BIG EAST Player of the Week
Anna Martin, DePaul, Jr., G (Nicholasville, Ky.)
Martin had 29 points and nine rebounds in a conference win against Pittsburgh on Jan. 14. She made a career-high 11 field goals, shooting 68.8 percent from the floor. Martin also connected on 2-of-3 from 3-point range and was a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line. She dished out four assists and grabbed two steals in the win for the Blue Demons. It was her eighth 20-point performance of the year and she has reached double-figures in 17 of DePaul’s 18 games.
BIG EAST Freshman of the Week
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Connecticut, Fr., F (Anaheim, Calif.)
Mosqueda-Lewis averaged 14.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 3.0 assists per game in a 2-0 week for Connecticut. She shot 50 percent from the field, including 57.1 percent from 3-point range. Against Providence on Jan. 10, she had 13 points, six assists, eight rebounds and two steals with just one turnover. In a win at Villanova on Jan. 14, Mosqueda-Lewis had 16 points, connecting on 6-of-12 from the floor and 3-of-5 from behind the arc. She also added three steals.
Sugar Rodgers, Georgetown, Jr., G
Rodgers averaged 18.0 ppg in a 1-1 week for the Hoyas. In a loss to No. 2/2 Notre Dame, Rodgers had 13 points. In a win against Syracuse, she had 23 points and five rebounds, shooting 53 percent from the floor and 57 percent from behind the arc, making four 3-pointers.
Katherine Plouffe, Marquette, So., F
Plouffe led the Golden Eagles to a 2-0 week, averaging a double-double. Against Villanova, she had 16 points, three steals, three assists and 11 rebounds. In a win at St. John’s, she recorded 18 points and 11 rebounds. Plouffe shot 57.1 percent from the floor for the week.
Natalie Novosel, Notre Dame, Sr., G
Novosel averaged 21.0 ppg in a 2-0 week for Notre Dame. She had 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists at No. 18/17 Georgetown and followed that up with 21 points and four rebounds at Cincinnati. Novosel shot 68 percent from the floor for the week.
April Sykes, Rutgers, Sr., G/F
Sykes led RU in a 2-0 week, recording 11 points at Pittsburgh and 19 points in an overtime victory against No. 16/15 Louisville. Against the Cardinals, she shot 7-of-14 and added four rebounds and three steals.
Shenneika Smith, St. John’s, Jr., G
Smith averaged 15.0 ppg and 7.0 rpg in a 1-1 week for St. John’s. In a win at Syracuse, she had 17 points and eight rebounds, shooting 50 percent from the field. In a loss to Marquette, Smith notched 13 points, six rebounds and three steals.
**BIG EAST NOTES**
In the Community
No. 21/19 DePaul hosted Pittsburgh on Jan. 14 at McGrath-Phillips Arena before a packed crowd of more than 3,400. DePaul Athletics teamed-up with the DePaul University Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta and the Chicago Chapter of Autism Speaks to promote Autism Awareness.
Behind the Arc
Villanova has made 41 three-point field goals in its last four games and ranks second in the BIG EAST, averaging 8.4 3-pointers per game. Georgetown tallied a season-high 12 3-pointers against Syracuse, besting the 11 made against UNLV on Nov. 27. The Hoyas sit fourth at 6.0 per game. In addition, Pittsburgh redshirt sophomore Abby Dowd had 23 points against DePaul, connecting on 7-of-11 3-pointers. Her performance tied a school-record for 3-pointers made in a game.
On the Glass
WVU has been successful in outrebounding all league opponents this season, holding a +9.6 rebounding margin. Redshirt-junior Ayana Dunning leads on the glass as she has pulled down 8.4 boards per league game. Redshirt-sophomore Christal Caldwell has averaged 7.2 and junior Asya Bussie has pulled down 6.6 rebounds per league game.
Providence earned its first victory of the season when trailing at the half with its 51-48 win over WVU. Providence trailed by 10 at halftime and went on to outscore the Mountaineers, 33-20, in the second half. The Friars headed into the match-up with WVU 0-7 when trailing at the half. The Friars are 9-1 on the season when tied or leading at halftime.
On Jan. 1, No. 8/9 Rutgers earned its first overtime victory since Jan. 5, 2005 when it defeated LSU 51-49. The Scarlet Knights defeated No. 16/15 Louisville 71-68 at home. Junior Erica Wheeler led Rutgers with 23 points.