There were just two BIG EAST women’s basketball games on the schedule Tuesday as No. 11/10 Notre Dame slid past No. 16/17 Georgetown 80-58 and No. RV/23 St. John’s beat Cincinnati 63-34. Both winning teams played at home.
Sophomore Skylar Diggins scored 17 of her 22 points in the first half and added six assists to lead the Irish in the win. Junior Natalie Novosel added 19 points and senior Brittany Mallory had a season-high 14, while senior Devereaux Peters pulled down 12 rebounds for the Fighting Irish (16-4, 5-1 BIG EAST).
Sophomore Sugar Rodgers had 15 points and six rebounds, while classmate Rubylee Wright added 13 points and six assists for the Hoyas (14-5, 2-3 BIG EAST).
Notre Dame finished the first half on an 11-2 run and went into the locker room with a 45-33 lead. Georgetown left six points on the board as the Hoyas missed the front-end of the bonus on three straight trips to the line in the last few minutes of the half.
Georgetown’s full-court press forced the Irish into three quick turnovers early in the second half before Novosel stole the ball for a layup, putting the Irish up 59-42 with 14:44 to play. Notre Dame also made a season-high eight 3-pointers.
It was Notre Dame’s first win over a ranked opponent this season. All four Notre Dame losses have been to teams ranked in the top-15 of the polls, by a combined total of 20 points.
In Queens, St. John’s (14-5, 3-3 BIG EAST) topped Cincinnati (8-9, 1-4 BIG EAST) in an afternoon contest designated Field Trip Day as hundreds of elementary school students were in attendance for the contest. The crowd of 2,419 was the largest for a women’s game at Carnesecca Arena this season.
On Tuesday, St. John’s sophomore Da’Shena Stevens tallied 14 points and six rebounds, while sophomore Shenneika Smith also had 14. St. John’s raced out to a 30-11 lead at halftime and never looked back. Cincinnati was held to just three field goals in the first half and shot just 4-of-20 from 3-point range for the game. Freshman Kayla Cook had eight points to lead the offense.
Material from interviews, the Associated Press wire service as well as league and team sources was used in this report.