Feb. 23, 2014
VILLANOVA, PA. -The Villanova Wildcats tallied their second straight 20-win season on Sunday afternoon with a 65-52 home win over the Georgetown Hoyas. With the victory, Villanova improves to 20-6 overall and 10-5 in Big East play, while the Hoyas fall to 9-19 overall and 3-13 in conference play.
Villanova led 21-17 with 8:07 to play in the first half, when the Wildcats outscored Georgetown, 12-5, over the next seven minutes to take a 33-22 lead at the 1:40 mark. Sophomore guard Katherine Coyer scored four straight points to start the run, before junior forward Lauren Burford hit back-to-back three-point field goals. Junior center Emily made two free throws to account for the last two points of the spurt.
Georgetown freshman Faith Woodard made one of two from the line to make it a 33-23 game, before Hoya forward Andrea White connected on a 12-foot jump shot. White's bucket cut Villanova's lead to 33-25 with 1:01 remaining.
A steal by sophomore guard Caroline Coyer with 24 seconds left in the half allowed Villanova to hold for the last shot. Coyer penetrated the lane and made a kick out pass to Burford who buried a three-ball as time expired giving the Wildcats a 36-25 halftime lead. Burford finished the first half going 5-of-6 from three-point range.
On Villanova's first possession of the second half, Burford tied a career-high with her sixth three-point field goal of the game to give her team its largest lead of the contest at 39-25. After gaining the 14 point advantage, the Wildcats missed seven straight shots and went 0-for-2 from the foul line. The Villanova scoring drought allowed Georgetown to slice the lead to 39-34.
Leer ended the Villanova cold spell when she scored back-to-back lay-ups to give the Wildcats a 43-36 lead with 13:23 to play. With the Wildcats holding a 45-41 advantage at the 8:56 mark, Leer drained a three-ball from the corner and Villanova had a 48-41 lead.
The Hoyas answered Leer's triple with a three-point field goal of their own when White connected from long distance to cut the lead to 48-44. Following a missed three by Leer, Georgetown made it a 48-46 game when Woodard made a 10-foot bank shot. Caroline Coyer pushed the lead back to four when she scored on a driving lay-up, but White tallied a lay-up on the other end to pull the Hoyas within two again at 50-48.
Georgetown had a chance to tie the game, but White missed the front end of a one-and-one with 7:13 remaining. The Wildcats took advantage of the missed free throw when Leer scored on a left-handed lay-up and Villanova led 52-48.
Hoya freshman guard Tyshell King scored on a jumper to make it a two-point contest at 52-50, before Leer made a three from the corner to increase the Wildcat lead to 55-50 with 6:07 on the clock.
Neither team was able to score for the next 2:55 until Leer connected on another three-ball that increased Villanova's lead to 58-50. Following a defensive stop, Leer put the game away with her sixth three of the game to give the Wildcats a 61-50 lead with 2:25 remaining.
Georgetown went 1-of-9 from the field with two turnovers over the last 7:13 of the game.
Leer led the Wildcats in the win with a career-high 28 points on 10-of-16 shooting, including a 6-of-12 effort from three-point range and a 2-of-4 effort from the foul line. The six triples tie a career-best performance. Burford finished with a career-high tying 20 points, including a career-best tying six three-point field goals in 12 attempts. Caroline Coyer had a strong floor game for the Wildcats with four points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and no turnovers.
Georgetown was paced by White with 16 points and nine rebounds and freshman center Natalie Butler who had a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
In the win, Villanova was 22-of-60 from the field (36.7%), 13-of-36 from three-point range (36.1%) and 8-of-10 from the foul line (80.0%), while Georgetown shot 39.3 percent from the floor (22-of-56), 33.3 percent from long distance (3-of-9) and 62.5 percent from the charity stripe (5-of-8). The Hoyas owned a 39-37 advantage on the backboards. Villanova had just three turnovers, while Georgetown was charged with eight turnovers.
Villanova returns to action on Tuesday, Feb. 25, when the Wildcats play host to DePaul. Tip-off at The Pavilion is set for 7 p.m.
NOTES: Villanova sweeps the season series with Georgetown with today's win...The Wildcats have won four of the last five against the Hoyas and lead the all-time series by a 35-19 count...This is the first time all season that Villanova has had two players score 20 or more points in a game...Villanova improves to 7-3 at home this year with today's win...Head coach Harry Perretta has now led Villanova to 16, 20-win seasons...Villanova has kept 17 opponents under 60 points this year...Lauren Burford has made three or more three-point field goals in nine games this year...Villanova registered its 16th single digit turnover game this season...The Wildcats lead the country in fewest turnovers per game at 8.6 per contest.