BIG EAST Player of the Week
Tiffany Hayes, Connecticut, Sr., G (Lakeland, Fla.)
Hayes scored 68 points in a 2-0 week for No. 3/3 Connecticut. The 68 points mark the most a UConn player has scored in back-to-back games in program history. She averaged 34.0 ppg and 8.5 rpg, shooting 70 percent from the field. In a victory at Syracuse, she scored a career-high 35 points on 11-of-15 shooting, including 6-of-8 from 3-point range, grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out three assists. She went 7-of-7 from the free throw line. In a win against USF, she had 33 points and 10 rebounds, connecting on 11-of-15 from the field. Last week was the first time Hayes scored at least 20 points in back-to-back games. It was the first time a Connecticut player posted back-to-back 30-point games since Maya Moore in 2010-11.
BIG EAST Freshman of the Week
Bria Smith, Louisville, Fr., G (Massapequa, N.Y.)
Smith had 10 points and team-high 10 rebounds to help the Cardinals in a 62-58 win against Villanova on Jan. 28. She added a game-high three steals, an assist and a block in the win. It was Smith’s first career double-double. Smith, who has played in all 21 games for the Cardinals in her rookie campaign, is averaging 11.0 points per game (third among active players) and 4.5 rebounds per game this season.
Bjonee Reaves, Cincinnati, Sr., G
Reaves helped the Bearcats to their first conference win at Syracuse on Jan. 28. She stole the ball with 27 seconds and UC down one, and made a jumper with five seconds left to give Cincinnati the one-point win. She also had a team-best four steals in the game. In a loss to Villanova, Reaves led all scorers with 20 points, all coming in the second half to help erase a 15-point halftime deficit.
Anna Martin, DePaul, Jr., G
Martin averaged 22.0 ppg in a 1-1 week for the Blue Demons. In a one-point loss at No. 11/12 Rutgers, she had 26 points, seven rebounds and three assists. In a win at Seton Hall, Martin had 18 points and four steals. For the week, she shot 91 percent from the free throw line.
Tia Magee, Georgetown, Sr., F
Magee averaged 19.0 ppg, and shot 60 percent from the field, in a 2-0 week for the Hoyas. In a win at West Virginia, she had 17 points, all in the second half, to go along with four steals. In a win against No. 11/12 Rutgers, she had 21 points and five steals.
Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame, Jr., G
Diggins averaged 25.5 ppg in a 2-0 week for Notre Dame. In a win against No. 7/9 Tennessee, she had 27 points, five assists and four steals. At RV/RV St. John’s, Diggins recorded 24 points, six assists and three blocks. She shot 59.4 percent from the floor, 56 percent from 3-point range and 73 percent from the free throw line.
Devereaux Peters, Notre Dame, Gr., F
In a 2-0 week for the Irish, Peters averaged 17.0 ppg, 15.5 rpg, 4.0 bpg, 4.0 apg and 3.0 spg. In a win over No. 7/9 Tennessee, she had 16 points, 16 rebounds, six assists and three blocks. At RV/RV St. John’s, she had 18 points, 15 rebounds, five blocks and four steals. For the week, she shot 64 percent.
**BIG EAST NOTES**
BIG EAST Leads Wooden Award Candidates
Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins and Natalie Novosel, Connecticut’s Bria Hartley and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Georgetown’s Sugar Rodgers were named as Midseason top 20 candidates for the 2012 John R. Wooden Award. In terms of conference representation, the BIG EAST led the way with five Wooden Award Midseason Top 20 selections, followed by the ACC with four; the SEC with three; and the Big 12, Big 10, Pac-12 and CAA each with two. A BIG EAST player has won the Wooden Award each of the last three years.
Strong Individual Performances Around the League
Notre Dame graduate student Devereaux Peters averaged 17.0 ppg and 15.5 rpg in a 2-0 week for the Irish. She was the first ND player with consecutive 15-point, 15-rebound games since Letitia Bowen did it in 1998-99 and the first Irish player with two 15-rebound games in a single season since Ruth Riley did it in 1998-99. Connecticut senior Tiffany Hayes had back-to-back 30-point games points in a 2-0 week. The 68 points she scored were the most in program history, eclipsing the 65 points Kerry Bascom posted during the 1990-91 season. Georgetown senior Rubylee Wright had five assists in a win against No. 11/12 Rutgers to break the all-time assist record at Georgetown.
Seton Hall junior Terry Green scored 18 of her career-high 21 points in the second half on Jan. 28 in the Pirates’ loss to No. 23/22 DePaul on Jan. 28. Green hit all seven of 3-pointers in the game, with six coming on the second half. The seven 3-pointers tied a school record set by Debbie Hartnett against Hofstra on Dec. 7, 1988. She also is just the second BIG EAST player to shoot a perfect 7-for-7 from long range in a game, joining Alicia Ratay of Notre Dame, who did it against Rutgers on Feb. 19, 2000.
Taking Care of the Ball
Villanova had its seventh single-digit turnover contest of the season against Louisville on Jan. 28 with nine turnovers. The Wildcats lead the league, averaging just 12.0 turnovers per game.
Confines of the KFC Yum! Center
Louisville defeated Villanova 62-58 on Jan. 28 for the Cardinals’ 12th-consecutive win at home. UofL is 22-2 all-time in the arena. The Cardinals will be at home again on Feb. 7, when they host No. 3/3 Connecticut at 7 p.m. ET on the CBS Sports Network.