Nov. 14, 2012
EASTON, Pa. - The Villanova Wildcats traveled to Lafayette College on Wednesday night where they tallied a convincing 73-34 win. With the victory, the Wildcats improve to 2-1 on the season, while the Leopards fall to 1-2 on the season.
Villanova used a 14-2 run over a five minute span to increase an 11-5 lead to a 25-7 advantage at the 10:24 mark of the first half. Following a media timeout, the Wildcats went on a 10-3 spurt to open up a commanding 35-10 lead with 6:51 remaining in the first half.
In the 24 point outburst, Villanova went 10-of-13 from the field, including a 4-of-5 effort from three-point range. Senior forward Laura Sweeney tallied three field goals, while senior Megan Pearson drained two three-point field goals during the stretch.
The Wildcats would shoot a sizzling 58.6 percent from the field in the first half (17-of-29), including a 7-of-11 effort from three-point range (63.6%) and go to halftime with a commanding 43-14 lead.
Senior guard Rachel Roberts led Villanova in the first half with nine points, while Pearson added eight points off the bench. Nine of the 10 players who played for the Wildcats in the first half scored a basket.
Lafayette would never get closer than 29 in the second half and the Wildcats would cruise to the victory.
Sweeney led the `Cats with a game-high 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field. She also had six rebounds and two steals. Three other Wildcats reached double figures, including Roberts and sophomore Lauren Burford with 11 points each and junior Devon Kane with 10. Burford also chipped in with a game-best five assists.
In the win, Villanova shot 49.1 percent from the field (27-of-55), 50.0 percent from three-point range (10-of-20) and 100.0 percent from the foul line (9-of-9), while Lafayette was 14-of-53 from the floor (26.4%), 1-of-14 from behind the arc (7.1%) and 5-of-7 from the charity stripe (71.4%). The Wildcats owned a 40-27 advantage on the backboards.
Villanova will return to action on Monday, Nov. 19, when the Wildcats take on Bloomsburg in an exhibition game at The Pavilion. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
NOTES: Tonight was just the fifth all-time meeting between Villanova and Lafayette...The Wildcats now lead the series by a 4-1 count...Villanova improves to 16-4 all-time against Patriot League competition....After three games, Villanova has had an assist on 53 of its 75 field goals...The Wildcats are 29-of-33 from the foul line in their three games.