Women's Basketball Weekly Report - February 25, 2011
GOLDEN EAGLES SOARING
Picked to finish 10th in the league's Preseason Coaches' Poll, Marquette is currently in a four-team tie for fourth-place in the BIG EAST standings. The No. 24/22 Golden Eagles hold a 9-5 mark in league play heading into Saturday's showdown against No. 10/11 DePaul. It will be the 20th game between ranked conference teams this year.
REACHING THE 20 MARK
A 55-53 victory at Cincinnati on Feb. 22 gave Syracuse its second-consecutive 20-win campaign, marking the first back-to-back 20-win seasons in school history. It is also the fifth in the program's 40-year history. The Orange are the seventh BIG EAST team to reach the 20-win plateau, while St. John's has 19 wins.
CLINCHING A SPOT
Connecticut, DePaul and Notre Dame have wrapped up byes to the quarterfinal round of the 2011 BIG EAST Women's Basketball Championship, held at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. on March 4-8. Connecticut has clinched a partial share of the regular season title.
WRAPPING UP REGULAR SEASON PLAY
All 16 teams play on Saturday, Feb. 26, with the final BIG EAST Network Game of the Week played at 12:00 p.m. as Villanova hosts USF. There are several Top-25 match-ups to close out the regular season as No. 1/1 Connecticut travels to No. 18/19 Georgetown on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. No. 10/11 DePaul will play at No. 24/22 Marquette at 8:00 p.m. that evening. On Monday, the final day of the regular season, No. 21/20 West Virginia will host No. RV/22 St. John's in a 7:00 p.m. tilt televised on ESPN2. The final game of the night will be No. 8/8 Notre Dame at No. 10/11 DePaul. The Fighting Irish and Blue Demons will tip off at 9:00 p.m. ET on CBS College Sports.
CAPITAL ONE ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Senior forward Maya Moore of the University of Connecticut and senior guard Liz Repella of West Virginia University lead the 2010-11 Capital One Academic All-America Women's Basketball teams, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. An individualized major with a 3.70 GPA, Moore is the first University Division women's basketball player to repeat as Academic All-America of the Year. Moore is a repeat selection as the Academic All-America of the Year in the University Division, while Repella was named to the first team for the second straight season. Moore and Repella are among the three repeat selections on the Capital One Academic All-America Women's Basketball University Division first team. For Moore, this is the third time that she has been named to the Academic All-America® Women's Basketball University Division team.