Updated BIG EAST Notes in PDF
There were four league games on Saturday’s schedule with home teams winning three of them.
No. 11/11 Louisville (20-4, 8-2 BIG EAST) topped Pittsburgh at home 78-45. Junior Shoni Schimmel led the Cardinals with 22 points and was one of five Louisville players in double figures. The Cardinals have won six in a row. Pittsburgh (9-14, 0-10 BIG EAST) is looking for its first conference win since Feb. 15, 2011.
St. John’s (11-10, 5-4 BIG EAST) edged Georgetown 76-72 in overtime at home. Senior guard Shenneika Smith had 26 points and shot 11-of-24 from the field. Senior teammate Nadirah McKenith flirted with a triple-double with 16 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds. Georgetown (13-10, 4-6 BIG EAST) senior Sugar Rodgers led all scorers with 29 points shooting 10-of-25 from the field. She continues to lead the league in scoring at 23.2 ppg.
Rutgers (14-8, 5-4 BIG EAST) won its third in a row following a 55-46 victory over Cincinnati at home. The Scarlet Knights rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit (30-23) and picked up career win No. 899 for head coach C. Vivian Stringer. Cincinnati (8-15, 0-10 BIG EAST) has lost 10 in a row.
No. 2/3 Notre Dame (22-1, 10-0 BIG EAST) beat Seton Hall 69-49 in the Garden State. The Irish have won 17 in a row, the fourth-longest stretch in school history. Seton Hall (8-15, 3-7 BIG EAST) has lost three in a row.
The BIG EAST has three teams with 20 or more wins, tied with the SEC for the most in the nation. Notre Dame (22), Connecticut (21) and Louisville (20) make up the BIG EAST contingent and could be joined by Syracuse (19 wins) soon. The SEC has Georgia (20), Kentucky (20) and South Carolina (20) but does not have a team with 19 wins.
Sunday’s Schedule – Feb. 10
USF AT PROVIDENCE 1:00 p.m.
MARQUETTE AT VILLANOVA 2:00 p.m.
DE PAUL AT 3/2 CONNECTICUT (GP) (ESPNU) 3:30 p.m.
All times are Eastern.