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Feb. 4, 1998

Women Wildcats Win Third in a Row with 68-58 Victory.

Villanova improves to 9-4 in Big East with win over Seton Hall

In women's basketball action at Walsh Gymnasium in South Orange, N.J., the Villanova Wildcats won for the third straight time by defeating Seton Hall, 68-58. With the win, Villanova improves to 15-6 overall and 9-4 in Big East play, while Seton Hall falls to 5-15 overall and 3-9 in conference play. The Wildcats have now eight of their last 10.

Leading 48-40 with 10:44 to play in regulation, Villanova went on a 12-2 run to take a commanding 60-42 lead at the 7:33 mark. The Villanova run was sparked by senior Jenny Higgins who nailed two three-point field goals and senior Jenn Beisel who netted six points in the spurt.

Seton Hall would pull to within 12 at 60-48 with 3:29 remaining, but neither team was able to score for the next minute and a half. Beisel finally converted a lay-up to give the Wildcats a 62-48 lead with 1:55 to play. Down the stretch, Villanova made five-of-seven free throws to earn the victory. For the game, Villanova was 12-of-15 from the charity stripe.

Villanova started the game strong, as they raced to a 9-2 lead. Seton Hall quickly responded to cut the Wildcat margin to 9-8. At the 10:23 mark of the first half, Villanova owned an 18-17 lead. This was the closest Seton Hall would get the rest of the way. The Wildcats would go on a 15-2 run to gain a 33-19 advantage with 4:16 left until halftime.

The Pirates would slice the lead to 33-26 with 1:44 left until halftime, before Beisel made good on two free throws to give Villanova a 35-26 lead at intermission.

Higgins led all scorers with 17 points, including a four-of-seven effort from three-point range, while Beisel finished with 16 points on six-of-10 shooting from the floor. Sophomore Jenea Skeeters tallied 12 points on six-for-11 shooting and freshman Mimi Riley went four-of-four from the floor en route to a career-high 10 points. Riley also added four assists. Junior Jenn Sliwa pulled-down a game-high 10 rebounds.

Seton Hall was paced by junior center Danielle Golay who had 14 points and nine rebounds, along with senior Sandy Mitchell and freshman Monique Lee who each added 13 points.

Villanova returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 7, when they host Pittsburgh in a Big East contest at 2 p.m.