Feb. 8, 2012
CHICAGO, Ill. - In women's basketball action on Wednesday, Feb. 8, the Villanova Wildcats fell to the No. 22 DePaul Blue Demons by a score of 79-73. With the loss, the Wildcats fall to 15-9 overall and 5-6 in Big East play, while DePaul improves to 18-7 overall and 6-5 in league play.
Despite the loss, it was a milestone night for the Wildcats. The game was head coach Harry Perretta's 1000th career game at Villanova. He becomes just the seventh coach in the history of NCAA women's basketball at any level to coach 1,000 games at the same school. Perretta's career record currently stands at 613-387
In keeping with the 1,000 theme, Wildcat junior forward Laura Sweeney scored her 1,000th career point on a three-point field goal at the 19:01 mark of the first half to give her team a 3-0 lead. Sweeney becomes the 23rd player in Villanova women's basketball history to reach the 1,000 point plateau.
The first half was all offense. Villanova shot 53.6 percent in the first half (15-of-28), including a 5-of-8 effort from three-point range (62.5%), while DePaul was 15-of-32 from the floor (46.9%) and 4-of-8 from long distance (50.0%).
DePaul opened up a 38-33 lead with 2:50 to play in the half. Sweeney pulled the Wildcats to within three at 38-35 when she made a running lay-up. On the game's next possession, Blue Demon junior forward Katherine Harry scored on a foul line jumper giving her team a 40-35 advantage. Sweeney scored the final points of the half when she hit her third three-point field goal of the half to slice the DePaul lead to 40-38 at intermission.
Sweeney was outstanding in the first half for the Wildcats. She went 7-of-8 from the field, 3-of-3 from behind the arc and 2-of-2 from the foul line for 19 first half points. Junior guard Anna Martin led the Blue Demons in the first stanza with 11 points.
The Blue Demons led 47-46 with 15:10 to play, when they used a 13-5 run to open up a 60-51 advantage at the 11:01 mark. Martin led the DePaul spurt by scoring six of her team's 13 points.
Villanova trailed 69-61 with 4:54 to play when the Wildcats used a 6-0 run to cut the Blue Demon lead to 69-67 with 3:13 left on the clock. Redshirt freshman center Emily Leer had four of the six points, while sophomore guard Devon Kane made two free throws to account for the other two points in the run. Harry put an end to the Wildcat run by scoring on a lay-up to give DePaul a 71-67 advantage at the 2:57 mark. Kane was fouled driving to the hoop on Villanova's next possession and made both foul shots making the score 71-69 with 2:05 remaining.
Harry had the answer again for DePaul when scored in the lane to up the Blue Demon lead to 73-69. After each team failed to score on their next possession, Villanova had the ball, down four, with 42 seconds left. The Wildcats got a great look off an out of bounds play but Leer's triple was off the mark. The Blue Demons would go six-of-seven from the charity stripe down the stretch to seal the win.
In the loss, Sweeney led Villanova with 22 points. This was her seventh 20-point game of the year and ninth of her career. Leer scored a career-high 16 points off the bench for the `Cats, while Kane added 13 points.
DePaul was paced by Martin with a game-high 24 points and Harry who had 20 points and 14 rebounds.
For the game, Villanova shot 45.0 percent from the field (27-of-60), 37.5 percent from behind the arc (9-of-24) and 71.4 percent from the foul line (10-of-14), while DePaul was 30-of-61 from the floor (49.2%), 5-of-15 from long distance (33.3%) and 14-of-20 from the charity stripe (70.0%). DePaul owned a 40-30 advantage on the backboards. Villanova had eight turnovers and DePaul was charged with seven turnovers.
Villanova continues its two game road trip on Saturday at South Florida. Tip-off in Tampa is set for 7 p.m.
NOTES: Senior Lindsay Kimmel did not play in tonight's game due to a leg injury...Villanova falls to 0-5 all-time at DePaul...Devon Kane tallied her seventh double figure scoring game of the season and second straight with her 13 points...The eight turnovers by Villanova marked the eighth single digit turnover game of the season for Villanova