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Women's Basketball Falls to Penn State in WNIT

Wildcats lose 68-61.

March 13, 1998

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. ----- In first round Women's NIT action, the Villanova women's basketball team fell to Penn State, 68-61, on Friday night at the Bryce Jordan Center on the campus of Penn State University. The Wildcats, playing in the inaugural WNIT, finished the season with a record of 19-10 overall, while Penn State is 18-13 and will advance to the quarterfinals on Sunday versus St. Joseph's in State College.

Villanova was led by senior Jenn Beisel, who scored 25 points on 12-of-16 shooting from the field in her final appearance in a Wildcat uniform. Beisel was a second-team All-Big East Conference selection this season and rated as the Wildcats' leading scorer and rebounder.

The Wildcats trailed 39-24 at the intermission, but went on a 20-4 run early in the second half to take a 44-43 lead with 11:44 to play in the game. Beisel posted eight points during the run, and the Wildcats hit four three-pointers during the spurt. With the score 48-46 Penn State with 9:54 left, the Lady Lions used a 7-0 run to take a 53-46 advantage at the 7:50 mark. Villanova then pulled within 60-56 with 1:40 left, before Penn State hit six-of-six from the charity stripe to secure the win.

Villanova shot 44.6 percent from the field, while Penn State converted 43.3 percent from the floor. The Wildcats were outrebounded by a 44-28 margin, with the Lady Lions tallying 16 offensive boards in the game.

Jenn Sliwa added 14 points for the Wildcats, while Jenny Higgins closed out her career with 11 poitns and a team-high seven rebounds. Penn State was paced by Helen Darling with 21 points and nine rebounds, while Andrea Garner had 11 points and 12 points.