Jan. 21, 2010
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Senior guard Maria Getty (Centerville, Ohio) scored a career-high 26 points and Villanova (11-6) shot 54 percent in the second half to pull away from George Washington (3-14) for a 55-44 victory on Thursday night at the Pavilion. The Wildcats were playing their final non-conference game of the year and will finish the regular season with an 11-2 mark against non-league foes.
Getty recorded most of her scoring from three-point range, where her six three-pointers were also a career best. She finished 9-of-17 from the field and 6-of-11 from long distance while adding three assists and a game-high four steals.
In a stretch of just under four minutes midway through the second half, Getty nailed three of her three-pointers in an 11-3 run that established a 44-31 lead for Villanova with 9:07 remaining. The Wildcats led by no less than eight points the rest of the way.
The Wildcats wound up making 14-of-26 (53.8%) from the field as a team in the pivotal second period, including 6-of-12 three-pointers. The Colonials couldn't match that accuracy, as they hit on just 24.2 percent (8-of-33) from the field in the half.
Redshirt freshman forward Laura Sweeney (Marlton, N.J.) added 12 points and eight rebounds for Villanova, which snapped a four-game losing streak with tonight's victory. Sweeney made 6-of-11 from the field and scored eight of her points in the second half. Getty and Sweeney combined to score 16 straight Wildcat points during an 11-minute stretch of the period which ultimately decided the game.
The first half was a tighter affair which featured four ties and five lead changes, culminating in a 21-20 advantage for Villanova at the intermission. Getty already had 12 points at the break, three of which came on a three-pointer at the 11:48 mark to give the Wildcats their first lead of the game at 13-10. With just 31 seconds left in the opening period, a layup by Sweeney put Villanova ahead for good, as they would never trail in the second half.
Senior guard Kyle Daugherty (Sayre, Pa.) dished out six assists for Villanova, which took good care of the ball with only 10 turnovers. The Wildcats used 10 steals to force 15 miscues on the George Washington end, with Daugherty and redshirt freshman forward Megan Pearson (West Chester, Pa.) having two steals apiece.
The Colonials were led by Tiana Myers with 13 points, while Brooke Wilson added 10 points. Kay-Kay Allums had a game-high nine rebounds and George Washington owned a 39-29 margin on the glass. Despite grabbing 14 offensive rebounds, the Colonials could only turn those extra possessions into a 9-4 margin in second chance points.
Both teams played shorthanded due to injuries, with George Washington going only seven players deep and Villanova dressing nine players. Wildcat freshman guard Rachel Roberts (Marlborough, Conn.) played for the first time this season, starting and playing 24 minutes. She chipped in six points on a pair of three-pointers and also had two rebounds.
Villanova will play its third home game in the span of a week on Saturday at 2 p.m. when it hosts undefeated and top-ranked Connecticut at the Pavilion.
NOTES: The Wildcats notched only their third win in nine outings against George Washington ... The last Villanova win in the series was a 70-57 triumph on March 25, 2003 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Norman, Okla. ... Sweeney has scored in double figures in 13 of her 17 games this season ... Getty notched her first career game with 20 or more points ... Her previous career highs were 18 points and four three-pointers, both of which were established against Binghamton this season on December 11, 2009 ... One of the factors that prevented a comeback attempt by George Washington in the game's closing minutes was foul trouble, or rather the lack thereof ... The Colonials did not have a single foul called against them in the first 19-plus minutes of the second half ... Down 11 points with under a minute left, George Washington started to give its fouls and finally got the Wildcats to the line for a 1-and-1 with 12.7 seconds left ... Getty missed the front end but there was no further scoring by either side in the final seconds.