There were two BIG EAST games on Sunday afternoon and road teams came away with wins in each contest. Louisville won at Georgetown and Syracuse won at Seton Hall.
Shoni Schimmel scored 19 points and No. 18/15 Louisville (16-4, 5-2 BIG EAST) built a 10-point second-half lead then hung on for 64-61 victory over No. 19/17 Georgetown (15-5, 4-3 BIG EAST). Becky Burke scored 13 points and Antonita Slaughter added 11 for Louisville, which hit a season-high 11 3-pointers in 25 attempts.
Sugar Rogers had 24 points for the Hoyas while Tia Magee and Rubylee Wright both added 11.
Louisville took a 46-44 lead on Schimmel’s 3-pointer with just over 13 minutes left. They led by as many as 10 points twice, the last time on Bria Smith’s two free throws with 3:08 left.
The Hoyas rallied within four points on Adria Crawford’s layup with 1:18 left, but Louisville hit 3-of-4 free throws in the final minute and led by five before Wright’s layup with :02 left made it 64-61.
The Cardinals shot 47.5 percent from the field (19-of-40), while the Hoyas hit 32.9 percent (23-of-70).
“This was one of those games that we’ll go back and look at and kick ourselves,” said Georgetown head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. “Our shooting was what hurt us tonight, we turned them over 25 times and had 18 offensive rebounds, but we can’t shoot 33 percent and expect to win.”
In South Orange, N.J., Syracuse edged Seton Hall, 70-66. Despite a 17-0 Seton Hall (7-13, 0-6 BIG EAST) run midway through the second half, Syracuse (13-7, 2-4 BIG EAST) answered with the game’s final eight points to escape with a win.
Kayla Alexander led three Orange in double-figures with 23 points, while Elashier Hall added 14 points and a game-high six assists.
Alexander scored 14 points in the first half on 6-of-7 shooting as SU led by three at halftime (37-34).
The Pirates had four players in double figures, led by senior Jasmine Crew, who led the way with 19. Crew also posted a career-best eight rebounds and dished out four assists. Senior Tajay Ashmeade secured a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds
There is one game on the schedule Monday as No. 2/2 Notre Dame (19-1) hosts No. 9/9 Tennessee (14-4) at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2 as part of Big Monday. The Irish will be playing their seventh ranked opponent this year and hold a 5-1 mark thus far. Notre Dame also is riding a 16-game winning streak, third-best in the country.
Tennessee holds a 20-1 edge in the all-time series, but Notre Dame won the most recent meeting 73-59 in the regional finals of last year’s NCAA tournament on March 28, 2011.
Material from interviews, school websites, the Associated Press wire service as well as league and team sources was used in this report.