In league action on Sunday, both games were decided by three points.
Seton Hall (8-12, 3-4 BIG EAST) beat Rutgers 45-42 at home. The Pirates’ earned their third league win of the season, equaling their three previous years combined. Seton Hall also beat Rutgers (11-8, 2-4 BIG EAST) for the first time since Feb. 13, 2002.
Senior Brittany Morris led the Pirates with 19 points. Seton Hall led 25-18 at halftime and held on for the win as Rutgers missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer with 11 seconds left.
Also on Sunday, No. 13/12 Louisville (17-4, 5-2 BIG EAST) held off St. John’s 57-54 at home. Louisville junior Antonita Slaughter scored 22 points and the Cardinals reeled off eight unanswered points down the stretch to overtake St. John's for its third straight win. Sophomore Sara Hammond finished with 14 points and eight rebounds.
St. John’s (9-9, 3-3 BIG EAST) senior Shenneika Smith scored 23 as the Red Storm lost their third straight. Senior teammate Nadirah McKenith became St. John’s all-time assists leader. Coming into the game with 524 career assists, McKenith finished the game with eight and has 532 total. McKenith also added 11 points.
Tonight, No. 2/3 Notre Dame heads to No. 9/9 Tennessee on Monday night on ESPN2 to continue a string of Big Monday appearances by league teams. Five games involving BIG EAST teams will appear on the timeslot, including a pair conference games.
The Fighting Irish (18-1, 7-0 BIG EAST) will be making the first of three ESPN2 "Big Monday" appearances this season, with a pair of "Big Monday" home games against Louisville (Feb. 11) and Connecticut (March 4) on the horizon. The tipoff against the Vols is set for 7 p.m. ET.
In its last game this past Saturday, Notre Dame beat Providence 89-44 at home. Senior Skylar Diggins scored 21 points, all in the first half, and surpassed 2,000 points for her career. She has 2,020 total.
Notre Dame will face its seventh ranked opponent of the season, having gone 5-1 against Top 25 teams to date.
Notre Dame and Tennessee will square off for the 23rd time on Monday night, with the Vols holding a 20-2 series edge, including an 8-0 record in Knoxville (where the teams will play for the first since the 2006-07 season). However, the Fighting Irish have won the past two meetings in the series, both by double-digit margins.
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