Feb. 13, 2007
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Playing its first home game in two weeks, Villanova (7-18, 1-11 Big East) was defeated 75-58 by Notre Dame (17-8, 8-4 Big East) on Tuesday evening at the Pavilion. The Fighting Irish made their final nine shots from the field in the closing 6:25 of the contest to pull away to the final margin of victory.
The Wildcats trailed 45-42 with 12:55 remaining after a three-pointer by redshirt freshman Maria Getty (Centerville, Ohio), but then went scoreless for more than five minutes as Notre Dame stretched its lead back to double digits, 52-42, with under eight minutes to play. After a missed shot by Villanova with 6:47 left, the offense took over for the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame scored 23 points in the last 6:25 to thwart any chances of a Wildcat comeback bid.
Senior Jackie Adamshick (Allentown, Pa.) and junior Stacie Witman (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) each scored a team-high 16 points for Villanova, which dropped its 10th straight game. Both players had seven rebounds to match sophomore Lisa Karcic (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) for the team lead. The Wildcats owned a 36-31 rebounding edge and posted their second-highest field goal percentage (25-of-54, 46.3%) of the season.
The Fighting Irish maintained a lead of between three and 11 points for the first 14 minutes of the second half before widening the gap in the closing minutes. Notre Dame fueled its fast-paced offense with 14 steals and a season-low eight turnovers. Charel Allen had a game-high 25 points to go along with six rebounds and six assists. She was 11-of-20 from the field, including 11 points in the first 6:34 of the contest.
The victory came after a fast start to the game for the Fighting Irish, who scored six unanswered points on three possessions in the opening 42 seconds of the game. That did nothing to rattle Villanova, as an 11-2 run in just over three minutes gave the Wildcats an 11-8 lead just four minutes into the game. Each of the five Villanova baskets during the run was scored by a different player.
In what appeared to be setting up as a back-and-forth affair, Notre Dame rattled off 11 unanswered points of its own to go in front 19-11 midway through the period. The Wildcats got only as close as five points the rest of the half and trailed 34-25 at the break.
Joining Allen in double figures for the Fighting Irish were Ashley Barlow and Melissa D'Amico with 15 points each. Breona Gray added 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting, including a layup, steal and another layup just 12 seconds apart on the game's first two possessions.
Villanova is back at home on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. when it hosts Rutgers.
NOTES: Adamshick was 8-of-10 from the field and had a team-high five assists ... The only game this season in which the Wildcats shot better from the field was against Temple on December 30 (27-of-57, 47.4%) ... Witman reached double figures in scoring for the fifth straight game, a career-best streak ... Villanova outrebounded the opposition for the first time in its last nine games and ninth time overall on the season ... The Wildcats had won five of the last seven meetings between the two schools, although Notre Dame owns a 14-8 edge in the all-time series ... The past six games between the two teams had been decided by a total of 17 points, the same margin that the Fighting Irish won tonight's contest by.