No. 11 Providence vs. No. 14 Villanova
Game 4 – First Round, March 4, 2011
XL Center – Hartford, Conn.
- After three ties and four lead changes, Villanova came away with a 52-50 first-round overtime victory.
- It was the 18th overtime game in tournament history. Providence and Villanova played in the first OT contest of the BIG EAST Championship (3/5/83). The Friars won 71-69.
- After Villanova scored the first point of the contest, Providence went on a 14-0 run in the opening 6:11.
- Villanova was held without a field goal during that opening span until Megan Pearson hit a three-pointer at the 13:49 mark.
- Tonight was the eighth time Villanova and Providence faced one another in the BIG EAST Championship Tournament, while it was the fifth time the Wildcats and Friars faced off in the first round.
- After opening the game with a 14-1 run in 6:11, Providence tallied just 14 points the rest of the half and went into the break with a 28-21 lead.
- Villanova registered a 10-3 run in the final minutes of the game to take a 46-45 lead before the Friars tied the contest at 46 apiece with 1:13 left in regulation.
- The Wildcats led for the first time with 2:59 left in regulation after leading for only the first 43 seconds of the game.
- In overtime, Villanova took a 52-50 lead with one minute left as Devon Kane made her second steal of the game and drove to the basket to give the Wildcats the two-point advantage.
- Villanova’s Laura Sweeney has registered double-figure points in 13 of her last 15 contests as she finished the night with 21 points.
- Villanova holds a 6-2 advantage over Providence in BIG EAST Tournament play after the Wildcats’ victory.
- Villanova moves to 29-24 all-time in BIG EAST Championship action.
- Providence falls to 15-17 all-time in BIG EAST postseason play.