Updated BIG EAST Notes
Road teams picked up a pair of tight wins on Sunday as St. John's (7-6, 1-0 BIG EAST) won at Rutgers (9-5, 0-1 BIG EAST) by the score of 48-44 in a game televised on ESPNU. Villanova (11-2, 1-0 BIG EAST) won at Cincinnati (8-6, 0-1 BIG EAST) by the score of 54-51.
St. John's-Rutgers Highlights
In the St. John's win, senior Shenneika Smith led the way with game-highs of 18 points and seven rebounds. St. John's has won five straight over Rutgers and three-consecutive times at the RAC. Sophomore Betnijah Laney had 15 points shooting 7-of-11 from the field to lead the Scarlet Knights. Senior Monique Oliver started, but played just 10 minutes and did not score a point.
In the Villanova win, senior Laura Sweeney scored a game-high 15 points for the Wildcats. Villanova outscored Cincinnati 9-2 in the final three minutes and 20 seconds to pull out the win. The Wildcats opened the second half 0-of-12 from 3-point range, but hit two of its final three long-range shots to win it.
Senior Dayeesha Hollins had 16 points for the Bearcats.
League teams are off on Monday and return to action on Tuesday.
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