Trish Juhline could barely hear herself think over the racket from the 6,362 Rutgers fans as she stood at the foul line with 17.2 seconds left in overtime.
But the noise hardly affected her aim as the Villanova freshman made two free throws to give the visiting Wildcats a 66-65 upset of No. 9 Rutgers last night.
Villanova (9-5, 2-1 Big East) went the final five minutes of regulation and all of the five-minute overtime without scoring a basket but scored 19 points from the foul line during that span to shock the Scarlet Knights.
Rutgers (11-3, 4-1) had a chance to win the game in the final seconds, but Tasha Pointer twice had driving shots bounce off the rim.
"It was so loud I couldn't hear at the end," Villanova Coach Harry Perretta said. "But Trish has played under this kind of pressure all her life. She's accustomed to the noise."
"I just tried to concentrate," Juhline said. "I just want to make them, and I'm glad I did."
Villanova ended Rutgers's eight-game winning streak. It was also Rutgers's first loss at home in 10 games dating from last season.
STANFORD 78, OREGON 62: Lauren St. Clair scored 25 points and sparked Stanford to one of the biggest comebacks in team history as the Cardinal overcame a 26-point deficit to upset the No. 23 Ducks in Palo Alto, Calif.
Stanford moved to 10-4, 3-1 in the Pac-10 Conference. The defending conference-champion Ducks fell to 11-4, 2-1.
The 44-point turnaround was the largest in Stanford women's basketball history, when the team started competition in the AIAW in 1976.
The Cardinal, which couldn't do anything right for most of the first half, missed 19 of their first 21 shots, made nine turnovers and trailed 36-10 with 4:15 left in the period.
But St. Clair hit a three-pointer, was fouled and sank the free throw. Coach Tara VanDerveer had her team press, and Stanford suddenly was off to a 22-8 scoring run.
U-CONN. 88, PITTSBURGH 36: The top-ranked Huskies' defense took center stage, and Shea Ralph stole the show and just about everything else the Panthers threw her way in Storrs, Conn.
Ralph had six of U-Conn.'s 21 steals, one shy of her career best, and scored 12 points.
The Panthers (11-5, 2-3 Big East) managed just three field goals in the first half as Ralph had five of her steals and 10 points.
NOTRE DAME 71, SYRACUSE 56: Niele Ivey scored a season-high 22 points and had eight assists to the lead the sixth-ranked Irish to a school-record 16th consecutive home win.
Ivey was modest about the stellar performance, saying she doesn't like to hog the ball.
"Today I got some open shots, and they went in. I want to get everyone involved in the game, though," she said.
IOWA ST. 89, NEBRASKA 66: Angie Welle scored 20 of her career-high 24 points in the second half and sparked a 24-2 run that carried the No. 8 Cyclones at home.
"In a 40-minute game, there's 30 minutes you're like sparring with each other, going back and forth," Iowa State Coach Bill Fennelly said. "But there's always going to be a spurt for one team or another.
BC 72, PROVIDENCE 52: In Boston, Cal Bouchard scored 20 points, Alissa Murphy 13 and Jamie Cournoyer 12 as the 25th-ranked Eagles extended their winning streak to 11 games.
KANSAS 78, COLORADO 56: Lynn Pride scored 18 points and had 10 rebounds, and the No. 21 Jayhawks held the Buffaloes scoreless for lengthy periods in each half in Lawrence, Kan.
ARIZONA 96, WASHINGTON 85: Lisa Griffith scored a career-high 26 points and matched her own school record with seven three-pointers for the No. 20 Wildcats on the road.
TEXAS TECH 76, OKLA. ST. 51: Aleah Johnson had 19 points and nine rebounds to lead the No. 16 Red Raiders at home.