SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Tina Charles had 18 points and eight rebounds to become top-ranked Connecticut’s career leader in both categories in a 76-51 victory over No. 6 Notre Dame in a Big East women’s basketball game Monday night.

The win left the Huskies (30-0, 16-0 Big East) one shy of tying their NCAA women’s record of 70 consecutive victories set from 2001-03.

The loss dropped the Fighting Irish (25-4, 12-4) into a fourth-place tie in the conference with No. 16 St. John’s, but the Irish will be the fifth seed in the tournament because of a loss to the Red Storm.

Charles passed Nykesha Sales (1995-98) as the school’s all-time leading scorer and Rebecca Lobo (1992-95) as its leading rebounder.

The Irish closed to 16-15 when Becca Bruszewski hit a 3-pointer midway through the first half, but the Huskies responded with a 10-0 run for a 26-15 lead.


SYRACUSE 67, (7) WEST VIRGINIA 48: Erica Morrow scored 23 points and Syracuse (20-9, 7-9 Big East) shut down visiting West Virginia (26-4, 13-3) in the second half for the upset.

After trailing by 14 in the opening minutes of the game, Syracuse regrouped behind its defense and took control with a 25-6 spurt to start the second half.


(12) GEORGETOWN 71, SETON HALL 49: Sugar Rodgers scored 24 points and Georgetown (25-5, 13-3 Big East) made a school-record 13 3-pointers in a victory over Seton Hall (9-20, 1-15) at Washington.

Monica McNutt had 10 points in the first half as Georgetown shot 9 for 14 on 3s while building a 41-15 lead.


(16) ST. JOHN’S 77, PITTSBURGH 65: Kelly McManmon scored 18 points and St. John’s (24-5, 12-4 Big East) clinched a double bye in the Big East tournament with a win at Pittsburgh (16-13, 5-11).


AP POLL: Connecticut ran its streak atop the media poll to 41 weeks, and Stanford remained a solid No. 2 for the 20th week.


(10) WEST VIRGINIA 81, (19) GEORGETOWN 68: Da’Sean Butler scored 22 points to lead West Virginia (23-6, 12-5 Big East) over Georgetown (19-9, 9-8) at Morgantown, W.Va.

Devin Ebanks added 15 points, Kevin Jones scored 14 and Darryl Bryant had 11 for the Mountaineers, who clinched a double bye into the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament.

Greg Monroe had 22 points and nine rebounds and Chris Wright scored 21 for the Hoyas, who were ranked No. 7 three weeks ago but have lost 4 of 5.


AP POLL: Syracuse jumped from fourth place to take over first place in the weekly media poll for the first time since a six-week run in the 1989-90 season.

Kansas dropped to second following its loss at Oklahoma State, and Kentucky fell one place to third after losing at Tennessee.


MAINE 12, HOLY CROSS 2: Terren Hall had four hits and five RBI to lead Maine (2-9) to a victory at Kissimmee, Fla.

Beth Spoehr pitched an eight-hitter for the win.


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