Dec. 12, 2004
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - A 10-1 game-opening run by the Wildcats proved to be indicative of the rest of the game, and Villanova (6-2, 3-0 Big 5) never trailed in a 52-30 victory over St. Joseph's (2-8, 0-2 Big 5) on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.
The Wildcats scored on their first four possessions of the game and limited the Hawks to just a free throw on the way to building a 10-1 advantage at the 17:10 mark of the opening period. Villanova later stretched the lead to double digits with a 14-8 run, and led 24-14 with 6:32 left in the half. Overall, the Wildcats shot 60.0 percent (12-of-20) from the field in the first 20 minutes, and went into intermission with a 30-17 advantage.
After St. Joseph's opened the second half with a basket that cut the lead to 30-19, the Wildcats allowed their hosts just three field goals the rest of the way, and led by as many as 27 points before settling on the final margin. The Hawks trailed 51-24 with 1:33 remaining before scoring six points in the final 1:33.
Sophomore forward Jackie Adamshick (Media, Pa.) led the Wildcats with a game-high 15 points and pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds. Junior forward Liad Suez (Even-Yehuda, Israel) added 13 points, six rebounds, five assists and two blocks in 37 minutes of work. Senior guard Jennifer Hilgenberg (Readington, N.J.) scored nine points on 3-of-3 shooting from the field and 2-of-2 accuracy from the free throw line before leaving with an ankle injury.
Erica Pollock led St. Joseph's with 12 points, while Whitney Ffrench pulled down eight rebounds. The Hawks were 11-of-47 (23.4%) from the field in the game, and came up empty on all nine of its three-point attempts.
Villanova once again displayed outstanding ball control, committing just four turnovers for the second straight game. That included zero turnovers in a combined 128 minutes by the Wildcats starters. Villanova is averaging just 9.6 turnovers per game this season, and sports a +3.3 turnover margin.
Today's win was the third straight over St. Joseph's and 11th straight in Big 5 competition for Villanova, which can win its third consecutive championship with a win against Temple. The Wildcats will now have a 10-day break for exams before hosting the Owls at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 21.