Jan. 14, 2011
HONORING THE ELITE -- Three BIG EAST women’s basketball players have been selected to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 20 list. Connecticut senior Maya Moore, the 2009 winner of the award, was joined by league stars Skylar Diggins of Notre Dame and Sugar Rodgers of Georgetown on this year’s list. The John R. Wooden Award All American Team will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round during the NCAA Tournament.
MARK DOWN MARQUETTE – Marquette defeated No. 6/7 West Virginia 69-54 on Jan. 12, handing the Mountaineers their first loss of the season and snapping the nation’s longest winning streak. It was Marquette’s second straight win over a top 25 opponent after beating then-No. 15/14 Georgetown in double overtime on Jan. 8.
UNDEFEATED DEMONS – This season marks the first time that the Blue Demons have opened BIG EAST play 4-0 since joining the league in 2005-06. No. 14/21 DePaul has won 13 of its last 14 games, defeating two top-25 teams in that stretch (Stanford, St. John’s).
IRISH SCORING SUCCESS – No. 12/12 Notre Dame (14-4, 3-1 BIG EAST) has had plenty of success on offense this season, averaging a league-leading 84.1 points, which ranks eighth nationally. In addition, the Irish have already surpassed the 90-point plateau a school-record eight times. Junior Natalie Novosel leads the team averaging 14.9 points. Notre Dame is at Pittsburgh on Jan. 15 at 2:00 p.m. ET.
NUMBER 70 - While No. 2/2 Connecticut’s Division I record 90-game win streak ended at then-No. 9/8 Stanford on Dec. 30, the team’s homecourt win streak did not. Following the Huskies’ win over Villanova on Jan. 5 in Storrs, Conn., UConn extended its home-court win streak to a Division I record 70 games. The last Connecticut loss at home was to Tennessee on Jan. 6, 2007. The Huskies will host Louisville before a sellout crowd at noon on Jan. 15 at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn.