Dec. 21, 2004
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Visiting Temple (6-3, 2-0 Big 5) took its first lead of the game with 13:41 remaining in the second half and seized the lead for good exactly four minutes later, and the Owls defeated Villanova (6-3, 3-1 Big 5) 64-57 on Tuesday evening at The Pavilion. The loss snapped an 11-game winning streak in Big 5 play for the Wildcats, who also saw a 15-game home winning streak come to an end.
Temple's Cynthia Dupree drove for a layup with 9:41 remaining to give the Owls a 49-47 lead, and the basket started a 6-0 spurt for the visitors, who went ahead 53-47 with 7:16 left. Villanova was unable to find an equalizer after that, despite cutting the margin to two on three different occasions.
Sophomore forward Jackie Adamshick (Allentown, Pa.) made a layup with 3:24 remaining to cut the deficit to 57-55, but the Wildcats then were held scoreless until the closing seconds, and Temple made five free throws in the final 2:06 to seal the victory.
Adamshick led three Wildcats in double figures with 16 points and also pulled down a team-high nine rebounds. Senior guard Jennifer Hilgenberg (Readington, N.J.) scored 12 points and had three assists, while redshirt freshman forward Stacie Witman (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) contributed 10 points.
The Owls were led by Dupree, who notched game-highs of 23 points and 15 rebounds. She had 14 points and seven rebounds in the pivotal second half, as Temple rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit. Kamesha Hairston had 12 points and eight rebounds for the Owls, while Ari Moore and Cynthia Jordan each scored 10 points.
Villanova closed the first half with a 12-4 run in the final 6:33 and led 33-23 at intermission. Hilgenberg scored 10 of her 12 points in the period, in which the Wildcats shot 48 percent and hit on
4-of-7 three-pointers. The teams had traded baskets in the opening minutes of the game before Villanova pulled away from a 10-9 advantage with eight unanswered points in just over two minutes to take an 18-9 lead. Hilgenberg and Adamshick drilled back-to-back three-pointers in a span of 27 seconds to finish off the spurt.
The Wildcats return to action on December 28 in a 2 p.m. contest against Kansas State. The game, which will be the first meeting between the schools, is being played on the St. Joseph's campus in Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.
NOTES: Villanova's last home loss came in a 50-49 setback to Rutgers on March 1, 2003 ... The team had won 11 straight Big 5 contests since a 69-62 loss to Penn on December 11, 2001 ... The Wildcats could have clinched a third consecutive Big 5 title with a win, but now must wait out the results of the remaining games ... Temple committed just three turnovers in the game, and none in the second half.