BIG EAST Player of the Week
Nadirah McKenith, St. John’s, Jr., G (Newark, N.J.)
McKenith had a complete stat line to help RV/RV St. John’s to a victory at No. 2/2 Connecticut on Feb. 18. The Red Storm were able to break the Huskies’ 99-game home winning streak with McKenith’s 15 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, four steals and a block. She was 5-of-9 from the floor, connected on the only 3-point attempt she took, and went 4-of-6 from the free throw line. Her shots from the line with under eight minutes to go tied the game at 48 and she assisted on the game-winning shot with eight seconds left.
BIG EAST Freshman of the Week
Brittany Hrynko, DePaul, Fr., G (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Hyrnko helped lead No. 24/20 DePaul to a win over RV/RV West Virginia on the road on Feb. 18. Hyrnko had 21 points, connecting on 7-of-14 from the floor, including 4-of-8 from 3-point range. She also dished out six assists, grabbed four steals and four rebounds. It was her second 20+ scoring effort of the season and first in BIG EAST play. Hrynko has recorded five or more assists in her last six games and in nine games this season.
BIG EAST Honor Roll
Anna Martin, DePaul, Jr., G
In a win at RV/RV West Virginia, Martin had 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting. She was 6-of-8 from the line and grabbed five rebounds.
Sugar Rodgers, Georgetown, Jr., G
Rodgers led the Hoyas to a 2-0 week. She had 19 points and six rebounds at Villanova and followed that with 14 points and three blocks against Providence.
Shoni Schimmel, Louisville, So., G
Schimmel had 16 points, six assists, five steals and five rebounds in the Cardinals’ win at Pittsburgh on Feb. 14.
Devereaux Peters, Notre Dame, Gr., F
Peters posted her eighth double-double of the season with game highs of 19 points and 11 rebounds in a win against Providence on Feb. 14. She added two blocks, three assists and three steals.
Kayla Alexander, Syracuse, Jr., C
Alexander led the Orange to a win against Marquette with 23 points, connecting on 10-of-13 from the floor. She added five blocks, two steals and four rebounds.
BIG EAST Notes
Red Storm on a Roll
For the second-straight time in as many games, St. John’s defeated a ranked team on the road, a 57-56 victory at No. 2/2 Connecticut on Feb. 18. STJ defeated then-No. 17/16 Rutgers on Feb. 12 in Piscataway, N.J. The Red Storm have won their last five games and 11 of their last 13. St. John’s has also won its last six games on the road.
Connecticut’s Record-Breaking Streaks
The Huskies won 99-straight games at home, a streak that dates back to March 6, 2007. UConn last loss at home was to Rutgers in the BIG EAST Championship title game. The loss to St. John’s also marked the end to a streak of 261 wins against unranked opponents. The Huskies had won every game against an unranked foe since March 17, 1993, when Louisville posted a victory against UConn in the NCAA Tournament.
From Behind the Arc
Villanova has outscored its opponents by a 654-318 margin from 3-point range this season. The Wildcats are tied for the league lead, averaging 8.1 trifectas per game.
Coach Williams-Flournoy Thinking Pink
No. 15/14 Georgetown defeated Providence 66-39 on Feb. 18 at McDonough Arena. The game was a part of Play4Kay, a national women’s basketball initiative to supporting breast cancer research. Georgetown Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy pledged $20 for every Hoya 3-pointer and wrote a check to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund for $120.
Bracket Starts to Form
With every team having just a few games remaining in the regular season, the 2012 BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Championship bracket has started to shake out. Notre Dame has clinched a bye to the quarterfinals, while four other teams have clinched at least a first-round bye (Connecticut, St. John’s, Georgetown and West Virginia). The tiebreaker formulas can be found here for more information. The BIG EAST Championship will be held March 2-6 at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn.