Jan. 11, 2014
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova Wildcats saw their three-game winning streak come to an end with a 64-56 home loss to the Seton Hall Pirates. With the loss, Villanova falls to 12-3 overall and 3-2 in Big East play, while the Pirates improve to 10-4 overall and 1-2 in conference action.
Seton Hall made seven of its first 12 shots and raced to a 24-10 lead at the 8:37 mark of the first half. Pirate guard Ka-Deidre Simmons led the early charge for Seton Hall by scoring nine of her team's first 24 points.
Trailing 30-16 late in the first half, Villanova went on an 8-2 run to cut the Seton Hall lead to 32-24 at the 3:55 mark. Back-to-back three-point field goals by Devon Kane and Lauren Burford and a lay-up by Caroline Coyer accounted for Villanova's eight points.
After Pirate guard Alexis Brown made a lay-up with 1:43 remaining in the first stanza, neither team scored the rest of the half and Seton Hall went to halftime with a 36-26 lead.
A Kane three-ball on the second possession of the second half propelled Villanova on a 10-4 run that ended with a Caroline Coyer lay-up that pulled Villanova to within four at 40-36.
Seton Hall held a 44-36 advantage when the Wildcats outscored the Pirates, 12-2, over the next 3:16 to take a 48-46 lead with 9:26 to play. The Wildcat spurt consisted of six points by Caroline Coyer, five points by Katherine Coyer and a three-ball by Kane.
The Pirates got lay-ups by Brown and Bra'Shey Ali to regain the two point lead at 50-48, before Wildcat forward Taylor Holeman converted a lay-up to tie the contest at 50-50. After a defensive stop, Katherine Coyer made a running lay-up and the Wildcats had a 52-50 advantage.
After Simmons made one-of-two from the foul line to make it a one point game, Caroline Coyer put the Wildcats up, 54-51, with 4:36 remaining when she scored on a driving lay-up. On Seton Hall's ensuing possession, Simmons hit a big three-pointer to tie the contest at 54-54.
Holeman missed a jumper in the lane that would have given Villanova the lead, before Simmons scored on a driving lay-up and was fouled. She converted the conventional three-point play to give the Pirates a 57-54 lead.
The Wildcats sliced the lead back to one at 57-56 on the next trip down the court when Holeman scored on a lay-up off an assist from Caroline Coyer. Villanova would have three chances to take the lead, but the Wildcats had two turnovers and a missed Holeman jumper.
Seton Hall ended a 2:03 scoring drought when Ali scored on a driving baseline lay-up and the Pirates had a 59-56 lead. On Villanova's next possession, Caroline Coyer missed a three-point attempt and Holeman missed a 10-foot jump shot. Villanova was forced to foul after Holeman's miss and Simmons sank both free throws and the Pirates held a 61-56 advantage. Seton Hall would go 3-of-4 from the charity stripe down the stretch to seal the win.
In the loss, Kane led Villanova with 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting, including a 4-of-6 effort from three-point range. The four triples represent a career-best effort. She also added four assists and two steals. Caroline Coyer added double figures with 10 points, while Katherine Coyer tallied nine points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal. Holeman added six points and a team-high nine rebounds.
Seton Hall had four players in double figures led by Simmons with 25 points and six assists. Janee Johnson had 13 points, while Ali posted a double-double with 10 points and 16 rebounds.
For the game, Villanova shot 36.1 percent from the field (22-of-61), 25.8 percent from three-point range (8-of-31) and a perfect 4-of-4 from the foul line, while the Pirates were 23-of-59 from the field (39.0%), 2-of-7 from long distance (28.6%) and 16-of-19 from the foul line (84.2%). Seton Hall owned a 44-32 advantage on the backboards. Each team committed 14 turnovers.
Villanova returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 15, when the Wildcats host the Penn Quakers in the final non conference game of the season. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
NOTES: Prior to today, Villanova had defeated Seton Hall four straight times...Today was the first time this year that Villanova lost when Devon Kane scores double figures (8-1)...Devon Kane has now netted double figures in four straight games...Katherine Coyer is 22-of-40 (55.0%) from the field in the last six games...Villanova has made at least one three-point field goal in 318 straight games...Caroline Coyer has now scored in double figures in 10 of the 15 games this season...The 14 turnovers by Villanova are a season-high.