NO. 1 VERSUS NO. 2
On Dec. 18, No. 2/2 Connecticut will travel to No. 1/1 Baylor in a battle for the top national ranking. It is the 49th women’s basketball 1 versus 2 game, with the No. 1 team holding a 29-19 record. Since 1999, UConn has played in 15 of the past 21, winning 12 of those games. In each of the last five 1 vs. 2 matchups, the Huskies were the top seed, going 5-0. The game will be televised on ESPN at 8:30 p.m. ET with Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke, Rebecca Lobo and Jeff Van Gundy calling the action.
NO. 3 FIGHTING IRISH ROLLING
Notre Dame’s 66-38 win at No. 12/14 Purdue on Dec. 10 was its largest margin of victory on the road at an AP Top 25 opponent, as well as the fewest points the Fighting Irish have ever allowed on the home court of an AP Top 25 opponent. The Fighting Irish have held their last four opponents to fewer than 50 points and rank sixth nationally in steals with 15.9 per game.
THE ROCKING RAC
No. 11/11 Rutgers hosted No. 6/6 Tennessee on Dec. 13. RU’s home crowd of 6,368 was the largest crowd since March 2, 2009 when Rutgers hosted 7,151 fans against No. 1 Connecticut. The attendance ranks 21st all-time for an RU women’s basketball game at the Rutgers Athletic Center.
LEADING THE LEAGUE
Providence senior Teya Wright leads the league with eight double-doubles this season and is the only player in the BIG EAST currently averaging a double-double (15.7 points and 11.2 rebounds). Wright currently ranks 12th all-time at Providence in career rebounding with 721 boards. She needs just six rebounds to take over 11th place, currently held by Kerri Chatten ’98 (726). To crack the top-10 all-time, Wright needs 13 total rebounds to surpass Stefanie Goettsche ’94 (733).
After struggling from the field in its previous two contests, Seton Hall bounced back in a win against Drexel on Dec. 12 to shoot a season-best 54.3 percent (25-of-46) from the field. Senior Jasmine Crew leads the league in scoring, averaging 19.6 points per game.
In an 86-30 win against North Florida on Dec. 10, the Mountaineers scored 41 first half points while holding the Ospreys to nine first-half points, amounting to the fewest first half points scored by an opponent at the Coliseum in the history of the women’s program.
HOME SWEET HOME
In a 92-27 win against Gardner-Webb on Dec. 10, the Cards won their seventh consecutive game at the KFC Yum! Center, improving to 17-2 all-time in the arena. Louisville has won 10 straight nonconference games at home.