Jan. 19, 2014
CHICAGO - The Villanova Wildcats traveled to Chicago on Sunday afternoon where they lost to the DePaul Blue Demons by a score of 91-65. With the loss, the Wildcats fall to 13-4 overall and 3-3 in Big East play, while DePaul improves to 13-5 overall and 4-2 in league play.
Villanova led 8-6 in the early going when DePaul used a 12-0 run to take an 18-8 lead with 10:04 to play in the half. The Blue Demons would increase their lead to 28-16 at the 6:12 mark, before Villanova ran off six straight points to slice the Blue Demon advantage to 28-22. The six Villanova points included a basket and two free throws by junior forward Taylor Holeman and two foul shots by senior guard Devon Kane.
Following Holeman's two free throws that made it a 28-22 game with 5:01 to play, DePaul would outscore the Wildcats by a 12-4 margin the rest of the half to take a 40-26 lead at intermission.
Shooting was the difference in the first half, as DePaul shot 14-of-30 from the field and Villanova was just 9-of-28, including a 0-of-6 effort from three-point range.
Caroline Coyer got the second half started in strong fashion for Villanova with a three-ball on the team's first possession of the second stanza. Following the Coyer trifecta, DePaul answered with back-to-back baskets to increase its lead to 44-29. After Wildcat junior center Emily Leer scored on a driving lay-up, the Blue Demons used a 12-6 spurt to open up a commanding 56-37 advantage with 13:51 to play.
Villanova would not get within 16 the rest of the way and DePaul would cruise to the victory.
In the loss, Kane led Villanova with 17 points, while sophomore guard Coyer had 16 points and Leer added 10 points.
DePaul was paced by junior guard Brittany Hrynko who had a game-high 20 points, while guard Megan Rogowski had 16 points. Two other Blue Demons reached double figures, including Jessica January with 12 points and Megan Podkowa with 10 points.
For the game, Villanova shot 38.7 percent from the field (24-of-62), 26.3 percent from three-point range (5-of-19) and 85.7 percent from the foul line (12-of-14), while DePaul was 32-of-66 from the floor (48.5%), 10-of-23 from long distance (43.5%) and 17-of-20 from the charity stripe (85.0%). DePaul owned a 42-33 advantage on the backboards.
Villanova returns to action on Wednesday, Jan. 22, when the Wildcats host St. John's at The Pavilion. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
NOTES: Villanova falls to 0-6 all-time in games played at DePaul...The Wildcats are now 7-2 on the road this season...Devon Kane tallied her 10th double figure scoring game of the season...Caroline Coyer now has 12 double figure scoring games this year after today's scoring effort...Lauren Burford has now made at least one three-point field goal in 15 of the 16 games she has played in...Today's nine turnovers gives Villanova nine single digit turnover games this season...The 91 points by DePaul are the most points allowed by Villanova since giving up 92 to Connecticut in February of 2007.