Wildcats Edged by Seton Hall 53-50
Feb. 5, 2005
VILLANOVA, Pa. - A furious rally by Villanova (12-8, 5-4 Big East) fell short in the closing minutes, as Seton Hall (13-8, 5-5 BE) made 10 free throws in the final 1:15 to come away with a 53-50 victory on Saturday afternoon at The Pavilion.
The Wildcats trailed by as many as 16 points early in the second half, but used a 22-9 run to close the margin to three, 43-40, with 3:11 remaining. However, Villanova missed its next four shots, including a potential game-tying three-pointer with 1:15 left, and lost a game on its home court for just the fourth time in the last three years.
The game featured a frenetic finish, as the Wildcats made four field goals and scored 10 points in the final 44 seconds. The Pirates, meanwhile, missed their last nine shots and were held without a field goal in the last 10:25.
After two Seton Hall free throws made the score 51-47 with 26 seconds remaining, junior forward Kate Dessart Mager (Media, Pa.) made her first career three-pointer with 20 seconds left to narrow the gap to 51-50. The Pirates made their last two free throws with 19 seconds showing, giving Villanova one last chance to find an equalizer. However, the Wildcats came up empty on two shots in the final seven seconds.
Sophomore forward Jackie Adamshick (Allentown, Pa.) led all scorers with a season-high 26 points, while Dessart Mager notched her second double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds. The pair combined for 17 points during the 22-9 run, which began when moments after Dessart Mager checked into the game early in the second half. Adamshick scored 13 of those points and made all three of her shots from behind the arc during the spurt.
Seton Hall was led by Monique Blake, who led three players in double figures with 18 points. Ashley Bush scored 11 points and collected a game-high 15 rebounds, while Ayanna Phillip had 10 points and four rebounds.
The Pirates, who scored the game's first six points and led from start to finish, shot 63.2 percent (12-of-19) in the first half and went into the break with a 28-18 lead. The team's accuracy from the floor continued at the beginning of the second half, as Seton Hall made its first four shots and led 34-18 with 17:31 to play. The Pirates then went cold from the field while Villanova rallied, going just 1-of-17 the rest of the way.
Villanova returns to action at home on Wednesday evening when its hosts Syracuse at 7:30 p.m. The Wildcats will be trying to avenge a 45-42 loss to the Orange earlier this month.
NOTES: Villanova is 31-4 at The Pavilion since the beginning of the 2002-03 season ... The Wildcats had a 15-game home winning streak snapped earlier this season in a 64-57 loss to Temple ... Villanova had won its last 21 games in the month of February since a 49-45 setback to North Carolina on Feb. 6, 2002 ... The loss was also the first in the last five meetings against Seton Hall ... Villanova leads the all-time series 29-15 and had won nine of the past 10 ... Dessart Mager, a sharp-shooter who has demonstrated an accurate shot from nearly anywhere on the floor, had hit 159 career field goals before connecting on her first three-pointer ... She leads the team this season with 60 percent accuracy from the floor ... Villanova managed 12 offensive rebounds and committed just five turnovers ... The Wildcats lead the nation in fewest turnovers per game (9.6).