Dec. 13, 2007
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Junior Laura Kurz (Lower Gwynedd, Pa.) and senior Stacie Witman (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) combined to make 12 three-pointers and Villanova (9-2) closed the first half with an 18-2 run in a 78-51 victory over Binghamton (1-8) on Thursday night at the Pavilion. The Wildcats tied a school record with 18 three-pointers made, including a sensational 8-of-9 performance from Kurz.
Kurz finished with 28 points on 10-of-15 shooting overall and Witman added 22 points with a 7-of-15 effort, including 4-of-9 accuracy from long distance. The pair combined for 50 points - just one less than the entire Bearcat team - and helped Villanova surpass its win total from last season in just the 11th game of the year.
Binghamton was able to work the ball into the post for much of the first half and trailed 31-24 after Darryll Peterson's layup with 6:11 left in the period. However, that was the last field goal of the half for the Bearcats and a three-pointer from junior Siobhan O'Connor (West Chester, Pa.) moments later jumpstarted the big Wildcat run to end the half.
Witman scored six straight points during the 18-2 run and Kurz drilled the final nine points of the spurt as both players surpassed the 20-point plateau by halftime. Villanova shot 59 percent in the first half, made 13-of-20 three-pointers (65%) in the period and led 49-26 at the break. Witman and Kurz combined for 43 of those points on 14-of-23 shooting (11-of-16 three-pointers).
In the second half, the Wildcats went scoreless for more than five minutes and scored just five points in the first nine minutes of the stanza. The Bearcats got only as close as 17 points during that stretch, though, as Villanova closed a six-game homestand with its fifth victory in that stretch.
Laura Franceski made 5-of-8 shots from the field and 6-of-8 from the line to lead Binghamton with 16 points and six rebounds. Laura Sario added 10 points and three assists for the Bearcats, who owned a 30-29 edge on the glass.
Sophomore Maria Getty (Centerville, Ohio) was the Wildcats third-leading scorer with seven points and Villanova received points from nine different players. Junior Lisa Karcic (New Hyde Park, Pa.) made two three-pointers in the second half to finish with six points. Her second triple of the game with 6:59 remaining was the 18th of the night for the Wildcats and tied the school record for the second time this season. Villanova, however, missed on its final six attempts from long distance to still finish an impressive 18-of-35 (51.4%) from beyond the arc.
A busy stretch of games ended with tonight's victory as the Wildcats now have an eight-day layoff for final exams. Villanova next plays on the road at Temple on December 21 at 4 p.m. A win in that game would give the Wildcats an outright Big Five championship this season.