Just two regular-season games are left for each team as the BIG EAST women’s basketball season heads in to the final weekend. With all 16 teams participating in the league championship, there is intense jockeying for position, especially for one of the top four seeds, which include a bye to the quarterfinals.
Louisville (18-10, 9-5 BIG EAST) upset No. 7/11 DePaul (25-4, 12-2 BIG EAST) by the score of 68-55 at the KFC Yum! Center. Louisville’s Monique Reid scored a game-high 28 points, while freshman Shoni Schimmel added 11, including three 3-pointers. The Cardinals also were an impressive 20-of-22 from the free throw line (90.9 percent). DePaul was led by junior Keisha Hampton’s 20 points.
No. 18/19 Georgetown (21-7, 9-5 BIG EAST) held off Pittsburgh (13-14, 5-9 BIG EAST) by the score of 67-57 in Washington, D.C. Sophomore Sugar Rodgers scored a team-high 16 points for the Hoyas, who made 10 3-pointers, including seven in the second half. Senior Jania Sims had 17 points and was 11-of-13 from the free throw line.
Rutgers (16-11, 9-5 BIG EAST) topped USF (10-18, 1-13 BIG EAST) at the RAC by the score of 52-46. The Scarlet Knights overcame a 28-19 halftime deficit and outscored the Bulls 33-18 in the final 20 minutes. Junior Chelsey Lee had 18 points to lead Rutgers, while USF junior Andrea Smith had 20.
Connecticut, DePaul and Notre Dame have each earned a bye to the quarterfinals of the league tournament.
Six teams could end up with the No. 4 seed in the championship. Four teams are tied at 9-5 in BIG EAST play, Marquette, Georgetown, Louisville and Rutgers, while two more are right behind at 8-6 (Syracuse and St. John’s).
Ten league teams are at .500 or better in conference play.
Material from interviews, the Associated Press wire service as well as league and team sources was used in this report.