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Women's College Basketball: 'Nova tops Providence in Big East opener

Villanova got off to a fast start in its Big East opener against host Providence on Wednesday night and came away with a 69-42 victory in Rhode Island.

Villanova got off to a fast start in its Big East opener against host Providence on Wednesday night and came away with a 69-42 victory in Rhode Island.

'Nova's Laura Sweeney had 25 points on 10-for-15 shooting and pulled down 13 rebounds. Rachel Roberts had 14 points on 4-for-9 shooting from the field with two three-point baskets.

Villanova (7-2) held an 18-13 lead with 7 minute, 49 seconds remaining in the first half after junior Megan Pearson connected on a three-pointer and went on a 14-5 run to close out the first half with a 32-18 advantage. The Wildcats shot 44.8 percent (13-for-29) in the half.

The Wildcats combined for 25-for-52 (48 percent) shooting from the field and were 9 for 23 (39 percent) from three-point range.

St. Joseph's 65, Lafayette 57 - Michelle Baker led four players in double figures with 18 points as the Hawks (5-3) got their third consecutive win, beating the Leopards (3-6) in Easton, Pa.

Katie Kuester had 11 points and Erin Shields added 10 for St. Joseph's. Kelly Cavallo registered a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Swarthmore 73, Washington College 65 - Elle Larsen had 21 points, Madeline Ross (playing in just her second game of the season after studying abroad) scored 19 points off the bench, and the Garnet (4-4, 2-3) rallied to beat the Shorewomen (2-4, 1-4) in a Centennial Conference game in Chestertown, Md.

Swarthmore's Katie Lytle added 11 points and 12 rebounds, while Kayla Moritzky also scored 11 points.

Eastern 77, Rowan 67 – Meghan Nowak had 21 points to lead the Eagles (6-1) over the Profs (4-5) in Glassboro.

Katie Lincoln had 20 points and Shante Jones added 14 for Eastern. Bekah Roland had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Kate Matthews led Rowan with 15 points.

Notre Dame 95, Marquette 42 - Kayla McBride scored 19 points and Skylar Diggins had 17 points, leading the No. 3 Fighting Irish (8-1, 1-0 Big East) to an easy win over the Golden Eagles (5-5, 0-1) in South Bend, Ind.

Texas Tech 88, Texas-Arlington 48 - Casey Morris scored 22 of her career-best 24 points in the first half and the No. 16 Raiders (8-0) cruised to victory over the Mavericks (1-5) in Lubbock, Texas.

North Carolina 95, Lipscomb 53 - Chay Shegog had 26 points and 11 rebounds to lead the No. 18 Tar Heels (6-1) in a rout of the Bison (2-9) in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Georgetown 82, Pittsburgh 54 - Sugar Rodgers scored 28 points to lead the No. 19 Hoyas (8-2) over the Panthers (4-5) in the Big East opener for both teams in Pittsburgh.

DePaul 69, St. John's 52 - Keisha Hampton scored 21 points, while Anna Martin and Jasmine Penny added 13 apiece, to lead the No. 22 Blue Demons (7-1, 1-0 Big East) to their fifth straight win in a thumping of the Red Storm (5-4, 0-1) in Chicago.

Vanderbilt 99, Tennessee-Martin 84 - Jasmine Lister scored 30 points, Christina Foggie added 20 and the No. 23 Commodores (10-0) got by the Skyhawks (4-4) in Martin, Tenn.