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Jan. 6, 1998

Villanova Takes Care of Seton Hall

In women's basketball action at The Pavilion, the Villanova Wildcats defeated the Seton Hall Pirates by a score of 65-52.

With the win, Villanova improves to 9-4 overall and 3-2 in Big East play, while Seton Hall falls to 2-9 overall and 0-3 in conference action.

Seton Hall came out strong scoring the first four points of the game. The Pirates increased their lead to 6-2 before Villanova would score seven straight points to take a 9-8 advantage.

From this point on, the Wildcats would never trail again.

Villanova's largest first half lead would come at the end of the half, when forward Jenn Beisel hit a short jumper at the 1:01 mark, making the score 26-14 at intermission.

The Wildcats started the second half in good fashion, as they outscored the Pirates, 11-4, over the first five minutes to gain a 37-20 lead at the 14:53 mark.

From here, Seton Hall would never get within double figures the rest of the way. Villanova's largest lead of the half came with 2:29 left when the Cats held a 59-41 advantage.

Villanova was led by sophomore Jenea Skeeters who scored a season-high 22 points on seven-of-nine shooting from the field, in addition to registering a career-high five steals.

Jenea Skeeters
Jenea Skeeters scored a season-high 22 points on seven-of-nine shooting from the field.

Villanova also got strong play from senior guard Jenny Higgins who had another strong outing with 14 points, including a four-of-seven effort from three-point range and junior Jenn Sliwa who tallied 11 points and five rebounds.

Seton Hall was paced by junior center Danielle Golay who recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds and senior guard Sandy Mitchell who tallied 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Villanova returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 10 when they travel to Syracuse for a noon game with the Orangewomen.