Wildcats Pounce on Providence 75-50
Feb. 16, 2005
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Villanova (15-8, 8-4 Big East) opened the game with a 13-2 run in the first six minutes and cruised to a 75-50 victory over Providence (1-22, 0-12 BE) on Wednesday night at Alumni Hall. The visiting Wildcats shot 56 percent in the first half and built a 20-point margin at the intermission.
Sophomore forward Jackie Adamshick (Allentown, Pa.) scored Villanova's first six points at the start of the game to lead the 13-2 run. Later in the half, the Wildcats led 18-10 with 9:16 remaining, but put the game out of reach with a 12-0 run in under four minutes. Junior forward Liad Suez (Even-Yehuda, Israel) scored seven points during that spurt, including five straight points in a span of 54 seconds.
Villanova connected on 14-of-25 (56%) of its shots from the field in the first half, including making 5-of-9 three-pointers. The hot shooting continued in the second half, when the Wildcats shot 50 percent and stretched the lead to as many as 32 points before settling on the final margin.
Suez wound up with a game-high 19 points in just 24 minutes, as she converted 5-of-8 shots from the field, 2-of-4 three-pointers and 7-of-7 free throws. Adamshick recorded her second double-double of the season with 18 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. Junior forward Courtney Roantree (Philadelphia, Pa.) came off the bench to add nine points and five assists.
Jill Furstenburg scored 16 points and Shauna Snyder added 14 for the Friars, which were handed their 12th consecutive loss in conference play.
Villanova received balanced production throughout its lineup, as nine different players saw at least 12 minutes of action, and eight different players scored. The Wildcats bench outscored the Providence reserves 37-10 on the night, including 20-2 in the first half.
Villanova returns home on Saturday to face St. John's at 2:00 p.m.
NOTES: The win was the third in a row for Villanova, and lifted the Wildcats into sole possession of fourth place in the Big East ... The 75 points were a season-high for Villanova, which is 6-0 this season and 39-1 since 2000 when scoring at least 70 points ... The Wildcats are also 24-1 in the month of February dating to Feb. 9, 2002 ... Villanova swept the season series with Providence and has earned four consecutive victories over the Friars ... The Wildcats bench has outscored the opposition 86-18 in the last three games.