WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Villanova Wildcats traveled to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday evening where they tallied a 60-58 win over the Georgetown Hoyas. With the victory, the Wildcats improve to 13-2 overall and 3-2 in Big East play, while the Hoyas fall to 7-8 on the year and 2-3 in conference action.
Villanova led 30-21 at halftime and started the third quarter on an 8-3 run to open up a 38-24 lead at the 7:20 mark. The eight Villanova points included three-point field goals by junior guard Adrianna Hahn and sophomore guard Jelly Jekot and a lay-up by senior center Megan Quinn.
Georgetown used a 6-0 run to cut the Villanova lead to 41-33 with 4:17 remaining in the third quarter. Hahn put an end to the Wildcat scoreless stretch when she drained a three from the right wing to put Villanova up 11 at 44-33.
The Wildcats held a 49-40 advantage with 8:11 left in regulation, when Hoya freshman Tatiana Thompson hit back-to-back threes to pull the Hoyas within three at 49-46. Neither team was able to score for the next 2:05, before Hahn buried a deep three at the 4:34 mark to increase her team’s lead to 52-46.
After a lay-up by senior guard Alex Louin gave Villanova a 56-49 lead with 3:14 to play, Hoya guard Dionna White scored on a driving lay-up and was fouled. The White free throw made it a 56-52 game with 2:51 on the clock. Following a scoreless possession by each team, Georgetown guard DiDi Burton scored on a driving lay-up and Villanova held a slim 56-54 lead.
On the Wildcats next trip down the court, Hahn drove the lane and kicked it to junior forward Jannah Tucker who buried a three ball from the corner. The Tucker trifecta increased the Villanova lead to 59-54 with 1:20 to play. White came right back and answered for Georgetown with a lay-up to make it a one possession game at 59-56 at the 56 second mark.
Following a Villanova turnover, the Hoyas called a timeout to set-up a play with 28 seconds remaining. On the ensuing inbounds, the Wildcats played great defense and forced Georgetown into a five-second call. With the shot clock off, the Hoyas fouled Hahn with 15 seconds to go who made one of two to put the Wildcats up 60-56.
Georgetown raced the ball up the court and Thompson scored on a lay-up to make it a 60-58 game with seven seconds on the clock. Villanova then inbounded the ball to Louin who was fouled with 5.8 seconds remaining. After Louin missed both free throws, White dribbled down the court and got off a desperation three at the buzzer that was no good.
In the win, Hahn scored 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting, including a 4-of-6 effort from three-point range. She also added seven rebounds, four assists and a steal. Jekot had 14 points, while Tucker added eight points. Louin finished with seven points, a team-high eight rebounds and four assists.
Georgetown was paced by White who had a game-high 19 points and Thompson who tallied 13 points. Cynthia Petke pulled-down a game-high 13 rebounds.
For the game, Villanova shot 43.4 percent from the floor (23-of-53), 39.1 percent from three-point range (9-of-23) and 45.5 percent from the foul line (5-of-11), while Georgetown was 24-of-60 from the field (40.0%), 2-of-13 from long distance (15.4%) and 8-of-14 from the charity stripe (57.1%). The Wildcats owned a 35-34 advantage on the backboards.
Villanova returns to action on Friday, Jan. 12, with a road game at Seton Hall. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
NOTES: Villanova now leads the all-time series with Georgetown by a 40-21 count and has won nine of the last 12 versus the Hoyas…The Wildcats improve to 7-1 in road games this season…Tonight was Adrianna Hahn’s 43rd career double figure scoring game…Villanova was credited with an assist on 17 of its 23 field goals.