Feb. 9, 2014
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - The Villanova Wildcats recorded their fifth win in a row with a 62-57 road victory at Seton Hall on Sunday, Feb. 9. With the win, the Wildcats improve to 18-5 overall and 8-4 in Big East play, while the Pirates fall to 13-9 overall and 4-7 in conference action.
Seton Hall's Brittany Webb made a lay-up with 9:44 left in the first half that gave the Pirates a 14-12 advantage. Following the Webb basket, the Pirates did not score a point the rest of the half. During the final 9:44, Seton Hall went 0-for-11 from the field and had four turnovers.
With the score tied at 14-14, Wildcat junior forward Lauren Burford hit three consecutive three-point field goals to give the Wildcats a 23-14 lead at the 5:26 mark.
Sophomore guard Caroline Coyer connected on a pull-up jumper with 3:58 left in the first half and Villanova had its first double figure lead of the contest at 25-14. After Coyer made one of two from the foul line, freshman center Megan Quinn picked-up a loose ball and scored on a lay-up. Quinn's bucket increased the Villanova advantage to 28-14. Coyer rounded out the first half scoring when she made a 15-foot jumper with 50 seconds remaining to send the Wildcats to intermission with a 30-14 lead.
Villanova finished the first half shooting 12-of-31 from the field and 5-of-18 from three-point range, while Seton Hall was 6-of-26 from the floor and 0-of-4 from long distance.
The Wildcats scored the first four points of the second stanza on a Devon Kane lay-up and a jumper by Taylor Holeman to increase the lead to 34-14 four minutes into the half. Seton Hall ended its scoreless streak at 14:20 when Pirate guard Ka-Deidre Simmons made one of two from the foul line to make it a 34-15 game.
Following the Simmons foul shot, Burford hit another triple and Villanova had its largest lead of the game at 37-15 at the 15:07 mark. The Pirates answered the Burford trey with a three-ball of their own when Teresa Kucera buried a trifecta from the corner. Kucera's three was Seton Hall's first made field goal in 15:06.
Villanova owned a 44-31 lead with 7:39 to play when Pirate forward Sidney Cook tallied a conventional three-point play to slice the lead to 44-34. Cook scored again when she converted a driving lay-up and the Pirates were within eight at 44-36. Following a missed three by Coyer, Seton Hall cut the lead to 44-38 when Alexis Brown connected on a lay-up.
Holeman made Villanova's first field goal in 3:22 with a 15-foot jump shot to give her team a 46-38 advantage. Simmons made it a six point game again with two foul shots at the 4:10 mark. Holeman then made another jump shot on Villanova's next possession to increase the Villanova lead to 48-40.
Seton Hall used consecutive lay-ups by Webb and Janee Johnson to make it a four point game at 48-44 with 3:33 on the clock. Following a Burford turnover, Seton Hall's Tabatha Richardson-Smith missed back-to-back three-point attempts that would have sliced the Wildcat advantage to one.
Clinging to a 48-44 lead with 2:26 to play, Burford hit her fifth three-ball of the game off a feed from Holeman. The Burford trifecta pushed Villanova's lead back to seven at 51-44. Villanova got a defensive stop before Holeman was fouled shooting a jumper. Holeman made one-of-two from the foul line to increase the lead to 52-44 with 1:54 remaining.
Brown kept Seton Hall in the game at 52-46 when she made a running one-handed jumper. Following a Wildcat timeout, Coyer got the ball on an isolation at the top of key and drove the ball to the hoop and scored on a driving lay-up. The lay-up increased the Wildcat advantage to 54-46 at the 1:18 mark.
The Wildcats would go 8-of-10 from the foul line in the last 1:07 to seal the victory.
In the win, Burford and Coyer led four Wildcats in double figures with 15 points. Burford finished the game 5-of-9 from three-point range. Kane and Holeman added 11 points with Holeman also pulling-down eight rebounds.
Seton Hall was paced by Simmons who had 15 points. Bra-Shey Ali tallied a game-high 15 rebounds for the Pirates.
For the game, Villanova was 22-of-55 from the field (40.0%), 7-of-28 from three-point range (25.0%) and 11-of-18 from the foul line (61.1%), while the Pirates shot 36.1 percent from the floor (22-of-61), 11.1 percent from long distance (1-of-9) and 60.0 percent from the charity stripe (12-of-20). Seton Hall owned a 40-36 advantage on the backboards.
Villanova returns to action on Wednesday, Feb. 12, when the Wildcats play host to Butler. Tip-off at The Pavilion is set for 7 p.m.
NOTES: Villanova has now won 10 of its last 11 games at Seton Hall's Walsh Gymnasium...The Wildcats have won five of their last six against the Pirates...Villanova won its Big East leading 10th road game today to improve to 10-2 in away games...Lauren Burford has made 10 three-point field goals in the last two games...Burford has made three or more triples on eight occasions this year...Devon Kane has netted double figures in 11 of the last 12 games...Caroline Coyer has 15 double figure scoring games...Villanova had nine turnovers today giving the Wildcats 13 single digit turnover games for the season...The Wildcats had four players score double figures for the fourth straight game.