December 24, 2020 

BIG EAST Weekly: DePaul takes down Kentucky, earns NCAA Team of the Week

UConn beats Villanova in battle of previously unbeatens

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DePaul named NCAA Team of the Week

Doug Bruno made sure to walk his way down the bench as the clock ticked down. He ripped his mask and was fervently pointing at each player. What was he yelling with his raspy voice?

Before the win over ninth-ranked Kentucky was official, Bruno made sure each of his players knew their first win over a ranked opponent this season was because of all of them. Five players hit double-digits in the 86-82 win over the Wildcats. The win earned the Blue Demons the Team of the Week honors.

UConn and DePaul remain at the top of the BEleven table and are ranked on the AP Top 25 poll. Villanova got some votes but didn’t crack the list. The Wildcats remained competitive in the first half against UConn. I’d be curious to see if more national voters give Nova some votes for the next poll.

#BIGEASTWeekly Awards

And the winners are …

Player of the Week

Maddy Siegrist, Villanova, So., F

Freshman of the Week

Paige Bueckers, Connecticut, Fr., G

Weekly Honor Roll

Christyn Williams, UConn, Jr., G

Dee Bekelja, DePaul, Sr., G

Selena Lott, Marquette, Sr., G

Chanell Williams, Providence, Sr., G

Lauren Park-Lane, Seton Hall, So., G

Upcoming Schedule as of December 19

The BIG EAST will step aside for the Christmas/start of Kwanzaa (I obviously added that last one, but maybe). The BEleven announced the following schedule changes including a new date for the anticipated DePaul vs. UConn matchup.

Dec. 29 – DePaul at Connecticut, TBA (previously Feb. 21)
Feb. 5 – Connecticut at Marquette, TBA (previously Dec. 30)
March 1 – Marquette at Connecticut, TBA (previously Jan. 2)

Here is where each team ranks at the late December break:

Written by Erica L. Ayala

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