Women's Basketball

@ndwbb
No. 4 Notre Dame Falls To Villanova, 59-54
Jacqueline Batteast scored 22 points to lead the way for the Irish (file photo).
 
Jacqueline Batteast scored 22 points to lead the way for the Irish (file photo).

Jan. 9, 2005

Box Score

By DAN GELSTON
AP Sports Writer

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) - Jackie Adamshick had 25 points and Kate Dessart Mager scored the winning jumper to lead Villanova to a 59-54 upset over No. 4 Notre Dame on Sunday.

Betsy McManus made four free throws in the final 25 seconds for Villanova (9-4, 2-0 Big East), snapping Notre Dame's six-game winning streak.

The Fighting Irish (13-2, 2-1 Big East) never had an answer for Adamshick in the first half or Dessart Mager in the second. The two combined to go 16-for-30 from the floor with seven rebounds.

Dessart Mager - who scored all of her 14 points in the second half - made a turnaround jumper for a 51-49 lead with 1:39 left and the small, boisterous crowd erupted.

She and McManus each added two free throws before Notre Dames' Jacqueline Batteast hit a 3-pointer with 13.3 seconds left to make it 55-52. It wasn't enough, though, as Villanova sealed the game at the free-throw line.

Batteast scored 22 points and Teresa Borton added 17 for Notre Dame. The Irish shot 44 percent from the floor, but Villanova scored 19 points off 20 Irish turnovers.

After missing her only shot in the first half, Dessart Mager went 5-for-6 in the second half and scored six straight points in one stretch that helped the Wildcats take a seven-point lead.

When the Irish pulled to 44-43, Adamshick delivered with a 3-pointer from the left side.

But Adamshick - who shot 11-for-23 and fell two points shy of matching her career high - didn't score again. The Irish got baskets from Teresa Borton and Courtney LaVere to make it 47-47.

Dessart Mager and Batteast swapped baskets before Dessart Mager hit the winner.


 

 

Notre Dame seemed poised to turn the game into a blowout early until Adamshick started a Villanova run with six straight points, and later added a nice spin around two defenders in the lane for an easy layup to cut it to 21-19.

She scored the final two baskets of the first half and helped force a Notre Dame shot-clock violation on its last possession to give the Wildcats a 25-24 halftime lead.

-- ND --

POST GAME NOTES: Villanova continues its recent hex over Notre Dame, defeating the Irish for fourth time in their last six meetings ... the past five regular-season games between Notre Dame and Villanova have been decided by a TOTAL of 13 points (2.6 ppg.), with the outcome of all five games still in doubt inside the final minute ... the Irish see their five-game road winning streak snapped; however, Notre Dame still continues to play strong defense on the road in spite of the loss (allowing 51.5 ppg., .328 FG%, .176 3FG%) ... the Irish have held seven consecutive opponents and 10 of their last 11 foes to less than 60 points ... Sunday's loss marked a rarity for Notre Dame -- it's only the seventh time in the past decade the Irish have lost when allowing less than 60 points and three of those losses have come to Villanova (139-7, .952 overall; 10-1 this season) ... Notre Dame has held 10 of its last 11 opponents under 40 percent shooting; in fact, only three teams have shot 40 percent vs. the Irish all year (Illinois State - .446, Ohio State - .442 and Valparaiso - .411) ... Notre Dame also trailed at the half for only the fourth time this season (2-2 in those games) ... the Irish attempted a season-low 43 shots ... Notre Dame made both of its three-point attempts, the second time this year it's been perfect beyond the arc (5-5 vs. #6 Duke) ... the Irish tied their season low with 11 assists, although junior guard Megan Duffy had seven of those assists without a turnover while playing all 40 minutes ... Villanova tied a Notre Dame opponent season low with 27 rebounds ... senior All-America forward Jacqueline Batteast moved into fifth place on Notre Dame's career scoring list with 1,601 points, passing both Trena Keys (1,589 from 1982-86) and Karen Robinson (1,590 from 1987-91) ... Batteast also jumped into third place on the Notre Dame career blocked shots chart with 142 rejections, supplanting Katryna Gaither's 141 blocks from 1993-97 ... in addition, Batteast registered the 27th 20-point game of her career, moving past former teammate Alicia Ratay (26 from 1999-2003) into fifth place in school history for career 20-point games ... Batteast made the 101st start of her career (and 79th in a row), tying Sandy Botham (1984-88) for ninth place on the Irish career starts list ... senior center Teresa Borton tied her season high with 17 points for the second consecutive game (12-15 FG in those contests).

Event Calendar

Delta

November 3
7:00 PM
Roberts Wesleyan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
November 11
7:00 PM
Central Michigan Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 14
7:00 PM
WNIT Quarterfinals
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 17
7:00 PM
WNIT Semifinals
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 20
3:00 PM
WNIT Final
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

CBS Sports Network
November 22
8:00 PM
UL-Lafayette
Houston, Texas (Campbell Center)
November 26
1:00 PM
TCU
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 30
9:00 PM
Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)

BTN
December 4
1:00 PM
Valparaiso
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
December 7
7:00 PM
UConn
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN2
December 10
8:00 PM
DePaul
Chicago, Ill. (McGrath-Phillips Arena)
December 18
2:00 PM
Toledo
Toledo, Ohio (Savage Arena)
December 20
7:00 PM
Michigan State
East Lansing, Mich. (Breslin Center)

BTN
December 27
6:30 PM
Chattanooga
Chattanooga, Tenn. (McKenzie Arena)
December 29
7:00 PM
North Carolina State
Raleigh, N.C. (Reynolds Coliseum)

ACC Network Extra
January 2
7:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (McCamish Pavilion)
January 5
7:00 PM
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
January 8
3:00 PM
Miami
Coral Gables, Fla. (BankUnited Center)

ESPN Flex
January 12
7:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, Ind.

ACC Network Extra
January 16
7:00 PM
Tennessee
Knoxville, Tenn. (Thompson-Boling Arena)

ESPN2
January 19
7:00 PM
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. (Conte Forum)
January 22
12:00 PM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Carmichael Arena)

ESPNU
January 26
7:00 PM
Duke
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
January 29
12:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPNU
February 2
7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Cassell Coliseum)
February 6
7:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN2
February 12
1:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
February 16
7:00 PM
Clemson
Clemson, S.C. (Littlejohn Coliseum)
February 19
5:00 PM
Syracuse
Syracuse, N.Y. (Carrier Dome)

ESPN2
February 23
7:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
February 26
1:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN2
March 17
TBA
NCAA First/Second Rounds
TBD
March 24
TBA
NCAA Regionals
TBD
March 31
TBA
NCAA Semifinals
Dallas, Texas (American Airlines Center)
April 2
TBA
NCAA Final
Dallas, Texas (American Airlines Center)

Shop Now

Medifast

Auctions

Official ND Online Auctions // Bid Now »

Gear Store

Get your Official ND Gear // Shop Now »

Photo Galleries

Canon

St. Joseph Health System Nissan Delta Canon Visit South Bend Mishawaka