Feb. 15, 2014
QUEENS, N.Y. - The Villanova Wildcats saw their six-game winning streak come to an end on Saturday afternoon with a 69-56 loss at No. 24 St. John's. With the loss, the Wildcats fall to 19-6 overall and 9-5 in Big East Conference play, while the Red Storm improves to 19-5 overall and 12-1 in league action.
Three lay-ups by Devon Kane, Katherine Coyer and Emily Leer gave Villanova an early 6-3 lead. With the score tied at 8-8, Coyer tallied a conventional three-point play and a backdoor lay-up to give the Wildcats a 13-10 advantage with 9:21 to play in the opening half.
The score was tied at 18-18 when St. John's ran off seven straight points to take a 25-18 advantage. Red Storm forward Amber Thompson had four of the seven points, while reserve forward Mallory Jones connected on a three-point field goal. A free throw by Caroline Coyer made it a 25-19 game, before Thompson ended the first half scoring with a driving lay-up. The Thompson bucket gave the Red Storm a 27-19 lead at intermission.
Poor shooting was the story in the first half for Villanova. The Wildcats were 6-of-28 from the field for 21.4 percent and 0-for-13 from three-point range in the game's first 20 minutes.
St. John's sophomore guard Aliyyah Handford converted a conventional three-point play on the Red Storm's first possession of the second half to increase the lead to 30-19. Kane answered on the other end for the Wildcats when she scored on a driving lay-up. Following a defensive stop, Katherine Coyer pulled Villanova to within seven at 30-23 with a left-handed lay-up.
The Red Storm held a 40-31 lead when St. John's went on an 11-3 run to take a 51-34 advantage at the 10:18 mark. Four St. John's players scored in the spurt led by Handford's four points.
After the Red Storm pushed the lead back to 55-41, Katherine Coyer made a three, Holeman hit a jump shot and Caroline Coyer hit consecutive baskets to cut the St. John's lead to 56-48 with 3:56 remaining.
St. John's put the game away when they used back-to-back three-point field goals by Briana Brown and Eugeneia McPherson to take a 62-48 lead at the 2:27 mark.
Katherine Coyer led the Wildcats in the loss with a career-high 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, including a 1-of-2 effort from three-point range and a 5-of-6 effort from the foul line. Kane scored double figures for the 18th time this season with 12 points, while Caroline Coyer added 10 points. Kane also posted six rebounds, five assists and two steals.
St. John's was paced by Handford who had a game-high 25 points, while Danaejah Grant had 14 points and McPherson added 12 points. Thompson registered nine points and a game-best 17 rebounds.
For the game, Villanova shot 36.7 percent from the field (22-of-60), 20.0 percent from three-point range (5-of-25) and 63.6 percent from the foul line (7-of-11), while St. John's was 25-of-64 from the floor (39.1%), 5-of-9 from behind the arc (55.6%) and 14-of-21 from the charity stripe (63.6%). St. John's owned a 54-31 advantage on the backboards. Villanova had seven turnovers, while the Red Storm had 11 turnovers.
Villanova returns to action on Sunday, Feb. 23, when the Wildcats play host to the Georgetown Hoyas. Tip-off at The Pavilion is set for 1 p.m.
NOTES: Villanova has lost six in a row to St. John's...The Wildcats fall to 10-3 on the road this season...Devon Kane went over the 100 assist mark for the year and now has 103 for the season...Lauren Burford failed to make a three for just the third time this year...Taylor Holeman is 16-of-28 from the field (.571) in the last four games...Villanova registered its 15th single digit turnover game with seven in today's contest.