Jan. 27, 2007
VILLANOVA, Pa. - A span of more than six minutes without a field goal during a pivotal stretch of the second half proved to be the difference for Villanova (7-13, 1-6 Big East), which dropped a 59-49 decision to St. John's (6-12, 2-5 Big East) on Saturday afternoon at the Pavilion. The visiting Red Storm went on a 9-0 run midway through the decisive final period and led by as many as 14 points, 46-32, with 6:31 remaining.
St. John's had a 10-point lead cut in half when a free throw by freshman Heather Scanlon (Drexel Hill, Pa.) with 10:23 remaining cut the Red Storm lead to 37-32. However, the Wildcats missed the front end of three straight 1-and-1 opportunities and St. John's scored nine straight points to extend the lead back to double figures.
Sophomore Lisa Karcic (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) scored a team-high 14 points to lead Villanova. She had 12 of her points in the first half, when she drained four three-pointers to account for 12 of the team's 22 points. Junior Stacie Witman (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) scored all nine of her points in the second half, while senior Jackie Adamshick (Allentown, Pa.) and redshirt freshman Kyle Dougherty (Sayre, Pa.) each had eight points.
Witman made all three of her three-pointers in a span of less than four minutes as the Wildcats launched a comeback bid. However, nine points was as close as Villanova would get in the closing minutes as the Red Storm held on for the final 10-point margin.
Kia Wright led St. John's with 15 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists and three steals. Monique McLean scored a game-high 17 points with seven rebounds and Angel Tate scored 14 points to round out three Red Storm players in double figures.
In the first half, a three-pointer by Karcic with 5:37 left gave the Wildcats what would turn out to be their final lead of the game, a 20-19 margin. Villanova didn't score again until a buzzer-beating layup by Dougherty at the end of the period, and St. John's went into the break with a 31-22 lead. During a 12-0 run prior to Dougherty's shot as time expired, the Wildcats missed four straight shots and turned the ball over three times. Villanova had 10 turnovers for the game. The Red Storm shot 54 percent (13-of-24) in the first half, with Tate and McLean each reaching double figures before the intermission.
The Wildcats are back in action at home on Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. against Louisville.
NOTES: Villanova scored fewer than 50 points for the second straight game and fifth time this season ... The Wildcats bench accounted for 16 of the team's points in the game ... The Villanova reserves had combined for just 22 points in the last five games ... In addition to the eight points scored by Dougherty, sophomore Siobhan O'Connor (West Chester, Pa.) and Scanlon each added four points.