"I thought we were able to generate enough threes, which we try to do every game, but we just didn't make enough of them to win the game," Villanova coach Harry Perretta said. "Putting the ball in the basket or not putting the ball in the basket is a product of what day it is."
Meantime, the Wolverines outrebounded Villanova, 39-28. That was expected given the numbers coming in, to the point that Perretta claimed that an 11-rebound deficit didn't sound too bad.
"That's actually low," Perretta said, "getting outrebounded by 11 - for us."
Added Sweeney, "That's not too bad." Then, she added somewhat more seriously, "That's been part of our problem all year long is the boards. My girl [Rachel Sheffer], she's a threat from the outside. I think that kind of pulled me outside so I wasn't under there for any of those missed shots."
Sweeney finished with three rebounds.
After Sweeney tied the score at 26 with the opening basket of the second half, Sheffer answered with a jumper for the Wolverines (22-10), sparking a 9-0 run and giving them a lead they would never surrender. However, the Wildcats (21-11) never lost touch and with 7 minutes, 48 seconds to go, Lauren Burford hit a three-pointer simultaneously as Taylor Holeman was fouled by Kate Thompson, meaning Villanova got the ball back, trailing by 42-41. After a television timeout, Holeman missed a pull-up jumper. Kane missed a jumper on the next possession and the Wildcats never had another opportunity to take the lead.