BIG EAST Women's Basketball Ranks Among Nation's Best

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Six BIG EAST women's basketball teams ranked in the Associated Press Poll, while eight squads ranked in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' poll, released after the 12th week of play.
Once again, Connecticut leads the BIG EAST at No. 2/2. The Huskies went 3-0 last week, beating Rutgers 63-44 on Jan. 26, Cincinnati 80-46 on Jan. 29 and then-No.3/3 Duke 87-51 on Jan. 31.
Notre Dame continued its steady climb, moving up to No. 8/8 after posting a conference win last week. The Irish defeated Villanova 58-43 on Jan. 29. DePaul followed suit, jumping three spots in the AP poll and four in the USA Today/ESPN rankings to No. 9/13. The Blue Demons improved to 21-2 on the season, beating Cincinnati 67-48 on Jan. 25 and then-No. 8/8 West Virginia 78-55 on Jan. 30. 
After the loss to then-No.12/17 DePaul, West Virginia slipped in both polls to No. 15/15. The Mountaineers dropped two BIG EAST contests last week, losing 65-60 to then-No. 19/19 Georgetown on Jan. 25 and 78-55 to the Blue Demons on Jan. 30. The Hoyas moved up two spots in the AP list, while holding fast in the USA Today/ESPN ranks for the No. 17/19 slot. GU went 2-0 last week, also defeating Seton Hall 59-41 on Jan. 29. 
Marquette landed in both national polls for the first time this season, earning the No. 23/24 ranking. The Golden Eagles have not been ranked since the end of the 2006-07 season. MU picked up two league wins last week, beating Louisville 76-65 on Jan. 26 and Pittsburgh 74-70 in overtime on Jan. 29.
St. John's and Syracuse climbed back into the coaches' poll at No. 23 and No. 25, respectively. The Red Storm defeated Providence 69-53 on Jan. 29, while the Orange downed Pittsburgh 69-60 on Jan. 26 and USF 78-57 on Jan. 29.   
Syracuse continued to receive votes in the AP list, while Louisville collected a vote in the USA Today/ESPN poll.
To view the polls in their entirety, please visit the BIG EAST women's basketball national poll page.