Jan. 17, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova Wildcats captured the 2011-12 Philadelphia Big Five championship with a convincing 52-30 win over the visiting Penn Quakers. With the win, Villanova improves to 12-6 overall and 4-0 in Big Five play, while Penn falls to 7-7 overall and 0-3 in City Series action.
Under the direction of head coach Harry Perretta, Villanova has now won 13 Big Five titles, including nine seasons with a perfect 4-0 mark and the outright title. It is also the second time in the last three years that Villanova has won the Big Five championship.
Villanova led 18-14 with 6:10 left in the first half, when the Wildcats outscored the Quakers, 12-2, the remainder of the half to lead 30-16 at intermission. Junior forward Laura Sweeney scored six of the 12 points in the run and led the Wildcats with 13 first half points.
After both teams traded baskets to start the second half, Villanova held the Quakers without a point for nearly eight minutes. During the Penn scoring drought, Villanova was able to open up a 40-18 advantage. Sweeney scored the first six points of the half to help Villanova open up the lead.
The Wildcats would lead by as many as 27 in the second half and cruise to the win.
Sweeney led all scorers in the victory with 22 points and 12 rebounds. She finished 9-of-16 from the field and 4-of-6 from the foul line. Sweeney now has six 20-point games and six double-doubles on the season. Redshirt freshman Lauren Burford scored 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting, including a 5-of-10 effort from three-point range. The five triples ties a career-high.
Penn was paced by Jourdan Banks with nine points.
For the game, Villanova shot 35.7 percent from the field (20-of-56), 24.1 percent from three-point range (7-of-29) and 55.6 percent from the foul line (55.6%), while Penn was 12-of-46 from the floor (26.1%), 5-of-22 from long distance (22.7%) and 1-of-2 from the charity stripe. Villanova owned a 36-34 advantage on the backboards. Villanova had 14 turnovers, while Penn was charged with 23 miscues.
Villanova returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 21, when the Wildcats travel to South Bend, Ind., to take on the No. 2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m.
NOTES: Wildcat forward Lindsay Kimmel becomes the only player in Big Five women's history to win a Big Five title at two different schools. Kimmel also won a City Series crown while playing at Temple...Villanova finished the non conference portion of its schedule with a 10-3 record...In the last two games, Villanova has had an assist on 32 of its 37 field goals...Villanova has made a three-point field goal in 255 consecutive games...Freshman forward Taylor Holeman missed the game due to an ankle injury.