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BIG EAST Player of the Week
Sugar Rodgers, Georgetown, Sr., G (Suffolk, Va.)
Rodgers averaged 25.0 ppg in a 2-0 week for the Hoyas. In a win against La Salle at home, she scored 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, with eight of them coming on the offensive end. In a win at local rival George Washington, Rodgers had 22 points and four assists. She also led the team with six steals and eight rebounds. Rodgers currently leads the league in scoring at 23.5 ppg.
BIG EAST Freshman of the Week
Courtney Williams, USF, Fr., G (Folkston, Ga.)
Williams set career highs with 16 points, seven rebounds and six steals in a win over UNC-Asheville on the road. Five of her rebounds were on the offensive end and she added four assists. In a win against North Florida at home, she grabbed seven rebounds to go with 13 points. Williams led USF with 14.5 ppg and 7.0 rpg, adding 3.5 spg and 2.0 apg to help lead them to a 2-0 week. In the two games, she combined to shoot 12-of-24 from the floor.
BIG EAST Honor Roll
Dayeesha Hollins, Cincinnati, R-Jr., G
Hollins averaged 21.5 ppg and 10.5 rpg in a 1-1 week for the Bearcats. In a win against Morehead State, she had 18 points, three steals, seven rebounds and five assists with no turnovers. In a two-point double-overtime loss to Xavier, she added 25 points and 14 rebounds.
Brianna Banks, Connecticut, So., G
Banks had 20 points in 25 minutes against Colgate, connecting on 6-of-10 from the floor, including 4-of-5 from behind the arc. She added four steals and five assists with no turnovers.
Megan Rogowski, DePaul, So., G
Rogowski had a career-high 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting against Northwestern, including a 4-of-9 effort from 3-point range.
Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame, Sr., G
Diggins had 25 points, six steals, four assists and four rebounds in a 72-63 win on the road against Central Michigan on Nov. 29.
Brianna Kiesel, Pittsburgh, So., G
Kiesel averaged 22.0 ppg in a 1-1 week for the Panthers. In a win against Longwood, she had 27 points, six rebounds and three assists, shooting 60 percent from the floor. In a loss at Lafayette, she chipped in 17 points and five boards.
BIG EAST Notes
Climbing the Charts
• Syracuse senior center Kayla Alexander averaged 19.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in two games for the Orange last week. In her 12-point, nine-rebound effort at Temple on Sunday, she passed Julie McBride (2001-04) for third on the Syracuse career-points list, finishing the game with 1,607.
• With seven rebounds against BU (Dec. 1), St. John’s senior guard Shenneika Smith moved up the Red Storm all-time rebounding list to No. 9 with 640 boards.
• Connecticut freshman Breanna Stewart Stewart has scored more points (101) in the first six games of her career than any other Husky.
• In a 72-63 win against Central Michigan on Nov. 29, senior Skylar Diggins had six steals, which moved her into sole possession of third place on Notre Dame’s career steals list with 284. In addition, Diggins logged her 34th career 20-point game, good for fourth-most in school history.
• In a 49-44 win against LaSalle on Dec. 2, senior Laura Sweeney had 10 rebounds, moving into ninth place on Villanova’s all-time rebounding list with 637.
• Rutgers senior Monique Oliver collected five blocks in RU’s games with Princeton and Boston College last week to take over sole possession of fifth place on RU’s all-time blocks leaders list (153) surpassing Tammy Sutton Brown. Tanya Hansen (1988-92) is fourth on the all-time list with 245 career blocks.
The BIG EAST has three undefeated teams heading into the fourth week of play. Connecticut and USF have both won their first six games of the season, while Notre Dame has started the season 5-0. No. 2/2 Connecticut will host No. 10/11 Maryland at the XL Center tonight at 7 p.m. ET. No. 5/5 Notre Dame is back in action against No. 3/3 Baylor on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. Both games will be televised on ESPN2. USF is back in action on Dec. 5 against Florida Gulf Coast at the Sun Dome at 7 p.m. ET.
Of the seven games played on Sunday, five were determined by seven points or less. The BIG EAST picked up two wins, as Villanova picked up a victory against LaSalle 49-44 and DePaul defeated Northwestern 89-61. Northwestern’s 25 first half points was the team’s lowest scoring half of the season.
Live by the 3
Villanova’s win against LaSalle was its fifth straight and the Wildcats are 6-1 on the season. Villanova has made 31 3-point field goals in its last three games. The Wildcats are second in the league at 8.9 3-pointers per game.
Golden Eagles on the Boards
Marquette has outrebounded its opponents in five of its six games. The Golden Eagles are outrebounding opponents by a +9.7 margin. Junior Katherine Plouffe had 10+ rebounds in both games this week, including a season-high 13 against Fordham. She had five steals at South Dakota State.
Cincinnati Setting Career Highs
Redshirt-junior Dayeesha Hollins, who has scored in double-figures in each of the Bearcats’ six games this season, led all players with 25 points and collected a career-high 14 rebounds to account for her second-career double-double in a double-overtime loss to visiting Xavier on Dec. 2. The 25 points marked a season high for the junior and fell just two points shy of tying her career high. Junior Tiffany Turner also recorded a double-double, the fourth of her career, with 11 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. It marks the first time two Bearcats have recorded double-doubles in the same game since Nov. 21, 2007 when Jill Stephens and Tenishia Benson each accomplished the feat against McNeese State.