There were six BIG EAST women’s basketball conference games on the schedule Saturday as 12 teams hit the hardwood. Home teams won four of the six games. In the two road wins, No. 2/2 UConn knocked off Providence 68-38 and Seton Hall won at Cincinnati 51-44.
The Huskies (24-1, 12-0 BIG EAST) got an outstanding performance from freshman Stefanie Dolson, who matched her career-high with 21 points in just 23 minutes. Senior Maya Moore added a career-high nine assists, along with 11 points and six rebounds. She played just 23 minutes as well.
UConn used a 12-1 run midway through the first half to create a 32-7 lead and led 41-12 at halftime. The Huskies have won 12 in a row and host No. 12/14 Oklahoma as part of ESPN2’s Big Monday at 7 p.m. ET.
Providence was led by senior Teya Wright who had none points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
Seton Hall (8-16, 1-10 BIG EAST) snapped a nine-game losing streak with its first conference win of the year, 51-44 at Cincinnati (8-15, 1-10 BIG EAST). Junior Jasmine Crew scored a team-high 17 points to lead the Pirates. Junior Bjonee Reaves led the Bearcats with 11 points.
No. 10/14 DePaul (23-3, 10-1 BIG EAST) beat No. 21/22 Marquette (19-5, 7-4 BIG EAST) and extended its home winning streak to 16 games. The Blue Demons were led by sophomore Anna Martin’s game-high 20 points. There were five ties and 11 lead changes. Senior Jasmine Collins led Marquette with 15 points as the Golden Eagles’ four-game winning streak was ended.
No. 8/8 Notre Dame (22-4, 11-1 BIG EAST) beat Rutgers (14-10, 7-4 BIG EAST) by the score of 71-49. Senior Devereaux Peters scored a game-high 21 points, shooting 9-of-13 from the field. Sophomore Skylar Diggins added 20 points and dished out five assists. The Irish had their fourth sellout crowd of the season with 9,149 fans in attendance. Junior Chelsey Lee led the Scarlet Knights with 13 points.
Pittsburgh (12-12, 4-7 BIG EAST) won for the third time in its last four games following a 70-66 come-from-behind victory over USF (10-15, 1-10 BIG EAST) at home. The Panthers trailed by as many as 11 in the opening minutes of the second half and earned their largest comeback win of the season.
Senior Taneisha Harrison had a game-high 27 points to lead Pitt, who also evened its overall record at 12-12. There were 10 ties and 12 lead changes in the contest. USF junior Andrell Smith led the Bulls with 16 points.
Syracuse (17-7, 5-6 BIG EAST) moved closer to another 20-win campaign with a 70-49 victory over Villanova (8-16, 0-11 BIG EAST) at the Carrier Dome. Sophomore center Kayla Alexander scored a game-high 22 points, including 10-of-13 from the free throw line for the Orange. She played just 23 minutes.
Junior Lindsay Kimmel had a career-high 21 points and played the full 40 minutes for the Wildcats.
Last year the Orange went 25-11 and held an RPI of 62. In the Feb. 6 NCAA rankings, Syracuse had an RPI of 59. In its five remaining games, the Orange face three teams in the top-40 of the RPI, including RPI No. 2 Connecticut.
There are two games set for Sunday, both part of ESPN’s February Frenzy coverage. No. NR/25 St. John’s will host No. 16/17 Georgetown at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 while Louisville host No. 17/19 West Virginia at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The Georgetown-St. John’s matchup will be the 15th matchup between top-25 teams during conference play this year.
Material from interviews, the Associated Press wire service as well as league and team sources was used in this report.