Wildcats Falter Down the Stretch and Drop a 64-56 Contest to Delaware
Nov. 22, 2011
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Junior Laura Sweeney tied a career-high with 25 points, but the Wildcats could not hang on in the game's final minutes and fell 64-56 to Delaware at The Pavilion on Tuesday night.
Sweeney's points led Villanova (3-2) and she pulled down seven rebounds and junior Megan Pearson tallied nine points and grabbed a team-high nine boards.
Elena Delle Donne led Delaware (3-0) with 22 points, nine rebounds and two blocks. Danielle Parker connected on 12 points.
Delaware led 8-4 with 17:17 left in the first, but the Wildcats held the Blue Hens scoreless for over four minutes and took a 12-8 lead after sophomore Devon Kane stole the ball and went down the court for an easy lay-up.
The Blue Hens turned around and held Villanova scoreless for six minutes with an 8-0 run until Sweeney snapped the drought with two free throws at the 8:02 mark in the first half. With 4:54 remaining in the half, Kane broke an eight-minute stretch for the Wildcats without a field goal made as she connected on a three-point shot from the left side of the court and cut the Blue Hen's lead to nine points, 27-18.
Senior Lindsay Kimmel sank a three with 1:53 to go in the first, which cut Delaware's lead to 28-21, but the Blue Hens ran down to the other end of the court and connected on a jumper. Megan Pearson pressed on the next possession and scored a trey, to pull the Wildcats to within six points, 30-24. After a turnover from Delaware, Sweeney ran the ball to Villanova's side and hit a lay-up, but was fouled. Sweeney sank the free-throw and Villanova trailed by three, 30-27 at the half.
Sweeney posted for a lay-up and cut the Blue Hen's lead to two early in the second half, 42-40, with 12:50 left in the game. After being tied at 42, Kimmel sank a three-point shot to give Villanova a 45-42 lead with 10:05 left in the game. Pearson followed on the next possession and connected on a shot long range, which extended Villanova's lead to 48-42.
The game was tied 54-54 with 3:49 left to play, but the Wildcats didn't score a field goal in the remaining minutes as the Blue Hens used a 10-2 run to seal up the victory. Sweeney connected on two free-throws, but Villanova went 0-for-7 in the final attempts.
Villanova was 19-for-54 (35%) from the field in the game and went 8-for-28 (29%) from long range. The Wildcats sank 10-for-13 shots from the foul line.
Delaware connected on 26-of-61 (43%) field goals and was just 1-of-6 from beyond the arc.
The Wildcats will look to get back to winning ways on Saturday, Nov. 26 against the University of the Sciences. Tip-off is slated for 2:00 p.m.