Updated BIG EAST Notes
BIG EAST Conference play began with a bang Saturday as No. 5/5 Notre Dame (12-1, 1-0 BIG EAST) won at No. 1/1 Connecticut (12-1, 0-1 BIG EAST) by the score of 73-72 in Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn., in a nationally televised game on CBS.
Highlights and Box Score
Notre Dame Junior Kayla McBride set a career-high with 21 points. It marked the first time in school history the Fighting Irish have defeated a top-ranked team on its home floor. Notre Dame also earned its first win at Gampel Pavilion on the Connecticut campus since Jan. 30, 2005.
Sophomore Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had 17 points, along with junior teammate Stefanie Dolson to pace the Huskies.
The teams meet in the regular-season finale on March 4 at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 in Notre Dame.
Also on Saturday, Georgetown (10-4, 1-0 BIG EAST) won at Providence (5-9, 0-1 BIG EAST) by the score of 79-64. GU senior Sugar Rodgers notched a triple-double with 33 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists. She also had six steals and shot 13-of-24 from the field. The box score is available here.
Elsewhere, DePaul (12-3, 1-0 BIG EAST) topped No. 11/10 Louisville (12-3, 0-1 BIG EAST) by the score of 86-80 in the BIG EAST Game of the Week. Senior Anna Martin led the Blue Demons with 22 points and helped DePaul to its sixth win in a row. The contest was the BIG EAST Game of the Week with highlights available here.
In addition, Syracuse (13-1, 1-0 BIG EAST) won at Marquette (8-6, 0-1 BIG EAST) by the score of 92-79. Kayla Alexander had 20 points on her 22nd birthday to lead the Orange.
Seton Hall (6-8, 1-0 BIG EAST) held off Pitt (9-5, 0-1 BIG EAST) by the score of 69-56. The Pirates won their league-opener for the first time since Jan. 5, 2008 when the team began league play 2-0 and won three of their first four BIG EAST games.
On Sunday, Rutgers (9-4) hosts St. John's (6-6) at 11:30 a.m. on ESPNU. The Scarlet Knights are 7-0 at home this year and have won their last nine games at The RAC dating back to last year.
In addition, Villanova (10-2) is at Cincinnati (8-5) at 2 p.m. in the BIG EAST opener for both teams.
Material from interviews, school websites, the Associated Press wire service as well as league and team sources was used in this report. All times are Eastern