Dec. 1, 2007
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Villanova (6-1, 2-0 Big Five) shot 51 percent and the outcome was never in doubt as the Wildcats won their fifth straight game by a 66-26 margin over Penn (3-4, 0-2 Big Five) on Saturday afternoon at the Pavilion.
Senior Stacie Witman (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) led Villanova with 22 points and nine rebounds and junior Lisa Karcic (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) added 17 points, six rebounds and five assists. Nine different players scored for the Wildcats in the victory.
A quick start fueled the Villanova offense and the Wildcats led 14-2 in the opening six minutes and by as many as 25 points in the first half. The Quakers made a basket with 4:23 left in the first half to make the score 31-12 but then went scoreless for more than 11 minutes until the 13:04 mark of the second half. In that stretch Villanova ran off a 22-0 run that featured 10 points from Witman and six from Karcic.
Penn shot just 24 percent (11-of-46) for the game and committed 19 turnovers while being outrebounded 34-27 by the Wildcats. Carrie Biemer and Amy Donovan had eight points apiece for the Quakers, who had their lowest scoring output in 34 years.
Juniors Laura Kurz (Lower Gwynedd, Pa.) and Briana Weiss (Piedmont, Calif.) each added six points for Villanova, which made 13 three-pointers in the game and shot 21-of-41 (51.2%) overall. The Wildcats also blocked five shots and tallied nine steals.
Witman got going early and made two three-pointers in a 12-0 run that put Villanova ahead 14-2 at the 14:37 mark of the opening period. After a basket by the Quakers the Wildcats scored 12 more unanswered points, including two three-pointers from Karcic and one from Witman.
Redshirt freshman Shannon Elliott (Wilmington, Del.) made her first collegiate start in the game and contributed four points, three rebounds, two blocked shots and one steal in 13 minutes of action.
With five straight wins under its belt, Villanova will next return to the court for a second straight Big Five game when it hosts Saint Joseph's on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Pavilion.
NOTES: The 40-point margin of victory was the largest for the Wildcats since an 88-42 win over Fairfield on December 30, 2002 ... The 26 points scored by Penn were also the fewest against Villanova since a 42-21 win over Kutztown in 1979 ... That was Harry Perretta's first year as head coach ... He is now in his 30th season with the Wildcats ... Villanova had not allowed an opponent to fewer than 30 points since a 65-29 win at Rider in 1987 ... The Quakers scoring output was their lowest since 1973.