Dec. 5, 2004
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - In its first Big 5 game of the season, No. 24 Villanova (4-2, 1-0 Big 5) connected on 11 three-pointers and defeated Penn (3-3, 2-1 Big 5) 69-44 on Sunday afternoon at The Palestra. The win improved the Wildcats all-time record to 30-2 in the series with the Quakers, while the 25-point margin was the largest since a 99-55 Villanova win on December 20, 1997.
Villanova stretched a 13-point halftime lead to a 20-point margin in the first four minutes of the second half, and never led by fewer than 16 points the rest of the way. The Wildcats hit three 3-pointers in a span of just over three minutes during a 12-5 run that established a 44-24 lead with 15:53 remaining. Sophomore forward Jackie Adamshick (Allentown, Pa.) started the run with a three-pointer less than a minute into the period, and junior forward Liad Suez (Even-Yehuda, Israel) capped the run with two free throws followed by a four-point play 30 seconds later. Villanova hit on 11-of-25 three-pointers in the game, including 6-of-11 in the second half.
Junior guard Betsy McManus (Pearl River, N.Y.) came off the bench to lead Villanova with a game-high and career-high 15 points. In 26 minutes of work, McManus was 5-of-6 from the floor, including 3-of-4 accuracy from long range. She also handed out three assists and collected a career-best four steals. Junior guard Courtney Roantree (Philadelphia, Pa.) added a career-high 14 points--13 in the first half--including 3-of-5 shooting from behind the arc and 5-of-6 free throws. Suez finished with 12 points, while junior forward Kate Dessart Mager (Media, Pa.) chipped in seven points and pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds in only 17 minutes. Nine players saw at least 14 minutes on the floor for the Wildcats, and Villanova's bench outscored Penn's 37-18.
The Wildcats lead grew to as many as 28 in the game's closing minutes, as Villanova took advantage of 12 Penn fouls in the period and made 13 free throws. The Wildcats were held without a field goal for nearly the last six minutes of the game, but made good on 7-of-9 free throws before settling on the 25-point final margin.
Villanova took control of the contest early on, using a 14-2 first-half run in a span of 5:07 to take a 19-6 lead with 8:54 left in the first stanza. Roantree scored six of her points during the run and the Quakers started the game 3-of-14 from the floor. The Wildcats entered the intermission with a 32-19 advantage.
Jennifer Fleischer led Penn with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and was the team's only player in double figures.
Villanova turned the ball over just six times and outrebounded their hosts 39-34.
The game marked the end of a five-game road trip for the Wildcats, whose only home game was the season opener against Penn State. Villanova went 3-2 on the trip and will now return to action at home on Wednesday evening against La Salle.