Two road teams posted wins on Saturday, led by Pittsburgh’s upset of No. 14/15 West Virginia in Morgantown. The Panthers (11-11, 3-6 BIG EAST) got a career-high 30 points from senior Taneisha Harrison. The victory also snapped the Mountaineers 31-game home court winning streak. Interestingly, the Panthers also were the last team to beat WVU at home on Feb. 24, 2009.
Senior guard Liz Repella led the Mountaineers (20-4, 6-4 BIG EAST) with 21 points. The third-largest crowd in program-history (8,025) was in attendance as part of the team’s Pink Zone initiative to raise breast cancer awareness. Next up, the Mountaineers host No. 2/2 Connecticut on Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. ET on CBS College Sports.
The Huskies (22-1, 10-0 BIG EAST) will enter Morgantown on a 10-game winning streak, following an 89-66 victory over No. 9/13 DePaul (21-3, 8-1 BIG EAST) at Gampel Pavilion. UConn senior Maya Moore scored a conference-high 34 points, shooting an efficient 14-of-16 from the field. She also had 11 rebounds and six assists to record her 47th career double-double. Moore leads the league in scoring at 24.5 points per game. She also is the nation’s active leading scorer with 2,731 career points.
DePaul was led by senior Felicia Chester’s 19 points, including the 1,000th of her career.
No. 8/8 Notre Dame (20-4, 9-1 BIG EAST) won at USF (10-13, 1-8 BIG EAST) by the score of 76-68. The Irish were 28-of-41 from the free throw line and 23-of-46 from the field. Junior Natalie Novosel scored 12 of her team-high 19 points in the second half. Junior Andrea Smith led the Bulls with 20 points.
No. 23/24 Marquette (19-4, 7-3 BIG EAST) pulled out a 55-52 win over No. NR/23 St. John’s (16-7, 5-5 BIG EAST) at home. Senior Tatiyana McMorris hit a game-winning 3-pointer with three seconds left in regulation. She finished with 19 points, including 16 in the second half. Marquette entered the national polls this week for the first time since the 2006-07 season.
St. John’s had four players in double figures, including 11 points from freshman shooter Amanda Burakoski.
No. 17/19 Georgetown (19-5, 7-3 BIG EAST) knocked off Cincinnati (8-14, 1-9 BIG EAST) by the score of 55-38 at home. Junior Rubylee Wright led the way with 14 points and eight assists. The Hoyas held Cincinnati to 16 points in the second half. Freshman Tiffany Turner led UC with a career-high 12 points.
There are three games on Sunday, including an ESPNU televised contest between Syracuse and Rutgers in New Jersey. The noon affair is a rematch which saw the Scarlet Knights winning earlier this year 78-67 at the Carrier Dome on Jan. 11. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for RU against the Orange. Rutgers is 30-6 all-time against Syracuse and 10-1 when playing those games at the RAC.
Material from interviews, the Associated Press wire service as well as league and team sources was used in this report.