WASHINGTON – Sugar Rodgers scored 24 points to lead No. 14 Georgetown to a 76-66 upset over No. 4 Notre Dame.

Before this season, the Hoyas (22-4, 11-2 Big East) had been ranked for just one week in school history. Earlier this season, they reeled off a 16-game winning streak, and their current ranking is their highest ever despite dropping two of their last six.

Georgetown took a 58-47 lead with 8:17 remaining before a record crowd of 2,417 at tiny McDonough Arena. They withstood a late rally by the Irish (23-3, 10-3), who closed to 62-60 on Natalie Novesel’s two free throws with 5:21 to play. Georgetown scored the game’s last seven points to secure the win.

Adria Crawford added 18 points and Latia Magee had 17 for the Hoyas.

Ashley Barlow led Notre Dame with 21 points. Leading scorer Skylar Diggins was held to nine.

The Irish were playing their second straight game without Lindsay Schrader, the team’s third leading scorer and leading rebounder, who is out because of a sprained left ankle. Without Schrader, they lost 76-71 at No. 25 St. John’s on Tuesday.

After that loss, longtime coach Muffet McGraw implored her players to get mad in order to avoid the Irish’s first two-game losing streak of the season. Notre Dame hasn’t lost three straight games since the 2006-07 season.

The Irish lost for just the third time in 26 meetings with the Hoyas and the first time since Jan. 7, 2004.


(1) UCONN 85, PROVIDENCE 53: Tina Charles matched her season high with 26 points and Maya Moore added 21 as top-ranked Connecticut (27-0, 13-0 Big East) ran its winning streak to 66 games with a rout of Providence (15-11, 6-7) at Hartford, Conn.

Kalana Greene chipped in 11 points for UConn, which needs just four more victories to tie its own record for the longest streak in Division I women’s basketball.


(3) NEBRASKA 89, COLORADO 73: Kelsey Griffin scored 18 of her 25 points in the second half as Nebraska (25-0, 12-0 Big 12) beat Colorado (12-13, 2-10) at Lincoln, Neb.

Griffin added 12 rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks for the Cornhuskers, who put the game away with a 10-2 run after the Buffaloes pulled to 70-65.


(6) XAVIER 75, MASSACHUSETTS 41: Tyeasha Moss and Katie Rutan each made four 3-pointers and scored 12 points as Xavier (22-3, 12-0) beat UMass (10-17, 4-8) at Cincinnati for its 13th straight which also clinched the Atlantic 10 title.


(9) WEST VIRGINIA 54, SOUTH FLORIDA 45: Korinne Campbell had 14 points and 14 rebounds as West Virginia (24-3, 11-2 Big East) beat South Florida (14-12, 5-8) at Tampa, Fla.


(15) TEXAS A&M 58, (12) TEXAS 44: Sydney Carter scored 14 points and Tanisha Smith added 13 as Texas A&M (19-6, 7-5 Big 12) beat Texas at College Station, Texas (19-7, 8-4) for its third straight win.

The Aggies were up by three before outscoring the Longhorns 10-1 to push the lead to 53-41 with about 1 minute remaining.


(21) GONZAGA 87, PEPPERDINE 45: Courtney Vandersloot had 23 points and nine assists and Gonzaga (23-4, 12-0 West Coast Conference) won its 14th straight game with a victory over Pepperdine (17-9, 8-4) at Spokane, Wash.


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