Six league teams were in action on Wednesday, including a close one between Seton Hall and No. 14/13 Georgetown. The Hoyas (19-5, 8-3 BIG EAST) edged the Pirates (7-18, 0-11 BIG EAST) by the score of 56-51 at home.
Junior Sugar Rodgers had 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead Georgetown to its fourth win in a row. Junior Sydney Wilson added nine points and nine rebounds for the Hoyas, who have won six of seven and defeated the Pirates for the third consecutive time -- although it wasn't easy.
The Hoyas never trailed and led by as many as 16 points in both halves, but couldn't put the Pirates away.
Seton Hall senior Jasmine Crew was fouled on a 3-pointer and made all three free throws with 2:48 remaining to cut Georgetown's lead to 50-44. Crew set the school's single-season record for free throws with 135, but Georgetown iced the game with six free throws in the final two minutes.
Crew finished with 20 points for the Pirates, who lost their 13th consecutive game to match the program's longest losing streak from the 1984-85 season.
In Chicago, No. RV/22 DePaul (18-7, 6-5 BIG EAST) held off Villanova (15-9, 5-6 BIG EAST) by the score of 79-73. Junior Anna Martin scored 24 points and classmate Katherine Harry added 20 points and 14 rebounds.
In a matchup of the league's top 3-point shooting teams, it was DePaul's inside game that provided the spark. DePaul outscored the Wildcats 40-24 in the paint and outrebounded Villanova 40-30.
The two teams combined for 14 triples. Villanova finished 9-of-24 including five 3-pointers in the first half, while four of the Blue Demons' five 3-pointers also came in the first 20 minutes. Redshirt-junior Laura Sweeny, who led Villanova with 22 points, turned in a 3-of-5 effort from behind the arc.
There were six ties and nine lead changes. With the win, DePaul holds a 7-1 advantage in the all-time series and has won three straight meetings against Villanova.
An afternoon matinee at St. John's saw the Red Storm (16-8, 8-3 BIG EAST) beat USF (12-13, 4-7 BIG EAST) by the score of 67-57. Over 5,000 middle school students were in attendance for the 11:30 a.m. tipoff as part of Field Trip Day and the NCAA's Pack The House Challenge.
With the win St. John's head coach Kim Barnes Arico tied Joe Mullaney Jr. as the women's basketball program's winningest coach with 168 victories.
St. John's had three players score in double figures, led by senior Da'Shena Stevens who recorded her second double-double of the season with a game-best 17 points and 11 rebounds. Junior Shenneika Smith scored in double figures for the 13th-straight game with a 16-point effort. Junior Nadirah McKenith added 12 points.
USF junior Sasha Bernard had a team-high 14 points and senior Andrell Smith helped with 12. USF was without senior leading scorer Jasmine Wynne, who suffered a concussion late in a loss at Syracuse last Saturday. The Bulls also missed starting freshman point guard Shalethia Stringfield, who missed the game for personal reasons.
BIG EAST teams return to action on Saturday with five games.
Sat. 11 PITTSBURGH at CINCINNATI 2:00 p.m.
SETON HALL at PROVIDENCE 2:00 p.m. Cox Sports
SYRACUSE at LOUISVILLE 2:00 p.m.
GEORGETOWN at CONNECTICUT (GP) 4:00 p.m. BETV
VILLANOVA at USF 7:00 p.m.
Material from interviews, school websites, the Associated Press wire service as well as league and team sources was used in this report.