Feb. 4, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. - In women's basketball action on Saturday, Feb. 4, the Villanova Wildcats registered a 59-53 win over the visiting Providence College Friars. The win completes a season sweep of Providence. On Dec. 7, the Wildcats won at Providence by a score of 69-42. With the victory, Villanova improves to 15-8 overall and 5-5 in Big East play, while the Friars fall to 12-11 overall and 4-6 in conference action.
Villanova led 30-22 with 4:12 to play in the first half, when Providence used a 13-0 run the rest of the half to lead 35-30 at intermission. Teya Wright led the Friar charge with six of the 13 points.
Providence started strong in the second half, as they owned a 40-33 advantage with 17:13 to play. The Wildcats then used a 7-2 spurt to cut the Friar lead to two at 42-40 at the 12:41 mark. Villanova would gain its first lead of the second half with 6:17 left, when redshirt freshman Lauren Burford connected on a baseline jumper, giving her team a 50-49 lead.
The Wildcat defense was sensational down the stretch. Villanova held Providence without a point for over seven minutes. After Friar sophomore guard Alicia Cropper hit a three-point field goal with 7:59 on the clock, Providence did not score again until Wright made good on a lay-up with 28 seconds remaining.
During the Providence scoring drought, Villanova scored 10 points to open up a 55-49 lead with under a minute to play. Burford and sophomore guard Devon Kane scored five points each to account for Villanova's 10 points. Kane sealed the win for the Wildcats when she made two free throws with 12 seconds left to give her team a 58-53 lead.
Burford led the Wildcats in the win with 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field and a 5-of-7 effort from three-point range. Kane added 13 points, while junior guard Rachel Roberts chipped in with 10 points. Junior forward Megan Pearson added six points and a game-high nine rebounds.
Providence was paced by Wright with 21 points, while Cropper finished with 14 points, including a 4-of-5 effort from behind the arc.
For the game, Villanova was 19-of-52 from the field (36.5%), 9-of-19 from three-point range (47.4%) and 12-of-19 from the foul line (63.2%), while the Friars shot 37.0 percent from the floor (20-of-54), 40.0 percent from behind the arc (4-of-10) and 64.3 percent from the charity stripe (9-of-14). Providence owned a 41-35 advantage on the backboards. Villanova had 10 turnovers and Providence was charged with 12 turnovers.
The Wildcats return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 8, when they travel to Chicago to take on the DePaul Blue Demons. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. central time.
NOTES: Villanova has now defeated Providence in 15 of the last 18 meetings between the schools...The Wildcats now lead the all-time series against Providence by a 36-24 count...The 60 meetings against Providence is the most times Villanova has played any opponent....Head coach Harry Perretta coached in his 999th career game...In two games this week, Lauren Burford scored 34 points and shot 12-of-18 from the field and 10-of-13 from three-point range...The Wildcats are 6-0 this season when Lauren Burford and Rachel Roberts each score double figures in the same game...Devon Kane tallied her sixth double figure scoring game of the season.