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Foto Friday: Sweet 16 Sendoff

Good luck to the (#4) Villanova Women’s Basketball team as they take on the (#9) University of Miami today at 2:30 p.m. Tune into ESPN to watch! #MarchMadness #LetsMarchNova #Sweet16 #FotoFriday

Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication & Marketing Specialist at Falvey Library. Photos by Joanne Quinn, Director of Communication & Marketing at Falvey Library.





TBT: Eyes on the Elite Eight

By Ethan Shea

This photo from Belle Air 2003 shows Villanova Women’s Basketball alum Courtney Mix leaping for a layup while her teammate Katie Davis watches for a rebound. Davis, a co-captain at the time, was recently inducted into the Big 5 Hall of Fame. With 1,293 points, she ranks 16th in school history.

The 2002-03 season was the first and last time the Wildcats advanced to the Elite Eight in the National Tournament. Twenty years later, (#4) Villanova is looking to repeat this feat by winning against the University of Miami on Friday at 2:30 p.m. Tune into ESPN to watch!

Best of luck to our women this week! #LetsMarchNova #TBT

Headshot of Ethan SheaEthan Shea is a second-year graduate student in the English Department and Graduate Assistant at Falvey Library.


TBT: Put Those V’s Up!

Photo courtesy of the Villanova University Digital Library.

Good luck to the (#4) Villanova Women’s Basketball team as they take on (#13) Cleveland State in the first round of the 2023 NCAA Tournament! Tipoff is Saturday, March 18, at 5 p.m. in the Finneran Pavilion. Get your tickets here! Watch on ESPNU. #MarchMadness #LetsMarchNova #TBT

Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Library. Whiteboard art by Joanne Quinn, Director of Communication & Marketing at Falvey Library.





Photo Friday: And Then There Were Four

On Wednesday, March 30, the Villanova community sent the Wildcats off to the Final Four in New Orleans. Good luck to the Villanova Men’s Basketball team as they take on the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday, April 2, at 6:09 p.m. Go, ‘Cats—Nova Nation is behind you!

Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library. Photos courtesy of Joanne Quinn, Director of Communication and Marketing at Falvey Memorial Library.




Curious Cat: Superstitions & Pre-Game Rituals

By Elijah McDow & Ethan Shea

"Curious Cat Banner"

For this week’s Curious Cat, Elijah and Ethan are tapping into Villanova’s recent March Madness success. Our campus’s enthusiasm for the Wildcats inspired them to ask the question: “Do you do any superstitious pre-game rituals before watching basketball games?” A total of six Falvey patrons volunteered to answer this question. Here’s what they had to say:

"Curious Cat Photo"

“I actually don’t, aside from making sure I watch the game.”

— William Crites ’23

“A lucky pair of socks I haven’t washed since the tournament started.”

— Kevin Heist ’23

“The same shirt I’ve worn to other games we’ve won.”

— Lilly Kaye ’25

“I don’t, but I’m gonna start chewing the same gum during all winning games.”

— Hannah Slattery ’25

“Wearing the same jersey during every game.”

— Jane Maleady ’25

“A lucky handshake with my friends before every game.”

— Alice Korolev ’25

Elijah McDow is a College of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Student.






Ethan Shea is a first-year English Graduate Student and Graduate Assistant at Falvey Memorial Library

Headshot of Ethan Shea


TBT: Final Four

By Anna Jankowski

This Saturday at 6:10pm, the Wildcats will face the Jayhawks in the first Final Four game of the NCAA tournament. Campus is abuzz with excitement and Villanova team spirit! Check out this pin from the 1985 NCAA tournament when the Wildcats made an appearance in the Final Four. That year, the team went on to win the Championship. We are wishing our Men’s Basketball Team the best of luck this weekend as they attempt to bring home another trophy!

Anna Jankowski ’23 CLAS is a Junior Communication Major from just outside Baltimore who ​​works as a Communication & Marketing Assistant in Falvey.


Peek at the Week: March 14

By Jenna Renaud


Word of the Week: March Madness 

This week instead of strictly defining a word, we’re talking about the origin of the phrase March Madness in honor of the tournament kicking off!  

March Madness originated from the phrase “mad as March here”; however, it did not come from the NCAA tournament, but rather Henry Porter, an Illinois high school athletics administrator in 1939. In the 1940s, March Madness was used for Illinois state basketball tournaments, before spreading elsewhere in the Midwest region. 

40 years later in the 1980s, March Madness came to be associated with the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, an association many credit to commentator Brent Musburger. 

This Week at Falvey  

NOW–Wednesday, Jun. 15th  

“That Fairyland of Ice”: Polar Exploration in Mind and Memory Exhibit | Falvey First Floor & Virtual | Free & Open to the Public 

Monday, March 14th 

Mindfulness Mondays | 1–1:30 p.m. | Virtual | 

Wednesday, March 16th 

2022 Falvey Forum Workshop Series: Mastering the Labyrinth: NewspaperMagazine Archives | 12–1 p.m. | Virtual |  

Friday, March 18th  

Villanova Gaming Society Meeting | 2:30–4:30 p.m. | Speakers’ Corner | Free & Open to the Public 

This Week in History 

February 15th, 44 B.C. – Assassination of Julius Caesar  

“Beware of the ides of March” 

2,066 years ago on March 15th, Julius Caesar, dictator of Rome, is stabbed to death in the Roman Senate house by 60 conspirators led by Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus. This day then infamously came to be known as the “Ides of March.”  

Despite now being associated with a more ominous connotation, the ides of March has a tamer origin. Ides simply referred to the first new moon of a given month, with each month having its own ides, typically falling between the 13th and the 15th. The ides of March was the 74th day in the Roman calendar and traditionally associated with religious celebrations and at one point, the new year. 

Jenna Renaud is a Graduate Assistant in Falvey Memorial Library and a Graduate Student in the Communication Department.



Weekend Recs: March Madness

By Jenna Renaud

Happy Friday, Wildcats! Falvey Memorial Library is delivering you another semester of Weekend Recs, a blog dedicated to filling you in on what to read, listen to, and watch over the weekend. Jenna, a graduate assistant from the Communication department, scours the internet, peruses the news, and digs through book stacks to find new, relevant, and thought-provoking content that will challenge you and prepare you for the upcoming week. 

We are mere days away from Selection Sunday and anticipation grows as March Madness teams are selected and the tournament commences. To help you prepare and get excited, I’ve compiled recommendations you can dive into over the weekend from a 5-minute article to a link to the Villanova archives, where you can spend hours looking at old Villanova basketball photos and more! Enjoy and go, Wildcats! 

If you have 5 minutes… keep up with Villanova Bracket Watch as we inch closer and closer to Selection Sunday. See how the rules of the tournament and where all the teams stand now may impact Villanova moving forward.  

If you have 14 minutes… read this article with predictions on which 68 teams will make it into the 2022 NCAA tournament.   

If you have 33 minutes… listen to the March Madness 365 podcast hosted by college basketball analyst and correspondent Andy Katz. Each week he breaks down the biggest news in men’s college basketball and makes his predictions.  

If you have 1 hour… watch Perfect Upset: Villanova vs. Georgetown, the 2005 sports documentary about the Villanova Wildcats’ shocking win against the heavily favored Georgetown Hoyas in the 1985 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. 

If you have an afternoon… spend some time digging through the Villanova Digital Collection and their collection of Villanova basketball items. The archives include everything from images and media guides to tickets and more! 

Jenna Renaud is a Graduate Assistant in Falvey Memorial Library and a Graduate Student in the Communication Department.


TBT: The March Ahead

Photograph, Basketball Team (Varsity), 1942-1943.

Basketball Team (Varsity), 1942-1943. Photo courtesy of the Villanova University Digital Library.

On March 15, the NCAA tournament will begin and March Madness will officially be underway. As we Villanovans know very well, our beloved Wildcats have had great success in two of the last three NCAA tournaments: winning the championship in 2018, and making the Sweet 16 last season.

Since 2001, Hall of Famer Jay Wright has and continues to build his program around the motto “We Play for Those Who Came Before Us.” This week’s TBT follows Coach Wright’s motto and takes us back to a photograph of the 1942-1943 Villanova Men’s Basketball Team, which qualified for the Final Four in the inaugural NCAA tournament four years earlier.

While the shorts may be shorter and the shoes less flashy, the 1942-1943 team and this year’s team have both played their part in helping Villanova become a basketball powerhouse.

This picture is courtesy of the Villanova University Digital Archives and can be found on the Library’s website.

Elijah McDow is a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences undergraduate student.


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Take a Break With Our Men’s and Women’s Basketball Word Searches!

To celebrate the resilience and teamwork of our Villanova Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams, Falvey invites our students and hoops fans to take a break and try their hands at finding the stars of the two teams.

The Men’s team has reached the “Sweet Sixteen” round of the national championship tournament and will tip off against the Baylor Bears Saturday, March 27, at 5:15 p.m.

The Women’s team advanced twice in the Women’s NIT and faces the University of Delaware’s Fightin’ Blue Hens at 7 p.m. tonight!

Note: In the word searches, you are only looking for a player’s last name. To download the puzzles as PDFs, click the links below.

Additionally, if you get stuck, we’ve included the solutions below as well!

Fun fact… the two teams have a sister and brother on their rosters! Can you spot them too?

 Word Search Women's Basketball











Download the puzzles as PDFs:

Men’s Basketball Word Search

Women’s Basketball Word Search


See the solutions to the word searches:

Men’s Basketball Word Search Solution

Women’s Basketball Word Search Solution


Shawn ProctorShawn Proctor is a Communications and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library.

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