Dec. 30, 2004
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Stifling defense by the Wildcats helped limit visiting Manhattan (6-4) to two points in nearly 12 minutes during a decisive second-half run, and Villanova (7-4) defeated the visiting Lady Jaspers 64-36 on Thursday night at The Pavilion in its final non-conference game.
The Wildcats led 35-26 in the opening minutes of the second half before scoring 14 unanswered points in a span of 3:19 to establish a 49-26 lead with 12:07 remaining. Junior forward Kate Dessart Mager (Meida, Pa.) scored nine points in that stretch, during which Villanova was a perfect 6-of-6 from the floor. After a Manhattan basket, the run continued with 13 more Wildcat points, ultimately becoming a 27-2 spurt over 9:40 that created a 62-28 margin with 5:46 left.
Junior forward Liad Suez (Even-Yehuda, Israel) scored a game-high 18 points and pulled down six rebounds, and Dessart Mager finished with 13 points while shooting 5-of-5 from the field and 3-of-3 from the charity stripe. Dessart Mager has now made 10 consecutive field goals since the beginning of the second half of Tuesday's game against Kansas State. Sophomore forward Jackie Adamshick (Allentown, Pa.) pulled down a game- and career-high 12 rebounds, and junior guard Jenna Viana (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) had eight points and five assists to go along with career-highs of three blocks and four steals.
Serra Sangar had 12 points and seven rebounds to lead the Lady Jaspers, who were limited to 28.3 percent (15-of-53) shooting for the evening.
Villanova was in control of the game early on, holding Manhattan scoreless for more than four minutes at the start of the game and building a 13-2 lead in the first 6:30 of the contest. Suez played all but one minute in the opening period and had 13 points and five rebounds as the Wildcats went into halftime with a 31-20 lead.
The margin of victory was Villanova's largest since a 75-45 victory over Pittsburgh on February 8 of this year. The Wildcats managed 12 offensive caroms and had a plus-nine rebounding advantage on the evening, as the team's 41 rebounds were a season-high and the most since Villanova had 42 boards in a win over Elon on November 28, 2003.
The Wildcats open their 16-game BIG EAST schedule on Sunday when they host Providence at 2 p.m.