Feb. 11, 2004
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - On Wednesday, Feb. 11th, at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I., the Villanova women's basketball team rode a hot-shooting first half to a decisive 68-41 victory over Providence. The win was the Wildcats' third straight and improved their record to 17-5 overall and 7-4 in the Big East. The Friars fell to 4-17 overall and 0-10 in conference action with Wednesday's loss.
Villanova jumped out to a 12-4 lead just five minutes into the game behind two early three-pointers by senior Kelly Nash. The Wildcats would end the first half shooting 19-of-29 (65.5 percent) from the field and five-of-10 (50.0 percent) from three-point range, to take a 45-21 lead into intermission.
Providence never got within 17 points in the second half as the `Cats took a 24-point advantage and cruise to the 68-41 victory.
Liad Suez led Villanova in scoring with 12 points on six-of-12 shooting, to go along with a team-high eight rebounds. Jenna Viani also scored in double figures, posting 10 points on four-of-seven shooting.
Winding down the Wildcat scoring were Kelly Nash with nine points, Jana Rediger, Courtney Mix and Jackie Adamshick with eight points apiece, Kate Dessart Mager with six points, Betsy McManus with five points and Jennifer Hilgenberg with two points. Mix also had five rebounds, five assists, and three steals in the game.
Villanova finished the contest shooting 52.7 percent (29-of-55) from the floor and eight-of-20 (40.0 percent) from long distance. The Wildcats out-rebounded the Friards 37-24.
The `Cats' defense held Providence to 33.3 percent shooting (17-of-51) from the field in the game. The Friars were led by Gayle Nwafili who tallied 15 points (six-of-20 FG) and eight boards.
Villanova will get back into action on Tuesday, Feb. 17, hosting West Virginia at 7:30 p.m.