Updated BIG EAST Notes
Five league teams are in action on Sunday, beginning at 1 p.m., as Pittsburgh (6-3) hosts Rider. St. John’s (5-3) takes on No. 14/17 UCLA in the championship game of the Chartwell’s Holiday Classic at 2 p.m.
Seton Hall (3-6) welcomes Mount St. Mary’s at 2 p.m., as does undefeated USF (8-0) against Nebraska. The Bulls are one of 11 undefeated teams remaining, including No. 2/2 UConn (8-0). Also on Sunday, Rutgers (6-3) hosts No. 21/23 Miami (Fla.) at 5:30 p.m.
In action over the weekend, DePaul (8-3) knocked off Northern Illinois 68-46 at home. Junior Jasmine Penny led the Blue Demons with 20 points, while senior Anna Martin added 15 and freshman Chanise Jenkins had 14.
Syracuse (10-1) topped Binghamton 68-45. Senior Elashier Hall’s 14 points led a balanced scoring attack as nine different Orange players recorded a field goal in a game they never trailed.
Also on Saturday, Cincinnati (6-3) lost at Akron 67-54 and Marquette (4-5) lost to Toledo 82-71. Bearcats freshman Alexis Durley scored 12 points, with 10 coming in the second half. Marquette was led by junior Katherine Plouffe, who tallied her third double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
On Friday night, No. 8/8 Louisville (9-2) lost at Colorado 70-66. Junior Antonita Slaughter paced Louisville with 19 points. Louisville played without sophomore Sara Hammond, who is averaging 11.2 points and a team-leading 7.8 rebounds. She is expected to return to the squad soon.
''We knew coming out here that this was going to be a very good test for us,'' Cardinals coach Jeff Walz said. ''We were aware that Arielle Roberson is a big-time post player and Chucky Jeffery is a great point guard and I felt from film that they were the best overall team we had played.''
Jeffery had 22 points and seven rebounds, and Roberson added 13 points as the Buffaloes beat a top 10 team for the first time since defeating No. 2 Stanford in the round of 16 during the 2002 NCAA tournament.
St. John’s beat Tennessee Tech 58-46 setting up Sunday’s title game matchup. St. John’s senior guard Nadirah McKenith scored nine points, including the 1,000th of her career.
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