CINCINNATI (AP) - Katie Rutan scored 15 points during Xavier's biggest opening half of the season, and the seventh-ranked Musketeers rolled to a 102-51 victory over La Salle on Tuesday night, equaling the best start in school history.
The Musketeers (18-2, 7-0 Atlantic 10) matched their 2000-01 team for best start. They also reached 100 points for the first time since a 108-95 win over Toledo in triple overtime on Dec. 9, 2001.
Xavier led 62-21 at halftime, exploiting every defensive lapse by La Salle (6-16, 2-5). Rutan missed six games early this season with a sprained ankle and hadn't scored in double-digits since returning.
La Salle was led by Ashley Gale, who scored 17 points before leaving with an injured left ankle in the closing minutes. She limped off at the end with an ice pack on her ankle.
No. 8 Notre Dame 71, Syracuse 48
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Devereaux Peters had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Notre Dame dominated Syracuse.
Kayla Alexander led the Orange (16-5, 4-4 Big East) with 17 points and five rebounds.
Becca Bruszewski finished with 12 points and seven rebounds for Notre Dame (19-4, 8-1), becoming the 27th player in school history to score 1000 points in her career.
No. 14 West Virginia 59, Providence 45
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Liz Repella scored 16 points and West Virginia bounced back from consecutive road losses.
Asya Bussie added 14 points and Madina Ali scored 13 for the Mountaineers (20-3, 6-3 Big East), who extended their school record of consecutive home wins to 31.
Mi-Khida Hankins scored 11 points for Providence (9-11, 2-6), which lost to West Virginia for the sixth straight time.
West Virginia was coming off losses at No. 9 DePaul and No. 17 Georgetown that dropped the Mountaineers out of the top 10 for the first time since starting the season at No. 11.
No. 17 Georgetown 76, Louisville 52
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Sugar Rodgers scored 26 points and Georgetown routed Louisville with a huge second half.
Monica McNutt added 16 points and Tia Magee had eight points and 12 rebounds as the Hoyas (18-5, 6-3 Big East) won their fourth straight and ended Louisville's 10-game home winning streak.
Monique Reid led the Cardinals (14-9, 5-4) with 12 points and Shoni Schimmel added 11, but Louisville struggled to hold onto the ball. The Cardinals turned it over a season-high 30 times, leading to 34 Georgetown points.
Louisville controlled the first half and led 35-21 early in the second half before the Hoyas came to life, ripping off a 24-2 run to take command. Rodgers led the way, scoring 13 straight points for Georgetown during one sequence to go over 1,000 points in her career.
No. 23 Marquette 62, Villanova 57
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Katherine Plouffe scored 15 points and Marquette beat snowed-in Villanova in a game moved up two hours because of the weather.
The early start didn't help the Wildcats (8-13, 0-8 Big East) leave town and Marquette (18-4, 6-3) didn't make it easy on them in the Al McGuire Center, either.
Milwaukee is under a blizzard warning and shortly before the start of the game, Villanova, led by Heather Scanlon's 15 points, learned its charter flight back to Philadelphia would be canceled until conditions improved.
The Golden Eagles jumped back into the rankings for the first time in four years bolstered by wins over three ranked opponents, including then-No. 6 West Virginia.