BIG EAST women's basketball teams got off to a good start this weekend with a 7-1 record on Friday night and Saturday. Two undefeated teams remained that way (Syracuse and West Virginia) as the league continues to have every team above .500 in the standings. The BIG EAST is one of just three conferences able to make that claim, along with the ACC and Big 12.
No. 10/10 West Virginia (8-0) knocked off High Point 89-57 at home, extending the Mountaineers' home court win streak to 24 wins. Freshman Taylor Palmer scored a game-high 22 points in 26 minutes off the bench. The rookie canned six 3-pointers and shot 7-of-12 from the field.
Syracuse (6-0) clamped down on Delaware State 87-17 at the Carrier Dome. The 17 points marked a Syracuse record for fewest points allowed. DSU shot just 14.0 percent from the field (7-of-50), including just three points in the second half. SU led 49-14 at the half. The Orange defense stifled Delaware State out of the intermission, holding the Hornets without a field goal for almost the entire second half, before the guests broke through with less than 30 seconds remaining in regulation.
Marquette (7-1) also had an impressive defensive effort as the Golden Eagles knocked off Vermont 68-19 in Burlington, Vt. The 19 points allowed marked a Marquette record for fewest points allowed. Marquette led 40-6 at the half after shooting a season-best 55.2 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes.
No. 12/13 Georgetown (7-1) downed its third ACC team of the season with a 64-49 victory at Wake Forest. Earlier in the year the Hoyas beat then-No. 21/RV Maryland (53-45) and Georgia Tech (67-58). Sophomore Sugar Rodgers, the reigning BIG EAST Player of the Week, scored a game-high 20 points in the win at Wake Forest. The Hoyas turned 23 WFU turnovers into 27 points.
St. John's (7-1) won at Boston University 66-42. Junior Da'Shena Stevens scored 15 points and the Red Storm forced 21 turnovers into 23 points. St. John's also had a season-high 17 steals.
Pittsburgh (4-3) defeated Mount St. Mary's 66-30, holding the Mount to just 12 points in the second half. Pitt head coach Agnus Berenato is a 1980 graduate of Mount St. Mary's and improved to 4-0 against MSM during her time with the Panthers. The 30 points allowed were the fewest by a Pitt opponent since Nov. 18, 1981.
Providence (5-5) lost to Florida 73-56 in the Brown BEAR Classic hosted by Brown University. The Friars went 1-1 in the tournament, knocking off host Brown 55-30 on Friday night.
DePaul (8-1) began the weekend with a 76-40 victory at SIU-Edwardsville on Friday night. With the score tied 23-23 late in the first half, the Blue Demons scored 53 of the game's final 70 points.