Women grab No. 25 with win over Pirates

Anne Boyd

Pushing aside the Jan. 14 loss to Virginia Tech, the women’s basketball team pulled through on Saturday with a 62-51 victory over Big East rival Seton Hall at the Pavilion.

After the week’s play, ‘Nova is now ranked No. 25 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Top 25 college basketball poll, slipping six spots from their previous ranking of No. 19 last week.

Saturday’s game against Seton Hall was the first of the two scheduled games against the two teams.

The Pirates got on the board first and did not allow ‘Nova to score until three minutes into the game.

Midway through the half, the ‘Cats were down 22-16, but after an 18-4 run they finished the first half ahead by seven.

‘Nova came out strong to start the second half and opened up with a 7-0 run that eventually secured the contest.

Liad Suez led the Wildcats in their comeback, scoring 12 of her 19 points in the second half of play.

Junior Jennifer Hilgenberg added 12 points and while senior Kelly Nash contributed 11 of her own.

Junior Jana Rediger had a huge game, as she held off the opponents with five rebounds and three blocks. Rediger ranks third in the Big East Conference in blocks.

Senior Courtney Mix supported the ‘Cats with 11 rebounds and four assists, both team highs.

The forward currently ranks in the top 10 of five different categories within the Big East Conference.

She continues to lead the league in assist-to-turnover ratio and is fourth in assists.

Mix is also fifth in defensive rebounds, fifth in blocked shots, and 10th in overall rebounding.

On Jan. 14 the ‘Cats traveled to Blacksburg, Va., to take on Virginia Tech.

The Hokies started strong with an opening run of 15-4 and maintained their lead throughout the game, winning by a 13-point margin.

‘Nova shot about 37 percent; Hilgenberg led the team with 11 points.

With an overall record of 13-3, the ‘Cats now move on to battle the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Saturday at noon in the Pavilion.

Last year the two teams meet twice, with both teams spliting the series.