Feb. 26, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A potential game-winning shot by the Wildcats with two seconds remaining fell short, and Georgetown (11-15, 6-9 Big East) ended Villanova's five-game winning streak with a 62-60 victory on Saturday afternoon at McDonough Arena.
The Wildcats nearly rallied from a double-digit deficit in the final 11 minutes of the game, but could not come up with the go-ahead basket in the closing seconds. Georgetown led 52-40 with 10:30 remaining, but then saw Villanova (17-9, 10-5 BE) go on a 17-7 run over the next eight minutes to pull within 59-57 with 2:42 left. The Wildcats made four three-pointers and received eight points from sophomore forward Jackie Adamshick (Allentown, Pa.) during that run.
Villanova had possession of the ball with 14 seconds to play, trailing 61-60. Junior guard Betsy McManus (Pearl River, N.Y.) penetrated into the lane and fired a jumper from the free-throw line with two seconds left, but the shot was off the mark. The Hoyas then added one of two free throws for the final margin.
Adamshick led Villanova with a game-high 19 points. She hit on 7-of-16 from the field, including five three-pointers. Senior guard Jennifer Hilgenberg (Readington, N.J.) chipped in 11 points and a team-high six rebounds, while junior forward Liad Suez (Even-Yehuda, Israel) contributed nine points and seven assists off the bench.
Kate Carlin led four Georgetown players in double figures with 14 points, while Varda Tamoulianis registered a double-double with 14 points and 11 boards.
The Wildcats had control of the game early on, and led 18-8 with 8:30 left in the first half. However, the Hoyas rallied with a 14-4 run in the next five minutes and evened the score at 22-22 with 6:44 left before intermission. Georgetown ended up shooting 50 percent in the opening 20 minutes and led 33-31 at the break.
Villanova drained 11 three-pointers in the game, including eight in the second half, but that wasn't enough to overcome the Hoyas' double-digit lead. The teams settled for a split of the season series, which began with a 71-52 Wildcat victory last month at The Pavilion.
Villanova concludes the regular season on Tuesday night with a 7:30 p.m. home game against Rutgers.