Dec. 8, 2007
VILLANOVA, Pa. - A scoreless stretch of just over six minutes in the second half proved to be the decisive factor in the game and Villanova (7-2) was defeated 67-52 on Saturday afternoon at the Pavilion by George Washington (7-3). The Colonials used a 16-0 second-half run to put the game out of reach of the Wildcats, who had won six straight entering the day.
George Washington led 36-33 when a layup by Jazmine Adair with 15:05 to play kicked off a spurt of 16 unanswered points in a span of 4:46 by the Colonials. Villanova went 0-for-8 from the field and committed three turnovers in that stretch.
It wound up that George Washington had the last answer in a series of runs between the teams. The Colonials built a 29-12 lead in the game's first 15 minutes and led 34-19 at halftime. However, six points from sophomore Maria Getty (Centerville, Ohio) and five from junior Laura Kurz (Lower Gwynedd, Pa.) highlighted a 14-2 run by the Wildcats to open the second half.
A three-pointer by Getty with 15:29 left in the game pulled Villanova to within three points (36-33), the closest the team had been since trailing 8-5 in the opening minutes. The Wildcats went scoreless from that point until a three-pointer from senior Stacie Witman (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) with 9:24 to play. George Washington led by as many as 21 points and Villanova got no closer than 14 points the rest of the way.
Getty made all three of her three-point attempts on the afternoon and finished with a team-best 15 points. Junior Lisa Karcic (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) added 10 points, four assists and three blocks, while Kurz scored eight points and pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds. The Wildcats managed just 28 percent (14-of-50) shooting from the field for the game and finished with more free throws (15-of-16, 93.8%) than field goals made.
Jessica Adair and twin sister Jazmine used an array of low-post moves to the Colonials advantage, combining to score 29 points on 13-of-18 shooting. Jessica led George Washington with 19 points on 9-of-14 accuracy and Jazmine added 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting. Sarah-Jo Lawrence scored 13 points to round out three players in double figures for the Colonials.
In the first half, a 25-7 run that lasted nearly 12 minutes for George Washington established a 29-12 lead for the visitors. Lawrence had nine points and Jessica Adair eight during the run. The Colonials tallied 12 steals in the game and forced Villanova into matching a season-high 17 turnovers. George Washington owned advantages of 25-5 in points off turnovers and 42-6 on points in the paint.
The Wildcats return to action at home on Tuesday at 7 p.m. with a game against Massachusetts.
NOTES: Karcic reached double figures in scoring for the eighth straight game ... She also now has seven blocked shots in her last two contests and Villanova has 13 rejections as a team in the two games ... Getty is 13-of-23 (56.5%) from three-point range in her last five games ... Kurz rebounded in double figures for the third time this season ... Whitney Allen had a team-high nine rebounds and Kimberly Beck dished out a game-high nine assists for the Colonials ... George Washington has won the past four meetings between the two teams.