Updated BIG EAST Notes
No. 2/2 Connecticut (7-0) hosts No. 10/10 Penn State (6-1) at Gampel Pavilion on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on SNY (DirecTV channel 639). The Huskies are 7-3 all-time against Penn State, including a 77-59 win last year in the regional semifinals of the NCAA Championship in Kingston, R.I.
Also on Thursday, Rutgers (3-3) hosts Long Island at 7:30 p.m. The Scarlet Knights are 2-0 at home this season.
BIG EAST teams went 3-2 on Wednesday, including a nationally televised contest between No. 5/5 Notre Dame and No. 3/3 Baylor on ESPN2. It was the league’s third top-10 matchup featuring a BIG EAST team this week.
The Irish (5-1) lost 73-61 at home in a rematch of last year’s national championship. ND freshman Jewel Loyd was impressive with 24 points and seven rebounds. Baylor All-America senior center Brittney Griner had 24 points and 14 points.
Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw knew the Irish were in trouble when Griner, who was 10-of-16 from the floor, started hitting a couple of shots from 15 feet.
''That's what we wanted her to take,'' McGraw said.
Elsewhere, USF (7-0) remained undefeated with a 67-46 win over Florida Gulf Coast. The Bulls are off to their best start since 2006-07. Cincinnati (5-2) topped Youngstown State 57-46 at home. The Bearcats won without leading scorer Dayeesha Hollins (18.8 ppg) who missed the game with an injury. Pittsburgh (6-2) also won at home 57-47 over Loyola (Md.). Eight different Pitt players scored as the Panthers shot 44-percent from the field and held the Greyhounds to just 31-percent from the field.
Marquette (4-3) lost at instate rival Wisconsin 71-68. MU junior Katherine Plouffe had 12 points and tied her season-high with 13 rebounds. It was her second double-double of the season.
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