Wildcats Fall 69-62 in Tough Road Battle at Delaware
Nov. 16, 2010
NEWARK, Del. - The Villanova Wildcats traveled to the University of Delaware on Tuesday, Nov. 16, where they lost a 69-62 decision to the Blue Hens. With the loss, the Wildcats fall to 1-1, while Delaware improves to 2-0.
Villanova owned a 9-8 advantage at the 15:25 mark, before the Wildcats would go cold from the outside. The `Cats went nearly nine minutes without a field goal and the Blue Hens opened up a 22-9 lead with 8:25 left in the first half. Delaware used a 14-0 run to open up the 13 point lead.
The Wildcats responded with back-to back three-point field goals by junior Lindsay Kimmel to cut the Blue Hen lead to 25-19 at the 4:51 mark. Delaware outscored Villanova, 9-3, over the last four minutes to take a 34-25 halftime advantage. In the first half, Delaware sophomore Elena Della Donne scored 22 of her team's 34 points. Kimmel paced the `Cats with nine first half points, while sophomore forward Laura Sweeney added eight.
Delaware started the second half on a 9-5 spurt to take a 43-30 lead with 15:47 left in regulation. Villanova answered the Blue Hen run with a 12-5 spurt of its own to cut the lead to six at 48-42. Kimmel drained two deep three-pointers to highlight the Wildcat run.
The Blue Hens got six points from reserve forward Danielle Parker to help them open up what looked to be a commanding lead at 64-52 with 3:23 remaining. Villanova then scored 10 of the game's next 12 points. Kimmel made a three-pointer and added two free throws and sophomore guard Rachel Roberts connected on a triple from the wing to pull her team within four at 66-62 with 41 seconds left. Delaware would connect on 3-of-4 from the foul line over the last 30 seconds to secure the win.
Kimmel led Villanova in scoring with 20 points, including a 6-of-13 effort from behind the arc. Roberts added a career-high 16 points for the Wildcats. Senior center Heather Scanlon added nine points and four rebounds. Della Donne led the Blue Hens with 34 points on 11-of-19 shooting from the field and a 10-of-11 effort from the charity stripe. Parker finished with 11 points for the Blue Hens.
For the game, Villanova shot 36.5 percent from the field (19-of-52), 33.3 percent from behind the arc (10-of-30) and 93.3 percent from the foul line (14-of-15), while the Blue Hens were 25-of-52 from the field (48.1%), 4-of-9 from long distance (44.4%) and 15-of-18 from the foul line (83.3%), The Blue Hens owned a 38-24 advantage on the backboards.
The Wildcats will return to action on Friday, Nov. 19 when they travel to Annapolis, Md., to take part in the Navy Classic. Villanova will play Navy at 5:45 p.m. on Friday and Oral Roberts at 11 a.m. on Saturday.