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BIG EAST Player of the Week
Asya Bussie, West Virginia, Jr., C (Randallstown, Md.)
Bussie had 22 points to help West Virginia defeat No. 2/2 Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. on Feb. 12. She shot 6-of-9 from the floor (66.7 percent) and made 10-of-13 from the free throw line (76.9 percent). She also added eight rebounds, with four coming on the offensive end. Bussie added three blocks and three steals in the win for the Mountaineers.
BIG EAST Freshman of the Week
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Connecticut, Fr., F (Anaheim, Calif.)
Mosqueda-Lewis averaged 14.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg and 2.5 assists per game in a 2-0 week for Connecticut. The Huskies posted a pair of wins against ranked opponents, winning at No. 20/17 Louisville on Feb. 7 before returning home to defeat No. 14/13 Georgetown. In the win against the Cardinals, Mosqueda-Lewis was hampered by foul trouble, but scored five points and grabbed two rebounds. In the win against Georgetown, she had 23 points, two steals, four assists and six rebounds. She shot 10-of-16 from the floor and sank a trio of 3-pointers.
BIG EAST Honor Roll
Chanel Chisolm, Cincinnati, Sr., G/F
Chisolm averaged 15.5 ppg in a 2-0 week for Cincinnati. At Providence, she recorded 17 points, three steals and nine rebounds, while shooting 61 percent from the floor. Against Pittsburgh, she notched 14 points, two steals, and three rebounds.
Anna Martin, DePaul, Jr., G
Martin averaged 21.5 ppg and 7.5 rebounds per game in a 2-0 week for DePaul. Against Villanova, she had 24 points, five rebounds and two assists. In a win against Marquette, she had 19 points, three assists and 10 rebounds.
Shoni Schimmel, Louisville, So., G
Schimmel had 20 points in a loss to No. 3/3 Connecticut, adding three assists and eight rebounds. She also had 20 points in a win against Syracuse, adding five steals, 10 assists and four rebounds. She had 10 3-pointers over two games.
Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame, Jr., G
Diggins averaged 21.5 ppg in a 1-1 week for the Irish. In a win at Syracuse, she had 11 points, five assists, two steals and six rebounds. In a loss to West Virginia, she led the team with 32 points, shooting 10-of-19, and added four steals, three assists and five rebounds.
Da'Shena Stevens, St. John's, Sr., F
Stevens averaged 16.5 ppg and 9.5 rpg in a 2-0 week for the Red Storm. She had 17 points and 11 rebounds in a win against USF. In a win at No. 17/16 Rutgers, she had 16 points, two blocks, two assists and eight rebounds. She shot 50 percent from the floor for the week and 78.6 percent from the line.
BIG EAST Notes
West Virginia Making Waves
WVU won its fourth game in a row, defeating No. 2/2 Notre Dame 65-63 in South Bend, Ind. on Feb. 12. The upset is the second consecutive upset over a top-15 team for the Mountaineers as WVU defeated No. 14/12 Louisville at home last week. The win is the largest upset in program history. The last time WVU upset a top-10 ranked team on the road was a 79-70 victory over No. 5 Louisville on Feb. 7, 2009.
Louisville had 16,483 in attendance against UConn on Feb. 7, making it the largest crowd to witness a BIG EAST conference game at the KFC Yum! Center, passing the 15,061 against Rutgers on Jan. 29, 2011. The Cardinals followed up that attendance with 12,375 against Syracuse on Feb. 11. Louisville is averaging 10,473 in attendance this season, ranking second in the nation. The Cardinals set a school record with 18 made 3-pointers against Syracuse, surpassing the previous record of 14 which was set three times. The performance also tied a BIG EAST mark. Five Louisville players hit at least one 3-pointer in the game.
The win over Rutgers on Feb. 12 was St. John's third over a ranked opponent this season and first on the road since Jan. 23, 2007 when the Red Storm defeated then-No. 23/RV Pittsburgh 79-69. St. John's has won five-consecutive games on the road in conference play. The Red Storm are 5-1 against BIG EAST teams on the road this year.
No. RV/22 DePaul defeated Marquette at home 71-59 on Feb. 12. In the win, junior Anna Martin recorded her first career double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Before the tip, Martin was honored with a 1,000th career-point basketball. She is climbing the all-time scoring list at DePaul, finishing the game ranked No. 18 with 1,214 career points. Martin has led the Blue Demons in scoring in 15 games this season. She has reached double-figures in 23 of DePaul's 26 games (88 percent), and ranks second in the BIG EAST at 18.5 ppg.
Bearcats Continue to Climb
UC improved to 13-12 with a win against Pittsburgh on Feb. 11, its most wins under third-year head coach Jamelle Elliott. It marked Cincinnati's first BIG EAST home win of the year and first time it has beat Pitt since March 16, 2000.