Rodgers and Sykes Earn WBB Weekly Honors

BIG EAST Women's Basketball Release in PDF

December 31, 2012


BIG EAST Player of the Week

Sugar Rodgers, Georgetown, Sr., G (Suffolk, Va.)

Rodgers had 38 points in 38 minutes in the Hoyas' win over Yale on Dec. 28. She made 13 field goals, shooting 48 percent from the floor, while connecting on 8-of-8 from the free throw line. Rodgers also netted four 3-point field goals. She added six rebounds, five assists, five steals and a block in the win. The 38 points were a season high for Rodgers and one shy of her career high. The senior guard leads the league in scoring, averaging 25.9 ppg.


BIG EAST Freshman of the Week

Brittney Sykes, Syracuse, Fr., G (Newark, N.J.)

Sykes recorded her first double-double with career highs in points (20) and rebounds (10) in the Orange's win against Boise State on Dec. 30. She shot 69 percent from the field (9-of-13) and added three steals in 22 minutes of action.


BIG EAST Honor Roll

Stefanie Dolson, Connecticut, Jr., C

Dolson had 10 points and 14 rebounds to help the Huskies defeated No. 1/1 Stanford on the road. She guarded Chiney Ogwumike, who went 6-of-22.


Arlesia Morse, Marquette, So., G

Morse recorded her first double-double, scoring a career-high 25 points and grabbing a career-best 10 rebounds in a win against Loyola-Chicago.


Kayla McBride, Notre Dame, Jr., G

McBride had a game-high 18 points, trying a career-high nine field goals as the Irish defeated No. 11/11 Purdue on Dec. 29. She added a season-high-tying seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.


Tori Rule, Providence, So., G

Rule earned the Fordham Holiday Classic MVP after averaging 22.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.0 apg and 2.5 spg in a 2-0 performance at the event for the Friars.


Andrea Smith, USF, Sr., G

Smith led USF in a win against Florida A&M on Dec. 31, scoring a season-high 29 points and adding nine rebounds in 26 minutes of play. She shot 53 percent, adding three assists and a steal.



Remembering Newtown

As a unified show of support for the Newtown, Conn., community, BIG EAST men's and women's basketball teams will wear green ribbons during the first 26 games of conference play. Student-athletes will wear the ribbons on their shooting shirts during warm ups, while coaches and administrative personnel will wear the ribbons throughout their respective games.


No. 1 vs. No. 2

The No. 2/2 Huskies defeated No. 1/1 Stanford 61-35 on Dec. 29, which was shown on ESPNU. The Huskies snapped Stanford's nation-leading 82-game home unbeaten run. The game was the 51st meeting between the top two teams in the poll. The No. 1 seed had won the previous nine matchups and holds a 31-20 lead.


Stealing Her Way Up the Charts

No. 5/5 Notre Dame defeated  No. 13/12 Purdue 74-47 on Dec. 29 at home. Senior Skylar Diggins ended with 16 points and also recorded her 300th career steal 5:37 into the second half when she poked the ball away from Courtney Moses and drove in for a layup, which pushed Notre Dame's lead to 23. Diggins is the third player in Notre Dame history with 300 career steals.


DePaul Sets Season Highs

DePaul defeated Oral Roberts 97-74 on Dec. 28 at home, led by six players scoring in double-digits for the first time this season. A 36-point lead in the second half was the largest of the season, topping the 34-point advantage over Northwestern on Dec. 2nd. DePaul registered season highs in points, 3-pointers (13), and assists (29).


Hot Shooting for Pitt

Five players scored in double figures to lead Pitt to a 91-77 win against Buffalo on the road on Dec. 29. The Panthers shot 60.3 percent from the field, the highest mark since a 61.4 percent (35-of-57) effort versus Western Michigan on Dec. 5, 2009.


Ruling the Holiday Classic

Sophomore Tori Rule scored a career-high 32 points in the first round of the Fordham Holiday Classic, when Providence defeated Colorado State 71-53 on Dec. 29. Rule is just the third player in the last decade to score 30+ points in a game. Chelsea Marandola was the last, scoring 31 points against Buffalo on Dec. 2, 2009. Rule unloaded for 19 first-half points as the Friars took a 39-20 lead at halftime. Providence won the Fordham Holiday Classic Tournament title with a 66-54 victory over Lafayette in the championship game. It marked the Friars' first in-season tournament title since 1992 when they won the Clearly Canadian Classic.  Since 1992, the Friars have advanced to a total of nine title games and 0-9 until breaking the streak on the 10th try last weekend.


Fernandez Going for the Big 2-0-0

USF head coach Jose Fernandez goes for his 200th win when the Bulls host Detroit Mercy on Dec. 31 at 2 p.m. ET.


Marquette on the Boards

The Golden Eagles defeated Loyola-Chicago on Dec. 29. Marquette grabbed a season-best 59 rebounds the victory and had three players (Katherine Plouffe, Arlesia Morse, Katie Young) record double figure rebounds for the first time this season. The Golden Eagles have outrebounded their opponents in 10 of 12 games this season.


Red Storm Stifling "D"

St. John's got back on track with a 55-37 victory over NJIT, in the first ever game for the Red Storm against a member of the Great West Conference.  The Highlanders' 13 first-half points were the lowest scored by an opponent this season and the lowest since St. John's held Seton Hall to 12 in the first half on Feb. 4, 2012.