Nov. 25, 2012
Las Vegas, Nev. - The Villanova Wildcats never trailed en route to a 74-49 win over the Montana Lady Grizz in the championship game of the UNLV Lady Rebel Round-Up. With the victory, Villanova improves to 4-1 on the season, while Montana falls to 3-2.
The Wildcats jumped all over the Lady Grizz, as Villanova raced to a 13-2 lead just five minutes into the game. Sophomore Lauren Burford and senior guard Rachel Roberts led the early charge. Burford connected on consecutive three-point field goals and Roberts buried a triple and scored on a pull-up jump shot in the lane.
Villanova led 18-9 with 11:47 left in the first half, when the Wildcats went on a 14-4 run to take a 32-13 advantage at the 6:54 mark. The run was highlighted by three consecutive triples by Roberts, Burford and freshman guard Caroline Coyer.
The Wildcats would lead by as many as 22 in the first half and go to intermission with a 40-19 lead. The story of the first half was Villanova's red hot shooting. Villanova went 14-of-26 from the field (53.8%) and a sizzling 9-of-15 from three-point range (60.0%). Burford led the shooting success by going five-of-six from long distance for 15 first half points. Roberts and Coyer added eight first half points each.
Montana struggled shooting the ball in the first stanza. The Lady Grizz were just 8-of-29 from the floor and 0-for-6 from behind the arc.
Villanova started the second half by outscoring Montana, 12-8, to increase its lead to 52-27 at the 14:56 mark. After Montana cut the Wildcat advantage to 52-34 with 12:35 left, Villanova would go on a 15-6 run to make it a 67-40 lead at the 6:23 mark. Back-to-back three-pointers by Burford and senior guard Jesse Carey started the run.
In the win, Burford tallied a career-high 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting from three-point range. The six triples also represent a career-high. Roberts and Coyer added 13 points, while senior forward Laura Sweeney netted 12 points. Carey chipped in with eight points and five assists. Coyer also had seven rebounds and four assists, while Roberts had five assists.
For their efforts in the two-game tournament, Sweeney was named the MVP, while Roberts earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team.
Montana was paced by Torry Hill with nine points.
For the game, Villanova shot 27-of-53 from the field (50.9%), 15-of-29 from three-point range (51.7%) and 5-of-10 from the foul line (50.0%), while Montana shot 35.7 percent from the floor (20-of-56), 16.7 percent from behind the arc (2-of-12) and 70.0 percent from the charity stripe (7-of-10). Villanova owned a 38-29 advantage on the backboards.
NOTES: Villanova has now won six of the last eight in-season tournaments they have played in...The Wildcats have now captured the UNLV Thanksgiving Tournament on two occasions (1993) and are 5-1 all-time playing in a UNLV tournament... Laura Sweeney has scored in double figures in all five games this year...Bowling Green defeated UNLV by a score of 64-54 in the consolation game.