Dec. 28, 2006
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Despite being sparked by a 12-0 run in just 1:27 midway through the second half, Villanova (5-7) ultimately could not come all the way back from an 18-point deficit and was defeated 61-54 by Loyola (Md.) (5-6) on Thursday evening at the Pavilion. The Wildcats got as close as four points down the stretch before the Greyhounds settled on the final margin.
After shooting just 28 percent in the first half, Villanova saw their visitors score the first six points in a 14-5 run to open the second half and pull out to a 43-25 lead with 13:35 to play. The Wildcats offense kicked into gear moments later, however, as redshirt freshman Maria Getty (Centerville, Ohio) followed a three-pointer with a three-point play. After that, sophomores Lisa Karcic (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) and Siobhan O'Connor (West Chester, Pa.) hit consecutive three-pointers that trimmed the deficit to 43-37 with 11:10 remaining.
A three-pointer by Loyola's Tynisha Davis with 6:36 left stretched the lead back to double digits, 52-41, but the Greyhounds would not make another field goal in the contest. Loyola went 0-for-7 from the field and 3-for-6 from the foul line in a span of four minutes as a 10-3 run got Villanova to within 55-51 with 1:33 to play. The Greyhounds 6-of-12 shooting from the charity stripe in the final 1:33 was enough to sustain the lead and the Wildcats never got closer than four points.
Senior forward Jackie Adamshick (Allentown, Pa.) scored 14 of her game-high 22 points in the second half, including six during the 10-3 run that kept Villanova in the game until the closing seconds. Adamshick added seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals to her line for the evening. Karcic finished with her third double-double of the season, scoring 12 points and pulling down a career-high 13 rebounds. Getty also reached double figures with 11 points, four assists and three steals.
Despite a closely-contested first half, Loyola took its first lead of the game at 8-7 with 15:28 left in the opening period and never relinquished the advantage. Leading 17-15 at the 6:46 mark of the half, the Greyhounds held Villanova scoreless for nearly five minutes and used a 12-5 run to extend their lead to 29-20 at halftime.
Jill Glessner scored a team-high 17 points and Meghan Wood registered a double-double with 13 points and 16 rebounds. Loyola maintained a 49-40 edge on the glass for the evening and made do with 52 percent shooting from the foul line (15-of-29).
After playing just three games in the last 18 days due to breaks for final exams and the Christmas holiday, Villanova will be back in action at home on Saturday afternoon against Manhattan. Game time from the Pavilion is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
NOTES: All three of Karcic' career double-doubles have come this season ... The sophomore reached double figures in scoring for the 10th time in 12 outings this season and continues to rank second on the squad with 12.8 points per game ... The loss ended a 14-game winning streak for the Wildcats against teams from the MAAC, a streak that dates back to the 1994-95 season ... Villanova is 37-8 (.822) all-time against MAAC teams and had not lost to an opponent from that league since a 71-65 loss to Siena on Dec. 29, 1994 ... Junior forward Stacie Witman (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) saw her first action since the season opener after missing the previous 10 games with a stress fracture ... Witman came off the bench and played 11 minutes.