Jan. 14, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. -The Villanova women's basketball team put pressure on Connecticut for much of the game, but the No. 3 ranked Huskies proved to be too much as the Wildcats fell 72-49 to a crowd of 3,206 in the Pavilion on Saturday afternoon.
Junior Rachel Roberts led Villanova (11-6, 2-3) with 16 points shooting 4-for-5 from three point range and 5-for-9 from the field. She also dished out four assists.
Freshman Lauren Burford pulled down six rebounds.
Senior Lindsay Kimmel hit back-to-back three-point shots, snapping a streak of nine games without a three-pointer made, and the Wildcats led 13-11 with 13:38 remaining in the first half.
After junior Laura Sweeney converted a lay-up to give the Wildcats a 15-11 lead, UConn went on a 21-2 run over seven minutes and led 32-17 with 5:06 left in the half. The Huskies held a 37-26 lead at the break.
`Nova shot 50 percent (6-12) from beyond the arc in the first half and went 9-for-22 (40.9 percent) from the field.
"We had trouble with their press," Villanova coach Harry Perretta said. "Going with five guards made it very difficult to guard them."
The Wildcats opened the second half on a roll; cutting Connecticut's lead to five points, 41-36, after freshman Emily Leer hit a jumper at the 14:18 mark.
Roberts connected on a long range shot to cut the Huskies lead back down to six points, 45-39 with 12:15 left in the game, but UConn closed out the game with a 27-10 run and finished with a 72-49 victory.
Villanova finished the game shooting 39.5 percent from the field (17-43) and 45.8 percent (11-for-24) from three-point range.
Villanova was strong on the glass, pulling down 26 rebounds to the Huskies' 27 boards.
Tiffany Hayes led UConn with 22 points, while Kelly Faris and Bria Hartley tallied 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Villanova will host Big Five rival Penn on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at the Pavilion. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.