Four BIG EAST women’s basketball teams were in action on Sunday as two conference games were on the schedule. No. 14/21 DePaul beat Villanova 64-45, while Marquette held off USF 61-55.
The Blue Demons (17-2, 5-0 BIG EAST) are off to their best start in BIG EAST play since joining the league in 2005-06. Junior Keisha Hampton scored a game-high 20 points along with seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block. The Blue Demons led 33-21 at halftime and shot 49.1 percent from the field for the game. Villanova freshman Lindsay Kimmel scored 12 points to lead the Wildcats’ offense.
Marquette (15-3, 3-2 BIG EAST) continued its impressive play of late, winning their third in a row. Senior Paige Fiedorowicz made a layup with 1:35 left to play and classmate Tatiyiana McMorris drained a 3-pointer with 29.3 seconds remaining to give Marquette the win. The Golden Eagles shot just 33.3 percent from the floor, but was 18-of-21 from the free throw line (85.7 percent).
USF junior college transfer Andrea Smith scored 17 points to lead the Bulls offense.
The game featured four tie scores and 14 lead changes with eight of those lead changes coming in the final 11:37 of the game.
Material from interviews, the Associated Press wire service as well as league and team sources was used in this report.