Nov. 25, 2006
MIAMI, Fla. - A 14-0 run in less than four minutes during the first half enabled Villanova (3-3) to pull away for good as the Wildcats cruised to a 66-47 victory over North Florida (1-4) in the consolation game of the FIU Thanksgiving Classic from Pharmed Arena. Senior Jackie Adamshick (Allentown, Pa.) registered her third straight double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds and represented Villanova on the all-tournament team.
The Wildcats never trailed in the contest and pushed their lead to as many as 28 points in the second half before settling on the final margin. Adamshick went 9-of-16 from the field and added four assists in 34 minutes, while sophomore Lisa Karcic (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) also registered a double-double with 15 points and a career-high 10 rebounds.
Villanova led 14-10 nine minutes into the game before scoring 14 unanswered points in a span of 3:49 to open a 28-10 lead with 6:32 remaining in the opening period. Adamshick started the run with a jump shot followed by a three-point play. After that, Karcic and sophomores Siobhan O'Connor (West Chester, Pa.) and Briana Weiss (Piedmont, Calif.) combined to make three straight 3-pointers that capped the run.
Weiss wound up scoring a career-high 12 points with three assists in 28 minutes. She was 4-of-8 from the field and drained 3-of-4 three-pointers on the evening, and the Wildcats outscored the Ospreys 15-4 on points off turnovers. That margin came despite a narrow +3 turnover margin (7-to-10) for Villanova in the game.
Antoinette Reames and Jennifer Guldager scored 11 and 10 points, respectively, to pace North Florida.
The Ospreys shot just 28 percent (8-of-29) in the first half and got no closer than the final margin in the second half. Villanova limited their opponents to just three field goals over the first 10 minutes of the second half and went on a 10-2 run in a span of five minutes to take a 55-27 lead with under 10 minutes to play.
The Wildcats were defeated 72-60 by Tulane on Friday night in their opening game at the tournament. The Green Wave went on to win the tournament title with a 68-64 win over host North Florida in Saturday's second game.
Villanova returns to action on Wednesday night with a 7 p.m. road game against George Washington.
NOTES: The Wildcats are 61-31 (.663) all-time during in-season tournaments ... Adamshick now has nine double-doubles in her career, including the three this season ... Karcic registered her first career double-double in tonight's game ... Through the first six games of the season, Karcic has scored between 11 and 16 points in every game ... She ranks second on the team in scoring with 13.8 per contest.