Jan. 10, 1998
Villanova Earns Road Win
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - In women's basketball action at Manley Field House in Syracuse, NY, the Villanova Wildcats claimed their third straight win with a 64-49 victory over the Syracuse Orangewomen. With the win, Villanova improves to 10-4 overall and 4-2 in Big East play, while Syracuse falls to 9-6 overall and 4-3 in conference action.
The game started out slow, as neither team was able to score for nearly three minutes. Syracuse got on the board first at the 17:07 mark, when Jakie Ervin scored on a breakaway lay-up. Both teams would play even for most of the first half. Villanova opened up the largest lead of the first stanza with 2:14 remaining in the first half, when sophomore Jenea Skeeters buried a 15 foot jumper giving the Wildcats a 23-18 advantage. The Orangewomen would quickly respond by outscoring Villanova, 6-2, over the final two minutes and go into halftime trailing by just one at 25-24.
In the first half, Skeeters led the way for Villanova with seven points with senior forward Jenn Beisel recording six points. Syracuse was led by Annetta Davis who had nine first half points and Teakyta Barnes who recorded eight points.
Villanova came out of the locker room strong to begin the second half, as the Cats raced to 34-26 lead at the 16:41 mark. The quick start was led by Beisel who had five of the team's first nine points.
Syracuse would answer the Villanova spurt and cut the Villanova advantage to 35-32 with 15:03 to play. It was at this point, that Villanova put the game away ,with a 16-4 run to take a 51-36 with 10:15 remaining on the clock. The Wildcats run was paced by senior co-captains Beisel and Jenny Higgins with Beisel registering seven points in the run and Higgins connecting on three of her five three-point field goals.
Following the Villanova spurt, the Orangewomen would never get within single figures the rest of the way.
Leading the way for Villanova was Beisel who finished with her first double-double of the season with 19 points and 12 rebounds and Higgins who ended with 15 points. Skeeters also managed double figures for the Cats with 12 points. Playing one of the finest games of her career, junior point guard Shanette Lee had seven points, nine rebounds, 10 assists and just one turnover.
Barnes and Davis led Syracuse with 12 points each, while Ervin added four steals.
Villanova returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 14 when they host Miami at 7:30 p.m. in a Big East contest.