Women's Basketball Weekly Release in PDF - Jan. 23, 2012
BIG EAST Player of the Week
Devereaux Peters, Notre Dame, Gr., F (Chicago, Ill.)
Peters helped the Fighting Irish to a 2-0 conference week, averaging 19.5 ppg in 20.0 minutes per game. Against Pittsburgh, Peters had a game-high 20 points, shooting 9-of-13 from the floor. In a win against Villanova, she had 19 points, two assists, two steals and six rebounds, connecting on 7-of-12 from the field. For the week, she was 7-of-10 from the free throw line and shot 64 percent. No. 2/2 Notre Dame is undefeated in conference play at 7-0 and has won 16-straight games.
BIG EAST Freshman of the Week
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Connecticut, Fr., F (Anaheim, Calif.)
Mosqueda-Lewis earns her sixth BIG EAST Freshman of the Week honor after averaging 16.7 ppp and 6.7 rpg in a 3-0 week for Connecticut, including two wins over ranked teams. Mosqueda-Lewis had 15 points, six rebounds and two assists in a win against then-No. 24/21 North Carolina on Jan. 16. Three days later, she had 10 points and seven rebounds against Cincinnati. In a win at No. 21/19 DePaul, she shot 62 percent from the floor, including a 5-of-7 performance from 3-point range, to lead the team with 25 points. She added seven rebounds and was 4-of-4 from the free throw line.
Sugar Rodgers, Georgetown, Jr., G
Rodgers averaged 21.0 ppg in a 1-1 week for the Hoyas. In a win at Marquette, she had 18 points, three steals, four rebounds, two assists and no turnovers. In a loss to No. 18/15 Louisville, she had 24 points and four rebounds.
Khadijah Rushdan, Rutgers, R-Sr., G
Rushdan averaged 16.0 ppg and shot 75 percent from the floor in a 1-1 week for the Scarlet Knights. In a loss at St. John's, she had 16 points, six assists, two blocks and eight rebounds. She connected on 7-of-9 from the field and 2-of-3 from the free throw line. In a win at USF, she had 16 points, hitting 5-of-7, four assists and seven rebounds.
Eugeneia McPherson, St. John's, Jr., G
McPherson had 17 points and three assists in an upset win against No. 7/8 Rutgers on Jan. 17. In a win at Cincinnati, she had 10 points and four rebounds.
Jasmine Wynne, USF, Sr., G
Wynne led the Bulls to a 1-1 week against a pair of ranked conference opponents. In a win against No. 21/19 DePaul, she had 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists, shooting 50 percent from the floor. In a six-point loss to No. 7/8 Rutgers, she had 12 points and three steals.
Kayla Alexander, Syracuse, Jr., C
Alexander had 23 points in the Orange's only game this week, a win at Seton Hall. She connected on 10-of-15 from the floor and added eight rebounds and two blocks.
**BIG EAST NOTES**
Notre Dame Off to a Perfect Start
The Fighting Irish defeated Pittsburgh and Villanova last week to begin league play 7-0. The last time Notre Dame began a BIG EAST season with a record of 7-0 was in 200-01, when the Fighting Irish opened the year with school-record 23-game winning streak. No. 2/2 Notre Dame will take a break from conference action to host No. 9/9 Tennessee at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2 as part of Big Monday. The Irish will be playing their seventh ranked opponent this year and hold a 5-1 mark in those games. Notre Dame looks to improve on a 16-game winning streak, third-best in the country. Tennessee holds a 20-1 edge in the all-time series, but the Irish won the most recent meeting 73-59 in the regional finals of last year's NCAA tournament on March 28, 2011.
In a 72-66 win at USF on Jan. 21, the Scarlet Knights dished out 21 assists, marking the most assists in a game for RU since Nov. 22, 2010 when they recorded 22 against North Carolina A&T.
Red Storm Host Notre Dame on Saturday
St. John's will have a six-day hiatus before hosting No. 2/2 Notre Dame at Carnesecca Arena on Jan. 28. Tipoff is slated for noon ET and the game will be aired live on Sports Net NY as part of the BIG EAST TV television package. St. John's has upset the last two ranked opponents its played at Carnesecca Arena including No. 14/12 Louisville (Jan. 8) and No. 7/8 Rutgers (Jan. 17). St. John's is coming off a 51-34 win against Cincinnati, in which the Red Storm held the Bearcats to a season-low 34 points.
Syracuse posted a comeback win 70-66 at Seton Hall on Jan. 22. Trailing by 10 in the second half, the Orange allowed just one Pirate field goal over the final eight minutes while scoring the last eight points of the contest. Junior Kayla Alexander led the team with 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting.
Providence defeated Marquette on the road 52-50 on Jan. 21, improving to 6-0 in games played on Saturday. The win over Marquette marked the Friars' first road win in conference play. Providence returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 28 against Pittsburgh at home.
West Virginia won at Pittsburgh 54-43 on Jan. 21. Redshirt-sophomore Christal Caldwell led the Mountaineers with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Caldwell's double-double marked the first double-double of her career, as she has come up one rebound shy of the mark in the last three games. The Mountaineers have won two straight in the series and hold a 25-18 edge all-time against their Backyard Brawl rival. The squads will meet again in the regular season finale on Feb. 27.