Villanova made it a 4-0 sweep in Big Five women's basketball yesterday, beating La Salle, 44-41, at the Tom Gola Arena to wrap up the Wildcats' first City Series title since 2004.
Villanova (8-2) won the title with a less-than-prolific offense. The Wildcats scored only 44 points in three of their Big Five victories, including a 44-28 win over Penn and a 44-32 verdict at Temple.
The Wildcats topped St. Joseph's, 56-42, in their other Big Five matchup.
"If you tell me beforehand we're going to score 44 points in any of these games, I'm telling you we won't win," coach Harry Perretta said.
Maria Getty was the lone Wildcat to score in double figures, with 15 points.
"It wasn't pretty, but we're glad to be 8-2 and Big Five champs," Getty said.
The 188-point production in the four games is the lowest ever for a champion since Big Five women's play began in 1979-80.
Ashley Gale scored 19 points for La Salle (3-8).
The Wildcats made only 6 for 28 three-point shots.
"They may not be scoring, but they are playing great defense," La Salle coach Tom Lochner said.
Delaware 85, Buffalo 72 - Freshman sensation Elena Delle Donne tied a Blue Hens scoring record with 39 points, as Delaware (7-3) topped the Bulls (2-8) in a nonconference game in Newark, Del.
The mark was established by Lori Howard on Jan. 27, 1981, at Temple.
St. Joseph's 78, Old Dominion 62 - Katie Kuester had 14 points and made four of the eight three-pointers by the Hawks (4-7) in a win over the Monarchs at Hagan Arena.
Tia Lewis scored 22 points for ODU (2-7), which was hounded into 28 turnovers.
Elsewhere: Jess Romano had a career-high 37 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as host Philadelphia University lost to Bloomsburg, 75-71.