Jan. 16, 2007
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Visiting DePaul (12-6, 2-3 Big East) made two free throws with seven seconds left to account for the final margin and still had two fouls to give, helping the Blue Demons hold on to defeat Villanova (7-11, 1-4 Big East) by a 56-53 score on Tuesday night at the Pavilion. DePaul was whistled for just six fouls in the second half and prevented the Wildcats from driving up the court with a chance to tie the game.
The Blue Demons started the second half with a 10-2 run in the first eight minutes of the period and never trailed after a three-pointer by Missy Mitidiero with 14:10 left in the period gave DePaul a 31-30 lead. Villanova trailed 54-47 with 1:57 remaining but nearly rallied all the way back as time wound down.
Senior Jackie Adamshick (Allentown, Pa.) converted a three-point play with 1:39 remaining and redshirt freshman Tia Grant (Lido Beach, N.Y.) made a layup with 53 seconds left. After the Wildcats forced their second straight defensive stop on the other end, sophomore Lisa Karcic was fouled and made one free throw with eight seconds remaining to narrow the deficit to 54-53.
The free throw by Karcic proved to be the last point for Villanova, however, as Caprice Smith made the two late free throws that sealed the game for the Blue Demons. Adamshick led all players with 21 points and 10 rebounds to notch her sixth double-double of the season. Karcic finished with 15 points and six rebounds, while sophomore Siobhan O'Connor (West Chester, Pa.) dished out a game-high seven assists.
Mitidiero scored 19 points for DePaul and drained five of the team's seven three-pointers. Smith added 18 points and a team-high nine rebounds for the Blue Demons.
The Wildcats closed the first half on a 19-6 run and led 28-24 at the intermission after trailing by as many as nine points in the opening period. DePaul led 18-9 at the 9:22 mark of the half but made just 2-of-10 field goals the rest of the period.
Villanova pulled down seven offensive rebounds in the first 20 minutes to overcome 31 percent shooting in the period. The Wildcats had an 8-2 edge on second-chance points and owned an 11-2 edge in points off turnovers by halftime. Those margins, however, were trimmed to 10-8 and 13-7, respectively, in the second half.
Villanova heads back to the road for the fourth time in its last six games when it visits West Virginia on Saturday at Noon. The Wildcats defeated the Mountaineers 70-64 in double overtime at the Pavilion on January 6.
NOTES: Adamshick reached the 20-point plateau for the sixth time this season ... She has now scored in double figures in all but two games on the season, including the last 11 in a row ... Karcic has scored in double figures in 14 of 18 games on the year ... Villanova is 0-3 all-time against DePaul ... Over the last four games, the Wildcat starting five has accounted for 228 of the team's 244 points (93.4%) ... The Villanova reserves combined for five points in tonight's contest, including a three-pointer by sophomore Briana Weiss (Piedmont, Calif.) and two points from freshman Heather Scanlon (Drexel Hill, Pa.).