Twelve league teams were in action on Friday and Saturday, including a conference tilt featuring No. 2/2 Connecticut
at Seton Hall
on Friday night. The Huskies (9-0, 1-0 BIG EAST) remained undefeated on the season with a 70-37 victory. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Tiffany Hayes and Caroline Doty had 15 points apiece for Connecticut, which next faces No. 1/1 Baylor on Dec. 18 in Waco, Texas.
The Huskies scored the first 20 points of the game and never looked back. The Pirates (5-5, 0-1 BIG EAST) got their first field goal on its 14th shot with 8:27 left in the first half when Brittany Morris converted a three-point play, bringing the score to 30-5. Jasmine Crew finished with 12 points for Seton Hall.
The Huskies have won 56 straight BIG EAST regular-season games. It's the fourth longest conference streak ever, trailing Texas, which won 124 consecutive games in the Southwest Conference from 1981-1990.
The game featured the last two Olympic coaches. Donovan led the U.S. team to gold in the 2008 Beijing Games, while Auriemma will coach the Americans next year in London.
Other games on Friday night saw Providence (5-5) win at UMass 66-45 and No. 20/21 DePaul (8-1) win at home against SIU-Edwardsville 75-65. Anna Martin and Brittany Hrynko had 15 points apiece for the Blue Demons. Keisha Hampton added 12 points for DePaul, who will face No. 7/8 Tennessee on Sunday in the Maggie Dixon Classic doubleheader at Madison Square Garden.
Saturday BIG EAST teams went 7-1 in nonconference action. In West Lafayette, Ind., Notre Dame's pressure defense harassed Purdue into one of its worst offensive performances ever, and the No. 3/3 Fighting Irish manufactured enough points to roll past the No. 12/14 Boilermakers 66-38.
It was only the ninth time in school history that Purdue scored fewer than 40 points, and its 24.1 percent shooting was the fifth-worst in school history. The Fighting Irish forced the Boilermakers into 24 turnovers.
"Defensively, I think we're about where we need to be," Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said.
Natalie Novosel scored 17 points and Devereaux Peters added 16 points and 11 rebounds for Notre Dame, while Skylar Diggins added nine points, seven assists and six rebounds. Notre Dame (9-1) has won six straight since losing at No. 1 Baylor 94-81 on Nov. 20.
In Louisville, Ky. on Saturday, No. 15/13 Louisville (8-2) rolled over Gardner-Webb 92-27. Antonita Slaughter scored a career-high 23 points to lead the Cardinals' offense. Slaughter made 7-of-9 3-pointers and guard Shoni Schimmel added 12 points.
Louisville scored the first 10 points and never looked back, forcing GWU into seven of its 36 turnovers in the first 3:16. GWU went nearly four minutes before getting its first shot off. The Cardinals took a 35-7 lead, highlighted by four of Slaughter's 3-pointers, all assisted by Jude Schimmel. Senior Monique Reid scored Louisville's next eight points and Louisville led 44-14 at halftime.
Marquette, Villanova, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and West Virginia all won at home. Villanova (8-2) earned its 94th Big Five victory as it defeated city rival Saint Joseph's 52-46 and has the most wins in the city series. The Hawks are second with 93.
Junior Laura Sweeney led all scorers with 18 points and nine rebounds, 16 of those points came in the second half. She has scored double figures in 21 of the last 24 games and for the eighth time in 10 games this season.
Marquette (6-5) knocked off Iona 93-44, while Pittsburgh (5-5) topped Valpo 65-56. Syracuse (7-3) beat Coppin State 56-50 and West Virginia (7-2) destroyed North Florida 86-30.
Cincinnati (6-2) lost at Marshall 55-47.
Material from interviews, school websites, the Associated Press wire service as well as league and team sources was used in this report.