BIG EAST teams picked up three more wins on Monday night and improved the league’s nonconference record to 120-48 for a .714 winning percentage.
No. 14/13 Louisville (11-2) led the way with a 75-71 victory at Washington State. Louisville players Shawnta’ Dyer scored 16 points and Shoni Schimmel added 14 to lead the offense. Schimmel had eight of her points in the last 2 minutes to help the Cardinals secure the victory. Becky Burke also had 14 points for Louisville, which has won four straight.
“I was really impressed with how Shoni held it together and came through down the stretch for us,” Louisville head coach Jeff Walz said.
After being down by nine points in the second half, Louisville came back to tie the game at 57 on Cierra Warren’s lay-up with 6:16 left. That began a 10-0 run that put the Cardinals up 65-57.
No. 21/21 DePaul (11-2) was fueled by sophomore Jasmine Penny’s career-high 20 points to help the Blue Demons beat Illinois State 73-54. Anna Martin also scored 20 points while Megan Rogowski added 11 for DePaul, which played again without starting forward Keisha Hampton. The senior has been sidelined the last two games with a leg injury. She also missed Friday’s game against Arizona State, ending a run of 113 consecutive starts.
DePaul led 36-22 at the half after a lackluster start that saw ISU pull within five with 14:21 left. Two consecutive 3-pointers by Rogowski sparked a DePaul 8-0 run that helped seal the victory.
Marquette (7-5) knocked off South Dakota State 59-51 at home. Katherine Plouffe scored a game-high 20 points shooting 7-of-9 from the field. Plouffe also shot 6-of-7 from the free throw line and grabbed eight rebounds. As a team, Marquette was 17-of-24 from the free throw line (70.8 percent), including 13-of-14 in the second half.
Syracuse (8-4) lost to Oklahoma in its second game of the Duel in the Desert tournament being played in Las Vegas. Elashier Hall led the Orange 19 points, 11 of which came on 13 free throw attempts. Rachel Coffey added eight points, all in the first half.
Cincinnati (6-5) lost to Indianapolis in a game televised locally on Fox Sports Ohio. Bjonee Reaves led the UC offense for the third straight game with 18 points, all of which were scored in the second half. Both teams struggled offensively, as the Bearcats shot just 30 percent (18-59) and UIndy went 16-of-51 (31 percent). UC shot just 22 percent (7-31) in the first stanza and couldn’t recover, despite Reaves second-half efforts.
Providence (5-6) lost to No. 19/23 Delaware 68-47 at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I. Senior Rachel Barnes scored 13 points to lead the Friars. Delaware forward Elena Delle Donne, who leads the nation in scoring at 29.7 points per game, had a game-high 29 while adding nine rebounds as the Blue Hens improved to 10-0 on the season.
PC’s Teya Wright totaled 10 points and six rebounds scoring in double-figures for the 11th consecutive game. She is the only PC player to score in double figures in every game this year.
Material from interviews, school websites, the Associated Press wire service as well as league and team sources was used in this report.