Feb. 16, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Villanova Wildcats tallied an impressive 57-44 road win at Georgetown on Saturday afternoon. With the victory, Villanova improves to 18-7 overall and 7-5 in Big East play, while the Hoyas fall to 13-12 overall and 4-8 in conference action.
Villanova led 14-9 with 9:45 remaining in the first half, when the Wildcats went on a 15-3 run to take a 29-12 advantage at the 4:19 mark. All 15 of Villanova's points came on a three-point field with sophomore forward Lauren Burford leading the way with two of the five triples.
After Georgetown forward Ki-Ke Rafiu scored on a 10-foot jumper to give the Hoyas their first points in over four minutes, Villanova answered on the other end of the court with another three-ball by Burford. The Wildcats ended the half with a three-point field goal by Roberts and went to halftime with a 35-14 lead.
Burford and Roberts led the Wildcats in the first half with nine points on three triples each. Senior forward Laura Sweeney added eight first half points. After starting the game 3-of-11 from three-point range, the Wildcats made six of their last seven to end the half at 9-of-18 from behind the arc.
Georgetown was 6-of-22 from the field in the first half for 27.3 percent.
The Wildcats outscored Georgetown 5-2 to start the second half to increase the lead to 40-16 at the 16:51 mark. Burford's fourth three of the game and a five-foot jumper by sophomore forward Taylor Holeman accounted for the five Villanova points.
Villanova owned a 43-21 advantage with 13:05 to play when the Hoyas scored six straight points to cut the Wildcat lead to 43-27. After a Wildcat timeout, Villanova senior forward Megan Pearson buried a three-ball from the wing to increase the lead back to 19 at 46-27.
Following Pearson's three, Georgetown never got within 15 until under a minute left in the contest.
In the win, Burford led Villanova with 15 points on 5-of-12 shooting from three-point range, while Sweeney added 11 points, nine rebounds, five steals, two blocks and two assists. Roberts finished with nine points and Pearson chipped in with eight points, four rebounds and four assists.
Georgetown was paced by Sugar Rodgers who had 21 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and two steals. Andrea White added six points and nine rebounds for the Hoyas.
For the game, Villanova shot 35.1 percent from the field (20-of-57), 38.5 percent from three-point range (15-of-39) and were 2-of-2 from the foul line, while the Hoyas were 17-of-45 from the field (37.8%), 3-of-6 from long distance (50.0%) and 7-of-13 from the foul line (53.8%). Georgetown owned a 37-31 advantage on the backboards. Villanova had just seven turnovers in the win.
Villanova will now be off for eight days. The Wildcats return to action on Sunday, Feb. 24, when No. 10 Louisville comes to The Pavilion. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.
NOTES: 15 of Villanova's 20 field goals were three-pointers...The Wildcats scored the final 21 points of the first half on seven three-point field goals...The home team had won eight of the previous 11 games in the series before today...Villanova now leads the all-time series over Georgetown by a 33-19 count...The 15 three-point field goals ties a season-high for Villanova...Lauren Burford has made eight three-pointers in the last two games....Laura Sweeney tallied her fourth five steal game of the season to give her a team-high 62 steals on the year...Villanova now has nine single digit turnovers games this season.