Wildcats Fall at Rutgers
Jan. 8, 2011
Piscataway, N.J. - Villanova suffered a 57-43 loss to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Saturday, Jan. 8, in a game played at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. With the loss, Villanova falls to 7-8 overall and 0-3 in Big East play, while Rutgers improves to 9-6 overall and 2-0 in conference action.
The Scarlet Knights raced to an 11-2 lead in the first five minutes of the game and went to intermission with a 40-18 advantage. In the first half, Rutgers shot 46.9 percent from the field (15-of-32) and a sizzling 66.7 percent from three-point range (4-of-6), while the Wildcats were just 6-of-22 from the floor (27.3%) and 4-of-12 (33.3%) from behind the arc.
Rutgers had a strong rebounding effort in the first half with 23 rebounds, including eight on the offensive glass. Monique Oliver led the Knights in the first 20 minutes with 13 points, while April Sykes added 12 points. Junior forward Lindsay Kimmel paced the Wildcats with six points.
In the second half, the Knights held a 20 point lead until the 2:35 mark when Villanova's Rachel Roberts connected on a three-point field goal to make the score 53-35. The `Cats outscored Rutgers, 11-4, over the last two minutes of the game to make the final 57-43.
Two Wildcats reached double figures in the loss including Roberts with 14 and Kimmel with 11. Roberts finished 5-of-12 from the field, including a 2-of-4 effort from three-point range and a 2-of-2 mark from the foul line, while Kimmel was 4-of-11 from the field and 3-of-9 from behind the arc. Rutgers was led by Oliver who had a game-high 17 points and Sykes who added 15. Chelsey Lee grabbed a game-best nine rebounds.
For the game, Villanova shot 30.8 percent from the field (16-of-52), 29.2 percent from three-point range (7-of-24) and 80.0 percent from the foul line (4-of-5), while Rutgers was 22-of-51 from the field (43.1%), 5-of-10 from behind the arc (50.0%) and 8-of-9 from the charity stripe (88.9%). The Knights owned a 40-26 advantage on the backboards. Rutgers had 18 turnovers, while the Wildcats had 13.
Villanova returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 12, when the Wildcats travel to Penn for the final non conference game of the season.