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BIG EAST Player of the Week
Andrea Smith, USF, Sr., F (Lakeland, Fla.)
Smith averaged a double-double with 34.0 ppg and 10.5 rpg for the Bulls in two tough games. In an overtime loss to No. 2/3 Notre Dame, Smith led USF with 33 points and 11 rebounds. In a loss to DePaul, which was receiving votes in both polls, Smith tallied a career-high 35 points to go along with 10 rebounds.
BIG EAST Freshman of the Week
Jewell Loyd, Notre Dame, Fr., G (Lincolnwood, Ill.)
Loyd nearly averaged a double-double in a 2-0 week for the Fighting Irish. She averaged 16.0 ppg and 9.0 rpg, shooting 48 percent from the floor, 75 percent from 3-point range and 83 percent from the free throw line. Loyd registered her first double-double for Notre Dame with 18 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, adding three assists and three steals, in an overtime win at USF. In a win against Rutgers, she finished with 14 points and five rebounds.
BIG EAST Honor Roll
Kelly Faris, Connecticut, Sr., G
Faris shot 71 percent in a 2-0 week for the Huskies. She had 15 points, four rebounds, four assists, two blocks and five steals at Georgetown. At Marquette, she had 11 points, eight assists, five steals and five rebounds.
Shoni Schimmel, Louisville, Jr., G
Schimmel averaged 19.0 ppg in a 2-0 week for the Cardinals. She had 21 points, shooting 58 percent against Rutgers and followed it with 17 points, three rebounds and 50 percent shooting from the floor at Providence.
Natalie Achonwa, Notre Dame, Jr., F
Achonwa had 15 points, eight rebounds, four assists, three steals in a win at USF. She had 11 points, six rebounds, four assists and shot 67 percent in a victory against Rutgers.
Kayla Alexander, Syracuse, Sr., C
Alexander had 19 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks, shooting 67 percent in a win against Georgetown.
Laura Sweeney, Villanova, Sr., F
Sweeney averaged 13.0 ppg and 9.0 rpg in a 2-0 week for the Wildcats. She had eight points, eight rebounds, four steals, two blocks and two assists against DePaul. Against Pitt, she had 18 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks, four assists and five steals.
BIG EAST Notes
Villanova (13-2, 3-0 BIG EAST) is off to a great start, especially in conference play. The 3-0 BIG EAST record is the team's best conference start since the 2002-03 when the Wildcats also started league play at 3-0. The 2003 season also is the last time Villanova won the BIG EAST Tournament Championship. The team wraps up nonconference play at Penn on Jan. 16.
SU Starts the Season Strong
Syracuse defeated Georgetown 86-56 in the Carrier Dome on Jan. 12. The 14-1 start for the Orange is the second-best start in program history behind only 2009-10 when SU started 15-1.
Hot Hands for the Red Storm
St. John's defeated Seton Hall 72-46 at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 12, shooting a season-best 51.9 percent. Junior Keylantra Langley had a near-perfect shooting night, connecting on 7-of-8 from the floor to finish with 16 points.
Lighting Up The Scoreboard For 35
USF senior Andrea Smith scored a career high 35 points and shot 11-of-32 from the field against DePaul on Jan. 12. DePaul senior Anna Martin also scored 35 points as she shot 12-of-23. The Blue Demons came away with the win 91-75 at home.