Jan. 17, 1998

Wildcat Women Fall at Rutgers

The Villanova women's basketball team saw its four-game winning streak come to a close this afternoon, with a 62-40 loss at Rutgers. With the loss, the Wildcats fall to 11-5 overall and 5-3 in Big East play, while Rutgers improves to 9-7 overall and 5-3 in conference action.

In the first half, both teams played terrific defense, as the Scarlet Knights shot just 29 percent from the field, while Villanova shot only 31.6 percent from the floor.

Led by LaTana Lillard's eight points, Rutgers went to intermission with a 23-20 lead. Villanova was paced in the first half by junior Jenn Sliwa who tallied six points.

Rutgers came out strong in the second half, scoring the first six points of the half to take a 29-20 lead with 18:48 remaining. Villanova managed to cut the lead to 29-25 at the 16:30 mark, before Rutgers went on a 13-0 run to take a commanding 42-25.

Just minutes before the 13-0 run, Villanova junior point guard Shanette Lee picked-up her fourth foul and had to go to the bench. Without Lee in the ball game, Rutgers turned-up the pressure defense and forced Villanova into several turnovers that led to easy breakaway baskets. For the game, Villanova would commit 21 turnovers, which is eight more than their season average of 13.2.

After opening the 42-25 lead, Rutgers would cruise the rest of the way. The Scarlet Knights were led by freshman guard Natasha pointer who scored a game-high 17 points and Lillard who finished with 13 points. Also scoring in double figures for Rutgers was junior Tomora Young who had 10 points and six steals.

Leading the way for the Wildcats was senior Jenn Beisel who tallied 11 points. Sliwa would finish the contest with nine points and seven rebounds. Villanova struggled from three-point range, as the Cats were just one-for-13 from long distance.

Villanova returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 21 when they host St. John's at 7:30 p.m. in a Big East Conference battle.

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