Nov. 24, 2006
MIAMI, Fla. - In the opening round of the FIU Classic, Tulane (4-1) shot 56 percent in the first half and never trailed in a 72-60 win over Villanova (2-3) on Friday night at Pharmed Arena. The Wildcats will now play in a consolation game on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. against North Florida. Host Florida International will take on Tulane in the championship game at 7:30 p.m.
Senior forward Jackie Adamshick (Allentown, Pa.) led Villanova with 14 points and 10 rebounds to notch her second straight double-double. Adamshick shot 4-of-12 from the field and 5-of-6 from the foul line in addition to passing out four assists. Sophomore Lisa Karcic (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) and redshirt freshman Maria Getty (Centerville, Ohio) also reached double figures as each scored 11 points.
The teams traded streaks during the first half, in which the Green Wave ran out to a 10-0 lead in the first four minutes. However, the Wildcats scored nine unanswered points of their own in just over a minute to pull to within 10-9 six minutes into the game.
Tulane stretched the lead back to double digits at 22-12 midway through the period and eventually scored the last eight points of the half to reestablish a 39-29 margin at the intermission after Villanova got to within 31-29 with 3:47 left in the period.
Sophomore Briana Weiss (Piedmont, Calif.) scored all eight of her points in the first half to keep the Wildcats within striking distance of Tulane. Villanova then received points from four different players in the opening four minutes of the second half and trimmed its deficit to 43-39 with 16:44 remaining.
The Wildcats, however, never got closer than four points the rest of the way and the Green Wave made four free throws in the final 3:34 to secure the victory. Megan Valicevic scored 14 points in 23 minutes on 5-of-7 shooting to lead four Green Wave players in double figures. Tulane wound up shooting 52 percent for the game. The Green Wave had a 32-29 rebounding edge and came away with 10 steals for the game.
NOTES: Adamshick now has two double-doubles this season and eight in her career ... North Florida was defeated 86-46 by Florida International in Friday's opening game.