LAURA SWEENEY had 19 points and eight rebounds as Villanova overcame a late first-half deficit and topped Penn, 48-44, at the Palestra to capture the women's Big 5 championship for the second straight season.
Devon Kane added 11 points for the Wildcats (14-2, 4-0), who became the first club to reach 100 City Series victories. They are 100-36. Saint Joseph's is second with 96 Big 5 wins.
"Winning the Big Five title is always exciting," VU coach Harry Perretta said. "It is a goal for us every year. Tonight's game was a typical Big 5 battle, with both teams playing extremely hard and battling on every possession. We were fortunate to come away with the win."