Nov. 12, 2006
Newark, Del. - In the regular season opener for both teams, the Wildcats (0-1 overall) were not able to hang onto a nine point halftime and suffered a 68-63 loss at the hands of the University of Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens (1-0) at the Bob Carpenter Center. One highlight for the Wildcats in the difficult loss was senior Jackie Adamshick scoring her 1,000th point of her Villanova career.
After Delaware scored the first two points of the game, a three pointer by Lisa Karcic (New Hyde Park, N.Y.)) gave the Wildcats the lead, a lead they would hold onto for most of the game. Villanova would lead by as many as ten late in the first half and by nine at intermission. In the first half, the Wildcats shot a blistering 60 percent from the floor
Coming out of the locker room, the Blue Hens tried to cut into the lead, cutting it down to one at 41-40 with 15:44 remaining. But a three pointer by Jackie Adamshick (Allentown, Pa.) bumped the lead back up to four.
But five minutes later, a bucket by Tyresa Smith for Delaware tied the score at 47-47 and was the start of 10-0 run by Delaware to give them a 55-47 lead.
But Villanova not go away quietly, trimming the Delaware lead to just one, 62-61, following a basket by Tia Grant (Lido Beach, N.Y.) with 1:30 left. Grant had a chance to tie the game with a free throw, but missed allowing the Blue Hens to cling to a one point lead.
Then Smith sealed the Wildcats fate when she was fouled as she made a layup after an offensive rebound to put the Blue Hens up by five. With less than 30 seconds remaining.
Three Wildcats were able to reach double figures in scoring, led by Adamshick with 22 points to go along with seven rebounds and five assists. Karcic had 14 points on 6-12 shooting from the field, including making both three point field goal attempts. Maria Getty (Centerville, Ohio) added 12. Siobhan O'Connor (West Chester, Pa.) chipped in with eight points off the Villanova bench.
Delaware was led by Smith who finished the contest with 27 points and 11 rebounds while Courtney Irving added 17 points and 10 rebounds coming off the bench for the Blue Hens.
Villanova shot 42 percent from the floor for the game compared to Delaware's 38 percent, while the Wildcats also held the advantage in three point field goals made, 8-1.
But Delaware held a distinct advantage on the glass, out-rebounding the Wildcats 47-29, with Stacie Witman (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) leading the `Cats with nine. Of the 47 total rebounds for Delaware, 23 of them were on the offensive end.
Next up for Villanova will be the home opener against Big Five opponent La Salle on Tuesday at the Pavilion starting at 7:30 PM.