Wildcats Fall to No. 2 Connecticut
Jan. 29, 2013
HARTFORD, Conn--On Tuesday, Jan. 29, the Villanova Wildcats traveled to Hartford, Conn., where they lost to the No. 2 Connecticut Huskies by a score of 76-43. With the loss, Villanova falls to 16-4 overall and 5-2 in Big East play, while the Huskies are 19-1 overall and 6-1 in the league.
Connecticut started fast racing to a quick 7-0 lead just two minutes into the game. The Wildcats got on the board when senior guard Rachel Roberts scored on a driving lay-up at the 17:36 mark.
A jumper by senior forward Laura Sweeney with 13:45 to play in the first half, pulled Villanova to within six at 14-8. Following Sweeney's bucket, Connecticut's Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis buried a three-point field goal to give the Huskies a 17-8 advantage. Roberts kept Villanova close when she hit a 10-foot jumper to cut the Connecticut lead to 17-10.
Connecticut took total control of the game following the Roberts basket. The Huskies went on a 20-4 run to open up a commanding 37-14 lead with 7:37 remaining in the first half. Mosqueda-Lewis and junior center Stefanie Dolson led the Huskies spurt with five points each.
The Huskies would lead by as many as 30 in the first half and go to intermission with a 44-17 lead. In the first 20 minutes, Connecticut shot 51.6 percent from the field (16-of-31) and 54.5 percent from three-point range (6-of-11), while the Wildcats were 8-of-27 from the floor (29.6%) and just 1-of-10 from long distance (10.0%).
Dolson scored 15 first half points for Connecticut and Mosqueda-Lewis had 14.
Villanova never got closer than 24 and the Huskies would lead by as many as 35 in the second half.
Dolson finished with a game-high 20 points and Mosqueda-Lewis had 19 points and a game-high five assists. Mosqueda-Lewis was 6-of-11 from the field and 5-of-6 from three-point range.
For the game, Villanova shot 27.6 percent from the floor (16-of-58), 25.0 percent from three-point range (7-of-28) and 57.1 percent from the foul line (4-of-7), while Connecticut was 30-of-60 from the field (50.0%), 9-of-21 from long distance (42.9%) and 7-of-9 from the charity stripe (77.8%). The Huskies owned a 48-28 advantage in the rebounding department. Villanova had six turnovers for the game, while Connecticut had nine turnovers.
Villanova returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 2, when the Wildcats travel to Rutgers. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.
NOTES: Villanova falls to 6-9 all-time at the XL Center...The Wildcats have made a three-point field goal in 291 straight games...Jesse Carey played against her high school teammate, Caroline Doty, in tonight's game...Jesse Carey tied a career-high with three made three-point field goals...The six turnovers represents the seventh game this year with single digit turnovers for the Wildcats.