Feb. 26, 2007
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Sophomore Lisa Karcic (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) scored a career-high 29 points and senior Jackie Adamshick (Allentown, Pa.) had 15 points and nine rebounds in her final collegiate outing, as Villanova (8-21, 2-14 Big East) ended a 13-game losing streak with a 66-47 victory over Providence (13-16, 3-13 Big East) on Senior Night at the Pavilion on Monday evening.
Karcic came off the bench three minutes into the came and scored 24 points in just 14 minutes in the opening period. She went 8-of-11 from the field, made five three-pointers and hit three free throws to score seven more points than the Friars in the half. An early 21-1 run by the Wildcats sparked the team to a 20-point halftime lead, and Villanova never led by fewer than 13 points in the final 20 minutes.
Providence went eight minutes without a field goal during the big first half run by the Wildcats, a span which saw Karcic make three three-pointers and score 13 of the points. Overall, Villanova shot 50 percent (13-of-26) from the field in the first period and limited the Friars to just 25 percent (6-of-24) shooting. The Wildcats finished the half with more rebounds (21) than Providence had points (17).
In her final collegiate game, Adamshick got going early on. She made the first basket of the game less than a minute into the contest and wound up scoring in double figures for the 21st time this season. It took Karcic just 11 minutes on the floor to eclipse her previous career high of 19 points. She added 10 rebounds and finished with her sixth double-double of the season. Redshirt freshman Kyle Dougherty (Sayre, Pa.) contributed a career-high 11 points, all coming from the free throw line (11-of-14).
Providence needed a win to have any chance at securing the final spot in the BIG EAST Tournament next week, and the Friars came out in the second half looking to make a run. Providence put 12 points on the board in the first three minutes - just five fewer than the entire first half - and pulled to within 42-29 at the 17:06 mark.
From that point on, however, the Friars went scoreless for nearly six minutes and Villanova used a 13-2 run to put the game well out of reach. Chelsea Marandola was the lone Providence player to score in double figures, finishing the night with 13 points and five rebounds. The Friars were outrebounded 38-25 by the Wildcats, who were 20-of-44 from the field and 20-of-24 from the foul line.
Prior to the start of the game, Villanova honored senior players Adamshick and Clarisse Garcia (Aliquippa, Pa.). Adamshick finished her career ranked seventh in school history in both scoring (1,372 points) and rebounding (703 career rebounds). In this year's season opener, she became the 19th player in school history to surpass 1,000 career points.
The Wildcats ended the season on a high note after losing 13 straight games since a double-overtime win over West Virginia on January 6. Villanova finishes the year with an 8-21 record and misses the BIG EAST Tournament for the first time since the 1996-97 season.