Here at VUhoops we mostly talk about Jay Wright and his program, but those aren't the only Wildcats playing hoops on the Main Line. The Women's basketball squad is 2-1 so far this season, with wins over Sacred Heart (50-49) and Big 5 rival Penn (44-28). Their loss came against a 2-2 Massachusetts team.
Villanova lost two top scorers to graduation in Laura Kurz and Lisa Karcic, both of whom finished their careers with over 1,000 points. Last season Kurz lead the team with a 17.4 ppg average as well as 7.2 rebounds and 42 blocked shots. Both Kurz and Karcic are currently playing professionally in Greece. It's difficult for any team to replace that kind of production.
This is a young Wildcat team which will rely on Junior Amanda Swiezynski and three redshirt freshmen to fill holes left by the graduating player departures. Swiezynski and Megan Pearson is expected to contribute her three-point shooting ability, while Laura Sweeney is the tallest of the group, and is a capable scorer both inside and outside.
In the backcourt the women's team returns three fifth-year seniors who bring both talent and experience. Maria Getty, a 5'9" guard who has started in 94 games for the Wildcats, and lead the team in three-point field goals last year. She was second in scoring behind Kurz last year. If Getty can improve on her 8.3ppg average from 2008-2009, it will go a long way toward replacing the scoring lost to graduation. Kyle Dougherty is an excellent ball handler and a good distributor, while Tia Grant is able to play both SG and SF and is considered the best all-around athlete on the team.
There are two options at the Center position in Heather Scanlon and Shannon Elliot. Both will provide a good defensive presence inside, and both are capable of stepping outside to shoot from the perimeter. Elliot is an excellent rebounder at 6'3", and started 24 games during her sophomore campaign.
The women will play a 29 game schedule this season. They will be playing next in the Lady Mocs Double Tree Classic Tournament with a first-round game against the 0-3 Evansville Purple Aces this Friday, followed by either the hosts (Tennessee-Chattanooga) or Kennesaw State on Saturday. The VUAA Atlanta chapter is organizing a trip to Chattanooga for the tournament.
UPDATE (11/27): The women beat Evansville 56-49 tonight and will play UT-Chattanooga tomorrow for the tournament title.