Jan. 31, 1998

Villanova Earns Road Victory

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass.--In women's basketball action at The Conte Forum, the Villanova Wildcats downed the Boston College Eagles, 48-35. With the win, Villanova improves to 14-6 overall and 8-4 in Big East play, while Boston College falls to 12-8 overall and 7-5 in conference play.

Leading 31-29 with 9:02 to play in the game, Villanova went on a 9-1 run over the next six minutes to gain a 40-30 advantage with 3:35 remaining in regulation. In the run, senior co-captain Jenny Higgins nailed a three-point field goal and scored on a lay-up to fuel the Villanova charge. The run proved to be the turning point of the game. Following the spurt, Villanova handled the Eagle full-court pressure and made critical free throws to escape with a road victory and earn the Cats a sweep of the two game home and home series with the Eagles.

Boston College started the game in fine fashion, as the Eagles raced to an early 7-1 lead. Villanova, however, quickly battled back and evened the game at 9-9 with 9:25 to play in the first stanza. The Wildcats would take their first lead of the afternoon, 11-10, with 8:09 on the clock. The remainder of the half went back and forth, as Boston College went to intermission with a slim 21-19 lead.

Besides the Villanova scoring run, the story of the game in the second half was Villanova's outstanding defense, which held Boston College to just 14 second half points, including a six-for-30 effort from the field. The Eagles, who entered the game averaging 72.7 points per game, shot just 24.6 percent for the game from the floor.

Higgins led all scorers with 16 points, including a four-of-seven effort from three-point range.

Senior Jenn Beisel was the only other Wildcat to score in double figures with 12 points, to go with her game-high eight rebounds. Junior Jenn Sliwa pulled-down seven rebounds for Villanova, while junior point guard Shanette Lee tallied five steals.

Defensively, sophomore Jenea Skeeters did a fantastic job of holding Eagle star Cal Bouchard to just five points on two-of-nine shooting. Bouchard entered the contest averaging 16.8 points per game.

Boston College was led by sophomore Alissa Murphy who had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Villanova returns to action on Wednesday, Feb. 4 when they travel to South Orange, N.J. to take on the Seton Hall Pirates in a Big East contest at 7:30 p.m.

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