Nov. 14, 2006
VILLANOVA, Pa. - A span of more than 11 minutes with just one field goal was the deciding stretch of the game, and Villanova (0-2, 0-1 Big Five) was defeated 74-62 by La Salle (2-0, 1-0 B5) on Tuesday night at the Pavilion. The Explorers went on a 19-1 run in during a span that covered nearly 10 minutes to take the lead for good in a back-and-forth contest.
There were 12 lead changes in the game but the final one came on Jenna Graber's three-pointer with 13:07 remaining that gave La Salle a 48-47 lead. The Wildcats made three straight field goals early in the second half and led 47-42 after two free throws by senior forward Jackie Adamshick (Allentown, Pa.) with 15:21 left.
However, the team's next field goal didn't come until a layup by sophomore Lisa Karcic (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) with 4:24 remaining. The Explorers led 61-48 by that point after Villanova went 1-for-16 from the field during the pivotal run. La Salle then made 7-of-8 free throws during the final five minutes to seal the victory.
Adamshick led four Wildcat players in double figures with 15 points and six rebounds. She scored 11 of her points in the second half on 4-of-10 shooting, but Villanova as a team hit on just 24 percent (8-of-33) of its field goals in the final 20 minutes. Karcic added 12 points, four rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes, while sophomores Briana Weiss (Piedmont, Calif.) and Siobhan O'Connor (West Chester, Pa.) chipped in 10 points apiece.
Crista Ricketts made 11-of-17 shots from the floor and finished with 23 points and a game-high nine rebounds. The Explorers shot 52 percent from the field in the game. Carlene Hightower had a game-high 26 points to go along with seven rebounds. La Salle had a 45-28 rebounding advantage for the evening, including 21-9 in the first half.
Villanova is in the midst of playing four games in seven days to start the season. The Wildcats are next in action at Fairfield on Friday night at 7 p.m., with the next home game set for Sunday at 2 p.m. against Marist.
NOTES: Weiss and O'Connor each registered career-highs with their scoring efforts ... The last time the Wildcats were 0-2 to start a season was in 1992-93 ... Villanova was defeated by La Salle for the first time since 1999 and lost to the Explorers at home for the first time since 1988 ... The Wildcats lead the all-time series with their city rivals by a 29-8 margin.