Updated BIG EAST Notes
A quiet week in the midst of exams has teams off on Thursday and just one team in action Friday night as No. 8/8 Louisville (9-1) heads to Colorado for a 9 p.m. tipoff.
On Saturday, five BIG EAST squads take the court as St. John's (4-3) hosts Tennessee Tech at Noon, Syracuse (9-1) takes on Binghamton at 1 p.m., and Cincinnati (6-2) travels to Akron at 2 p.m. Later in the day, Marquette (4-4) welcomes Toledo and DePaul (7-3) tackles Northern Illinois. Both games begin at 8 p.m.
On Wednesday night, Villanova (8-1) extended its winning streak to seven games with a 61-54 victory over scrappy Princeton. The Wildcats also won seven in a row last year (Nov. 26-Dec. 29, 2011) and have not lost a game in almost two years (Dec. 19, 2010).
VU freshman Caroline Coyer led the team with 12 points. The Wildcats had a balanced attack with nine players recording a basket. Villanova made eight 3-pointers and continues to lead the league, averaging 8.3 3-pointers per game. The Wildcats have led the league in 3-point field goals made each of the last five years since 2007-08.
Also on Wednesday, Rutgers (6-3) topped Southern University 63-49. The Scarlet Knights are riding a three-game winning streak and are in the midst of a three-game homestand. Rutgers improved to 4-0 at home this year and have won six straight games at the RAC dating back to last season (Feb. 12, 2012). Senior Chelsey Lee scored a career-high 21 points to lead RU.
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