WBB Minute - USF Rallies For Exciting Win Saturday



An action-packed Saturday had 10 BIG EAST teams in action over five league games. In a hotly-contested affair, USF (19-7, 8-5 BIG EAST) topped No. 21/18 Syracuse 68-66. The Bulls have won three in a row, including their last two against ranked teams. USF beat No. 12/11 Louisville earlier in the week. In the win Saturday, senior Andrea Smith had a game-high 18 points, including four 3-pointers. The Bulls trailed by 13 points at one point, including a 37-26 deficit at halftime.


Syracuse-USF Highlights


Smith averaged 26.5 ppg this past week and tied her career-high with 35 points in the Louisville win. Smith combined for nine 3-pointers in the two wins and shot 56-percent from the field. She also averaged seven rebounds per game.


On the season, she ranks second in the BIG EAST in scoring at 17.0 ppg. In BIG EAST play she is averaging a tick better at 17.6 ppg.


Other action on Saturday saw No. 3/3 UConn (25-2, 12-1 BIG EAST) beat Seton Hall 90-30 at Gampel Pavilion. Sophomore Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 18 points, including the 1000th of her career. The Pirates moved to 9-18, 4-10 BIG EAST.


In addition, St. John's (15-10, 9-4 BIG EAST) continued its red-hot play with a 61-48 win over Rutgers at home. The Red Storm have won a season-high five in a row and are tied for fourth-place in the league standings with No. 12/11 Louisville (21-6, 9-4 BIG EAST).


Elsewhere, Cincinnati (11-16, 3-11 BIG EAST) beat Providence 64-45 at home, while Georgetown (14-12, 5-8 BIG EAST) edged Pittsburgh 72-70. The Panthers are 9-17, 0-13 BIG EAST.


Four league teams are in action Sunday, over two BIG EAST games. Louisville is at Villanova (18-7, 7-5 BIG EAST), while No. 2/2 Notre Dame (24-1, 12-0 BIG EAST) heads to DePaul (18-8, 7-5 BIG EAST) at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU. The game at McGrath-Phillips Arena is sold out. Sunday marks the 38th all-time meeting between the two programs while DePaul holds a slight 19-18 series advantage.  The Irish have won the last three meetings, while DePaul is 12-6 in games played in Chicago.


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.