Nov. 29, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova Wildcats tallied their fourth straight win with a 66-49 victory over the visiting Lehigh Mountain Hawks. With the win, Villanova improves to 5-1 on the season, while Lehigh falls to 2-4 on the year.
Leading 7-4, the Wildcats used a 23-5 run to open up a 30-9 lead with 7:32 to play in the first half. Villanova spread the scoring wealth around during the run as seven different Wildcats tallied points. Senior forward Laura Sweeney had back-to-back lay-ups to give her team the 21 point advantage.
Villanova controlled the first half until the last 4:02 when Lehigh went on a 11-0 run to cut the Villanova lead to 39-28 at intermission. During the Mountain Hawk run, Villanova failed to score for the final four minutes and missed its final 11 shots of the first half. Sophomore guard Sarah Williams scored 10 of Lehigh's 11 points over the final 4:02 of the first half.
The Wildcats came out of halftime and went on an 8-2 run to take a 47-30 advantage at the 15:41 mark. Senior guard Rachel Roberts led the run with a three-point field goal from the left wing and a driving lay-up.
Villanova put the game away when the Wildcats outscored the Mountain Hawks by a 10-2 margin over a three minute span to take a commanding 61-38 lead at the 8:28 mark. Junior guard Devon Kane connected on a deep three and scored on a left-handed driving lay-up to highlight the 10-2 spurt.
Roberts paced the Wildcats in the win with 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field, including a 3-of-5 effort from three-point range. Three other Wildcats scored in double figures, including Kane with 11, and Sweeney and freshman guard Caroline Coyer with 10 points each.
Lehigh was led by Williams who had 14 points. Kerry Kinek added 10 points and nine rebounds for the Mountain Hawks.
For the game, Villanova shot 39.1 percent from the field (25-of-64), 35.7 percent from three-point range (10-of-28) and 54.4 percent from the foul line (6-of-11), while Lehigh was 19-of-48 from the floor (39.6%), 4-of-9 from long distance. (44.4%) and 6-of-11 from the charity stripe (58.3%). The Wildcats owned a 38-33 advantage on the backboards. The Wildcats had seven turnovers, while the Mountain Hawks were credited with 15 turnovers.
The Wildcats return to action on Sunday, Dec. 2, when they host the LaSalle Explorers in the Big Five opener. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.
NOTES: Villanova improved to 2-0 versus the Patriot League this season and 17-4 all-time...Former Villanova standout Laura Kurz is an assistant coach for Lehigh...Laura Sweeney has scored in double figures in all six games this year...Villanova has made 25 three-point field goals in the last two games.