Women's College Basketball: Villanova's Perretta gets 599th win

Posted: November 12, 2011

Career win No. 600 for veteran Villanova women's basketball coach Harry Perretta is likely to come quicker than anyone thought.

Gaining a major upset Friday afternoon on the opening day of the season, Perretta's 34th on the Main Line, the Wildcats shocked Michigan State, 75-64, in the first round of the Iona Tip-Off tournament in New Rochelle, N.Y., to bring his record to 599-378.

Villanova will try to give Perretta the impressive milestone Saturday afternoon, when the Wildcats meet the host Gaels at 2:30 p.m. at Hynes Athletics Center for the tournament title.

Iona advanced with an 85-69 triumph over North Carolina A&T.

"I'm just thrilled for the kids because they've never experienced anything like that before," Perretta said of beating the Spartans, who are ranked No. 25 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches' preseason poll.

Junior guard Rachel Roberts and redshirt freshman forward Lauren Burford each scored 15 points for Villanova, which trailed the Spartans, 37-36, at the half.

The Wildcats' Laura Sweeney, a junior forward from Cherokee High in Marlton, N.J., had 14 points and 10 rebounds, while sophomore guard Devon Kane out of Notre Dame Academy scored 10 points. Becca Mills had a team-high 12 points for Michigan State.

If Perretta gets No. 600 Saturday, the celebration at home will have to wait - because Villanova has two more road stops, at Marist and Princeton, before returning to the Pavilion to face Delaware on Nov. 22.

La Salle 63, Lehigh 43 - The Explorers (1-0) broke a four-game losing streak to the visiting Mountain Hawks (0-1) in winning their season opener as Jayda Payne scored 15 points.


North Carolina 67, Michigan State 55 - With President Obama watching, the top-ranked Tar Heels (1-0) topped the Spartans (0-1) in the Carrier Classic played on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson in Coronado, Calif.

Louisville 83, Tennessee-Martin 48 - Kyle Kuric had 14 first-half points, and Rick Pitino earned his 600th college win as the ninth-ranked Cardinals (1-0) routed the Skyhawks (0-1) in Louisville, Ky.

Pitino is the 38th coach to reach 600 wins.

Kentucky 108, Marist 58 - Anthony Davis had 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead the second-ranked Wildcats (1-0) in a romp over of the Red Foxes (0-1) in Lexington, Ky.

Connecticut 70, Columbia 57 - Jeremy Lamb scored 30 points, and the No. 4 Huskies (1-0) knocked off the Lions (0-1) in Storrs, Conn.

Duke 77, Belmont 76 - Seth Curry scored 16 points, and the No. 6 Blue Devils (1-0) held off the Bruins (0-1) in the first round of the Maui Invitational in Durham, N.C. to move coach Mike Krzyzewski within one victory of tying Bob Knight atop the Division I men's career list.


This article contains information from the Associated Press.

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