Jan. 30, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Villanova Wildcats traveled to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Jan. 29, where they tallied a 59-49 win over the Georgetown Hoyas. With the victory, Villanova improves to 15-5 overall and 5-4 in Big East play, while Georgetown falls to 7-14 overall and 1-8 in conference action.
The first half was a tightly contested game for the first 13 minutes. After Georgetown center Natalie Butler converted a lay-up at the 7:21 mark, Villanova outscored the Hoyas, 19-3, the rest of the half to take a 32-15 lead into intermission.
Wildcat junior center Emily Leer started the Villanova run with a three-ball from the left wing. After Lauren Burford and Kendall Burton both made lay-ups for the Wildcats, sophomore forward Kavunaa Edwards hit back-to-back three-balls to give her team a 26-15 advantage with 4:44 remaining in the opening half.
Following Edwards' second three-pointer, neither team was able to score for the next 2:31. Wildcat senior guard Devon Kane ended the scoring drought when she sank two free throws and Villanova led 28-15. The first half scoring was rounded out when Taylor Holeman scored on a lay-up and Caroline Coyer hit a pull-up jumper at the first half buzzer.
Defense was the key to Villanova's late first half surge, as Villanova held Georgetown to just three points over the final 7:01. The Hoyas finished the first half shooting 27.3 percent (6-of-22) from the field, including a 1-of-4 effort from three-point range.
Georgetown started the second half by scoring the first seven points to cut the Villanova lead to 32-22. Villanova went scoreless for the first 3:44 until Holeman connected on a 15-foot jumper. Holeman's bucket gave Villanova a 34-22 lead.
The Hoyas scored the next four points following Holeman's field goal to slice the Villanova advantage to 34-26 at the 15:29 mark. Butler accounted for the four Hoya points on two lay-ups off of post moves.
Villanova pushed its lead back to double figures on the next possession when Burford hit a trifecta from the left wing. Burford's three-pointer increased the Wildcat lead to 37-26.
Leading 37-28 with 14:08 to play, Wildcat freshman Megan Quinn banked in a three from the wing to give Villanova a 40-28 advantage. After Butler made one of two from the foul line for the Hoyas, Leer hit a big three and Villanova led 43-29. After a Georgetown turnover, Leer connected on another triple and Villanova had its largest lead of the second half at 46-29 with 11:19 on the clock.
Georgetown answered the Villanova run by scoring eight straight points to pull within nine at 46-37 at the 6:52 mark. Kane slowed the Hoya momentum when she made a three-point field goal with 4:31 remaining. Kane's three-ball ended a Villanova scoring drought that lasted 6:48 and it gave her team a 49-37 advantage.
After Georgetown made it a 49-42 game with 2:50 to play, the Wildcats went six-of-nine from the foul line down the stretch to seal the win.
Leer led the Wildcats in the win with 11 points, while Burford, Kane and Caroline Coyer all added 10 points each. Edwards finished with nine points.
Georgetown was paced by Butler who had a double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Butler was 9-of-10 from the field. Freshman Faith Woodard chipped in with 11 points.
For the game, Villanova shot 19-of-67 from the field (28.4%), 11-of-45 from three-point range (24.4%) and 10-of-13 from the foul line (76.9%), while the Hoyas shot 33.3 percent from the floor (18-of-54), 20.0 percent from long distance (2-of-10) and 52.4 percent from the charity stripe (11-of-21). Georgetown owned a dominant 60-31 advantage on the backboards. The Wildcats were charged with just three turnovers, while the Hoyas had 21 turnovers.
Villanova returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 1, when the Wildcats host Creighton. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.
NOTES: Villanova now leads the all-time series against Georgetown by a 34-19 count...The Wildcats have given up 28 total points in the first half of the last two games (13 vs. Xavier; 15 vs. Georgetown)...Devon Kane has scored in double figures in eight of the last nine games and has 13 double figure scoring efforts for the season...The Wildcats improve to 8-2 on the road this season...Emily Leer has netted double figures in three straight games...The Wildcats have had single digit turnovers in 11 games this year...Villanova has made 21 three-point field goals in the last two games.