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BIG EAST Player of the Week
Anna Martin, DePaul, Sr., G (Nicholasville, Ky.)
Martin helped DePaul in a 2-0 week. She scored a season-high 30 points in the Blue Demons' win against Milwaukee, recording the most points by a DePaul player this season. It was the fifth 30-point performance of her career. Against Northern Illinois, she had 15 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals. For the week, she shot 58.6 percent from the floor and went 7-for-7 from the free throw line.
BIG EAST Freshman of the Week
Aliyyah Handford, St. John's, Fr., G (Newark, N.J.)
Handford had 10 points and six rebounds in a win against Tennessee Tech, shooting 5-of-8 from the floor and grabbing six rebounds. In a one-point overtime loss to No. 14/17 UCLA in the St. John's Chartwells Holiday Classic championship game, Handford added eight points, two steals and three rebounds. For the week, she shot 53 percent from the floor. She was named to the All-Tournament team.
BIG EAST Honor Roll
Chelsey Lee, Rutgers, R-Sr., F
Lee had 21 points, connecting on 8-of-12 from the floor and going 5-for-5 from the line in a win against Southern. She pulled down 11 rebounds in a win over No. 21/24 Miami.
Shenneika Smith, St. John's, Sr., G
Smith had 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in a win against Tennessee Tech and 25 points, six rebounds and three blocks in a one-point overtime loss to No. 14/17 UCLA. She was named to the All-Tournament team.
Andrell Smith, USF, Sr., G
Smith had 22 points in the Bulls' first loss of the season to NR/24 Nebraska on Dec. 16. She added 13 rebounds, three assists and five steals.
Brianna Butler, Syracuse, Fr., G
Butler had 12 points and six rebounds to go along with four steals in a win against Binghamton on Dec. 15.
Laura Sweeney, Villanova, Sr., F
In a win against Princeton on Dec. 12, Sweeney had 11 points, nine rebounds, three blocks, three assists and two steals.
BIG EAST Notes
Get By With a Little Help from the Bench
Villanova won its seventh-straight game on Dec. 12, a 61-54 victory over visiting Princeton. The Villanova bench scored 29 of Villanova's 61 points.
Syracuse defeated Binghamton 68-45 at home on Dec. 15. Senior Kayla Alexander blocked four shots to give the Orange's all-time leader with 300 for her career. Alexander leads the BIG EAST with 4.0 blocks per game.
Red Storm Take Second
St. John's went 1-1 to finish as runner up in the fifth annual St. John's Chartwells Holiday Classic. No. RV/25 St. John's posted a 58-46 victory over Tennessee Tech in the first game of the St. John's Chartwell's Holiday Classic at Carnesecca Arena on Dec. 15. At 15:31 in the first half, senior Nadirah McKenith completed a traditional three-point play to pass the 1,000-point threshold, becoming the 19th player at St. John's to reach the milestone.
Stringer Closing in on 900
The Scarlet Knights defeated No. 21/23 Miami 42-34 at home on Dec. 16 and Southern 63-49 on Dec. 12. The two wins last week puts head coach C. Vivian Stringer at 892 wins, just eight shy of the 900-win milestone.
Blue Demon Defense
DePaul defeated Northern Illinois 68-46 at home on Dec. 15. The 46 points were the fewest points scored against DePaul this season. The Blue Demons defense limited NIU to a 27.3 shooting percentage - lowest of the season - as the Huskies scored just 18 points in the first half. That tied the fewest points allowed in a half this season.
Home Sweet Home
Rutgers (7-3) remained unbeaten at home following a 42-34 victory over No. 21/23 Miami (Fla.) on Sunday. The Scarlet Knights are 5-0 at the RAC this year and are one of five BIG EAST teams without a loss on their home court along with UConn (4-0), Syracuse (4-0), Villanova (3-0), Georgetown (3-0).
Marquette Community Service
Despite four players scoring in double figures, Marquette was not able to hold off a second-half surge by Toledo on Dec. 15, falling 82-71 at home. Saturday evening's game was Marquette's "We Back Pat" night in support of the Pat Summit Foundation's efforts against Alzheimer's. Legendary head coach Pat Summit, along with her son MU assistant coach Tyler Summit, addressed and thanked the Al McGuire Center crowd for their help and generous donations.