BIG EAST women's basketball teams earned six more wins on Wednesday night. The league holds a nonconference record of 80-30 and a win percentage of .727. There are also four undefeated BIG EAST teams.
No. 12/13 Georgetown (6-1) was the highest ranked league team in action Wednesday and posted a 65-64 win against Richmond at home. The Hoyas rallied in the closing minute to defeat the Spiders. The Blue & Gray took the lead with 1:05 to play and managed to hold on for the victory.
"We gave them a lot of confidence tonight and when you give a good team confidence they're going to play well," said Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. "Our defense was better in the last ten minutes, but overall this wasn't a good performance."
With 1:05 remaining on the clock, sophomore Sugar Rodgers hit a jumper to put the Hoyas ahead by two for their first lead of the half. Two free throws from senior Monica McNutt made it 65-61. Rodgers finished with a team-high 22 points shooting 8-of-19 from the field. McNutt totaled 18.
Syracuse (5-0) sophomore center Kayla Alexander set a career-high for the second-straight game with 27 points as SU defeated Maryland Eastern Shore 73-50 at the Carrier Dome. Alexander led all scorers shooting a perfect 9-for-9 from the floor and 9-for-10 from the charity stripe, while adding seven rebounds and four blocks.
Syracuse improves to 5-0 for the second time in as many seasons while extending its consecutive non-conference win streak to 33 games, including 27 in the Carrier Dome. It also marked the 22nd consecutive win for the Orange in the month of December.
The Orange was impressive on the glass holding a 56-27 advantage on the boards and dominating the points in the paint 40-20. Junior guard Iasia Hemingway posted her first Syracuse double-double with 20 points and a career-best 12 rebounds.
DePaul (7-1) welcomed 3,000 kids to its 100-83 win over Illinois State. The annual event known as "Field Trip Day" is DePaul's way of reaching out to children and providing them with a glimpse of college life. Approximately 43 buses shuttled over students from 23 area schools for the event.
With much blue in the stands, the day was going to be special -- whether it was DePaul's 64.5 percent field goal shooting percentage or Deirdre Naughton entering the game at the 8:29 mark in the first half, DePaul reaching the 100 point mark for the 34th time or Keisha Hampton's career-high 30 points -- DePaul put on show for Field Trip Day.
"With DePaul's visibility in Chicago, we feel an obligation to reach out to the children in the community and expose them to what life would be like on a college campus," DePaul athletic director Jean Lenti Ponsetto said. "Athletics is always a good draw. Kids love sports and can't always afford to see a Bulls, Bears or Sky game."
The students were so busy cheering on the Blue Demons, hanging out with Dibs the mascot and enjoying the in-game activities that they didn't realize DePaul's Keisha Hampton had finished with a career-high 30 points. She was one of four players who scored in double figures. DePaul also went 26-of-32 from the free throw line, while Illinois State was 10-of-18.
Senior Courtney Weibel scored a season-high 14 points as Marquette (6-1) earned a 64-50 win over Iona at the Al McGuire Center.
Along with Weibel, Marquette finished with four players scoring in double figures. Paige Fiedorowicz contributed 14, while Angel Robinson added 10 points. Sarina Simmons registered her third double-double of the season with 10 points and a career-high 17 rebounds.
Providence (4-4) evened up its record with a 74-62 victory over Yale at home. Junior Miranda Tate tallied a season-high 18 points and sophomore Symone Roberts also chipped in 18 points to match her career-best in the win.
Seton Hall improved to 4-4 with a 65-57 win at Delaware State. Sophomore Terry Green with a career-high 21 points. The Pirates shot 41.8 percent while limiting the Hornets to 29.0 percent. Seton Hall also enjoyed a 45-34 edge on the glass.
No. 18/16 Notre Dame (5-3) lost at Baylor 76-65. Notre Dame shot just 38.7 percent while Baylor shot 43.3 percent. The Irish were 11-of-15 from the free throw line, while Baylor was 21-of-29. Sophomore Skylar Diggins led Notre Dame with 21 points.
Rutgers lost at Temple 60-58. A pair of free throws with 2.3 seconds showing on the clock pushed Temple ahead.
Junior forward Chelsey Lee led all scorers with a season-high 15 points and added eight rebounds, while junior guard April Sykes chipped in 12 points. Sophomore Monique Oliver had five blocks in the game.
Pittsburgh (3-3) lost at St. Francis (Pa.) 85-71. Pitt had five players score in double figures for the second straight game. Seniors Shayla Scott and Taneisha Harrison led Pitt scorers with 14 apiece. The Red Flash shot 53.8 percent on the evening, while the Panthers connected on 44.3 percent of their shots.