Feb. 19, 2005
Villanova, Pa. - The Villanova Wildcats registered a season-high fourth consecutive win with a 65-51 victory over the visiting St. John's Red Storm. With the win, the Wildcats improve to 16-8 overall and 9-4 in Big East Conference play, while the Red Storm falls to 17-7 overall and 6-7 in conference action.
After St. John's jumped to a 5-2 lead just three minutes into the contest, Villanova went on a 15-2 run to grab a 19-7 advantage at the 9:19 mark. Junior forward Liad Suez netted seven points in the run, while senior forward Jennifer Hilgenberg added five.
Villanova held a 24-15 lead with 6:37 to play in the first half, before finishing the half on an 11-2 run to take a commanding 35-17 at intermission. The final Wildcat points of the half came on a Jackie Adamshick running jump shot with just one second on the clock.
The Red Storm made a second half rally when they used a 9-2 run to cut Villanova's 45-27 lead to 47-36 at the 9:08 mark. That would be as close as St. John's would get, as the Wildcats would lead by as many as 20 in the second half en route to the victory.
Suez led the way for Villanova with a game-high 17 points to go with six rebounds, six assists, two blocks and a steal, while Hilgenberg added 12 points, four rebounds and three steals. Junior Kate Dessart Mager had a strong game for the Wildcats with nine points and seven rebounds.
Three players scored 10 points for St. John's including sophomore forward Angela Clark, sophomore guard Kia Wright and junior guard Tara Walker. Clark also pulled-down a game-best 16 rebounds.
For the game, Villanova shot 45.8 percent from the field (22-of-48), 41.2 percent from three-point range (7-of-17) and 77.8 percent from the foul line (14-of-18), while the Red Storm was 20-of-59 from the field (33.9%), 4-of-13 from long distance (30.8%) and 7-of-14 from the charity stripe (50.0%).
Villanova returns to action on Tuesday, Feb. 22 with a road game at Seton Hall. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
NOTES: Villanova improved to 25-1 in its last 26 February games...The Wildcats have now beaten St. John's seven consecutive times...Liad Suez has scored 62 points and shot 19-of-33 from the field (57.5%) in the last four games...The Villanova bench has outscored the opponent bench, 112-32, in the last four contests...Betsy McManus had her streak of 12 consecutive made free throws snapped. She is now 21-of-23 for the year.