WBB Recap: Wildcats split Big East set



Allison Venella

The women’s basketball team split decisions in the last two games of the semester break, first losing to Seton Hall by two points in the final seconds and then winning an exciting game over Georgetown.

The Wildcats have been busy over break, competing in five games and amassing a record of 2-3 in those contests. Now that the Wildcats have started Big East play, each game will become more important to their season record.

In the loss to Seton Hall, the game saw 11 lead changes but ultimately ended with the Pirates going up by two in the final seconds to pull out the win, 51-49.

The trio of Lisa Karcic, Laura Kurz and Stacie Witman combined for all 49 points the team scored, with Kurz leading the way with 22, a game high. Witman contributed 17, while Karcic added 10.

Because the game was so close, every possession was crucial, Villanova’s inability to hit a shot in the final minutes of the game, along with a turnover with 2:08 left gave the Pirates a chance. The deal was sealed when Seton Hall was able to connect on two free throws to take the lead.

Maria Getty, Tia Grant and Karcic all combined for 10 assists on the game. After this loss, the Wildcats fell to 0-2 in the Big East and 10-5 on the season.

In the second game of the weekend, Villanova faced the Georgetown Hoyas. The ‘Cats won the game by a score of 57-51. In a completely different scenario than the game before, the ‘Cats were again faced with critical shots and possessions in the final minutes of the game. This time, however, Villanova was ready.

The match was pretty even again, as the competition level remained constant. Yet, the dynamic trio of Karcic, Kurz and Witman were able to contribute enough points and rebounds to secure the win.

Senior Witman scored all 17 of her points in the second half, 10 of which came in the final three minutes of the game. Karcic matched Witman’s 17 points but scored the majority of her points (14) during a crucial scoring period in the first half. Kurz added 15 points and a team-high eight rebounds.

The backcourt trio of Getty, Grant and Siobhan O’Connor combined for eight points on the game. Getty led the way with four while Grant and O’Connor each added a basket.

In the last three minutes, Villanova was able to drain seven free throws and a jump shot by Witman to secure the win. The Hoyas’ offense missed two key shots and committed a turnover, which propelled the scoring drive by the Wildcats.

Villanova now sits at 1-2 in the Big East and 11-5 overall. The majority of the scoring in the past two games has come from the frontcourt powerhouses of Karcic, Kurz and Witman. The three combined for 98 out of 106 points scored.

Villanova will next take on Syracuse at home Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. before traveling to Providence Tuesday.