Villanova 70, West Virginia 64 (2OT)
Jan. 6, 2007
Villanova leads the all-time series with West Virginia by a 17-5 margin. The Mountaineers are 0-9 all-time at the Pavilion and the Wildcats have won each of the last five meetings in the series.
The Wildcats had not played in a double-overtime game since falling at home to Providence 82-80 on Jan. 24, 1992. Tonight's game matches that contest as the longest in program history. Villanova has won all four of the overtime games it has played since the 2002-03 season.
Villanova outrebounded West Virginia by a 50-36 margin. The rebounding count was tied 20-20 at halftime and the Wildcats then owned a 30-16 edge on the glass after that point, including an 11-4 margin in overtime. Villanova is 6-1 this season when it pulls down more rebounds than its opponent.
Sophomore forward Lisa Karcic registered her fourth double-double of the season, including a career-high 14 rebounds. It was the first career double-double for junior forward Stacie Witman, who reached double figures in scoring for only the third time in her career but the second time in the last three games. She scored a career-high 23 points in a 62-46 win over Manhattan last Saturday (Dec. 30).
The Wildcats received just five points from its bench tonight as the starting lineup accounted for 65-of-70 points (93%) and 40-of-50 rebounds (80%). So far this season, Villanova's bench play has been a valuable asset. The Wildcat reserves are averaging 15.5 points per game as a unit, nearly a quarter of the team's scoring output.
Playing through regulation and two overtimes didn't stop Villanova from playing its trademark style of team basketball. The Wildcats distributed assists on 17-of-24 field goals and owned a 17-to-16 assist-to-turnover ratio for the evening.
Villanova won for the first time this season when trailing at halftime. The Wildcats had been 0-3 on the year when entering intermission facing a deficit. The team's last win in a game it trailed at the break came last season on Feb. 18. On that day, in Providence, R.I., Villanova rallied from a 32-24 halftime deficit to post a 54-51 victory.
The Wildcats matched a season-high by attempting 30 three-pointers in the game. Villanova made 9-of-30 from beyond the arc to shoot 30 percent on its long-distance shots. However, after going 2-for-15 (13%) from long range in the first half, the Wildcats were 7-for-15 from beyond the arc after halftime, including 3-of-4 accuracy in overtime.
West Virginia's Chakhia Cole was the lone player in the game to play all 50 minutes. Overall, seven players played at least 40 minutes in the contest, with just one player fouling out of the contest. Lateefah Joye had 10 points in 22 minutes for the Mountaineers before fouling out with 19 seconds left in the second overtime period.