Feb. 22, 2005
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - Sophomore forward Jackie Adamshick (Allentown, Pa.) scored 23 points and Villanova (17-8, 10-4 Big East) limited Seton Hall (14-11, 6-8 BE) to 22 percent shooting in a 54-43 victory on Tuesday evening at Walsh Gymnasium.
The Wildcats stretched a 32-21 halftime advantage to 19 early in the second half, and led by double figures for nearly the entire rest of the way. Adamshick scored Villanova's first eight points of the second half and junior forward Liad Suez (Even-Yehuda, Israel) made a three-pointer during an 11-3 run that put the Wildcats ahead 43-24 with 14:05 remaining.
The Pirates cut the margin to nine with 24 seconds left, but any thoughts of a comeback were done in by 19 percent (5-for-27) shooting in the period. Seton Hall made just five field goals in the final 20 minutes, and wound up shooting 22 percent (12-for-54) for the game.
Adamshick was 8-of-14 from the field, including 3-of-7 from three-point range, and led Villanova with six rebounds. Suez wound up with 10 points, four rebounds and three assists, while junior point guard Betsy McManus (Pearl River, N.Y.) chipped in nine points, three assists and four steals. Senior center Jana Rediger (Sellersville, Pa.) matched her career-high with six blocks.
The Pirates were led by Asia Carroll, who scored 11 points. Monique Blake had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, while Ashley Bush had nine points and a game-high 14 boards.
Villanova led by as many as 15 points in the first half, and shot 44 percent in the period to take a double-digit lead into intermission. The Wildcats led 13-11 before embarking on a 10-2 run in just under three minutes that extended the lead to 23-13 with 9:53 left. Adamshick scored 13 of her 23 points in the first half.
With the win, Villanova clinched at least a fifth-place finish in the Big East. A Wildcat win or a Boston College loss would guarantee at least a fourth-place finish, as well as a bye in the first round of the conference tournament. Villanova will look for that win on Saturday when it visits Georgetown for a 2:00 p.m. contest. The Wildcats defeated the Hoyas 71-52 last month at The Pavilion.
NOTES: Adamshick scored at least 20 points for the fifth time in her career ... Villanova has won six straight games at Walsh Gymnasium ... The Wildcats reached double-digit wins in conference play for the fifth straight year, and are 57-21 in conference play since 2000-01.