Updated BIG EAST Notes
BIG EAST teams capped an impressive Thanksgiving weekend with a 4-1 mark on Sunday. The BIG EAST is a combined 58-19 this year for a .753 win percentage.
In Sunday action, No. 18/16 St. John’s (4-1) won at Hartford 66-54. Red Storm senior guard Shenneika Smith tallied 21 points and 11 rebounds. It was her second-straight 21-point game and moved her into second-place among league scoring leaders averaging 20.8 ppg. Smith leads the BIG EAST in rebounding at 11.5 rebounds per game. She also swatted a career-high five blocks and has 102 for her career.
Red Storm senior guard Eugeneia McPherson scored six points before leaving the game at the 16:41 mark in the second half with a leg injury (right). McPherson also had four rebounds and two steals.
Elsewhere, Villanova (4-1) topped Montana 74-49 in Las Vegas to win the UNLV Lady Rebel Roundup. Sophomore Lauren Burford scored a career-high 19 points shooting 6-of-9 from beyond the arc. The Wildcats led by as many as 22 in the first half and went to intermission with a 40-19 lead. Villanova went 14-of-26 from the field (54-percent) and a sizzling 9-of-15 from three-point range (60-percent).
VU senior forward Laura Sweeney added 12 points. For her efforts in the two-game tournament, Sweeney was named the MVP.
Cincinnati (3-1) beat the College of Charleston at home 66-57. Bearcats redshirt-junior Dayeesha Hollins poured in a season and game high 23 points, her eighth career 20-point game.
Rutgers (3-1) held off Davidson 55-49 to win its third in a row. Scarlet Knights senior Monique Oliver scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds in 29 minutes, while classmate Betnijah Laney added 15 points. Rutgers rallied from a 29-20 halftime deficit and shot 50-percent from the field over the final 20 minutes. The Scarlet Knights also held Davidson to just 30-percent shooting in the second half.
Marquette (2-2) lost at No. rv/24 Texas A&M 84-64. Golden Eagles junior Katherine Plouffe had a team-high 18 points shooting 8-of-12 from the field, but it was not enough to overcome a 46-21 halftime deficit.
Two league teams are in action on Monday, including No. 7/6 Louisville (6-0) and Pittsburgh (4-1). The undefeated Cardinals are at UT-Martin at 8 p.m., while Pittsburgh hosts Longwood at 7 p.m.
Material from interviews, school websites, the Associated Press wire service as well as league and team sources was used in this report. All times are Eastern