BIG EAST Women's Hoops Among Nation's Best

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Five BIG EAST women's basketball teams remain ranked in the Associated Presspoll with six ranking in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll, released after the tenth week of play. Three league teams ranked in the top 10 of the USA Today/ESPN poll for the first time since Jan. 19, 2009, when Connecticut, Rutgers and Louisville earned the No. 1, 9 and 10 spots, respectively. Once again, Connecticut leads the BIG EAST at No. 2/2 on both lists. The Huskies went 2-0 last week, beating then-No. RV/22 St. John's 84-52 at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 12 and defeating Louisville 78-55 on Jan. 15. West Virginia fell from No. 6/7 to No. 9/9, after recording its first loss of the season with a 17-1 mark. The Mountaineers lost to Marquette 69-54 on Jan. 11 and defeated then-No. 25/RV Syracuse 70-61 on Jan. 15. Notre Dame continued its steady climb, moving up to No. 11/10 after posting two conference wins last week. The Irish beat Louisville 80-60 on Jan. 12 and Pittsburgh 82-50 on Jan. 15. DePaul followed suit, jumping one spot in the AP poll and three in the USA Today/ESPN rankings to No. 13/18. The Blue Demons went 2-0 last week, downing USF 77-61 on Jan. 11 and Villanova 64-45 on Jan. 16. Georgetown climbed to No. 16 in the AP ranks, while holding onto the No. 17 slot in the USA Today/ESPN list. The Hoyas edged Providence on the road 49-45 on Jan. 15, while St. John's slipped to No. 23 in the USA Today/ESPN poll after losing to No. 2/2 Connecticut 84-52 at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 12. Marquette, St. John's and Syracuse all received votes in the AP poll, while Marquette and Syracuse continued to collect USA Today/ESPN votes, along with Rutgers.