Nov. 26, 2011
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Not since 2007 had the Villanova women's basketball team scored 77+ points, but the Wildcats earned a 77-44 victory over University of the Sciences on Saturday afternoon at the Pavilion and set a season-high with 15 three-point baskets, just three short of the all-time record.
Villanova (4-2) notched 78 points on Dec. 13, 2007 against Binghamton, but hadn't scored as many points since. It was that same games that established the three-point record of 18.
Senior Lindsay Kimmel led all scorers with a season-best 15 points on 5-for-7 shooting from beyond the arc. Junior Emily Suhey tallied 12 points going 4-for-7 from three-point range and sophomore Rachel Roberts posted 10 points.
The Wildcats connected on 30-of-64 field goals for 47-percent and shot 15-for-35 treys for 43-percent.
11 players scored for Villanova on Saturday and seven of those players hit a basket from three-point range.
Junior Megan Pearson made a lay-up at the 13:20 mark in the second half which sparked a 23-6 run by the `Cats over the next eight minutes, which extended Villanova's lead to 76-38.
The Devils made a free-throw shot with 3:09 left in the game as both teams went scoreless over two minutes, until the University of the Sciences hit a jumper and Villanova closed on a free-throw taking a 77-44 victory.
Villanova used a balance offensive attack in the first half. 10 Wildcats scored and the squad combined to go 8-for-18 from beyond the arc. Kimmel had nine points at the break, while Kane was 2-for-2 from three point range and had tallied eight points.
The Wildcats had a slight edge, 8-5 at the 16:30 mark in the first half and used a 12-2 run to go ahead 20-7 in just three minutes after freshman Kendall Burton sank a shot from long range.
Senior Sarah Jones connected on a jumper with 5:08 remaining in the half and a jumper from junior Megan Pearson put `Nova in front, 35-20 with 3:19 to go in the half.
Sophomore Devon Kane was good on a layup for a 42-22 lead with just a minute remaining, but the Devils hit a jumper as time expired and the half closed with the Wildcats taking a 42-24 lead into the locker room.
Junior Laura Sweeney pulled down eight boards and dished out four assists in the game, while freshman Taylor Holeman grabbed six rebounds. Freshman Emily Leer had four rebounds and came up with three steals.
Villanova will be back in action at Lehigh on Wednesday, Nov. 30. Tip-off is set at 11:30 a.m. in Bethlehem, Pa.