Dec. 30, 2012
HANOVER, N.H.--In the consolation game of the Dartmouth Blue Sky Classic, the Villanova Wildcats tallied a 60-37 win over the Dartmouth Big Green. With the victory, the Wildcats improve to 10-2 on the season, while Dartmouth falls to 1-11.
Villanova raced to an 11-0 lead to start the game, as Dartmouth committed four turnovers and missed its first three shots. The Big Green got on the board when Faziah Steen converted a lay-up at the 16:00 minute mark.
Leading 15-4, Villanova scored six consecutive points to grab a 21-5 advantage with 10:40 remaining in the first half. The six points included three-point field goals by seniors Laura Sweeney and Emily Suhey.
Dartmouth came back and went on a 6-0 run of its own to slice the Villanova lead to 21-11. Sweeney put an end to the Big Green spurt with a lay-up. After a three-point field goal by Dartmouth's Kaitana Martinez got the Big Green within nine at 23-14, Wildcat sophomore Lauren Burford drained a triple from the wing to put the Wildcats back up 12 at 26-14.
After a defensive stop, Sweeney scored on a driving lay-up to give her team a 28-14 advantage. A three-ball by Dartmouth's Milica Toskovic made the score 28-17, before Wildcat sophomore guard Devon Kane scored on a breakaway lay-up with 20 seconds left in the half to give Villanova a 30-17 lead at intermission.
Sweeney led the Wildcats in the first half with 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field.
Villanova led 35-23 with 13:59 to play in the game, when the Wildcats went on a 12-4 run to take a commanding 47-27 lead at the 9:48 mark. Two Rachel Roberts three-point field goals fueled the Villanova run.
Dartmouth never recovered from the Villanova run, as the Big Green never got to within 16 the rest of the way.
The Wildcats shot 50.0 percent from the field (13-of-26) in the second half, while the Big Green made just 6-of-23 from the floor in the second stanza for 26.1 percent.
In the win, Sweeney led all scorers with 22 points on 10-of-14 shooting, including a 2-of-4 effort from three-point range. She also added seven rebounds, four steals, two assists and two blocks. Sophomore forward Taylor Holeman had 10 points, six rebounds and three steals for the Wildcats.
Dartmouth was paced by Milica Toskovic with nine points.
For the game, Villanova was 26-of-58 from the floor (44.8%), 8-of-32 from three-point range (25.0%) and 0-for-1 from the foul line, while Dartmouth shot 28.9 percent from the field (13-of-45), 42.9 percent from long distance (3-of-7) and 61.5 percent from the charity stripe (8-of-13). The Big Green owned a 39-28 advantage on the backboards. The Wildcats had just nine turnovers, while Dartmouth was charged with 23 turnovers.
Villanova will return to action on Sunday, Jan. 6, when the Wildcats open up Big East play at Cincinnati.
NOTES: Laura Sweeney now has 13 career 20-point games...Villanova's nine turnovers was the fourth game this year that the Wildcats have had single digit turnovers...The Wildcats finished the three in-season tournaments with a 4-2 record...With her 24 points in the tournament, Laura Sweeney ties Michele Thornton for 14th on Villanova's all-time scoring list with 1,261 points...Villanova is now 2-0 all-time against Dartmouth...The Wildcats have kept eight of their 12 opponents under 50 points this season...Villanova had an assist on 21 of its 26 field goals in the Dartmouth win.