BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Release in PDF
BIG EAST Player of the Week
Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame, Sr., G (South Bend, Ind./Washington)
Diggins averaged 22.0 ppg, 7.0 assists per game and 4.0 steals per game in a 2-0 week for Notre Dame. She had 21 points, seven assists and four steals while shooting 69 percent in a win against No. 10/11 Louisville. In a win at Marquette, she added 23 points, seven assists and four steals. In the game against the Golden Eagles, Diggins became the first ND women’s basketball player to amass 2,000 points/500 rebounds/500 assists. She also became the second all-time scorer with 2,131 points.
BIG EAST Freshman of the Week
Aliyyah Handford, St. John’s, Fr., G (Newark, N.J./Shabazz)
Handord led St. John’s in a 2-0 week, averaging 15.0 ppg and 7.5 rpg. In a win at USF on Feb. 13, she had 16 points and nine rebounds. She followed that up with 14 points, six rebounds, three assists and no turnovers, while shooting 54 percent in a win at home against Cincinnati.
BIG EAST Honor Roll
Moriah Jefferson, Connecticut, Fr., G
Jefferson averaged 11.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 4.0 steals per game while shooting 69.2 percent from the floor in a 2-0 week for the No. 3/2 Huskies.
Bria Smith, Louisville, So., G
Averaged 19.5 ppg in a 1-1 week for Louisville. She had 18 points, four rebounds and five assists at No. 2/3 Notre Dame. In a win at home against DePaul, she had a career-high 21 points and seven rebounds.
Inga Orekhova, USF, Jr., G
Orekhova averaged 17.5 ppg in a 1-1 week for the Bulls. She had 13 points and two blocks in a loss to St. John’s. In a win against Seton Hall, she had 22 points, including 5 3-pointers.
Kayla Alexander, Syracuse, Sr., C
Alexander averaged 16.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg and 4.0 bpg in a 2-0 week for the Orange. She had 13 points and 10 rebounds in a win at Georgetown and 19 points, seven blocks and eight rebounds in a win vs. Pitt.
Laura Sweeney, Villanova, R-Sr., F
Sweeney had 14 points, six rebounds, three blocks and five steals in a win at Seton Hall. She added 11 points, five steals and nine rebounds in a win at Georgetown.
BIG EAST Notes
UConn vs. Baylor
No. 3/2 Connecticut (24-1) hosts No. 1/1 Baylor (24-1) on Monday night at the XL Center at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The teams will meet for the fourth time in the last three years, with the Huskies holding a 2-1 edge. UConn has won 12 in a row and has beaten the No. 1 team five times in program history. Earlier this season, the Huskies took down then-No. 1 Stanford 61-35 in Palo Alto. UConn junior Stefanie Dolson leads the nation in shooting at 62.7 percent. Sophomore Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis leads the nation in 3-point shooting at 49.3 percent. If that trend continues, the duo would be the first teammates to lead the country in shooting since the 3-point shot began in 1986-87.
Morris Becomes the 3-Point Pirate Leader
In a 67-56 Seton Hall loss to USF on Feb. 16 at the Sun Dome, senior Brittany Morris scored 23 points and broke the Seton Hall career 3-point field goal record (129). She scored 22 of her 23 points in the second half.
Villanova Behind the Arc
Villanova defeated Georgetown 57-44 on the road on Feb. 16. In the win, 15 of the Wilcats’ 20 field goals were 3-pointers. The Wildcats scored the final 21 points of the first half on seven treys.
Stringer Going for 900
The Scarlet Knights are still looking to get head coach C. Vivian Stringer her 900th career victory as she stands at 899 heading into Tuesday night’s game with No. 23/21 Syracuse at 7 p.m. ET on the CBS Sports Network.
Syracuse’s Best Start in 25 Years
No. 23/21 Syracuse defeated Pittsburgh 80-39 in front of 1,355 on Play 4Kay Day at the Carrier Dome on Feb. 16.The win gives the Orange its best record through 24 games in program history, while its 9-2 BIG EAST mark is its best in 25 years.