Sugar Rodgers, Georgetown, So., G (Suffolk, Va./King’s Fork)
Rodgers averaged 21.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg and 4.0 apg in a 2-0 week for Georgetown. She scored a career-high 30 points in the Hoyas’ win over No. 8/8 West Virginia. She shot 60 percent from the field (9-of-15) and connected on 10-of-10 from the line against the Mountaineers. In Georgetown’s win at Seton Hall on Jan. 29, Rodgers had 13 points, including a trio of 3-pointers, to go along with five assists and four rebounds.
BIG EAST Freshman of the Week
Shoni Schimmel, Louisville, Fr., G (Hermiston, Ore./Franklin)
Schimmel averaged 18.5 points per game and 5.0 assists per game while helping the Cardinals finish 1-1 last week. She led the Cardinals in scoring against Marquette with 25 points, dishing out four assists, grabbing two rebounds and a steal. In the Cardinals’ win against Rutgers, she had 12 points and six assists to go along with five rebounds. She scored in double-figures for the 18th-straight game, the longest streak by a UofL freshman over the past 20 seasons.
Maya Moore, Connecticut, Sr., F (Lawrenceville, Ga.)
Averaged 20.0 ppg and 10.5 rpg in a 2-0 week for the Huskies. Had 17 points and 16 rebounds at Rutgers. Followed that with a 23-point effort, grabbing five rebounds and dishing out six assists (with only one turnover) in a win at Cincinnati.
Sam Quigley, DePaul, Sr., G (Joliet, Ill.)
Had 23 points in a win at Cincinnati, sinking 7-of-12 3-pointers. In a win against No. 8/8 West Virginia, had 11 points and five assists.
Monique Reid, Louisville, Jr. F (Louisville, Ky.)
Had 19 points and 11 rebounds in a loss at Marquette. Added 17 points, on 7-of-11 shooting, and six rebounds in a win against Rutgers. Shot 60 percent for the week, averaging 18.0 ppg and 8.5 rpg.
Tatiyiana McMorris, Marquette, Sr., G (Bronx, N.Y.)
Averaged 21.5 ppg in a 2-0 week for Marquette. Had 21 points in a win against Louisville, shooting 45.5 percent, and 22 points and six assists in a win at Pittsburgh.
Andrea Smith, USF, Jr., G (Lakeland, Fla.)
Averaged 22.5 ppg and 5.0 rpg, shooting 45 percent in a 1-1 week for the Bulls. Against Seton Hall, had 22 points and six rebounds. In a loss at Syracuse, posted 23 points, connecting on five 3-pointers.
INSIDE THE BIG EAST NOTES
BLUE DEMONS AT HOME
DePaul has won its last 15 games at McGrath Arena dating back to its Feb. 23, 2010 win over Pittsburgh. DePaul is 13-0 this season on its home court and improves to 131-21 (.862) all-time at McGrath Arena. During DePaul’s 15-game winning streak, the Blue Demons’ average margin of victory is 21.6.
Marquette defeated Pittsburgh 74-70 in overtime on Jan. 29 for the Golden Eagles’ first victory at Petersen Events Center. MU had been 0-2 all-time in Pittsburgh prior to the win, with losses during the 2006-07 and 2008-09 seasons. MU’s loss in 2006-07 also came in overtime.
HOYAS STINGY DEFENSE
In a 59-41 win at Seton Hall on Jan. 29, Georgetown’s defense held the Pirates to 17 points in the first half, marking the lowest point total the Hoyas have held an opponent to in conference play
UCONN’S CONFERENCE STREAK
Senior Maya Moore scored 23 points in Connecticut’s win at Cincinnati, leading the Huskies to their 59th consecutive win against BIG EAST Conference opponents. Moore finished 11-for-14 shooting with six assists.
MORROW CLIMBING THE CHARTS
Syracuse senior Erica Morrow tallied 13 points in a 78-57 win against USF on Jan. 29 to move into third on the SU career scoring charts with 1,538 points.
IRISH KEEP FIGHTING
Notre Dame posted a 58-43 win at Villanova on Jan. 29 to continue its streak, as the Fighting Irish have won five straight and 13 of their past 14.
ALL NIGHT AND DAY
Junior Da’Shena Stevens shot her way to a season-high 22 points and a season-best nine field goals. Stevens’ 22-point performance was her second 20-point game of the season. The Red Storm is 8-2 when Stevens reaches the 20-point plateau.
Three BIG EAST women’s basketball seniors top the 10-player list of finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award presented annually to the nation’s top senior. Connecticut’s Maya Moore, DePaul’s Sam Quigley and West Virginia’s Liz Repella were each on the list.