BIG EAST women's basketball teams went 4-2 on Sunday and improved to 70-27 in nonconference play this season for a .722 win percentage. No. 1/1 UConn led the way with an 81-51 victory over LSU in the third day of the World Vision Classic in Storrs, Conn.
UConn senior Maya Moore scored a game-high 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Junior Tiffany Hayes had 20 points and seven assists and freshman Bria Hartley added 15 points for the Huskies (6-0), who broke open what had been a 10-point game with a 12-2 run to open the second half.
"UConn's defense in the second half was really good,'' LSU coach Van Chancellor said. "We just couldn't get into our offense.''
The Huskies need just four more wins to tie the Division I record set by UCLA's men in the early 1970s. They are on course to get their 88th straight win Dec. 19 against No. 7 Ohio State in New York.
Moore has 2,324 career points, just 22 from tying Tina Charles for the school's scoring record.
She had 16 points in the first half, and five of her 12 rebounds, including one that gave her 1,000 for her career. She joined Charles and Rebecca Lobo as the only players in school history with 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.
No. 18/16 Notre Dame (5-2) wrapped up the WBCA Classic with an 85-54 victory against Butler at Purcell Pavilion. Five players scored in double figures, including junior Natalie Novosel who had 20 points and was named tournament MVP. She was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Devereaux Peters and Erica Solomon.
Cincinnati (5-0) remained perfect on the year, following a game-high 19 points from senior Shareese Ulis. The Bearcats are 5-0 for the first time since 2005-06.
Pittsburgh (3-2) knocked off Loyola (Md.) at home 73-45, holding the Greyhounds to just 18 second-half points. Five Pitt players scored in double figures to lead a balanced attack.
Marquette (5-1) suffered its first loss of the season at Creighton 63-61. Senior guard Angel Robinson scored a season-high 32 points to lead Marquette. The Golden Eagles were a solid 15-of-19 from the free throw line, but 0-of-6 from 3-point range.
Villanova (4-3) lost to Marist 71-60 despite making 10 3-pointers. Junior Lindsay Kimmel and sophomore Emily Suhey each posted 15 points to lead Villanova. Marist held a 36-27 edge on the glass.