Updated BIG EAST Notes
Four teams were in action on Thursday night and compiled a 3-1 record. BIG EAST teams are off on Friday, before a full slate of action this weekend. Six league teams are in action on Saturday and seven take the court on Sunday, the full schedule is below.
On Thursday, No. 5/5 Notre Dame (5-0) won at Central Michigan 72-63. The Irish led by just one at halftime (40-39) and held off the scrappy Chippewas. Senior Skylar Diggins scored 17 of her 25 points in the first half, shot 6-of-15 from the field and was 12-of-14 on free throws. Diggins also added six steals and played a huge role in a defensive turnaround in the second half. Four of those takeaways came in the final seven minutes to help thwart a Central Michigan comeback.
Notre Dame closed November undefeated for the first time since the 2009-10 season.
Elsewhere, Syracuse (7-0) remained undefeated following a 91-64 win at Dartmouth. Senior Kayla Alexander scored a game-high 27 points in just 26 minutes. She shot 11-of-14 from the field and had six blocks. Alexander leads the league averaging 4.9 blocks per game and was first in the NCAA rankings last Monday.
The Orange, who are receiving votes in both polls, could crack the top-25 this week. Syracuse has played six of its first seven games away from home and is at Temple on Sunday to close out the road trip.
Villanova (5-1) blew past Lehigh at home 66-49. The Wildcats, who lead the BIG EAST in 3-point field goals at 9.3 per game, made 10 trifectas against the Mountain Hawks. Four different players canned 3-pointers for Villanova and four different players scored in double figures to lead a balanced attack. Villanova has won four in a row.
Rutgers (3-2) lost at Princeton 71-55. The Tigers, who have been in the NCAA Championship each of the last three years, were again picked to win the Ivy League for the second straight year. Rutgers trailed 38-22 at halftime and made just 2-of-9 3-pointers for the game. Senior Monique Oliver led the Scarlet Knights with 12 points.
Upcoming BIG EAST schedule:
Sat. 1 North Florida at USF 1:00 p.m.
St. John's at Boston University 1:00 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Lafayette 2:00 p.m.
Providence at Hartford 2:00 p.m.
Georgetown at George Washington 4:00 p.m. Comcast MidAtlantic
Fordham at Marquette 8:00 p.m.
Sun. 2 Rutgers at Boston College 1:00 p.m.
Xavier at Cincinnati 2:00 p.m. FS Ohio
South Carolina at Seton Hall 2:00 p.m.
La Salle at Villanova 2:00 p.m.
Syracuse at Temple 2:00 p.m.
Northwestern at DePaul 5:00 p.m.
Kentucky at Louisville 6:10 p.m. ESPNU
Material from interviews, school websites, the Associated Press wire service as well as league and team sources was used in this report. All times are Eastern