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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Connecticut senior Maya Moore earned honors as the BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, while Louisville freshman guard Shoni Schimmel was selected, for the second time this season, as the BIG EAST Freshman of the Week.
Moore scored a career-high 41 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in No. 1/1 UConn’s 93-62 victory over then-No. 22/20 Florida State on Dec. 21 in front of 16,294 at the XL Center in Hartford. Moore led the Huskies to their NCAA record 89th consecutive victory, surpassing the UCLA men’s previous mark, set from 1971-74. The Huskies own the NCAA Division record for consecutive victories (89), consecutive home court victories (69) and consecutive regular-season victories (79). Moore was 15-of-24 from the floor and took care of business from the free throw line, making 10 of her 11 attempts from the charity stripe. The double-double was the 43rd of Moore’s career and the 41 points eclipsed her previous career high of 40. Moore also blocked three shots and dished out three assists without committing a turnover.
In the Duel in the Desert in Las Vegas, Nev., Schimmel led the Cardinals in scoring with 22 points as Louisville defeated then- No. 21/RV Nebraska, 65-51. She connected on 10-of-16 attempts from the field and grabbed three rebounds, one assist and a steal. She leads the team in scoring with 16.3 points per game.
The BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll:
Bria Hartley, Connecticut, Fr., G (North Babylon, N.Y.)
Netted a career-high 21 points in UConn’s victory against then-No.22/ 20 Florida State. Shot 8-of-10 from the field, including 5-of-6 from 3-point range.
Sugar Rodgers, Georgetown, So., G (Suffolk, Va.)
Notched her first double-double of the season with 22 points and 10 rebounds in the Hoyas’ win against Coppin State. Also had seven assists and four steals helping GU extend its home winning streak to 21.
Jania Sims, Pittsburgh, R-Sr., G (Newark, N.J.)
In two games, averaged 18.5 ppg and 5.0 rpg, while shooting 56.5 percent. Had a season-high 26 points against Texas Tech. Named to the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic All-Tournament Team.
Tajay Ashmeade, Seton Hall, Jr., C (Bronx, N.Y.)
Posted career highs of 15 points, 21 rebounds and two assists, tying a career high with two blocks in a win against La Salle.
Iasia Hemingway, Syracuse, Jr., G (Newark, N.J.)
Averaged 15.5 points per game, shooting 50 percent from the floor, and 8.0 rebounds per game. Recorded 21 points and 10 rebounds in SU’s win against Clemson and had 10 points and six rebounds vs. No. 3/2 Baylor, earning a spot on the Bahamas Sunshine Shootout All-Tournament Team.