Feb. 14, 1998

Providence Falls to Villanova

VILLANOVA, Pa.-- In women's basketball action at The Pavilion, the Villanova Wildcats downed the visiting Providence College Friars, 76-64. Villanova, who has now won six-straight and 11 of the last 13, improves to 18-6 overall and 12-4 in Big East play, while Providence falls to 10-13 overall and 6-9 in league play.

Villanova was led by Philadelphia, Pa., native Jenn Beisel, who made 12-of-14 from the field, en route to a game-high 25 points. Beisel also added six rebounds and five assists. Fellow Philadelphia resident Shanette Lee was spectacular, as she scored 10 points and registered a school record 14 assists to go with four rebounds and three steals. Also tallying double figures for Villanova were sophomore Jenea Skeeters and senior Jenny Higgins who each recorded 14 points.

Providence started the game in fine fashion, as they scored the first seven points of the game.

Following the Providence start, Villanova scored on 10 of its next 13 possessions, to gain its first lead at 22-21 with 9:08 remaining in the half. From this point, Villanova would never trail again. The Wildcats then scored eight straight points and lead, 30-21, at the 6:57 mark.

In the first half, Villanova shot a sizzling 69 percent (20-of-29) from the field to take a 46-35 halftime lead. The 46 points was a first half season-high for the Cats. Providence also shot well in the first stanza, as the Friars connected on 14-of-26 for a 54 percent rate. Beisel led the way for Villanova in the first half with 13 points, while Kerri Sullivan and Mandy Saunders paced Providence with eight first half points. Lee tallied 10 of her 14 assists in the opening half.

Trailing 59-44 with 13:21 left in regulation, Providence made a run to cut the Wildcat advantage to 59-51 with 9:19 left. The run was highlighted by freshman Jen Gombotz who had a three-pointer and 16-foot jumper in the spurt. Villanova answered the Friar run, as Higgins hit two three-point field goals and Beisel buried two jumps shots to help the Wildcats gain a 69-54 lead at the 6:20 mark.

Providence was led in the game by Gombotz who had 17 points on six-of-10 shooting and Dana Simonelli who tallied 11 points.

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