Conference play began for four more teams on Wednesday evening as No. 18/18 Notre Dame (7-3, 1-0 BIG EAST) won at Providence and No. 20/21 St. John’s (8-1, 1-0 BIG EAST) topped Seton Hall.
The Irish won 79-43 at Alumni Hall as 10 different players scored. Freshman Natalie Achonwa scored a team-high 13 points, shooting 5-of-6 from the field.
"She didn't even come to practice and couldn't keep any food down," ND head coach Muffet McGraw said. "She had a rough night. But she said I'll play if you need me and I'm a little weak. She played great. I was really pleased, but I don't think she could have gone too many more minutes."
Achonwa only played nine minutes.
Sophomore Skylar Diggins added 10 points and five rebounds.
Notre Dame led 35-27 at halftime and held the Friars (5-6, 0-1 BIG EAST) to just 16 points in the second half. Senior guard/forward Mi-Khida Hankins scored 16 points to lead the Providence offense. The Friars shot just 30.6 percent from the field.
The Irish are 19-0 all-time against Providence, their longest active winning streak against any BIG EAST opponent.
Red Storm sophomore Eugeneia McPherson scored a career-high 20 points, hitting four 3-pointers to lead St. John's in the 71-52 win.
“Anytime you win a BIG EAST game, it’s a good win,” remarked St. John’s head coach Kim Barnes Arico. “Obviously, I think there are still things I think we need to get better at. We are improving. We’re doing a better job of sharing the basketball. Our assists have probably been better than they’ve been most of the year and I thought we showed some really good signs and Eugeneia was outstanding tonight. I think we need to get better rebounding and they did a great job on the offensive glass. Overall, I was pleased with our effort.”
St. John’s shot 49.1 percent on the night while holding the Hall to 35.7 percent. The Red Storm also won the turnover battle 19-13, while both teams finished with 35 rebounds.
Sophomore Terry Green led Seton Hall with 11 points.