LAURA SWEENEY scored 25 points and added 13 rebounds to lead Villanova in a 69-42 rout of Providence in a women's Big East basketball opener for both teams at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I., last night.

Rachel Roberts had 14 points off the bench for the Wildcats (7-2, 1-0 Big East). Teya Wright led Providence (4-5, 0-1) with 17 points.

In another game * 

At Lafayette, Michelle Baker's 18 points helped lift Saint Joseph's to a 65-57 win over the Leopards (3-6).

For the 5-3 Hawks, Kelly Cavallo had a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards.