BIG EAST teams went 7-1 on Sunday, including No. 2/2 Notre Dame (2-0) which beat Indiana State in the quarterfinals of the Preseason WNIT. With the win, the Irish will host Hartford in the semifinals at home on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.
Elsewhere around the BIG EAST Conference, Seton Hall won at Army 53-50 and improved to 2-0 on the year. The Pirates are 2-0 for the first time since 2009-10.
Syracuse (1-0) beat Long Beach State 81-42 at the Carrier Dome and No. 9/9 Louisville (1-0) won at Missouri State 73-64. UofL sophomore Cierra Warren was a perfect 8-of-8 from the field and totaled 18 points.
Rutgers (1-0) held off Cal 73-70, while UConn (1-0) dispatched Holy Cross 77-37. USF (1-2) picked up its first win of the year 60-52 over Minnesota.
No. 10/11 Georgetown lost at No. 11/10 Maryland. GU junior Sugar Rodgers went 1-of-12 from the floor before fouling out with 20.4 seconds left. She missed her first seven shots and was held scoreless until making her only basket, a layup with 8:08 remaining. Rodgers was recently profiled in the Washington Post.
In action on Saturday, Hampton beat Pittsburgh 60-37, St. Bonaventure beat St. John’s 64-58 and Arkansas beat USF 65-61. Villanova knocked off Iona 76-47 for head coach Harry Perretta’s 600th career win. Perretta became the 22nd Division I women's basketball coach to reach 600 victories.
"It's not the coach who wins 600 games," the 55-year-old Perretta said. "It's the players that have played in this program. Getting 600 wins is more a reflection on the players that have played here than the coach. I just happened to be here for all of them.”
In addition, DePaul beat Samford 86-57 to capture the Maggie Dixon Classic in Chicago, Ill. Marquette topped Mississippi Valley State 69-61.
Material from interviews, the Associated Press wire service as well as league and team sources was used in this report.