Dec. 7, 2012 – BIG EAST notes in PDF
Connecticut Against the Top
No. 2/2 Connecticut defeated No. 10/10 Penn State 67-52 on Dec. 6. The win was the Huskies’ fourth this season against a ranked opponent and second this week against a top 10 team as they beat No. 9 Maryland 63-48 on Monday.
Leaving Their Marks
Georgetown defeated Monmouth 61-48 on Dec. 4. In the victory, senior Sugar Rodgers became the first women’s basketball player in GU history to score 2,000 career points. Rodgers is already the program’s leading scorer and had 30 points in the contest, including 25 in the second half. She currently has 2,025 points.
In a 66-28 win against Wagner on Dec. 4, SU senior Carmen Tyson-Thomas joined the 1,000-point club, scoring six points to put her career point total at 1,001. She became the 22nd player in Syracuse program history to reach the mark.
In a 58-32 RU win against Long Island, Rutgers senior Monique Oliver became the 32nd Scarlet Knight to reach the 1,000-point career mark. Oliver led all scorers with 18 points.
The Undefeated Bulls
The Bulls are 7-0 for the first time since the 2006-07 season, when they also began 7-0. The Bulls have not had a seven-game winning streak since taking 9 in a row during the 2007-08 season.
Doubling Up for Cincinnati
Cincinnati bounced back from a double-overtime loss to beat Youngstown State 57-46 at home on Dec. 5. With the team’s leading scorer Dayeesha Hollins out with an injury, senior Lesha Dunn scored 13 points and added 12 rebounds while junior Tiffany Turner had 15 points and 12 boards. It marked the second-consecutive game where two Bearcats finished with double-doubles, after previously going five years without the feat occurring.
No. 5/5 Notre Dame lost to No. 3/3 Baylor 73-61 at home on Dec. 5. Freshman Jewell Loyd led Notre Dame with a season-high 24 points and seven rebounds. Loyd’s 24 points were the most by a Fighting Irish rookie against a ranked opponent since Jan. 26, 2002, when Jacqueline Batteast scored 26 points in Notre Dame’s 64-57 win over then-No. 16/17 Virginia Tech at Purcell Pavilion.