Women's Basketball Weekly Report - Jan. 28, 2011

Three BIG EAST women's basketball seniors top the 10-player list of finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award presented annually to the nation's top senior. The three finalists from the BIG EAST are more than any other conference: Connecticut's Maya Moore, DePaul's Sam Quigley and West Virginia's Liz Repella are on the list.  An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition. The award program is designed exclusively for college seniors who are utilizing their complete athletic eligibility, remaining committed to their university and pursuing the many rewards a senior season can bring.
Of the 54 conference games played this year, home teams have posted a 30-24 mark for a .556 winning percentage, similar to last year, when home teams went 73-55 over 128 league games for a .570 winning percentage. But the top four teams in the standings (Connecticut, DePaul, Notre Dame and Rutgers) are taking advantage of home contests, combining for a 42-3 overall record at home and 13-2 mark on their own hardwood in BIG EAST play.
Following a 67-48 win at Cincinnati on Jan. 25, No. 12/17 DePaul improved to 20-2 on the season and became the first team in the nation to reach the 20-win plateau. The Blue Demons reached the 20-win mark for the 19th time in the program's 37-year history and fourth-straight season. This year's team reached 20 wins faster than any other Blue Demon team. DePaul, also off to its best start in BIG EAST play at 7-0, welcomes No. 8/8 West Virginia (19-2) on Sunday in a 4 p.m. ET broadcast on ESPNU. The other nationally-televised game this weekend will be on the BIG EAST Network, when Rutgers travels to the KFC Yum! Center to play Louisville on Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. ET.
Then-No. 10/11 Notre Dame defeated then-No. RV/23 St. John's 69-36 on Jan. 23. The game, broadcast on ESPNU, was a sellout at Purcell Pavilion with 9,149 in attendance. It was Notre Dame's third sellout of the season, 15th all-time and ninth in the past year and a half.