March 18, 2005
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Five critical free throws by Chattanooga (25-4) in the final 1:12 of the game were enough to thwart repeated comeback attempts by the Villanova (19-12), and the Lady Mocs advanced to the second round of the 2005 Postseason Sportsview.tv WNIT with a 50-40 victory on Friday night at McKenzie Arena.
The Wildcats, who were making their third appearance in the WNIT, end the season with a 19-12 record. Villanova posted a double-digit win total in the BIG EAST for the fifth consecutive year, and advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament with an upset victory over No. 22 Boston College. The Wildcats recorded upset victories over No. 4 Notre Dame and No. 23 Penn State during the season, and overall played nearly one-third of its games against teams ranked in the top 30 of the RPI.
In Friday night's game, Villanova trailed Chattanooga 43-33 with 4:49 remaining, but went on a 7-2 run over the next 3:37 to cut the lead in half, getting within 45-40 with 1:12 remaining. The Wildcats nearly forced a turnover on the Lady Mocs' next possession, but Chattanooga maintained possession of the ball and made enough free throws to preserve the lead.
Sophomore forward Jackie Adamshick (Allentown, Pa.) led the Wildcats with 15 points. She shot 5-of-10 from the field and 2-of-4 from long range for the game. After scoring Villanova's first five points of the game, however, Adamshick was whistled for two early fouls and sat the rest of the first half. The Wildcats led 17-14 with 7:19 remaining in the opening 20 minutes, but didn't score again in the period. Chattanooga scored the final eight points of the half and took a 22-17 lead into the break.
Junior forward Liad Suez (Even-Yehuda, Israel) had 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals in the losing effort. She made a three-pointer during the 7-2 run that kept Villanova in the game.
The game was a defensive battle throughout, and the Wildcats were limited to just 27 percent (13-of-48) shooting for the evening, including 22 percent from beyond the arc (5-of-23). The Lady Mocs' didn't do much better, connecting on 34 percent (15-of-44) from the field and 18.2 percent (2-of-11) from long distance. Chattanooga owned a dominating 46-25 edge on the glass, and pulled down 14 offensive rebounds.
Chattanooga will face Kentucky in the second round of the WNIT.