WBB Weekly Report - Jan. 27, 2012

Novosel Senior CLASS Award Finalist
Notre Dame senior Natalie Novosel was chosen as one of the 10 finalists for the 2011-12 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in women's basketball. The Senior CLASS Award is presented annually to the nation's top senior player based on her dedication and achievement in four areas: Classroom, Character, Community and Competition. Novosel is the first Fighting Irish women's basketball player to be chosen as a finalist.
Tallying Wins to Move Forward
USF finished the 2010-11 season 12-19, with three conference wins. This year, the Bulls have already matched their win total from last year (12-9) and have surpassed their league wins, sitting at 4-3 in conference play. Villanova, which also finished with a 12-19 overall record last year, has already accumulated more wins in 2011-12 as the Wildcats head into the weekend with a 13-7 overall record. VU also has matched its BIG EAST total from last year, currently holding a 3-4 league record after finishing 2010-11 with three conference wins.
Coaches Interview Audio Clips Available
The second set of audio clips of all 16 BIG EAST women's basketball coaches will be available on www.bigeast.org heading into the weekend. Interviewed by BIG EAST Network analyst LaChina Robinson, the coaches discuss the state of their teams heading into the second half of conference play. The full interviews with each coach can be heard here.
Georgetown on a Roll
The No. 20/18 Hoyas have won three of their last four games and will face No. 11/12 Rutgers at home on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 1:30 p.m. ET. The game will be televised live on ESPNU. Eighth-year head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy picked up her first win at West Virginia on Jan. 24 and her first win against Marquette on Jan. 17.
Notre Dame Notables
The Fighting Irish are 6-1 against ranked opponents this season, including a 4-1 mark against top-10 teams.  No. 2/2 Notre Dame handed No. 7/9 Tennessee a 72-44 loss on Jan. 24. The 44 points were the Vols' second lowest output ever and the lowest in 36 years.
Scarlet Knights RACking up Home Wins
No. 11/12 Rutgers defeated No. 23/22 DePaul 65-64 on Jan. 24, with senior Khadijah Rushdan netting the game-winning shot. With the win, RU recorded its 10th home victory of the season, the 10th-straight season that the Scarlet Knights have won at least 10 home games. Rutgers overcame its largest deficit of the season to defeat the Blue Demons, largely because of the play of Rushdan, who is averaging 8.7 points per game in the final five minutes of play in the last three games.