BIG EAST Women's Hoops Holds Strong in National Polls

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Seven BIG EAST women's basketball teams remain ranked in the Associated Presspoll with six ranking in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll, released after the eighth week of play.
Once again, Connecticut leads the BIG EAST at No. 2/2 on both lists, after beating Pacific 85-42 on Dec. 28 and losing to then-No. 9/8 Stanford 71-59 on Dec. 30, snapping the Huskies' 90-game win streak. West Virginia held on to No. 6/7 for the third consecutive week, the highest ranking in school history, as the Mountaineers remain undefeated with a 14-0 mark. The Mountaineers went 2-0 last week, defeating St. Bonaventure 62-53 on Dec. 30 and Central Connecticut State 63-37 on Jan. 2.  
Notre Dame continued its steady climb, moving up in each poll to No. 13/12. The Irish posted three wins last week, downing Gonzaga 70-61 and Loyola-Marymount 91-47 at the State Farm Holiday Classic on Dec. 29-30 and handling Southeast Missouri State 97-21 on Jan. 2. Georgetown followed suit, jumping to No. 15/14. The Hoyas went 2-0 last week, downing Houston 77-37 on Dec. 28 and Clemson 75-54 on Dec. 30. DePaul also made moves in the rankings this week, climbing five spots to No. 16 in the AP poll and slipping one to No. 23 in the ESPN/USA Today list. In the Blue Demons' last outing, they lost to Arizona State 79-66 on Dec. 21.
St. John's moved up evenly from No. 17/17 to No. 18/18, while Syracuse rounded out the BIG EAST contingent, claiming No. 23 in the APrankings. The Red Storm went 1-1 last week, beating Liberty 81-66 and losing to then-No. 18/20 Maryland 66-60 at the Maryland Terrapin Classic on Dec. 28-29. The Orange also received votes in the USA Today/ESPN Poll after picking up three wins last week. SU knocked off St. Francis (Pa.) 94-60 on Dec. 28, Bryant 90-31 on Dec. 30 and Arkansas-Pine Bluff 91-56 on Jan. 1.  
Marquette continued to collect USA Today/ESPN votes.
To view the polls in their entirety, please visit the BIG EAST women's basketball national poll page.