Feb. 13, 2013
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - Villanova ended a four-game winning streak with a convincing 63-34 win at Seton Hall. With the victory, the Wildcats improve to 17-7 overall and 6-5 in the Big East, while the Pirates fall to 8-16 overall and 3-8 in conference action.
Villanova raced to a 13-0 to start the game. The Wildcats had three-point field goals by Lauren Burford and Jesse Carey and a conventional three-point play by Taylor Holeman to highlight the first 13 points.
Seton Hall missed its first four shots and committed four early turnovers. The Pirates got on the board when Alexandra Maseko scored on a lay-up at the 14:12 mark.
The Wildcats led 20-7 when Seton Hall got consecutive three-point field goals by Tabatha Richardson-Smith and Brittany Morris to cut the Villanova lead to 20-13 with 4:16 to play in the first half.
Wildcat senior guard Jesse Carey ended the Pirate 6-0 spurt when she nailed a triple from the top of the key to give Villanova a 23-13 advantage. Carey's three-ball started a 10-2 run that Villanova used to end the half. In addition to Carey's three, junior guard Devon Kane and sophomore center Emily Leer each had a three-point field goal in the run.
Villanova put the game away in the early stages of the second half. The Wildcats outscored the Pirates, 19-4, over the first 7:24 of the second stanza to take a commanding 49-19 lead at the 12:36 mark. The Wildcats made seven of their first 11 shots to start the second half, including three field goals from behind the arc. Five different Wildcats scored in the 19-4 run.
Following the opening second half spurt, Villanova would lead by as many as 32 and Seton Hall never got within the 27 the rest of the way.
The Wildcats shot a sizzling 52.0 percent from the field in the second half on 13-of-25 shooting.
Sweeney led Villanova in the win with a game-high 14 points, while Kane added 12 points on perfect 5-of-5 shooting from the field. Sophomore forward Lauren Burford added nine points on three field goals from long distance. Sweeney also added six rebounds, five steals, three blocks and three assists.
For the game, Villanova shot 46.9 percent from the field (23-of-49), 47.4 percent from three-point range (9-of-19) and 66.7 percent from the foul line (8-of-12), while the Pirates were 14-of-44 from the floor (31.8%), 3-of-10 from long distance (30.0%) and 3-of-5 from the charity stripe (60.0%). Villanova owned a 31-27 on the backboards.
The Wildcats return to action on Saturday, Feb. 16, with a road game at Georgetown. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.
NOTES: Villanova has defeated Seton Hall in 11 of the last 14 meetings...The Wildcats are 9-1 in their last 10 games at Seton Hall's Walsh Gymnasium...Laura Sweeney now has 80 career double figure scoring game and 19 this season...Devon Kane now has seven double figure scoring games this year.