WATCH HIGHLIGHTS - UConn at West Virginia
WATCH HIGHLIGHTS - USF at Georgetown
BIG EAST WBB Roundup - Feb. 9
Five BIG EAST women's basketball games were on the schedule Tuesday night, including a trio of televised matchups. No. 2/2 UConn held off No. 17/19 West Virginia 57-51 in Morgantown, W.Va., while Georgetown topped USF 67-38. Both games were shown on CBS College Sports as part of a Tuesday night doubleheader.
The Huskies (23-1, 11-0 BIG EAST) got another outstanding performance from senior Maya Moore who totaled a game-high 27 points and played the full 40 minutes. The Mountaineers (20-5, 6-5 BIG EAST) led at the half but could not hold on for the win. West Virginia senior Madina Ali scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
"There were times when we just couldn't get anything going on the offensive end," Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma said. "Maya just made great individual plays. Without somebody like that, a night like tonight probably turns into a loss. Tonight it all fell on Maya's shoulders."
UConn shot 46.8 percent from the field, while WVU shot just 29.6 percent and made only five field goals in the second half. It was the second straight loss at home for the Mountaineers who had won 31 in a row prior to last Saturday.
"I told the girls `That's not good enough. We lost,"' WVU head coach Mike Carey said. "We stayed focused on our game plan about 30 minutes of the 40."
UConn was held to a season-low 57 points.
Georgetown (20-5, 8-3 BIG EAST) got a game-high 25 points from sophomore Sugar Rodgers and never trailed in the win over the Bulls (10-14, 1-9 BIG EAST). The Hoyas shot an impressive 51.6 percent from the field in the first half, including a 57.1 percent clip from 3-point range and held a 43-25 lead at halftime. Rodgers totaled 7-of-11 from 3-point range, while the team was 12-of-23. The Hoyas have won six straight and held their second straight opponent to 38 points. USF was led by junior Andrea Smith's nine points. The Bulls were 0-of-18 from 3-point range.
No. 8/8 Notre Dame (21-4, 10-1 BIG EAST) cruised past Seton Hall (7-16, 0-10 BIG EAST) at home 89-38. Irish sophomore Skylar Diggins had 14 points, six assists, seven rebounds and five steals to lead the team.
"She's doing everything, and she's just starting to peak," Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw said.
Notre Dame made its first nine field goal attempts and never looked back. Natalie Novosel scored 16 points and Brittany Mallory had 12 points and five steals for Notre Dame, which got out to an early 19-4 lead.
Fighting Irish guard Kaila Turner was injured with 7:57 to play and did not return. Kandice Green, Seton Hall's leading scorer and rebounder on the season, went down with a left ankle injury with 16:26 remaining in the first half and didn't return.
Seton Hall got a team-high 10 points from junior Jazzmine Crew.
No. 10/14 DePaul (22-3, 9-1 BIG EAST) defeated Syracuse 77-61 at the Carrier Dome. Senior Deirdre Naughton scored a game-high 19 points in 19 minutes off the bench. It was her season-high scoring output and included five 3-pointers. Junior Keisha Hampton added 18 points. DePaul totaled 13 3-pointers as a team. Syracuse was led by sophomore Carmen Tyson-Thomas who had 16 points and 13 rebounds for her eighth career double-double.
Rutgers (14-9, 7-3 BIG EAST) earned its second win in a row with a 54-42 victory over Pittsburgh (11-12, 3-7 BIG EAST) at home. Junior Khadijah Rushdan notched the league's first triple-double of the season with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. It was the first triple-double by a Rutgers player in 10 years. Current assistant coach Tasha Pointer had 18 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds against Georgetown on Feb. 27, 2001. Rushdan's triple-double also was the first by a BIG EAST player since Angel Robinson on Nov. 21, 2009 and the 16th triple double in league history.
Pitt senior Chelsea Cole notched her league-leading 12th double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Material from interviews, the Associated Press wire service as well as league and team sources was used in this report.