Dec. 22, 2006
VILLANOVA, Pa. - After a pair of misses and subsequent offensive rebounds, a layup by Nicole Pittman with 1.1 seconds remaining lifted visiting Temple (7-4, 1-0 Big Five) to a 68-66 victory on Friday afternoon over Villanova (5-6, 1-2 B5) at the Pavilion. The Wildcats had a chance to inbound the ball under the Owls basket but were unable to get off a shot as the buzzer sounded.
There were four ties and three lead changes in the closing 6:11 of the contest and the game's final sequence began after freshman Tia Grant (Lido Beach, N.Y.) tied the game 66-66 on a layup with 42 seconds to play. On the ensuing possession by Temple, Kamesha Hairston missed a layup with 19 seconds left but rebounded her own shot and the Owls cleared the ball out to the perimeter. Hairston missed another layup with two seconds left but Pittman hit the game-winning shot one second later.
Sophomore Briana Weiss (Piedmont, Calif.) scored five of her 12 points in a span of 3:48 midway through the pivotal second period. Those points came in the midst of a 10-4 Villanova run that pushed the Wildcats lead to its largest, 57-47 with 8:54 remaining. However, Villanova then went scoreless for more than four minutes and Temple surged ahead with a 14-0 run in 3:02.
Fatima Maddox and Hairston each scored five points during the Owls run and a jumper by Maddox with 4:58 to play gave Temple a 61-57 lead. The Wildcats answered back with their own spurt, though, as Grant hit consecutive layups 34 seconds apart to tie the score at 61-61 with 3:59 remaining. Sophomore Lisa Karcic (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) made a three-pointer with 2:57 showing to give Villanova their final lead of the day, 64-63.
The Owls answered back with a free throw from Lady Comfort with 2:14 left to tie the score and Hairston made a basket with 1:12 remaining to put Temple ahead before Grant's second game-tying basket in the final minute.
Grant scored all six of her points in less than four minutes down the stretch. Senior Jackie Adamshick (Allentown, Pa.) led the Wildcats with 19 points and seven rebounds. Karcic came within one point of matching her career high and finished with 18 points and six caroms. Weiss ended up with 12 points and a career-high five rebounds on 5-of-7 shooting.
Hairston scored all but two of her 17 points in the second half and also pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds. LaKeisha Eaddy led all scorers with 20 points and five assists for the Owls and Comfort contributed 13 points and seven boards.
Villanova turned the ball over just 11 times in the game, but four of those miscues came in a span of 2:40 during the Temple run in the second half. In the first half, the Wildcats outscored the Owls 16-9 over the final six minutes of the period to take a 36-31 lead into the intermission. Weiss and Karcic scored five points and Adamshick added four during that spurt.
The afternoon's contest was the only one for Villanova in a stretch of 18 days. The Wildcats had been idle for final exams since December 10 and will now take a five-day break for the holidays before returning to the Pavilion to host Loyola (Md.) on December 28 at 7:30 p.m. Villanova will also host Manhattan on December 30 at 1 p.m. prior to the end of the calendar year.