Marquette continues roll vs. ’Nova
Top 25: Xavier crosses century mark for first time since 2001
The Associated Press
MILWAUKEE -- Katherine Plouffe scored 15 points and No. 23 Marquette went on an 11-0 run straddling halftime to take control, beating snowed-in Villanova 62-57 on Tuesday in a game moved up two hours because of the weather.
The early start didn't help the Wildcats (8-13, 0-8 Big East) leave town and Marquette (18-4, 6-3) didn't make it easy on them in the Al McGuire Center, either.
Milwaukee is under a blizzard warning and shortly before the start of the game, Villanova, led by Heather Scanlon's 15 points, learned its charter flight back to Philadelphia would be canceled until conditions improved.
The Golden Eagles jumped back into the rankings for the first time in four years bolstered by wins against three ranked opponents, including then-No. 6 West Virginia.
No. 7 Xavier 102, La Salle 51 – Box Score
CINCINNATI -- Katie Rutan scored 15 points during Xavier's biggest opening half of the season, and the seventh-ranked Musketeers rolled to a 102-51 victory against La Salle on Tuesday night, equaling the best start in school history.
The Musketeers (18-2, 7-0 Atlantic 10) matched their 2000-01 team for best start. They also reached 100 points for the first time since a 108-95 win against Toledo in triple overtime on Dec. 9, 2001.
Xavier led 62-21 at halftime, exploiting every defensive lapse by La Salle (6-16, 2-5). Rutan missed six games early this season with a sprained ankle and hadn't scored in double-digits since returning.
La Salle was led by Ashley Gale, who scored 17 points before leaving with an injured left ankle in the closing minutes. She limped off at the end with an ice pack on her ankle.
No. 8 Notre Dame 71, Syracuse 48 – Box Score
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Devereaux Peters had 15 points and 11 rebounds and No. 8 Notre Dame dominated Syracuse in a 71-48 victory Tuesday night.
Kayla Alexander led the Orange with 17 points and five rebounds.
With 16:39 to go, Natalie Achonwa hit a jumper in the lane and the Irish had the Orange doubled up at 44-22. Achonwa finished with 13 points.
Syracuse's Carmen Tyson-Thomas stole the ball from Becca Bruszewski and finished a layup to cut the Notre Dame lead to 13 with 19 minutes to go.
Bruszewski finished with 12 points and seven rebounds, becoming the 27th player in Notre Dame history to score 1,000 points in her career.
Skylar Diggins had six steals for the Fighting Irish.
Syracuse guard Aisha Hemingway was hit with a technical foul with 10:31 to play when she recovered a rebound and caught Achonwa in the nose with an elbow.
No. 14 West Virginia 59, Providence 45 – Box Score
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Liz Repella scored 16 points and No. 14 West Virginia bounced back from consecutive road losses with a 59-45 win against Providence on Tuesday night.
Asya Bussie added 14 points and Madina Ali scored 13 for the Mountaineers (20-3, 6-3 Big East), who extended their school record of consecutive home wins to 31.
Mi-Khida Hankins scored 11 points for Providence (9-11, 2-6), which lost to West Virginia for the sixth consecutive time.
West Virginia scored the first 10 points but didn't go ahead by double digits for good until Bussie made two free throws with 5:22 left in the game for a 53-43 lead.
West Virginia was coming off losses at No. 9 DePaul and No. 17 Georgetown that dropped the Mountaineers out of the top 10 for the first time since starting the season at No. 11.
No. 17 Georgetown 76, Louisville 52 – Box Score
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Sugar Rodgers scored 26 points and No. 17 Georgetown routed Louisville 76-52 on Tuesday night.
Monica McNutt added 16 points and Tia Magee had eight points and 12 rebounds as the Hoyas (18-5, 6-3 Big East) won their fourth consecutive game and ended Louisville's 10-game home winning streak.
Monique Reid led the Cardinals (14-9, 5-4) with 12 points and Shoni Schimmel added 11, but Louisville struggled to hold onto the ball. The Cardinals turned it over a season-high 30 times, leading to 34 Georgetown points.
Louisville controlled the first half and led 35-21 early in the second half before the Hoyas came to life, ripping off a 24-2 run to take command. Rodgers led the way, scoring 13 consecutive points for Georgetown during one sequence to go over 1,000 points in her career.
The Hoyas wore bright pink shoes as part of a “pink out” promotion and dazzled in the second half, outscoring the Cardinals 57-22.