Wildcats Lose Conference Opener to USF by 60-48 Score
Dec. 7, 2006
VILLANOVA, Pa. - In its conference opener, Villanova (4-5, 0-1 Big East) was scoreless for more than 10 minutes during the second half and was defeated by visiting University of South Florida (8-1, 1-0 BE) 60-48 on Thursday evening at the Pavilion. The Bulls used a decisive 27-3 run in the second half to pull away for the victory.
Sophomore Lisa Karcic (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) hit a three-pointer in the opening minute of the second half to extend a narrow Wildcat lead to 30-25 at the 19:16 mark of the period. However, Villanova did not score again until redshirt freshman Tia Grant (Lido Beach, N.Y.) converted a three-point play with 8:59 remaining in the game. By that point, USF had scored 21 unanswered points and build a 46-30 advantage.
The Wildcats recovered from their offensive drought to score 15 points in the final 6:26, but the Bulls maintained a double-digit lead down the stretch. Senior Jackie Adamshick (Allentown, Pa.) scored a team-high 12 points and was the lone Villanova player in double figures. Redshirt freshman Maria Getty (Centerville, Ohio) hit three 3-pointers and scored all nine of her points in the first half, while Karcic finished with eight points.
USF turned the ball over just eight times and made use of 17 offensive rebounds to overcome 39 percent shooting from the field. Jessica Dickson registered a double-double with game highs of 16 points and 12 rebounds and Shantia Grace added 11 points.
The teams combined to miss the first eight field goal attempts of the game in a slow start each way out of the gate. Four different players scored for Villanova during a 14-6 run over 4:33 and the Wildcats took a seven-point lead, 21-14, with 5:52 left in the opening stanza. Villanova made 6-of-12 three-pointers in the opening 20 minutes and held on to a 27-25 lead at the intermission.
In the decisive second period, the Wildcats missed 13 straight field goals and two free throws during their scoreless stretch and went just 2-of-13 from behind the arc in the period. ChiChi Okpaleke made a basket at the 16:03 mark to give USF their first lead since an 8-7 edge midway through the first half, and the Bulls never relinquished the lead.
Sophomore Siobhan O'Connor (West Chester, Pa.) had five assists and five rebounds for Villanova and Adamshick led the team with seven caroms. The Wildcats committed just nine turnovers and handed out 16 assists in the game.
Villanova returns to the road on Sunday afternoon when it faces Binghamton at 1 p.m.