Feb. 3, 2007
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Playing the first of three straight road games, Villanova (7-15, 1-8 Big East) was defeated 54-51 by Georgetown (12-11, 2-8 Big East) on Saturday afternoon at McDonough Arena. Junior Stacie Witman (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Wildcats and senior Jackie Adamshick (Allentown, Pa.) added 16 points.
Despite never having the lead in the game, Villanova nearly had a chance to pull off a remarkable comeback in the closing seconds. The Wildcats trailed 54-49 when sophomore Lisa Karcic (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) rebounded a missed free throw with 10 seconds left. Villanova then pulled to within three points, 54-51, on a layup by Adamshick with just three seconds remaining.
The Hoyas threw away their ensuing inbounds pass, giving the Wildcats the ball back under their own basket. With no timeouts remaining, the Wildcats threw the ball in to Witman, whose game-tying three-point attempt with a second to play was off the mark.
Witman was the game's leading scorer, hitting on 7-of-19 from the field to score in double figures for the third time in the last four games and sixth time overall this season. Adamshick made 7-of-10 from the field and added a team-high six rebounds. Aside from Witman and Adamshick, the remainder of the team accounted for just 17 points on 6-of-24 (25%) shooting.
Georgetown never led by more than nine points but also never trailed in picking up the win. The Hoyas shot 53 percent in the first half, when they made seven of their first 10 shots from the field and opened a 17-9 lead in the first nine minutes.
Kieraah Marlow scored a team-high 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting in the game, while Meredith Cox and Shanice Fuller contributed 11 points apiece. Katrina Wheeler pulled down 10 rebounds as Georgetown owned a 34-26 rebounding edge in the game.
After trailing by eight points in the first minute of the second half, Villanova came back with eight straight points in under two minutes to tie the score at 31-31 with 17:28 to play. A three-pointer by Karcic tied the game for the only time on the afternoon and the Hoyas went back in front for good moments later on a layup by Marlow.
Midway through the second half the Wildcats used a 10-4 spurt to pull to within 44-41 on a jumper by Witman with 7:05 remaining. However, Georgetown came back with six unanswered points of its own to stretch the lead back to nine. Villanova went scoreless for more than four minutes before Witman scored again with 2:41 left.
The Wildcats had one more charge left in them, scoring eight points in the final 54 seconds to have a shot to knot the score as time expired. Adamshick made a three-pointer with 54 seconds left and redshirt freshman Maria Getty (Centerville, Ohio) converted a three-point play with 10 seconds to play.
Villanova continues its road stretch with a 7 p.m. game at Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
NOTES: Witman and Adamshick scored 19 of the 23 Wildcat points in the first half ... Villanova was outrebounded by a 34-26 margin, including 18-8 in the first half ... Adamshick surpassed the 1,300-point plateau in today's game ... Her 16 points moved her past Helen Koskinen and Katie Davis into ninth place on the school's all-time list ... Adamshick also ranks eighth in school history with 655 rebounds ... Witman is averaging 15.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game over her last four contests ... In that span she is shooting .368 (21-of-57) from the field, .393 (11-of-28) from three-point range and .900 (9-for-10) from the foul line ... The Wildcats have lost seven straight games for the first time since the 1989-90 season, when Villanova endured an eight-game losing skid.