Wildcats Pull Away Late, Roll Past Red Storm
Feb. 4, 2004
JAMAICA, N.Y. - On Wednesday, Feb. 4th, in Jamaica, N.Y., the Villanova women's basketball team earned an important Big East Conference road victory, pulling away down the stretch to defeat St. John's by the score of 63-50. The Wildcats improved to 15-5 overall on the season and 5-4 in conference play with the win. The Red Storm fell to 8-12 on the year and 2-7 in Big East action with Wednesday night's defeat.
St. John's led 12-6 six minutes into the contest, but Villanova rallied to take a slim 26-23 lead heading into intermission.
The Wildcats started the second half on a 10-5 run to open up a 36-28 advantage. With Villanova up by the score of 43-31 with 12 minutes remaining, the Red Storm rallied to cut the lead to just six points at 51-45 with 6:26 left in the contest.
From there, the Wildcats took control going on a 9-0 run to claim a commanding 60-45 lead. The `Cats hit two three-pointers during the spurt, including back-to-back three's from Jennifer Hilgenberg and Liad Suez.
Villanova would lead by as many as 16 down the stretch, cruising to a 63-50 victory.
The Wildcats had three players in double figures led by Suez's 15 points. She shot six-for-10 from the field and two-for-three from long distance to account for her scoring. Senior Kelly Nash has 12 points on the night, hitting a game-high four three-pointers. Hilgenberg drained four-of-five from the floor and three-of-four from three-point range for 11 points. Senior guard Courtney Mix pulled down a team-high nine rebounds for the `Cats.
Villanova shot 12-of-29 from three-point range for the game, including eight-of-12 in the second half. The Wildcats dominated the long distance game, posting 12 three's to St. John's one. It was the third straight game that the `Cats recorded double-digit three-pointers.
Villanova hit on 24-of-56 (42.9 percent) from the field, but just three-of-10 from the free throw line. The Red Storm out-rebounded the Wildcats 36-28.
St. John's were led on offense by freshman Angie Clark who netted a team-high 14 points.
Villanova will get back into action on Sunday, Feb. 8, hosting Pittsburgh at 2:00 p.m.