WBB Minute - Wild Wednesday Had Close Games

Six league teams were in action on Wednesday night and all three had memorable moments. No. rv/22 Syracuse (16-2, 4-1 BIG EAST) heaved a 50-foot bank shot at the buzzer for a 60-57 win at St. John's (9-8, 3-2 BIG EAST). Freshman Brittney Sykes hit a shot from beyond halfcourt to give SU its best record in program history through 18 games.

 

Syracuse-St. John's Highlights

 

Providence (6-12, 1-4 BIG EAST) went to overtime to beat No. rv/25 Villanova (15-3, 4-1 BIG EAST) by the score of 65-60 and earn the first BIG EAST win for new head coach Susan Robinson Fruchtl. The Friars had a school-record 65 rebounds in the victory.

 

The game featured all sorts of crazy twists as Providence led 4-0 early, before Villanova went on a 21-point run to lead 21-4 with 7:16 left in the first half. The Wildcats held a 29-10 lead at halftime as Providence shot 3-of-30. In the second half, the Friars answered with a 21-0 run and led 31-29 with 13:24 remaining in the game.

 

Down the stretch there were four ties and eight lead changes, including a layup by PC senior Symone Roberts with six seconds left to force overtime. Providence outscored Villanova 14-9 in the extra session to earn the win.

 

Finally, No. 2/3 Notre Dame was pushed in its win at Pittsburgh. The Irish (17-1, 6-0 BIG EAST) and Panthers (9-9, 0-5 BIG EAST) were tied 29-29 with 3:07 left in the first half, before Notre Dame used a 6-0 spurt and led 35-29 at the intermission. The Irish continued the run to begin the second half and led 62-34 with 9:35 remaining and won 73-47. Notre Dame's 12-game winning streak ties for the sixth-longest in school history.

 

League teams return to action on Saturday.

 

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