Updated BIG EAST Notes
Villanova (14-2, 3-0 BIG EAST) won its fifth in a row with a 48-44 victory at Penn. Senior Laura Sweeney led the Wildcats in the win with a game-high 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting. She also added eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks.
The win also was Villanova's 100th all-time Big Five victory which is the most by any Big Five women's program. Villanova leads the all-time series with Penn by a 38-2 margin and has defeated the Quakers 10 straight times.
The Wildcats have held 10 of their 16 opponents under 50 points and rank second in the league holding opponents to just 48.6 ppg.
In league play, Rutgers (10-7, 1-3 BIG EAST) posted its first conference win of the year following an 87-61 victory over Providence at home. The Scarlet Knights improved to 8-1 at home as sophomore Betnijah Laney scored a career-high 24 points.
The Scarlet Knights shot a blistering 61.5 percent from the floor and registered their most points in a conference game since 2007.
Senior guard Symone Roberts paced the Friars with 19 points, seven assists, four rebounds and four steals.
Across the Hudson River, St. John's (9-6, 3-0 BIG EAST) beat Pittsburgh (9-7, 0-3 BIG EAST) by the score of 61-32. The Red Storm have won three in a row and remained undefeated in league play through three games for the first time since 1983-84.
For the first time all season, all 10 St. John's players that were healthy to play put points on the board. Senior guard Shenneika Smith led St. John's in scoring for the ninth time this season with 14 points and rebounding for the eighth time with nine rebounds. St. John's led 33-11 at the half, the largest lead for the Red Storm at the half this season.
Redshirt freshman Loliya Briggs was the lone Pitt player in double figures with 10 points. The Panthers shot 20.3 percent in the contest.
League teams are off until Friday when No. 15/13 Louisville (14-4, 2-2 BIG EAST) hosts Cincinnati (8-8, 0-3 BIG EAST) at 7 p.m. at the KFC Yum! Center. The Cardinals lead the all-time series 7-2 and have won all three meetings at home.
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