BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Release in PDF
January 28, 2013
BIG EAST Player of the Week
Antonita Slaughter, Louisville, Jr., G (Louisville, Ky./Louisville Christian Academy)
Slaughter averaged 18.0 ppg and 6.0 rpg in a 2-0 week for Louisville. At Marquette, she had 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals, while shooting 56 percent from the floor. She also sank 4-of-8 from behind the arc. In a win against St. John’s, Slaughter registered 22 points and five rebounds. She connected on 6-of-12 from the field and went 10-of-11 from the free throw line.
BIG EAST Freshman of the Week
Breanna Stewart, Connecticut, Fr., F (Syracuse, N.Y./Cicero North)
Stewart averaged 11.5 points per game and 6.0 rebounds per game in a 2-0 week for the Huskies, which included a win over No. 4/4 Duke and a league victory at Cincinnati. Stewart had 13 points, five rebounds and three blocks while shooting 71 percent against the Blue Devils. Against the Bearcats, she had 10 points, seven rebounds and two assists.
BIG EAST Honor Roll
Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame, Sr., G
Diggins averaged 17.0 ppg, shooting 75 percent from the floor, while dishing out seven assists and grabbing six steals in a 2-0 week for the Irish. Diggins surpassed 2,000 points for her career in a win against Providence.
Shenneika Smith, St. John’s, Sr., G
Smith averaged 22.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg and added four blocks and three steals for the Red Storm last week.
Brittany Morris, Seton Hall, Sr., G
Morris averaged 17.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg in a 1-1 week, leading the Pirates in scoring in both games. She scored a game-high 19 points in a win over Rutgers.
Brittany Sykes, Syracuse, Fr., G
Sykes averaged 15.0 ppg and 6.5 rpg. Her steal and 50-foot shot at the buzzer at St. John’s gave SU the win and earned No. 1 Play of the Day on ESPN’s SportsCenter.
Laura Sweeney, Villanova, Sr., F
Sweeney had 15 points, five blocks, four steals and 11 rebounds in an overtime loss at Providence before having 15 points and 11 rebounds in a win against RV/22 Syracuse.
BIG EAST Notes
Diggins Reaches 2,000
In a win against Providence, senior Skylar Diggins entered the ND history books as the fourth Fighting Irish women’s basketball player to score 2,000 career points, hitting a layup four seconds into the game for the milestone points. She scored a game-high 21 points and converted her first nine shots from the floor.
Morris Leading the Pirates
Seton Hall defeated Rutgers 45-42 at home on Jan. 27. Senior Brittany Morris led the team with 19 points. Morris has 830 points in her career and continued to chip away at the Seton Hall all-time 3-point field goal record; she shot 3-of-5 from long-range on Sunday and with 145 career 3-pointers needs 12 more to pass Ebonie Williams (’07-10) and Jodi Brooks (’90-’94) from the program record.
McKenith Dishing It Out
The Red Storm lost on the road to No. 13/12 Louisville 57-54 on Jan. 27. Senior Nadirah McKenith made history as she became St. John’s all-time career assists leader. Coming into the game with 524 career assists, and needing seven to break the record, McKenith finished the game with eight. McKenith also added 11 points, shooting 4-for-9 from the field and 2-for-2 from the free throw line.
Doing it Without the Three
No. 13/12 Louisville defeated St. John’s 57-54 on Jan. 27 at the KFC Yum! Center. Junior Antonita Slaughter scored 22 points to help the Cardinals to their third straight win. In the victory, the Cardinals failed to connect on a 3-pointer for the first time since Jan. 11, 2009 against Rutgers.
Huskies Lead Defensively
In a 67-31 win at Cincinnati on Jan. 26, the Huskies held the Bearcats to just three field goals in the first half and held a 41-9 lead at the intermission. UConn closed the half with a 24-1 run. The nine points were the fewest UConn has allowed in an opening half this season. UConn leads the nation in scoring defense allowing just 46.7 ppg.
Roberts Returns To Help Villanova Beat A Ranked Conference Team
Senior guard Rachel Roberts, who missed the team’s last game at Providence with the flu, hit a 3-pointer to break a 54-54 tie and give the Wildcats a 57-54 lead with 6:42 left in regulation. The triple was her career-high sixth of the game. She also netted a career-high 26 points. Villanova beat RV/22 Syracuse 64-59. The game featured 13 lead changes and 11 ties. It is the first time Villanova has knocked off a ranked team in conference play since Feb. 14, 2009 when it beat then-No. 25/25 DePaul 50-46 at home. The Wildcats were 0-21 entering Saturday’s game against ranked BIG EAST teams.