fighting Irish.
Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw and Baylor bench boss Kim Mulkey are the only coaches to both play for and coach a team that has appeared in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, and then also coach that same team to a national championship. McGraw played at Saint Joseph's (Pa.) when it rose to No. 3 in 1977, while Mulkey was the floor general for top-ranked Louisiana Tech in 1982. McGraw then took Notre Dame to the 2001 national championship, while Mulkey did the same with Baylor in 2005 and 2012.
Four other BIG EAST teams are in action on Wednesday as Cincinnati (4-2) hosts Youngstown State, undefeated USF (6-0) hosts Florida Gulf Coast and Pittsburgh (5-2) welcomes Loyola (MD). All three games begin at 7 p.m. Marquette (4-2) is at Wisconsin at 8 p.m.
In BIG EAST action on Tuesday, Georgetown (7-2) won at Monmouth 61-48. Hoyas senior Sugar Rodgers scored a game-high 30 points and surpassed 2,000 for her career. The guard became the school’s leading scorer earlier this year and has totaled 2,025 points at Georgetown.
Elsewhere, Syracuse (8-1) rebounded from its first loss of the season to beat Wagner 66-28. Senior Kayla Alexander scored a career-high 34 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the way. The center has four double-doubles this year and leads the BIG EAST with 23 in her career. Syracuse held Wagner to just 11 points in the second half.
Providence (2-6) lost at Harvard 73-59 despite a game-high 21 points from forward Brianna Edwards. Harvard shot 57-percent in the second half and outscored PC 46-31.
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