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Women’s Big East Notebook

You play to win the game, right?

Through 10 Big East games for both teams, Pittsburgh (8-15) and Seton Hall (7-17) have a combined record of 0-20.

So the question is: Who will win first?

A few weeks ago, the answer could have been whoever plays Cincinnati first. The Bearcats began Big East play 0-7, but have since gone 3-1, with road wins at Syracuse, Marquette and Providence.

Pittsburgh travels to Cincinnati on Saturday and then hosts Louisville, who is 6-5 in Big East play, before traveling to South Florida and hosting Connecticut.

The chances of Pittsburgh beating any of those four teams are minimal.

The biggest reason for the Panthers’ futility this year: They rank dead last in the Big East in scoring defense, allowing 70.1 points per game to their opponents while scoring just 58.9 points per game.

As for Seton Hall, the Pirates travel to Providence on Saturday, who sits just 4-7 in conference play, but is 7-5 at home this season.

Following the tilt with the Friars, Seton Hall hosts the aforementioned Cincinnati and travels to Rutgers.

Seton Hall’s struggles this season have centered around its inability to score. The Pirates are last in the Big East in scoring offense at just 55.4 points per game.

The game to look for will be on Feb. 25, when Pittsburgh hosts Seton Hall at 2 p.m. It is possible that the two teams will be a combined 0-27 in Big East play entering that game.

Somebody will have to walk out of the Petersen Events Center that day with a victory, right?

An early look at the deserving All-Big East First Team

There are just five or six games remaining in every team’s Big East season, which means that naming the All-Big East teams is just around the corner. With that in mind, I would like to nominate my All-Big East team.

It starts with DePaul junior guard Anna Martin. Martin is second in the conference in scoring (18.2 points per game) and third in the conference in three-point field goal percentage (42.1 percent), she also ranks in the top-15 in assists, free throw percentage, 3-pointers made and assist-to-turnover ratio.

Georgetown guard Sugar Rodgers is her backcourt mate. Rodgers leads the Big East in scoring (19.8 points per game) and 3-pointers made (59). The junior also ranks second in the conference in steals per game (2.6) and is tied for fifth in free-throw percentage (82.1 percent).

As the commander and chief of the No. 2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (23-1, 11-0 Big East) Skylar Diggins is a must. The junior guard ranks first in the conference in assists per game (5.8) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.4) and averages 16.5 points per game (tied for fourth most in the conference).

The front court should consist of West Virginia junior forward Asya Bussie and Providence senior forward Teya Wright.

Bussie averages 11.7 points per game for a Mountaineers team that sits tied for third in the conference standings at 7-3. Bussie also ranks second in the Big East in blocked shots (57) and sixth in field goal percentage (56.6 percent).

The 6-foot-1 Wright leads the Friars in scoring (13.3 points per game) and ranks second behind DePaul’s Katherine Harry (9.3) in rebounds per game (9.1).

Game of the week

The No. 14 Hoyas have won four straight games since stumbling at home to Louisville on Jan. 22 and will have a chance to pull within one game of the Huskies for second place in the Big East with a win in Storrs, Conn.

Connecticut, meanwhile, hasn’t lost since a 74-67 overtime defeat at Notre Dame on Jan. 7, a span of 10 games. The Huskies are 15-0 at home this season.

Player of the week

Asya Bussie, junior forward, West Virginia (#20)

Bussie and the Mountaineers only played one game last week, but it was a big one. West Virginia knocked off Louisville, 66-50, to improve to 7-3 in Big East play and tied it with Georgetown and St. John’s for third place.

Bussie recorded her third double-double of the year, with 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting and 11 rebounds. Bussie also blocked two shots and had two steals.

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