Around the Big East: 1/9

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Cincinnati's Status: (9-7, 0-3) -- As always we will start off with a glance at UC's status in the BIG EAST. Sitting at 0-3 following a road loss at No. 10 Rutgers on Saturday, the girl's are searching for their first BIG EAST win. The Bearcats were led by Bjonee Reaves who had 15 points. Rutgers limited top-scorer Dayeesha Hollins to nine points, which allowed for their 11 point victory to come a lot easier. The Bearcats had trouble with the press of Rutgers in the early going, but settled in and were able to gain confidence in the second half. Still it wasn't enough.

The Bearcats only shot 21 percent in the first half, only scoring 15 points, which put them at an early halftime deficit. Even with the return of the bigger players in Jeanise Randolph, UC still were out rebounded 37-25 and were out-scored in the painted area, 26-18.

Next Up: After a week off for preparation, the Bearcats will host No. 3 and the BIG EAST leader Notre Dame at Fifth Third Arena at 3 p.m. on Jan. 14.

Inside the TOP 25 (AP Poll as of 1/9):
2. Notre Dame
3. Connecticut
8. Rutgers
18. Georgetown
21. DePaul

Game of the previous week: UCONN v. Notre Dame -- Notre Dame topped UCONN at home in an overtime clash on Saturday. This was the game of the week as advertised and it did not disappoint. Preseason BIG EAST player of the year Skylar Diggins led the way for the Irish with 22 points and was aided by teammate Natalie Novosel who scored 20 points of her own. UCONN had their 57-game BIG EAST winning streak snapped in this game. UCONN, who was one spot in front of Notre Dame in the national rankings now sits one spot behind after this game. This was the first time Notre Dame has beaten UCONN back-to-back times (last win was in last season's Final Four), a feat that has not been done recently by any college basketball programs. The Irish join Rutgers as the only undefeated teams in the BIG EAST standings.  

Upset of the previous week: DePaul v. Providence -- Providence's Teya Wright completed her eleventh double-double of the season scoring 19 points and grabbing 12 rebounds as the Friars shocked the No. 21 team in the country. This was Providence's first win over a ranked team since Jan. 7, 2009 when they beat Pittsburgh, the No. 20 team in the country at that time. DePaul only had eight available players for this game due to an injury bug, so that played a roll in the upset. Keisha Hampton, who averages 16.6 points for the Blue Demons, was sidelined for the second straight game with a leg injury. Providence (9-7, 1-2) now has the exact same record as the Bearcats, but with this win gained a victory in the BIG EAST that UC does not have.   

Game of the upcoming week:
Louisville v. Rutgers -- This weeks' game of the week is on Saturday Jan. 14 when Louisville travels to Rutgers for a TOP 25 clash. Rutgers is looking to keep pace with Notre Dame atop the BIG EAST standings. Both of these teams are looking to strengthen their NCAA tournament resumes. The Scarlet Knights and the Cardinals both have 13 wins. Rutgers has won four straight games, while Louisville is coming off a loss to St. John's. Rutgers is 8-1 at home, while Louisville is 7-3 on the road. This game is at 2 p.m. from Louis Brown Athletic Center. 

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