BIG EAST Notes in PDF
Four BIG EAST teams are in action on Sunday, beginning with a pair of games in the eighth annual Maggie Dixon Classic held at Madison Square Garden. Rutgers (4-3) and St. John’s (4-2) will play in a doubleheader, beginning at 11 a.m., as the Scarlet Knights take on Louisiana Tech. The Red Storm take on No. 4/4 Duke at 1 p.m. ET.
The Maggie Dixon Classic honors the former Army women’s basketball coach who died in April 2006, of arrhythmia, probably caused by an enlarged heart. Her death came three weeks after her first season as a head coach, where she led Army to its first NCAA berth. She also is the sister of Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon. Along with games at Madison Square Garden, there is a health and heart expo.
Elsewhere, Georgetown (7-2) is at No. 10/10 Penn State at Noon. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network. Also Cincinnati (5-2) hosts Eastern Kentucky at 2 p.m.
In action on Saturday, No. 8/8 Louisville (9-1) knocked off visiting Valparaiso 96-40. Redshirt-sophomore Shawnta’ Dyer had 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Cardinals, while junior teammate Antonita Slaughter scored a season-high 13 points.
No. 5/5 Notre Dame (6-1) beat Utah State 109-70 at home. Junior Natalie Achonwa had career-high 23 points with 12 rebounds and led three Notre Dame players with double-doubles.
Undefeated USF (8-0) clipped Jacksonville 92-52 on the road. The Bulls improved to 8-0, tying the best start in school history, set in 1976-77.
USF had five different players score in double digits and had 13 players score at least one point in the Bulls’ highest-scoring game of the season. Senior Andrell Smith led the USF offense with a team-high 15 points.
Syracuse (9-1) defeated Loyola (Md.) 83-48 at home. Senior Kayla Alexander moved into second place on the SU career scoring list with a 20-point, 13-rebound performance.
Villanova (7-1) earned a 55-51 win at Saint Joseph’s on Dec. 8. The Wildcats played without leading scorer Laura Sweeney for most of the game. Sweeney suffered an eye injury diving for a ball at the 17:14 mark of the first half and did not return to the game.
In the win, Senior Rachel Roberts was Villanova's go-to player with 16 points and nine rebounds. Roberts was 4-of-5 from the field, 2-of-2 from three-point range and 6-of-8 from the foul line. The win was Villanova’s sixth-straight victory.
Seton Hall (3-6) lost a heartbreaker to Wake Forest 64-63 at Lawrence Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C.
With the game knotted at 63-63 and Wake Forest playing for the final shot of regulation, Seton Hall sophomore Alexis Brown was called for a foul as Demon Deacon senior Asia Williams took an off balance shot with just half a second showing on the clock. Williams hit the front end of two free throw attempts for the win.
Redshirt sophomore Ka-Deidre Simmons poured in a season-high 18 points to lead the Pirates, 13 of which came in the second half.
Marquette (4-4) lost to in-state rival Green Bay 55-46 at the Al McGuire Center. Senior Sarina Simmons was the lone Marquette player to tally double figures. She finished the game with 10 points, including 3-of-4 from behind the arc.
Pittsburgh (6-3) lost at Duquesne 70-61. Panthers sophomore Brianna Kiesel had 17 points and junior Asia Logan added 15.
On Friday night, DePaul (6-3) lost at No. 7/6 Kentucky 96-64 and Providence (2-7) lost to Arizona State 67-58 at home.