Maya Moore, Connecticut, Sr., F (Lawrenceville, Ga./Collins Hill)
Moore averaged 23.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 3.5 steals per game while shooting 59.9 percent from the floor during a 2-0 week. Moore started the week off with a 21-point, six-rebound, eight-assist effort in the Huskies’ 84-52 defeat of No. RV/22 St. John’s on Jan. 12. She followed that with a 26-point, six-rebound, four-steal performance in a 78-55 victory over Louisville on Jan. 15. Moore, who was recently named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top-20 List, buried seven of the eight attempts she took from the free throw line. As the nation’s active scoring leader, Moore moved into 35th place on the NCAA all-time scoring list and scored at least 20 points for the 12th time this season.
BIG EAST Freshman of the Week
Bria Hartley, Connecticut, Fr., G (North Babylon, N.Y./North Babylon)
Hartley averaged 16.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, shooting 57.1 percent from the floor and 45.5 percent from beyond the 3-point arc last week. She scored eight points in only 19-minutes of action in UConn’s 84-52 victory at No. RV/22 St. John’s on Jan. 12, grabbing five rebounds. She followed that up with a 24-point, eight-rebound, three-assist effort in 40-minutes of action in the Huskies’ 78-55 victory over Louisville on Saturday. The 24 points and eight rebounds were both career-highs. That career-high total came on 10-of-16 from the floor, including 4-of-8 from long-range. Hartley has recorded double-digit points in all but three games this season.
Keisha Hampton, DePaul, Jr., F (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Led DePaul with 19.0 ppg and 7.0 rpg, along with a 1.2 assist to turnover ratio, in a 2-0 week for DePaul. Had 20 points in the win at Villanova with five 3-pointers. Scored 18 points in the Blue Demons’ win against USF.
Sarina Simmons, Marquette, So., F (Milwaukee, Wis.)
Helped lead Marquette to a 2-0 week, including wins over then-undefeated No. 6/7 West Virginia, recording 14 points with 7-of-12 shooting. Had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in a comeback win at USF. Averaged 57.9 percent from the floor for the week.
Devereaux Peters, Notre Dame, Sr., F (Chicago, Ill.)
Shot 72.2 percent to help Notre Dame to two league wins. Had 14 points against Louisville and 15 points and 10 rebounds, along with four assists, two blocks and two steals in 23 minutes against Pittsburgh.
Monique Oliver, Rutgers, So., F/C (Long Beach, Calif.)
Averaged 21.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 2.5 bpg in a 2-0 week for RU. Had a career-high 27 points at 25/RV Syracuse and 16 points at Cincinnati.
Madina Ali, West Virginia, R-Sr., F (Williamsport, Pa.)
Notched her seventh double-double of the season with a career-high 32 points and 10 rebounds against Syracuse. In a loss to Marquette, had 14 points, five rebounds and a pair of assists.
Inside the BIG EAST
Start Your Engines
Off to its second best start in school history, the No. 14/21 DePaul women’s basketball team improved to 5-0 in BIG EAST Conference play for the first time since joining the league in 2005-06 after defeating Villanova 64-45 on Jan. 16. The Blue Demons improve to 17-2 for the second time in school history and the first since the 2005-06 season. DePaul’s best start through 19 games was an 18-1 start to the 2003-04 season. The win against Villanova was Head Coach Doug Bruno’s 475th.
At WVU Coliseum
With a 70-61 win against Syracuse on Jan. 15, the Mountaineers extend their consecutive home game winning streak to 29 games at the Coliseum and their record at home to 111-25 under coach Carey. The 19th largest crowd in program history attended the game with 3,086 fans turning out in support of the team.
McNutt Reaches 1,000
In Georgetown’s 49-45 win at Providence on Jan. 15, senior Monica McNutt had 17 points and a career-high 11 rebounds to record her first double-double of the season. McNutt’s 3-pointer with 15:39 remaining put her over the 1,000-point mark for her career.
Villanova in the Big Five
Villanova’s 57-52 victory against Penn on Jan. 12 improves the Wildcats’ all-time Big Five record to 92-35. The 92 wins ties Saint Joseph’s for the most Big Five victories by a women’s program.
UConn Home Court Success
UConn beat Louisville 78-55 at the XL Center on Jan. 15, extending the Huskies home winning streak record to 71 games. UConn hasn’t lost in Storrs or Hartford since a 55-47 loss to Rutgers in the 2007 BIG EAST tournament championship game. The game against Louisville marked the second sellout the Huskies have played at the XL Center this season and the 10th for BIG EAST teams this year. Last season BIG EAST teams combined for 13 sellout crowds, the most since 2004-05.