Marquette knocked off No. 23/17 Wisconsin-Green Bay 63-60 at home while USF topped North Florida 68-35. Other action on Sunday saw Rutgers lose at Boston College 84-75, Seton Hall lose at Drexel 66-43 and Villanova lose at Saint Joseph’s 46-43.
Senior forward Paige Fiedorowicz scored nine of her 15 points in the second half to help Marquette (8-2) beat its first ranked team of the season. Green Bay (9-1) also had its 17-game regular season winning streak snapped.
Green Bay, which never led, pulled within two on Sarah Eichler’s driving basket with 14.1 seconds to go, but MU sophomore Sarina Simmons sank one of two free throws for the final margin.
USF (6-4) rolled over North Florida, holding their opponent to less than 20 points in each half. Junior Andrea Smith scored a game-high 19 points as USF raced out to a 37-17 lead in the opening half.
Rutgers (6-4) remained winless on the road (0-4) following the loss at Boston College. Junior April Sykes scored a career-high 32 points, shooting 12-of-21 from the field along with six 3-pointers. Redshirt-junior Khadijah Rushdan added 23 points, including a 9-of-10 performance from the line. It marked the first time since the 2008-09 season that RU had a pair of players with 20+ points in a game.
BC posted its largest lead of the game, pulling ahead by 28 (67-39) with just under 13 minutes remaining in the contest. The Scarlet Knights were able to chip away at the deficit, getting to within six points (76-70) with a minute remaining, but could not complete the comeback.
The Scarlet Knights are undefeated at home (4-0) and neutral sites (2-0).
Rutgers has turned up the offense of late scoring 70 points or more in five of its last seven games. Holding a season average of 66.1 points per contest, Rutgers averaged just 57.8 points last year.
Villanova (5-5) lost at crosstown rival Saint Joseph’s. Following a 12-11 Villanova lead at halftime, in which the teams combined for 10 field goals, each team surpassed the 30-point plateau over the final 20 minutes.
Redshirt-sophomore Laura Sweeney scored a career-high 25 points going 10-of-19 from the field to lead the Wildcats. Villanova was 5-of-28 from 3-point range.
Seton Hall (5-6) ran into a hot Drexel team (6-1) with just one loss this season. Pirates junior Jasmine Crew scored a game-high 13 points in 19 minutes off the bench.
Material from interviews, the Associated Press wire service as well as league and team sources was used in this report.