What do Curtis Sumpter, Jason Fraser and Will Sheridan have in common?
They all had less rebounds in their last contest against Providence than Jackie Adamshick had against the Friars on Wednesday.
Adamshick pulled down a stunning 14 boards, including eight off the defensive glass, to help the ‘Cats to a 75-50 win in Rhode Island. The sophmore also scored 18 points on 7-11 shooting, second behind high scorer Liad Suez, who had 19.
‘Nova dominated from the start and used 64 percent three point shooting to keep the home team at arms length for the duration.
The team was riding high after the game last Saturday at the West Virginia Coliseum. The Wildcats beat the Mountaineers 52-51, securing the win in the last 2.3 seconds of the game.
Junior forward Kate Dessart Mager put the game winning shot in the basket. The Wildcats possessed the ball with five seconds remaining in regulation and were down by one. Junior Liad Suez passed the ball to Mager. Mager’s jumper bounced around the rim before sinking through the net. This shot set up the victory for the ‘Cats.
At this point, less than three seconds remained and the Mountaineers did not have any timeouts left. Their anxious attempt at the buzzer did not fall.
The score was back and forth in the final minutes of regulation. The Mountainers had a one point lead with 1:05 left due to a 10-2 run late in the fourth quarter.
Meg Bulger ended this run with two foul shots which made the score 49-48.
Foul shots played an important role in the final minutes of play. Then with 42 seconds left, Suez was fouled while grabbing an offensive rebound after following her shot.
The lead returned to the Wildcats once she made her two free throws. On the other end of the court Sherell Sowho was fouled and made her two free throws.
Adamshick led Villanova with 16 points and eight rebounds. Suez scored 15 points and 10 rebounds in 30 minutes of play.
This is the second time Villanova beat West Virginia this season. These wins could be the result of a rivalry created last year at the Big East Tournament. The Mountaineers eliminated the Wildcats from the Big East Tournament in 2004.
The girls now stand alone in fourth in the Big East at 8-4 (15-8 overall). They return home to face St. John’s on Saturday. The Red Storm will be left spinning if the ‘Cats can keep up this hurricane shooting force.