BIG EAST Keeps Six in Women's Basketball National Polls

 PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Six BIG EAST women's basketball teams remain in both the Associated Press and the USA Today/ESPN Coachespolls after the eighth week of play.
Notre Dame held onto the number two spot in both polls after cruising to two easy victories over then-No. 18/17 Georgetown and Cincinnati.  The Fighting Irish are 17-1 on the season and 5-0 in league play.  ND has proven itself against a tough schedule, recording a 5-1 record against teams ranked in the top-25, with its only loss coming at No. 1/1 Baylor on Nov. 2 in the championship game of the Preseason WNIT.
Connecticut kept its hold at No. 3 in both polls after a 3-0 week, including two league victories.  The Huskies downed Providence and Villanova before hosting a highly anticipated match against then-No. 22/21 North Carolina.  UConn demolished UNC 86-35, handing the Tar Heels their worst loss in program history.  Connecticut has worked its way to a 15-2 record, with its only losses coming at No. 1 Baylor and at No. 2 Notre Dame. 
Rutgers improved to No. 7 in the AP poll and No. 8 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll.  The Scarlet Knights are 15-2 on the season and currently rank second in the BIG EAST with a 4-0 league record.  In its latest game, RU pulled out a 71-68 overtime victory against then-No. 16/15 Louisville at home.  The Knights look to continue their winning ways on Jan. 17 when they travel to St. John's for a nationally televised tilt on the CBS Sports Network.
Louisville, 14-4 (2-2) fell to No. 18 in the AP poll, and kept its position at No. 15 in the USA Today/ESPN poll.  The Cards suffered a tough 71-68 overtime loss at then-No. 8/9 Rutgers on Jan. 14.  They will look to get back on track when they host Providence on Jan. 18. 
Georgetown slipped one spot in the AP poll to No. 19 and remained at No. 17 in the USA Today/ESPN poll.  The Hoyas are 14-4 on the season and are 3-2 in the BIG EAST.  In its last outing, GU downed Syracuse 69-42 on Jan. 15 in a game nationally televised on ESPNU. 
DePaul's positioning did not change in either poll, as it comes in at No. 21 in the AP poll and No. 19 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' poll.
To view the polls in their entirety, please visit the BIG EAST women's basketball national poll page