BIG EAST WBB Roundup - Wednesday, Jan. 18
There were 10 BIG EAST teams in action on Tuesday night, including four league games. No. 2/2 Notre Dame (18-1, 6-0) ran past Pittsburgh (8-11, 0-6) by the score of 120-44 at home and set numerous school records.
It was Notre Dame's largest margin of victory in a BIG EAST game (+76) as well as its highest point total in a home game. It also was ND's most points in a BIG EAST game and the most field goals made (48). The 48 field goals also are a BIG EAST regular season record -- the old mark was 46, set twice by Providence on Jan. 22, 1986 vs. Georgetown, and Jan. 29, 1986 vs. Seton Hall.
Tuesday's 120 points also represented the fourth-highest point total ever in a BIG EAST regular season game and most since Jan. 6, 1998 (Connecticut defeated Providence, 126-48 in Storrs, Conn.). The conference record is 128 points (at Providence 128, Georgetown 114 on Feb. 4, 1991).
Devereaux Peters had 20 points and reserve Natalie Achonwa finished with 19 for the Irish, who had 33 assists on 48 baskets in their 15th consecutive win. Kaila Turner (14), Natalie Novosel (13), Kayla McBride (11), Brittany Mallory (11), and Markisha Wright (11) also scored in double figures. Skylar Diggins finished with 11 points, nine assists and no turnovers.
USF (11-8, 3-2) beat No. 21/19 DePaul (15-4, 3-2) by the score of 66-63 in overtime at home. USF forward Akila McDonald tied the game with a layup with nine seconds left in regulation on her first made shot of the night. Tiffany Conner stole the ball from DePaul's Anna Martin, DePaul's Jasmine Penny fouled Inga Orekhova, but Orekhova missed the first free throw to send the game to overtime.
Orekhova gave the Bulls a 62-60 lead in overtime with a layup and McDonald made two key free throws to extend the lead to 64-60. Jasmine Wynne then added two more points to seal the win for the Bulls.
Anna Martin scored 23 points to lead DePaul.
In Queens, N.Y., Eugeneia McPherson scored 17 points and Nadirah McKenith added 15 to help St. John's (12-7, 4-1) beat No. 7/8 Rutgers (15-3, 4-1) by the score of 62-57, its fifth win in six games.
"We told them at the half we had to be more aggressive," Barnes Arico said. "The strength of our team is our ability to slash and get to the free throw line. In the first half we ran the shot clock down and got bad shots, in the second half we made the extra pass."
St. John's was 26-of-32 from the free throw line in the game, including making 14-of-16 over the final 4 1/2 minutes.
"We had too many turnovers in the first half. We were sluggish where we had to go and they went to the line 32 times," Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer said. "We looked like an elephant trying to catch butterflies. You can't have 21 turnovers and expect to win the game."
Rutgers was led in scoring by Khadijah Rushdan, who contributed 16 points, eight rebounds, six assists and two blocks. Monique Oliver added 14 points for the Scarlet Knights.
The teams meet again on Feb. 12 in New Jersey.
No. 19/17 Georgetown (15-4, 4-2) downed Marquette (12-7, 3-3) 67-39 at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee, Wis. The Hoya pressure was too much for MU as Georgetown forced 29 turnovers on 22 steals.
Points off turnovers made a difference early on as 10 of Georgetown's 16 points came off of MU miscues midway through the first. An 18-3 Georgetown run that included eight points from senior forward Tommacina McBride helped the Hoyas go ahead by as many as 18, 26-8 at the 7:15 mark.
Junior guard Sugar Rodgers led all scorers with 18 points while McBride added a career-high 14. Senior forward Adria Crawford had six points and pulled down a squad-best 10 boards.
Sarina Simmons led all Marquette scorers with 11 points and eight rebounds.
In Charleston, W.Va., the Mountaineers' Taylor Palmer scored 17 points and paved the way to a 69-57 West Virginia victory over Marshall at the Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic. The Mountaineers (13-5) held the lead for the entire game.
Villanova captured the 2011-12 Philadelphia Big Five championship with a convincing 52-30 win over the visiting Penn Quakers. With the win, Villanova improves to 12-6 overall and 4-0 in Big Five play, while Penn falls to 7-7 overall and 0-3 in City Series action.
Under the direction of head coach Harry Perretta, Villanova has won 13 Big Five titles, including nine seasons with a perfect 4-0 mark and the outright title. It is also the second time in the last three years that Villanova has won the Big Five championship.
Redshirt senior Laura Sweeney led all scorers in the victory with 22 points and 12 rebounds. She finished 9-of-16 from the field and 4-of-6 from the foul line.
Material from interviews, school websites, the Associated Press wire service as well as league and team sources was used in this report.