March 4, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - In the 2012-13 regular season finale, the Villanova Wildcats tallied a 72-38 win over the visiting Providence Friars. With the victory, Villanova improves to 20-9 overall and 9-7 in the Big East, while Providence falls to 7-22 overall and 2-14 in conference action.
This is Villanova's first 20-win season since 2005-06 when the Wildcats went 21-11. Under the direction of head coach Harry Perretta, Villanova has now posted 15, 20-win seasons.
The Friars made just one of their first 15 shots and Villanova raced to 16-2 lead at the 12:33 mark of the first half. Senior forward Laura Sweeney led Villanova's early charge with seven points.
Trailing 26-10, Providence used an 8-3 spurt to cut the Wildcat advantage to 29-18 with 3:47 left in the first half. Villanova outscored the Friars by a 10-4 margin the rest of the half to take a 39-22 lead at intermission. Three-point field goals by senior guard Jesse Carey and sophomore forward Lauren Burford highlighted the Wildcat run.
Villanova made 13 first half field goals, with seven of the 13 coming from behind the arc. Sweeney paced the Wildcats with nine points and six rebounds in the first 20 minutes.
The Wildcats put the game away in the first eight minutes of the second half. Villanova outscored the Friars, 19-6, over the first 7:07 to open up a commanding 58-28 lead with 12:53 to play. The three-ball was key to the Villanova run, as the Wildcats made five of their first seven from downtown to the start the second stanza. Senior guard Rachel Roberts and Burford made two triples each to account for four of the five three-point field goals.
Following the early second half run, Villanova would lead by as many as 37 and never trail by less than 30 the rest of the way.
Villanova had three players score in double figures highlighted by Roberts who had 16. Sweeney recorded 15 points and eight rebounds, while Burford chipped in with 11 points. Carey added nine points on three field goals from behind the arc.
Providence was paced by Symone Roberts with 16 points. She was the only Friar in double figures.
For the game, Villanova was 25-of-56 from the field (44.6%), 13-of-32 from three-point range (40.6%), and 9-of-11 from the foul line (81.8%), while Providence shot 26.8 percent from the floor (15-of-56), 0-of-5 from three-point range and 8-of-8 from the foul line. The Friars owned a slim 38-36 advantage on the backboards. Villanova committed just five turnovers.
The Wildcats will return to action next weekend at the Big East Tournament to be held at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. Tournament pairings will be announced later tonight.
NOTES: Villanova honored seniors Jesse Carey, Megan Pearson, Rachel Roberts and Laura Sweeney on Senior Night during a pregame ceremony...The Wildcats now lead the all-time series over Providence by a 37-25 count...Villanova has defeated the Friars in 16 of the last 20 meetings...Laura Sweeney has 24 double figure scoring games and 85 for her career...Villanova has made at least one three-point field goal in 300 straight games...The Wildcats now have 10 single digit turnover game this season...Villanova has kept its opponent under 50 points in 14 of 29 games this year...Jesse Carey tied a career-high in three-point field goals made with three...Rachel Roberts has made 10 three-point field goals in the last two games.