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Dec. 13, 1997

Villanova Defeats Temple, 66-40

Jenn Beisel

In women's basketball action at The Apollo of Temple, Villanova defeated the Temple Owls by a score of, 66-40. Villanova, who has won three-straight and five of the last six, improves to 5-2 on the season, while Temple falls to 5-2 overall. In Philadelphia Big 5 action, Villanova is now 2-1, with Temple standing at 0-1 in Big 5 play.

The Wildcats jumped all over the Owls early, as Villanova raced to an early 11-2 lead just four minutes into the game. Villanova would increase its lead to 26-8 with 8:26 remaining in the first half. Senior Jenny Higgins had eight of Villanova's first 26 points, including two, three-point field goals.

Leading 29-10 at the 7:34 mark, the Wildcats went on an 11-4 run to take a 40-14 advantage with 3:55 left in the first stanza. Villanova would go on to shoot 53% in the first half, en route to a commanding 42-18 halftime lead. In the first half, Villanova was led by Higgins and sophomore Jenea Skeeters who had 11 points each. Temple was led in the first half by Jen Webster and Dawn Ingram with six a piece.

In the second half, Villanova would gain its largest lead of the game at 54-26 with 9:07 remaining. From that point on, the Owls outscored Villanova, 14-12, making the final score, 66-40.

Villanova was led in the game by senior Jenn Beisel who had a game-high 16 points to go with six rebounds and three assists and Higgins who was five-for-five from the field (four-for-four from three-point range) to finish with 14 points. Also scoring in double figures for the Cats was Skeeters with 11. Junior point guard Shanette Lee registered nine assists and six rebounds. In two games this week, Beisel recorded 38 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists and five steals.

Temple was paced by senior Jen Ricco who had 10 points and Webster who finished with seven points and seven rebounds.

The Wildcats will be off all week due to final examinations. Villanova will return to action on Saturday, Dec. 20 when they host the University of Pennsylvania at 2 p.m.