Dec. 1, 2007
WILDCATS TIE ALL-TIME BIG FIVE WINNING STREAK: With tonight's xx-xx victory, Villanova extended its winning streak against Big Five opposition to 12 games. The streak is a school record and also ties the all-time City Series winning streak of 12 straight that was set by Penn. Seventh-year head coach is 19-6 (.760) against Big Five opponents at Villanova.
FISHER MAKES FIRST CAREER START: Freshman guard Corey Fisher made his first career start in tonight's game in place of the injured Shane Clark. In Villanova's game against North Carolina State last Sunday, Clark sustained a strained quad/hip flexor. He is currently listed as day-to-day. In his first four games of the season, Fisher averaged 11.5 points per game with 10 assists and only two turnovers. In tonight's contest he played 27 minutes and finished the game with 13 points and four assists. Fisher was 4-of-9 from the field, 3-of-5 from three-point range and 2-of-2 at the foul line.
CAREER HIGHS FOR PENA: Redshirt freshman Antonio Pena established career-highs in tonight's game with 12 points, eight rebounds and 20 minutes played. Pena was 3-of-4 from the field, made a three-pointer and hit 5-of-6 free throws. Pena's previous career highs were four points, four rebounds and 12 minutes played in the season opener against Stony Brook.
WILDCATS GO ON 21-1 RUN: In a span of 5:47 early in the game, a 21-1 run by Villanova stretched a 7-3 lead into a 28-4 advantage. Penn made its first field goal of the game at the 18:00 mark and did not make another field goal until the 12:13 mark of the period. Through the first nine minutes of the game the Wildcats were 11-of-15 from the field and had not turned the ball over.
50+ POINTS IN FIRST HALF: Villanova led the game 53-22 at halftime. It was the first time the Wildcats scored at least 50 points in a half since scoring 50 in the second half of a 76-69 win over Texas last season on January 20, 2007 at the Wachovia Center. The last time Villanova scored at least 50 points in the first half of a game also came last season when the Wildcats led Notre Dame 50-40 at halftime on January 17, 2007.
GAME HIGH SCORING FOR REYNOLDS: Sophomore guard Scottie Reynolds led all scorers in tonight's game with 20 points. It is the third time this season that Reynolds has been the Wildcats leading scorer, and he is the only Villanova player to score in double figures in all six games during the year. Dating back to last season, Reynolds has scored in double figures in 14 straight games.
REBOUNDING EDGE: Villanova outrebounded its opponent for the fifth time in six games this season and finished the game with an edge of xx-xx on the glass over the Quakers. The only time the Wildcats did not have more rebounds than its opponent this year was when both Villanova and George Mason had 33 caroms in an 84-76 Wildcat win on November 23.