Dec. 10, 2006
VESTAL, N.Y. - Sophomore Briana Weiss (Piedmont, Calif.) scored 13 of her game-high 16 points in the first half and Villanova (5-5) shot 58 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes of a 59-40 win over Binghamton (2-7) on Sunday afternoon at the Events Center. Weiss led three players who scored in double figures as the Wildcats evened their record for the season leading into a 12-day break for exams.
In the decisive opening period, Weiss hit on 5-of-8 from the field and 3-of-6 from three-point range to score 13 points in just 15 minutes. Villanova built an early 12-4 lead in the first seven minutes and later used a 15-5 run in a span of five minutes to go ahead 29-14 with 6:56 remaining before the intermission.
Weiss hit a late three-pointer for her only points in the second half and redshirt freshman Maria Getty (Centerville, Ohio) added four three-pointers in the game to finish with 13 points. Senior Jackie Adamshick (Allentown, Pa.) notched her fourth double-double of the season with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
The Wildcats limited their hosts to just 30 percent shooting for the game and never led by fewer than 10 points in the second half. Binghamton pulled to within 38-28 with 14:07 remaining but was held without a field goal for over eight minutes later in the period, preventing any chances of a comeback bid.
Laura Franceski scored a team-high 11 points and Juta Jahilo led the team with 13 rebounds.
Redshirt freshman Kyle Dougherty (Sayre, Pa.) started and played 23 minutes in front of a large contingent of hometown fans. She connected on 4-of-5 shooting from the field and had a season-best eight points to go along with two assists.
Villanova matched a season-high with 11 three-pointers and shot 48 percent (11-of-23) from beyond the arc. Despite hitting on only 32 percent from the field over the final 20 minutes, the Wildcats still connected on 6-of-12 from long distance.
After a break for finals exams Villanova returns to action at home with a Big Five contest against Temple on December 22 at 4 p.m.
NOTES: Adamshick recorded the 10th double-double of her career ... Dougherty played her high school ball at Owego Free Academy, a short distance from Binghamton ... The Wildcats had a 22-9 edge in bench points in the game, with Weiss accounting for 16 of the 22 points from the Villanova reserves.