Feb. 14, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. - In women's basketball action on Tuesday, Feb. 14, the Villanova Wildcats lost to the No. 15 Georgetown Hoyas by a score of 60-54. With the loss, Villanova falls to 15-11 overall and 5-8 in Big East play, while Georgetown improves to 20-6 overall and 9-4 in conference action.
Trailing 20-19 with 5:15 to play in the half, Villanova went scoreless the rest of the half and the Hoyas went to intermission with a 27-19 advantage. In the first half, the Wildcats shot 34.8 percent from the field (8-of-23), including a 1-of-8 effort from three-point range. Georgetown was 11-of-29 from the field and 4-of-7 from long distance in the game's first 20 minutes. Junior forward Laura Sweeney had 10 of Villanova's 19 first half points.
Villanova started the second half on a 10-4 run to cut the Hoya lead to 31-29 with 12:59 to play. Sophomore guard Devon Kane had five points in the run. The Hoyas answered the Villanova spurt with an 11-2 run to take a 42-32 advantage with 8:24 to play. Hoya junior guard Sugar Rodgers hit two big three-point field goals in the stretch.
A three-point field goal by Lindsay Kimmel with 4:14 to play pulled the Wildcats to within four at 48-44. On the game's next possession, Georgetown senior forward Tia Magee scored on an offensive rebound put back to give the Hoyas a 50-44 lead. Another Rodgers three-ball capped off a 7-0 Hoya run, giving Georgetown a 55-45 advantage with 2:37 to play.
The Wildcats had one last run left in them. Trailing 55-49 with 58 seconds left, Wildcat junior Megan Pearson grabbed an offensive rebound off a missed free throw and was fouled attempting the put back. Pearson converted both foul shots to cut the Hoya lead to 55-51 with 57 seconds remaining. After the Hoyas made one of two from the line, Villanova had the ball down 56-51 with 53 seconds left. The `Cats then committed a critical turnover giving the ball to the Hoyas.
Georgetown made one of two again from the line to keep the door open for Villanova. Kimmel drained a deep three to slice the Hoya lead to 57-54 with 28 seconds remaining. Georgetown made three-of-four from the line down the stretch to seal the win.
In the loss, Sweeney led Villanova with 16 points and nine rebounds. Kane added 10 points, while Pearson chipped in with seven points, five rebounds and two assists.
Rodgers paced the Hoyas with 19 points, while senior guard Rubylee Wright netted 12 points.
For the game, Villanova shot 41.9 percent from the field (18-of-43), 30.0 percent from three-point range (6-of-20) and 70.6 percent from the foul line (12-of-17), while Georgetown was 21-of-61 from the floor (34.4%), 7-of-14 from long distance (50.0%) and 11-of-19 from the charity stripe (57.9%). Villanova owned a 38-35 advantage on the backboards. The Wildcats were charged with 19 turnovers and Georgetown had six turnovers.
Villanova returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 18, when the Wildcats host Rutgers at noon.
NOTES: Devon Kane has now scored double figures in three of the last four games...This marks just the third time in the last 11 games between Villanova and Georgetown that the visiting team has won...Laura Sweeney has now scored double figures in 20 of 26 games this year...Villanova has made at least one three-point field goal in 263 straight games.