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Jan. 3, 1998

Villanova Squeaks Past Boston College, 50-49

Jenn Beisel.

VILLANOVA, Pa. -In women's basketball action at The Pavilion, the Villanova Wildcats defeated the Boston College Eagles, 50-49. With the win, the Wildcats improve to 8-4 on the season and 2-2 in the Big East, while Boston College falls to 8-4 overall and 3-1 in conference action.

After both teams played even for the first 13 minutes of the opening half, Boston College gained a 21-16 advantage at the 4:18 mark on a 5-0 run. Trailing 23-18 with 3:30 remaining until halftime, Villanova scored the final five points of the first stanza to tie the game at 23-23 heading into intermission.

In the first half, Villanova was paced by senior guard Jenny Higgins who had 11 points, including three baskets from behind the arc. Boston College was led in the first half by sophomore guard Cal Bouchard who netted six points.

Villanova gained early control of the second half by scoring the first two baskets to gain the 27-23 advantage. However, the Eagles came right back to score the next four points to tie the game at 27-27 with 17:37 to play in regulation.

The remainder of the half was back and forth as neither team managed to open more than a four-point lead.

With the score tied at 47-47 with 1:23 remaining, Villanova called a timeout to set up a play. Out of the timeout, Higgins buried her fifth three-point field goal of the afternoon to give Villanova a 50-47 lead at the 1:17 mark. After Boston College's Kim Beezer missed a 15-foot jumper, Wildcat senior Jenn Beisel was fouled and sent to the line to shoot a one-and-one with 34.2 seconds left.

Following the Beisel miss on the front end of the one-and-one, Bouchard missed a three-point attempt, but her shot was rebounded by Allison Booth whose lay-up cut the Wildcat lead to 50-49 with 17.5 seconds remaining.

The Wildcats then in bounded the ball to Higgins who was immediately fouled and sent to the line for a one-and-one. Her first foul shot failed, but was rebounded by Villanova junior Jenn Sliwa.Villanova held the ball for five seconds, before sophomore Jenea Skeeters was fouled with 12 seconds left on the clock. Skeeters missed the front end of the one-and-one giving Boston College the ball, down one with 12 seconds on the clock.

The Eagles raced down court and had two looks at the basket, but shots by Bouchard and Paula Basco failed and Villanova escaped with the one-point victory.

Leading the way for the Wildcats were Higgins who finished eight-for-14 from the field and five-of-10 from three-point range for a game-high 21 points and Beisel who tallied 10 points and six rebounds.

Point guard Shanette Lee had a strong floor game with nine assists and just one turnover. The Villanova defense was sensational all game long, as they held the Eagles to 25 points below their season average of 74.

Boston College was paced by Booth who had a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds and Bouchard who tallied 12 points.