Villanova Upsets No. 4 Notre Dame, 59-54
Jan. 9, 2005
By DAN GELSTON
Betsy McManus made four free throws in the final 25 seconds for Villanova (9-4, 2-0 Big East), snapping Notre Dame's six-game winning streak.
The Fighting Irish (13-2, 2-1 Big East) never had an answer for Adamshick in the first half or Dessart Mager in the second. The two combined to go 16-for-30 from the floor with seven rebounds.
Dessart Mager - who scored all of her 14 points in the second half - made a turnaround jumper for a 51-49 lead with 1:39 left and the small, boisterous crowd erupted.
She and McManus each added two free throws before Notre Dames' Jacqueline Batteast hit a 3-pointer with 13.3 seconds left to make it 55-52. It wasn't enough, though, as Villanova sealed the game at the free-throw line.
Batteast scored 22 points and Teresa Borton added 17 for Notre Dame. The Irish shot 44 percent from the floor, but Villanova scored 19 points off 20 Irish turnovers.
After missing her only shot in the first half, Dessart Mager went 5-for-6 in the second half and scored six straight points in one stretch that helped the Wildcats take a seven-point lead.
When the Irish pulled to 44-43, Adamshick delivered with a 3-pointer from the left side.
But Adamshick - who shot 11-for-23 and fell two points shy of matching her career high - didn't score again. The Irish got baskets from Teresa Borton and Courtney LaVere to make it 47-47.
Dessart Mager and Batteast swapped baskets before Dessart Mager hit the winner.
Notre Dame seemed poised to turn the game into a blowout early until Adamshick started a Villanova run with six straight points, and later added a nice spin around two defenders in the lane for an easy layup to cut it to 21-19.
She scored the final two baskets of the first half and helped force a Notre Dame shot-clock violation on its last possession to give the Wildcats a 25-24 halftime lead.
The Wildcats have won four of their last six games against the Irish.
Villanova, which had another home-game stunner last February when it beat No. 1 Connecticut, has games this week against No. 13 Boston College and the No. 15 Huskies.