Wildcats Ease Past West Virginia 58-52
Jan. 23, 2005
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Sophomore forward Jackie Adamshick (Allentown, Pa.) and junior guard Betsy McManus (Pearl River, N.Y.) scored all 23 of their combined points in the second half, and Villanova (11-6, 4-2 Big East) shot 57 percent over the final 20 minutes in a 58-52 victory over West Virginia (11-6, 2-4 BE) on Sunday afternoon at The Pavilion.
A pair of free throws by Adamshick with 16:33 remaining gave the Wildcats their first lead of the game, 31-29. The Mountaineers never got the lead back, and Villanova eventually sealed the game with five free throws in the final 18 seconds to thwart a West Virginia comeback bid. After Adamshick's free throws put the Wildcats ahead, the Mountaineers tied the game four times and never trailed by more than four points over the next 10 minutes. That changed with 6:34 remaining, when junior forward Liad Suez (Even-Yehuda, Israel) answered her own three-pointer with a jumper coming out of a 30-second timeout, giving Villanova a 47-42 advantage.
West Virginia got within 47-44 two possessions later, but then missed five of six shots in the next 5:27, allowing the Wildcats to extend the lead. Junior forward Kate Dessart Mager (Media, Pa.) made a layup with 5:10 remaining and sank two free throws with 3:15 left for a 51-44 lead, and the Mountaineers could do no better than trade points with their hosts in the closing minutes.
Suez reached the 20-point plateau for the fourth time this season, and checked in with game-highs of 21 points and nine rebounds. In addition leading the team in scoring for the seventh time this season, she also registered team-highs of four steals and three assists. Adamshick added 13 points and five rebounds, while McManus had 10 points and zero turnovers in 32 minutes. She made all four of her free throws in the final 18 seconds, and has turned the ball over just three times in a span of 236 minutes in her last 10 games.
Meg Bulger scored 16 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead West Virginia, which also received 12 points and three assists from Yolanda Paige. Bulger scored 11 of her points and grabbed six boards in the first half, when the Mountaineers shot 48 percent and briefly pushed the lead to double digits, 19-9 with 8:09 left before intermission.
However, West Virginia also committed 10 of its 12 turnovers in the opening /stanza, and the Wildcats responded to the 10-point deficit with an 11-3 run to pull within 22-20 with 1:20 left in the half. The Mountaineers turned the ball over four times and committed four fouls during the Villanova run.
The game marked the 499th career victory for 27th-year head coach Harry Perretta. He will look to become the 21st women's head coach to record 500 victories when the Wildcats visit Syracuse next Saturday at 1 p.m.