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BIG EAST Play 4 Kay Schedule
Three league games are on the schedule Sunday, each on national tv as part of a televised Play 4 Kay initiative.
No. 10/11 Louisville (20-5, 8-3 BIG EAST) hosts DePaul (18-7, 7-4 BIG EAST) at 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU at the KFC Yum! Center. Separated by one game in the BIG EAST standings, Sunday's showdown also marks the second meeting between these two teams this season. The Blue Demons and Cardinals met in the league-opener on Jan. 5 in Chicago, with DePaul securing an 86-80 victory behind 22 points from Anna Martin and 21 from Brittany Hrynko. Monique Reid came off the bench for the Cardinals to score 25 points while Shoni Schimmel added 19 points.
The ESPN Play 4Kay game schedule will showcase eight regionalized games in high definition within two ESPN2 telecast windows on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET and 5 p.m. The majority of the country will see the best action of the day with whip-around coverage between sites and updates from other games. In the 16 home markets of the competing teams, ESPN2 will start and remain primarily with the game of local interest.
At 2:50 p.m. ET, on ESPN2, No. 2/3 Notre Dame (23-1, 11-0 BIG EAST) heads to Marquette (12-12, 4-7 BIG EAST) riding an 18-game winning streak. However, six of the past 10 games in the series have been close (decided by 10 points or fewer), with a winning margin of just 6.5 points per game. Yet, only once in the 37-game series has a contest gone to overtime -- a 67-65 Notre Dame victory in 2006 (won on a Megan Duffy layup at the horn).
Notre Dame has 31 wins over Marquette are the most against one opponent in school history (Georgetown is second with 26). The constant game broadcast can be found on DirecTV channel number 733, or can be seen online at www.ESPN3.com
Cincinnati (9-15, 1-10 BIG EAST) is at St. John's (12-10, 6-4 BIG EAST) at 5:05 p.m. ET on ESPN2. St. John's leads the all-time series with a 6-1 record. Cincinnati picked up its only win against the Red Storm on Jan. 10, 2010 by a 70-60 score in Fifth Third Arena, marking Head Coach Jamelle Elliott's first BIG EAST victory. The constant game broadcast can be found on DirecTV channel number 731, or can be seen online at www.ESPN3.com
In action on Saturday, No. 3/2 Connecticut (24-1, 11-1 BIG EAST) won at Rutgers 65-45 and remained undefeated on the road (10-0). Four UConn players scored in double figures as UConn shook off a slow start (trailed 14-4) and got the win. Freshman Morgan Tuck had a team-high 15 points, while junior Stefanie Dolson added 14. The Huskies led 33-27 at halftime and opened it up over the final 20 minutes.
Rutgers senior center Monique Oliver, who has been battling a deep ankle bruise, was in the starting line-up for the first time in seven games, getting the nod for the injured Chelsey Lee. She finished with seven points and six assists. The Scarlet Knights (14-10, 5-6 BIG EAST) suffered just their second loss at the RAC this season and stand at 11-2 at home.
Rutgers honored former star Sue Wicks before the game. Wicks, who starred for the Scarlet Knights from 1984-88 before going on to play for the New York Liberty in the WNBA, will be inducted into the women's basketball Hall of Fame in June. Wicks' jersey is retired in the rafters and a banner commemorating her upcoming induction into the Hall of Fame was hung next to it.
No. 23/21 Syracuse (21-3, 9-2 BIG EAST) rolled past Pittsburgh 80-39 and remained undefeated at home (11-0). The Orange continued their best start in school history, led by senior Kayla Alexander's 19 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks. She leads the league in blocks (3.4 bpg) and ranks second in scoring (17.6 ppg). Pittsburgh (9-15, 0-11 BIG EAST) has lost 11 in a row.
Elsewhere, Villanova (18-7, 7-5 BIG EAST) beat Georgetown 57-44 in Washington, D.C. The Wildcats made a season-high 15 3-pointers and just five 2-pointers. Villanova made nine 3-pointers in the first half and shot 15-of-39 for the game (39-percent) from beyond the arc. The Wildcats rank second in the league averaging 7.9 3-pointers per game. UConn leads the league at 8.8 per contest. The league record is 18 3-pointers in a game accomplished three times, most recently by Louisville on Feb. 11, 2012.
Georgetown (13-12, 4-8 BIG EAST) averages 64 points per game and was held to a season-low 44. The Hoyas have lost a season-high four in a row. Senior Sugar Rodgers had 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Finally, USF (17-7, 6-5 BIG EAST) knocked off Seton Hall 67-56. Inga Orekhova had 22 points, including five 3-pointers to lead the Bulls. Brittany Morris had 23 points to lead the Pirates (8-17, 3-9 BIG EAST), who have lost five in a row. SHU senior Brittany Morris scored 23 points and broke the school 3-point field goal record (129). She scored 22 of her 23 points in the second half.
Sunday Schedule, Feb. 17
DE PAUL AT 10/11 LOUISVILLE (ESPNU) 1:30 p.m.
2/3 NOTRE DAME AT MARQUETTE (ESPN2) 2:30 p.m.
CINCINNATI AT ST. JOHN'S (ESPN2) 5:00 p.m.
Material from interviews, school websites, the Associated Press wire service as well as league and team sources were used in this report. All times are Eastern.