WBB Minute - Super Saturday Had Five League Games Scheduled

Five league games were on the schedule Saturday, including four ranked teams. Connecticut, Notre Dame and Villanova were winners, all three are ranked. Georgetown and USF also won.

 

No. 2/3 Notre Dame (18-1, 7-0 BIG EAST) beat Providence 89-44 at home. Senior Skylar Diggins scored 21 points, all in the first half, and surpassed 2,000 points for her career. She has 2,020 total. The Friars (6-13, 1-5 BIG EAST) moved to 0-21 all-time against the Irish. Notre Dame also tied last year's school record with its eighth sellout of the season (and sixth in a row), raising its season attendance average to 8,988, better than 98.2 percent of Purcell Pavilion's official capacity (9,149).

 

The Irish take on No. 9/9 Tennessee on the road on Monday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.

 

No. 3/2 Connecticut (18-1, 5-1 BIG EAST) won at Cincinnati 67-31. The Huskies led 41-9 at halftime and held the Bearcats (8-11, 0-6 BIG EAST) to just three field goals in the opening frame.

 

No. rv/2 Villanova (16-3, 5-1 BIG EAST) rebounded from a loss at Providence earlier in the week and beat No. rv/22 Syracuse 64-59 at home. It was the first time Villanova beat a ranked conference opponent during the regular-season since Feb. 14, 2009. VU was 0-of-21 against ranked league teams during the regular-season entering the game.


Senior Rachel Roberts, who missed the PC loss with the flu, returned to score a career-high 26 points. She also made a career-best six 3-pointers. It was a close contest with 11 ties and 13 lead changes. Roberts hit a 3 to break a 54-54 tied with 6:42 left to help Villanova pull away. Syracuse (16-3, 4-2 BIG EAST) got six points from senior Kayla Alexander, who became the school's all-time leading scorer (1,791 points).

 

Elsewhere, USF (14-5, 3-3 BIG EAST) beat Marquette 58-48 in the BIG EAST television network Game of the Week.

 

Marquette-USF Highlights

 

In addition, Georgetown (12-8, 3-4 BIG EAST) beat Pittsburgh (9-10, 0-6 BIG EAST) by the score of 69-57.

 

League teams return to action on Sunday as No. 13/12 Louisville (16-4, 4-2 BIG EAST) hosts St. John's (9-8, 3-2 BIG EAST) at 1:30 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU. In addition, Seton Hall (7-12, 2-4 BIG EAST) hosts Rutgers (11-7, 2-3 BIG EAST) at 2 p.m.

 

 

 

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