‘Nova grabs win in second half

Santo Caruso

The women’s team only played once this week, but made it count by beating West Virginia, 58-52.

The victory was highlighted by a box score bonanza led by junior Liad Suez, who had 23 points, nine rebounds (eight of them coming on the defensive end of the court), four steals, three assists and a block. It was the fourth time this season Suez has reached the 20-point mark in a game.

Other key contributors included sophomore forward Jackie Adamshick and junior guard Betsy McManus. Together they scored all 23 of their points in the second half.

Adamshick, who has committed just three turnovers in her last ten games, added 13 points and five rebounds for Villanova.

Going into the second half, the Mountaineers held a slight 24-22 advantage. However, Villanova quickly regained control with solid shooting and a great defensive effort.

The Wildcats shot 57 percent from the field in the last 20 minutes of the game and solidified the win by making five free throws in the final 18 seconds.

Overall, the team forced 12 turnovers and had eight steals and blocks. It was also the ninth time this year that Villanova has held their opponent to under 55 pointes.

On Saturday the team will travel to Syracuse, N.Y. to face the Orange, hoping to earn both their 12th win of the season and Coach Harry Perretta’s 500th career victory. Perretta could become the 21st women’s head coach to record such a feat. The game is scheduled to start 1 p.m.