Dec. 10, 2011
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Villanova earned its 94th all-time Big Five victory on Saturday afternoon at The Pavilion. The Wildcats (8-2, 2-0 Big Five) defeated city rival Saint Joseph's 52-46 and now have the most all-time wins in the city series. The Hawks are second with 93.
Junior Laura Sweeney led all scorers with 18 points and nine rebounds, 16 of those points came in the second half. She has scored double figures in 21 of the last 24 games and for the eighth time in 10 games this season.
The Hawks got out to a 7-0 lead in the first half until Sweeney put Villanova on the board with a lay-up at the 16:24 mark. Those were her only points in the opening half.
Trailing 21-12 with 9:01 remaining in the half, the Wildcats went on an 11-2 run and cut Saint Joseph's lead to just one point, 21-20, after Pearson connected on a lay-up.
Both teams went scoreless for over four minutes until the Hawks were fouled and made 1-of-2 from the foul line for a 24-20 lead.
Pearson missed a jumper as the clock ran down, but she grabbed her own rebound and passed to junior Emily Suhey who drained a three from the left wing as the first half came to a close and the Hawks lead was cut to one point, 24-23.
Villanova shot 32-percent (9-28) from the field in the first half, including five from three-point range.
The Wildcats opened the second half scoreless until the 17:12 mark when Sweeney sank a lay-up, 30-25. The Wildcats then went on a 6-0 run with two shots from Sweeney and took their first lead of the game after Devon Kane sank two shots from the charity stripe at the 15:10 mark.
Sweeney took off and made a fast-break lay-up to give Villanova a 40-38 lead with 8:04 left in the game. After a missed three point basket from the Wildcats, Saint Joseph's grabbed the rebound and connected on a lay-up, which cut Villanova's lead to two points, 46-44 with 3:43 remaining.
After being fouled, Sweeney sank both free-throw shots to extend the lead to four points and made a lay-up with 15 to go in the game, which put the `Cats ahead, 50-44. The Hawks quickly cut the lead back to four points, but Kane connected on two from the foul line for a 52-46 lead and Saint Joseph's missed its final three shot attempts.
Villanova shot 20-for-53 from the field (38-percent) and were six-for-17 (35-percent) from beyond the arc.
The Hawks have a 5-4 overall record and are 0-1 in Big Five action. They were led by Erin Shields with 14 points and Michelle Baker chimed in with a double-double; 10points and 10 boards. Saint Joseph's shot 33-percent (19-for-58) from the field and were 3-for-10 in three-point baskets.
The Wildcats will have a week and a half off due to final exams. They will continue with Big Five action on Thursday, Dec. 22 at Temple. Tip-off is slated for 4:00 p.m.