PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Five BIG EAST Conference women’s basketball teams remained in both the Associated Press and the USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls after the third week of play.
Connecticut topped both lists after three dominating performances in the World Vision Challenge. The Huskies beat Howard 86-25 Nov. 26, Lehigh 81-38 Nov. 27 and LSU 81-51 Nov. 28, stretching their win streak to 84. West Virginia held on to its No. 10 ranking in the AP polland moved up a spot in the USA Today/ESPN poll to No. 10. The Mountaineers were a perfect 3-0 at the Paradise Jam last week, defeating then-No.21/25 TCU 62-49 Nov. 25, Virginia 57-43 Nov. 26 and then-No. 19/17 Iowa State 64-53 Nov. 27.
Georgetown remained No. 12 in the AP ranks and dropped to No. 13 in the USA Today/ESPN rankings, while Notre Dame evened things out in the AP poll climbing to No. 16/16. The Hoyas went 2-1 at the Paradise Jam last week, stinging Georgia Tech 67-58 Nov. 25, losing to Missouri 54-45 Nov. 26 and upsetting then-No.4/4 Tennessee 69-58 Nov. 27. The Irish posted a 3-0 record last week, hosting the WBCA Classic. ND downed IUPUI 92-29 Nov. 26, Wake Forest 92-69 Nov. 27 and Butler 85-54 Nov. 28.
St. John’s rounded out the rankings for the BIG EAST, gaining two slots in the AP poll to claim No. 20/24. The Red Storm beat Nicholls State 79-54 Nov. 26.
DePaul continued to receive votes in both polls, while Syracuse and Marquette collected USA Today/ESPN votes.
To view the polls in their entirety, please visit the BIG EAST women’s basketball national poll page.