Schimmel and Handford Named WBB Weekly Award Winners

BIG EAST Women's Basketball Release in PDF

February 4, 2013



BIG EAST Player of the Week

Shoni Schimmel, Louisville, Jr., G (Mission Ore./Franklin)

Schimmel averaged 26.5 points per game in a pair of conference wins for Louisville. At USF, Schimmel had career-high 38 points, shooting 60 percent from the field and connecting on eight 3-pointers, tying a school record. She added three rebounds, three assists and two blocks. In a win against Georgetown, she had 15 points, seven assists, four rebounds and two steals. She connected on 8-of-10 from the free throw line for the week. Schimmel leads the team with 13.8 ppg this season.


BIG EAST Freshman of the Week

Aliyyah Handford, St. John's, Fr., G (Newark, N.J./Shabazz)

Handford averaged 14.0 ppg and 5.0 apg in a 1-1 week for the Red Storm. In a loss against No. 3/2 Connecticut, she had a career-best 17 points on a career-high eight field goals. Earlier in the week, in a win at Providence, she had 11 points, six assists, six rebounds and two steals. She is third on the squad in scoring this year.


BIG EAST Honor Roll

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Connecticut, So., F

Mosqueda-Lewis averaged 19.0 ppg and shot 55 percent in a 2-0 week for the Huskies. She had 19 points and five assists against Villanova and 19 points and 10 rebounds at St. John's.


Brittany Hrynko, DePaul, So., G

Hyrnko averaged 27.0 ppg in a 1-1 week for the Blue Demons. She had 19 points in a win against Pitt and 35 points in a loss at Marquette.


Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame, Sr., G

Diggins scored a career-high 33 points to lead the Irish to a win at No. 9/9 Tennessee. She followed that with a nine-point, seven-assist effort in a win against Cincinnati.


Betnijah Laney, Rutgers, So., G/F

Laney averaged 13.5 ppg in a 2-0 week for RU. She had 15 points and five assists at Marquette, followed by 12 points and six rebounds against Villanova.


Briana Brown, St. John's, Jr., G

Brown averaged 17.5 ppg in a 1-1 week. She had a career-high 19 points in a win at Providence. She had 16 points, going 4-of-6 from 3-point range in a loss to No. 3/2 Connecticut.



McGraw On the Verge of 700

The No. 2/3 Fighting Irish defeated Cincinnati 64-42 on Feb. 2 at home for their 15th straight victory. The victory was the 699th career win in 31 seasons for coach Muffet McGraw, including 26 coaching Notre Dame. Notre Dame also reached the 20-win mark for the seventh consecutive season and 19th time in the past 20 seasons.


Milestone Coaching Wins

The BIG EAST has four active coaches with more than 600 wins (C. Vivian Stringer, Geno Auriemma, Muffet McGraw and Harry Perretta), more than any other league.  Stringer leads the group with 898 wins, while Auriemma has 824, while McGraw has 699 and Perretta has 633.


Connecticut, Notre Dame Hit 20-win Plateau

The BIG EAST has two teams (UConn and Notre Dame) hit the 20-win plateau, more than any other conference. Louisville (19) and Syracuse (18) could join the club shortly.


Syracuse Off to Program Best Start

Syracuse posted a 75-59 victory against Providence at the Carrier Dome on Feb. 2. RV/24 Syracuse is off to the best start in program history. The win against the Friars set a program record, besting the 2007-08 season record of 17-4 in its first 21 games. Syracuse also is undefeated (10-0) at home this season.


Connecticut Takes a Close One

No. 3/2 UConn defeated St. John's 71-65 on Feb. 2 at Carnesecca Arena. The Huskies had been 0-5 in games that were decided by five points or less or had gone to overtime over the past two seasons. They lost by one-point to Notre Dame earlier this season.