Big East News Articles
BIG EAST Player of the Week
Maya Moore, Connecticut, Sr., F (Lawrenceville, Ga./Collins Hill)
Moore posted a pair of double-doubles in a 2-0 week for No. 2/2 Connecticut, averaging 27.0 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. Moore scored 26 points on 10-of-18 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Huskies’ 83-57 victory over No. 10/11 North Carolina. She was 5-of-6 from the free throw line against the Tar Heels. She followed that up with a 28-point, 11-rebound performance in Connecticut’s 66-46 win over Pittsburgh. She dished-out four assists and was 10-of-11 from the free throw line. Moore scored 20 points in the first half on Jan. 22, marking the fifth time this season she has scored at least 20 points in the first half. She is the NCAA’s active scoring leader with 2,628 career points.
BIG EAST Freshman of the Week
Bria Hartley, Connecticut, Fr., G (North Babylon, N.Y./North Babylon)
Hartley averaged 12.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game in a 2-0 week for No. 2/2 Connecticut. Hartley started the week with an 11-point, five-rebound, eight-assist effort in UConn’s 83-57 win at No. 10/11 North Carolina on Jan. 17. Her eight assists marked a career high and she also posted four steals in 33 minutes of action in Chapel Hill. She followed that up with a 13-point, four-assist effort in UConn’s 66-46 win over Pittsburgh on Jan. 22. For the week, Hartley dished-out 12 assists and turned the ball over only four times.
Monique Reid, Louisville, Jr. F (Louisville, Ky.)
Had 16 points, connecting on 6-of-8 from the field, and a team-high eight rebounds with three assists, no turnovers and one steal in a win against Cincinnati on Jan. 22.
Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame, So., G (South Bend, Ind.)
Averaged 14.5 ppg, 6.0 apg and 5.0 rpg with a 2.0 assist/turnover ratio in a pair of wins over ranked BIG EAST opponents last week. Had a game-high 22 points, six assists and four rebounds vs. No. 16/17 Georgetown and had six points, six assists and six rebounds over No. RV/23 St. John’s.
Chelsey Lee, Rutgers, Jr., F (Miami, Fla.)
Posted her third-straight double-double with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting, while grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds to help RU defeat Providence and improve to 5-0 in conference play.
Kayla Alexander, Syracuse, So., C (Milton, Ontario)
Recorded 17 points and 10 rebounds to help SU defeat Marquette 69-63. It was her sixth double-double of the season.
Ayana Dunning, West Virginia, R-So., C (Columbus, Ohio)
Had 16 points and seven rebounds, shooting 57 percent from the floor, as she helped WVU limit Marshall to 21 points. Added seven points in a win against USF.
INSIDE THE BIG EAST NOTES
No. 10/11 Notre Dame defeated No. RV/23 St. John’s 69-36 on Jan. 23. The game, broadcast on ESPNU, was a sellout at Purcell Pavilion with 9,149 in attendance. It was Notre Dame’s third sellout of the season, 15th all-time and ninth in the past year and a half.
RU Starts Off Hot
The NR/RV Scarlet Knights have won five-straight BIG EAST games, its best start to conference play since 2007-08 when RU won its first seven league games. It is the longest winning streak since the 2008-09 campaign when the Scarlet Knights won six straight games. Rutgers is 8-0 at home this season. RU will host No. 2/2 Connecticut on Jan. 26; both teams are undefeated in league play.
DePaul Making Itself at Home
No. 13/18 DePaul extended a two-season McGrath Arena winning streak to 14 games and has won 16 of its last 17 games since late November. The Blue Demons are 12-0 this season on its home court and improve to 130-21 (.861) all-time at McGrath Arena. During DePaul’s 14-game winning streak, the Blue Demons’ average margin of victory is 21.6.
RV/RV Syracuse staged a come-from-behind 69-63 win at RV/RV Marquette on Jan. 22. The Orange entered the game as the nation’s leading rebounding team and outrebounded the Golden Eagles 41-29.
No. 2/2 Connecticut’s 66-46 victory against Pittsburgh at Gampel Pavilion on Jan. 22 marked the Huskies’ 72nd consecutive win at home. In the month of January, UConn is now 222-83 all-time, including a 6-0 clip this season.
Wins at the Coliseum
No. 9/9 West Virginia defeated USF 78-52 on Jan. 22 for the Mountaineers’ 30th in a row at WVU Coliseum, dating back to the 2009 season. The win came in front of a crowd of 4,555 - the seventh largest in school history.