Dec. 12, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. - In women's basketball action on Wednesday, Dec. 12, the Villanova Wildcats tallied a seventh straight win with a 61-54 victory over the visiting Princeton Tigers. With the win, Villanova improves to 8-1 on the season, while Princeton falls to 6-4.
Villanova started the second half on a 13-5 run to take a 39-23 lead at the 15:25 mark. Three-point shooting was the key to run, as senior guard Jesse Carey, sophomore forward Lauren Burford and freshman guard Caroline Coyer all connected on triples during the run.
The Wildcats maintained a double digit lead until the 7:53 mark. Princeton trailed 45-33 with 9:20 to play, when the Tigers went on an 8-0 run to pull within four at 45-41 with 6:14 left in the game. Back-to-back three-point field goals by Michelle Miller and Blake Dietrick highlighted the Tiger spurt.
Coyer ended the Wildcat scoring drought with a driving lay-up to put her team up 47-41 at the 6:44 mark. On the game's next possession, Tiger guard Niveen Rasheed scored on a driving lay-up of her own to make it a four point game again.
Villanova then scored the game's next seven points to open up a 54-43 lead with 3:26 to play. A pull-up jump shot by sophomore center Emily Leer was followed by a Rachel Roberts lay-up and a Roberts three-ball.
Tiger guard Blake Dietrick made a running one-handed lay-up to cut the Wildcat advantage to 57-52 with 32 seconds remaining, but that is as close as Princeton would get. Coyer and Roberts both made two free throws in the last 28 seconds to seal the win for the Wildcats.
Senior forward Laura Sweeney got the Wildcats going early as she scored Villanova's first seven points and the Wildcats led 7-2 five minutes into the contest.
The Wildcats owned a 15-8 lead with 7:35 to play in the first half, when Princeton used a 6-0 run to close within one at 15-14 at the 4:33 mark.
Villanova came right back and grabbed momentum by outscoring Princeton by an 11-4 margin over the final four minutes of the half to take a 26-18 halftime lead. Junior guard Devon Kane started the run with a conventional three-point play, before Burford and Coyer connected on three-point field goals. The half ended with a Leer offensive rebound put back as time expired.
Both team struggled shooting the ball in the first stanza. Villanova was 10-of-32 from the field (31.3%) and 4-of-15 from long distance (26.7%), while Princeton was 7-of-32 from the floor (21.9%) and 0-for-5 from three-point range.
Villanova was led in the win by Coyer who had 12 points, five rebounds and four assists. Sweeney added 11 points, nine rebounds, three blocks, three assists and two steals. Burford chipped in with nine points.
Princeton was paced by Rasheed with 15 points. Kristen Helmstetter tallied 11 points for the Tigers, while Dietrick added 10.
For the game, Villanova shot 38.9 percent from the field (21-of-54), 34.8 percent from three-point range (8-of-23) and 78.6 percent from the foul line (11-of-14), while Princeton was 21-of-67 from the field (31.3%), 3-of-13 from long distance (23.1%) and 9-of-15 from the charity stripe (60.0%). Princeton owned a 43-42 advantage on the backboards.
Villanova will be off until Friday, Dec. 21, when the Wildcats host Temple. Game time is set for 6 p.m.
NOTES: Villanova now leads the all-time series against Princeton by a 9-6 count...The Wildcats improve to 54-9 all-time versus the Ivy League...Laura Sweeney has scored double figures in eight of the nine games this season...The Villanova bench scored 29 of Villanova's 61 points.