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Dec. 20, 1997

Women's Basketball Defeats Pennsylvania

VILLANOVA, Pa.- In women's basketball action at The Pavilion, the Villanova Wildcats won for the fourth-straight time with a 99-55 win over the Pennsylvania Quakers. With the victory, Villanova improves to 6-2 overall, while Pennsylvania falls to 2-6 on the season. The game was the final Philadelphia Big 5 game of the year for the Wildcats who finish City Series play with a 3-1 mark.

The story of the game for Villanova was the three-point shot, as the Wildcats connected on 18-of-37 from behind the arc for a school record 18 three-point field goals. Leading the way from three-point land was senior Jenny Higgins who tallied a school record nine three-point field goals, en route to a career-high 27 points. Six different Wildcats recorded a three-point field goal including sophomores Mary Beth Snell and Megan Stewart who had three each.

Villanova took control of the game from the start as the Cats opened up a quick 8-1 lead just three minutes into the game. Villanova would continue to build on the lead opening up its biggest first half advantage at 37-11 with 4:11 to play until intermission. The Wildcats would go on to take a 43-19 lead at halftime.

In the second half, Villanova shot 60.6 percent from the field, including a 12-for-21 effort from three-point range, to cruise to the easy victory. Stewart and Snell would finish with career-highs with Stewart registering 17 points and Snell recording 11. Also scoring in double figures for Villanova was sophomore Jenea Skeeters who had 17. Junior Shannon Ferretti pulled-down a career-best eight rebounds, while junior Shanette Lee dished out eight assists.

Pennsylvania was paced by Diana Caramanico who had a double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds.

Villanova returns to action on Sunday, Dec. 28 when they play nationally ranked Vanderbilt in the first round of the Vanderbilt Tournament.