WASHINGTON (AP) — Skyler Diggins scored 22 points, No. 2 Notre Dame went 28 for 32 from the free throw line, and the Irish avoided a post-UConn letdown by holding No. 18 Georgetown to 28 percent shooting in their 80-60 victory Tuesday night.
Natalie Novosel added 21 points, and Kayla McBride had 16 for Notre Dame (16-1, 4-0 Big East), while Brittany Mallory’s defense made Georgetown’s Sugar Rodgers a nonfactor for much of the game, holding the conference’s leading scorer to 13 points on 3 for 18 shooting.
Notre Dame ended Connecticut’s 57-game Big East regular season winning streak Saturday and is now 5-1 against teams ranked in the Top 25. The Irish have won 13 straight.
Georgetown fell to 13-4, 2-2 in the conference.
NO. 3 CONNETICUT 96, PROVIDENCE 35
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Bria Hartley and Tiffany Hayes each scored 19 points and Connecticut bounced back from its loss to Notre Dame with a rout of Providence.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had 13 points and eight rebounds and Stefanie Dolson added 12 points for the Huskies (13-2, 3-1 Big East), who extended their home-court winning streak to 94 consecutive games.
Lauren Okafor scored eight points to lead Providence (9-8, 1-3 Big East), which was coming off an upset of No. 21 DePaul.
The win was UConn’s 168th in a row against an unranked opponent, a streak that dates back to 1999. The Huskies haven’t lost at home to a team outside the Top 25 since March 1993 — a span of 259 games. That was the same year the Huskies last lost back-to-back games in the Big East.
NO. 8 RUTGERS 63, PITTSBURGH 39
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Khadijah Rushdan scored 14 points and April Sykes added 11 to lead Rutgers to a win over Pittsburgh.
Monique Oliver, Briyona Canty and Betnijah Laney each scored 10 points for the Scarlet Knights (14-2, 3-0 Big East). Oliver also had 11 rebounds.
Asia Logan led Pitt (8-9, 0-4) with 10 points, while Abby Dowd and Kiesel each added nine points.
Rutgers built a 37-24 halftime lead and never looked back.