Jan. 9, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - In women's basketball action on Wednesday, Jan. 9, the Villanova Wildcats led from start to finish and tallied an impressive 65-45 win over the DePaul Blue Demons. The loss snaps DePaul's six-game winning streak. With the victory, Villanova improves to 12-2 overall and 2-0 in Big East play, while DePaul falls to 12-4 overall and 1-1 in conference action.
Senior guard Rachel Roberts got the Wildcats going early. Roberts scored five of Villanova's first nine points as the `Cats raced to a 9-0 lead to start the game.
After DePaul cut the Villanova lead to 13-6 at the 15:07 mark, the Wildcats went on a 12-4 run to take a 25-10 advantage with 8:11 to play in the first half. Junior guard Devon Kane and sophomore forward Taylor Holeman led the charge in the run with each Wildcat scoring six points in the spurt.
Despite shooting just 2-of-15 from three-point range in the first half, Villanova went to intermission with a 34-25 advantage. Roberts scored 10 first half points and Holeman added eight to lead the Wildcats.
Villanova made five of its first eight shots to start the second half to open up a 44-30 advantage. DePaul scored the game's next four points to slice the Wildcat lead to 44-34, before Villanova went on the game-ending run.
The Wildcats ran their offense to precision and used a 19-6 run to open up a commanding 63-40 advantage at the 5:47 mark. Six of Villanova's nine field goals came on lay-ups in the half court set. Roberts netted seven points in the decisive spurt, while Holeman and freshman guard Caroline Coyer had four points each.
Villanova's ability to run its half court offense to perfection was the key to the Wildcat win. Villanova was 26-of-39 (67%) on two-point field goals and just 3-of-25 (12%) from three-point range. The Wildcats finished the game shooting 45.3 percent from the field (29-of-64), including a sizzling 51.7 percent in the second half (15-of-29).
In the win, Roberts scored a career-high 19 points on 8-of-15 shooting. She also added four rebounds, one steal and an assist. Holeman was a perfect 7-of-7 from the field for a career-best 14 points. She also grabbed six rebounds. Holeman becomes the second Wildcat in program history to shoot a perfect 100 percent from the field. Trish Juhline was also 7-of-7 from the floor against Connecticut on Jan. 19, 2002.
Kane also reached double figures for Villanova with 10 points. Senior forward Laura Sweeney added eight points, eight rebounds, four steals, two assists and two blocks.
DePaul was paced by sophomore guard Brittany Hrynko who had 17 points. The Blue Demons finished the game shooting .347 from the field (17-of-49) and .333 from behind the arc (5-of-15).
Villanova owned a commanding 43-25 advantage on the backboards.
The Wildcats will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 12, when they travel to Pittsburgh. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.
MNOTES: Laura Sweeney now has 13 steals in the last three games and she leads the team with 35...The win was just the second all-time versus DePaul who lead the all-time series by a 7-2 count...Villanova improves to 5-0 at home this year...Laura Sweeney moved past Nikki Benedix and into 12th place on the school's scoring list with 1,283 points...The Wildcats have 32 steals in the last three games...Villanova has now held nine of its 14 opponents under 50 points this season...The Wildcats kept DePaul 33 points below its season average of 78.3 points per game.