Coming off her career-high 27 points at Hartford on Saturday, which allowed her to surpass Maya Moore as UConn’s top scorer following the first 10 games as a freshman, Breanna Stewart has been named the Big East’s Freshman of the Week for the second time this season.
Stewie has 169 points. Moore had 165.
The Big East’s Player of the Week is Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins
Diggins was named the Most Valuable Player of the World Vision Classic, Las Vegas version, after leading Notre Dame to the tournament title and averaging 20.3 points, 4.3 assists and 2.7 steals per game with a .511 field goal percentage, .375 3-point percentage, .857 free throw percentage and 1.4 assist/turnover ratio in wins over Texas A&M, Kansas State and Alabama A&M.
Here’s some other conference news courtesy of the www.bigeast.com
BIG EAST Honor Roll
Bria Hartley, Connecticut, Jr., G
Hartley shot 67 percent for the week, averaging 18.0 ppg. She had 10 assists on the week with only two turnovers and added 10 steals and 4.5 rpg.
Katherine Harry, DePaul, Sr., F
Harry had 22 rebounds in a win at Loyola-Chicago. She averaged 14.5 rpg for the week, adding 8.0 ppg.
Sugar Rodgers, Georgetown, Sr., G
Rodgers had 31 points in a loss to South Dakota State.
Katherine Plouffe, Marquette, Jr., F
Plouffe averaged 20.0 ppg in a 2-0 week for the Golden Eagles. She went 11-of-15 for 23 points against Navy and had 17 points, five assists, no turnovers and two blocks against Dartmouth.
Sara Hammond, Louisville, So., F
Hammond helped lead the Cardinals to a 2-0 week, averaging 16.0 ppg on 70 percent shooting. She added five assists, three blocks and 5.0 rpg.
BIG EAST Notes
No. 5/5 Notre Dame defeated No. 22/22 Texas A&M 83-74 on Dec. 21 in the championship game of the World Vision Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw earned her 600th win at the helm of the Fighting Irish.
Hollins Reaches the 1,000 Plateau
Cincinnati beat Belmont University 68-54 Friday afternoon at Fifth Third Arena. Junior Dayeesha Hollins led all scorers with 19 points, including her 1,000th career point.
No. 14/13 Louisville defeated Wagner 106-32 at home on Dec. 21. Although Louisville surpassed 90 points on four occasions earlier this season, this was the Cardinals’ first 100-point game and marked their second-largest margin of victory behind a 109-29 win over Coastal Carolina on Dec. 18, 1996.
SU Plowing Through the Competition
Syracuse defeated Washington State 64-51 at the Carrier Dome on Dec. 21, extending its nonconference home winning streak to 52 games.
Villanova Defense Getting it Done
The Wildcats’ 9-1 record is the best start since the 2003-04 team began the year 10-1. Villanova has kept seven of its 10 opponents under 50 points.
Senior Brittany Morris is 36-for-39 (.923) from the free throw line this season, a shooting percentage that leads the BIG EAST and ranks 18th in the nation.
Rutgers on a Roll
The Scarlet Knights have won their last five games and last eight consecutive home games. Most recently, RU defeated Stony Brook 72-44 at home on Dec. 21.
Providence defeated Rhode Island 78-52 at home on Dec. 22 in its last home game of 2012. The Friars finished with 78 points, marking their fourth 70+ point game of the season.