Dec. 13, 2007
Villanova finished with an 8-21 record last season, setting a mark for the most losses in a season in program history. The 2006-07 squad was 5-6 through the first 11 games, whereas this year the team already has a six-game winning streak under its belt.
The Wildcats made 18 three-pointers and had just nine turnovers in tonight's contest. Villanova leads the entire nation in three-pointers made per game as well as fewest turnovers per game. Incredibly, the team has now made more three-pointers (129) in its first 11 games than it has committed turnovers (125).
Tonight marked the fourth time ever that the Wildcats have made 18 three-pointers in a game. Villanova also finished with 18 triples (on 29 attempts) earlier this season in an 83-58 victory over South Alabama in the Odwalla Thanksgiving Classic at San Francisco. The Wildcats made 18 three-pointers in a game for the first time on December 20, 1997 against Penn and equaled the feat against West Virginia on January 3, 2001.
Kurz finished one three-pointer away from tying the school record of nine set by Jenny Higgins against Penn on December 20, 1997. Had she not missed the one three-point attempt in the game, she would have become only the fourth player in NCAA history to have an 8-for-8 effort from long range.
Binghamton recorded one blocked shot in the game on a rejection by Laura Sario. That play came on the 31st shot attempt of the game by Villanova and ended a streak of 126 straight field goal attempts by the Wildcats that had not been blocked. Through the first 11 games of the season, the Wildcats have blocked 36 shots while having only seven of their own shots swatted away.
The impressive stats continued in the assist column tonight for the Villanova, which had seven different players record multiple assists in the game. The Wildcats dished out helpers on 16 of their 27 made field goals for the evening.
Villanova is now 6-2 all-time against teams that currently make up the America East Conference, including 2-0 against Binghamton. In the first meeting ever between the teams last season, the Wildcats came away with a 59-40 victory at the Events Center in Vestal.