Feb. 5, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - In women's basketball action on Wednesday, Feb. 5, the Villanova Wildcats tallied a 72-66 road win at Providence College. With the victory, Villanova improves to 17-5 overall and 7-4 in Big East Conference action, while the Friars fall to 6-16 overall and 1-10 in league play.
Villanova senior guard Devon Kane scored the first points of the game when she converted a driving lay-up on the Wildcats first possession. After Kane's bucket, the Friars ran off 11 straight points to take an 11-2 lead. During the 11-0 run, Providence made three field goals from behind the arc, including two by junior guard Tori Rule.
After Villanova took the 16-15 lead, the game went back and forth the rest of the half with five ties and three lead changes over the final 6:41. A Katherine Coyer lay-up with 35 seconds left in the half gave Villanova a 34-33 advantage at the half.
The Wildcats started the second half on a 16-6 run to open up a 50-39 lead with 14:00 left in regulation. Junior forward Taylor Holeman was outstanding in the opening second half spurt, as she made her first four shots to account for eight of Villanova's 16 points. Burford registered a three-point field goal and a lay-up, while Katherine Coyer made a three-point field goal from the corner.
Providence sliced the Wildcat lead to single digits at 54-46 with 11:39 to play when Rule converted a conventional three-point play. Villanova answered Rule's three-point effort on the next possession when Caroline Coyer hit a straight away three-ball to give her team a 57-46 advantage. Rule came right back for Providence and scored on a pull-up jumper to make it a nine point game, before Burford hit Villanova's second straight trifecta. Burford's trey gave Villanova a 60-48 lead with 10:32 remaining.
Villanova seemed to have control of the game with a 62-50 lead at the 7:36 mark, but the Friars would not go away. Rule netted five straight points and a three-point field goal by Friar forward Evi Iiskola made it a six point contest at 64-58 with 4:07 left to play.
In need a basket, Caroline Coyer drove the lane and made a nice kick out pass to Leer who buried a three-pointer and Villanova led 67-58. The Friars then got a jumper by Sarah Beal and a lay-up by Karin Robinson to make it a 67-62 game at the 2:40 mark.
On its next possession, Villanova milked the clock and took a timeout with nine seconds on the play clock. The Wildcats ran an inbounds play to perfection and Burford hit a huge three-ball with one second on the shot clock to give Villanova a 70-62 advantage with 2:09 to go.
Despite going just two-of-six from the foul line in the last 28 seconds, Villanova did not allow the Friars could to get within five as the Wildcats earned the victory.
In the win, Burford led four Wildcats in double figures with 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, including a 5-of-9 effort from three-point range. Leer scored 13 points, while Holeman had her second double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Kane chipped in with 12 points, six assists and four rebounds.
Providence was paced by Rule who was sensational with 29 points and seven rebounds. Freshman Aliyah Miller added 11 points for the Friars.
In the win, Villanova shot 47.4 percent from the field (27-of-57), 46.2 percent from three-point range (12-of-26) and 46.2 percent from the foul line (6-of-13), while Providence was 26-of-55 from the floor (47.3%), 4-of-11 from long distance (36.4%) and 10-of-14 from the charity stripe (71.4%). Villanova owned a 35-31 advantage on the backboards.
Villanova returns to action on Sunday, Feb. 9, when the Wildcats travel to Seton Hall. Game time is set for 2 p.m.
NOTES: The Wildcats shot 58.3 percent in the second half (14-of-24) and 66.7 percent from three (6-of-9)...Villanova gets the season sweep over Providence with tonight's win...The Wildcats have won 18 of the last 22 against the Friars...Villanova had four double figure scorers for the third straight game...Devon Kane scored double figures for the 15th time tonight and for the 10th time in the last 11 games...The Wildcats improve to 9-2 on the road with tonight's win...Emily Leer is 23-of-46 from the field (50.0%) in the last six games...Lauren Burford has made nine three-point field goals in her last two games at Providence's Alumni Hall...With her five three-pointers tonight, Lauren Burford has made three or more triples in seven games this year...Tonight was Villanova's seventh double figure three-point field goal game of the season...Three Wildcats played 30 or more minutes led by Devon Kane with a team-high 38.