Updated BIG EAST Notes
Three league games topped the docket Wednesday night as Villanova, Connecticut and Seton Hall were each victorious. UConn and Seton Hall both won on the road.
The Wildcats beat DePaul at home 65-45 despite shooting just 3-of-25 from 3-point range and 4-of-7 from the free throw line. Villanova (12-2, 2-0 BIG EAST) led wire-to-wire and snapped the Blue Demons’ six-game winning streak.
Senior guard Rachel Roberts led the Wildcats with a career-high 19 points, while sophomore Taylor Holeman added a personal-best 14 points and was a perfect 7-of-7 from the field. Holeman becomes the second Wildcat in program history to shoot a perfect 100 percent from the field. Trish Juhline was also 7-of-7 from the floor against Connecticut on Jan. 19, 2002. Villanova shot 26-of-39 (67-percent) on two-point field goals
Villanova owned a commanding 43-25 advantage on the boards. The win was just the second all-time against, DePaul who leads the all-time series 7-2. Villanova also improved to 5-0 at home this year. Villanova has held nine of its 14 opponents under 50 points this year and kept DePaul 33 points below its season average of 78.3 points per game.
DePaul (12-4, 1-1 BIG EAST) got 17 points from sophomore Brittany Hrynko. The guard is a native of nearby Philadelphia. With only seven available players, Hrynko was the lone Blue Demon to reach double figures and was 7-for-18 from the floor. The sophomore added a team-high six rebounds, three assists and a career-best three blocks.
No. 3/2 Connecticut rebounded from its first loss of the year with a 75-48 victory at Georgetown (10-5, 1-1 BIG EAST). The Huskies (13-1, 1-1 BIG EAST) had four players in double figures, led by senior Kelly Faris’ 15 points. UConn hit 12 3-pointers including seven in the second half.
With the win, UConn has 707 straight games without consecutive losses. The Huskies have also beaten the Hoyas 28 consecutive times.
GU senior Sugar Rodgers led all scorers with 23 points and nine rebounds.
"We played extremely hard tonight, but giving up 30 points off of turnovers is tough,” said Georgetown Head Coach Keith Brown. "We did a lot of things that we wanted to do, but we didn’t execute them all."
Seton Hall (7-8, 2-0 BIG EAST) continued its excellent start to league play with a 64-56 win at Cincinnati (8-7, 0-2 BIG EAST). The Pirates got 18 points from redshirt-sophomore Ka-Deidre Simmons. With the win, Seton Hall improves to 2-0 in the BIG EAST for the first time since the 2007-08 season, which was the last time the Pirates won their conference home and road openers. It also was Seton Hall’s largest conference road win since a 55-47 victory at West Virginia on Feb. 4, 2009.
Redshirt-junior Dayeesha Hollins scored 23 points, including six 3-pointers to lead the Bearcats.
League teams are off until Saturday.
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