Jan. 9, 2007
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Senior forward Jackie Adamshick (Allentown, Pa.) reached the 20-point plateau for the fifth time this season, but Villanova (7-9, 1-2 Big East) was defeated 62-51 on Tuesday evening at the Carrier Dome by Syracuse (8-9, 2-2). The Wildcats shot just 29 percent from the field in the contest and saw any chances of a late rally fade as the Orange made eight free throws in the final 1:12 to secure the game.
Syracuse set the tone in the first half with a 19-4 run that spanned more than 10 minutes. After sophomore Lisa Karcic (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) made a three-pointer in the opening five minutes that gave Villanova a 12-8 lead, the Wildcats missed 16 of their next 17 attempts from the field while the Orange surged to a double-digit lead. Five players scored for Syracuse during the run and a layup by Fantasia Goodwin with 4:37 left in the opening period pushed the score to 27-16.
Villanova trailed by six at halftime but cut that in half on a three-pointer just 34 seconds into the second period on a three-pointer by redshirt freshman Maria Getty (Centerville, Ohio) that trimmed the deficit to 29-26. The Wildcats stayed between three and seven points of the Orange for much of the remainder of the half but could not get any closer than the three-point margin.
The pivotal sequence of the game started when Adamshick made a layup with 4:40 left that narrowed the Syracuse lead to 50-46. Villanova eventually would have three chances to cut further into that lead, but came up empty each time. Orange freshman Nicole Michaels capitalized on those misses and made consecutive layups that stretched the lead back to eight, 54-46 with 2:53 remaining.
Unlike their previous game, when the Wildcats capitalized on five missed free throws by West Virginia to produce a furious rally in the final minute of regulation, Villanova could not make up ground against Syracuse as the clock wound down. The Orange made 8-of-10 free throws in the final 1:12.
The Wildcats never recovered from their scoring drought in the first half and hit on only 20-of-68 (29.4%) shots for the evening. Joining Adamshick in double figures was Getty, who connected on three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points and four assists. The five Villanova starters were the lone players to register points in the contest. Redshirt freshman Tia Grant (Lido Beach, N.Y.) scored eight points, Karcic added seven and junior Stacie Witman (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) had five points.
Syracuse only received scoring from six players, but shot 46 percent from the field and outscored the Wildcats 18-5 at the foul line. Michaels led all players with 21 points, while Goodwin contributed 16 points and Cintia Johnson added 11 points.
Villanova continues conference play on the road Saturday at 8:00 p.m. (EST) when it visits Marquette.
NOTES: The Wildcats defeated the Golden Eagles in a pair of meetings last season, including once at Villanova and once in the BIG EAST Tournament hosted by Connecticut ... Adamshick now has 13 games with at least 20 points in her career ... She has scored in double figures in 14 of 16 games this season, including the last nine consecutive outings ... The Wildcat starting lineup has accounted for 95.9% of the team's scoring in the last two games (116 of 121 points) ... Villanova outrebounded the Orange 40-38 in tonight's game and now has 90 rebounds in its last two contests.