Villanova Falls to DePaul in BIG EAST Battle
Feb. 25, 2014
VILLANOVA, Pa. - In women's basketball action on Tuesday, Feb. 25, the Villanova Wildcats lost a 71-56 decision to the DePaul Blue Demons. With the loss, Villanova falls to 20-7 overall and 10-6 in Big East play, while DePaul improves to 22-6 overall and 13-3 in conference action.
After each team made three-point field goals on their opening possessions of the game, DePaul ran off 13 straight points to take a 16-3 lead. The Blue Demons made three of their first four from behind the arc to propel them to the early 13 point advantage.
A pull-up jump shot by sophomore guard Caroline Coyer with 9:14 to play in the first half pulled the Wildcats within six at 19-13. Following the Coyer bucket, the Blue Demons tallied the next six points of the game to take a 25-13 lead
DePaul held a 33-19 advantage with 4:03 left in the first half, when the Wildcats used a 7-2 spurt to make it a 35-26 game at the 1:27 mark. Villanova's seven points included a foul shot by Megan Quinn and three made jump shots by Devon Kane, Katherine Coyer and Emily Leer.
The Blue Demons connected on three consecutive three-point field goals in the last 1:15 of the half to take a commanding 44-26 lead at intermission. Brittany Hrynko made two of the three triples and Megan Podkowa accounted for the third trifecta. Hrynko finished the first half with 17 points, including a 5-of-5 effort from behind the arc.
Trailing 49-29 with 17:02 remaining in the second half, Villanova went on a 10-0 run to cut the Blue Demon lead to 49-39 with 14:24 to play. Kane led the Wildcat charge with eight of the 10 points, including a three-point field, a lay-up and a conventional three-point play. Wildcat junior forward Taylor Holeman also made a 15-foot jump shot during the spurt.
Hrynko ended the DePaul scoring drought with a jump shot to increase the Blue Demon lead to 51-39, before Leer converted two free throws to make it a 10 point game again at 51-41.
DePaul led 55-43 with 11:34 remaining when Leer scored on a drive and was fouled. Leer made the free throw to close the Blue Demon lead to nine at 55-46. Villanova had four opportunities to get even closer, but the Wildcats went 0-for-3 from the field and committed a turnover. DePaul guard Chanise Jenkins then buried a triple with 9:14 to play to give the Blue Demons a 58-46 lead.
A Taylor Holeman jumper with 7:26 remaining sliced the DePaul advantage to 60-52, but that would be as close as the Wildcats would get the rest of the way. Following Holeman's bucket, DePaul scored seven straight points to open up a 67-52 lead at the 5:04 mark.
In the loss, Kane led the Wildcats with 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including a 1-of-3 effort from three-point range and a 2-of-2 effort from the foul line. Holeman added 10 points for Villanova on 5-of-7 shooting from the field. Caroline Coyer chipped in with four points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals.
DePaul was paced by Hrynko who scored a game-high 25 points. She was 10-of-13 from the floor and 5-of-5 from three-point range. Podkowa scored 13 points, while Jasmine Penny had 12 points and eight rebounds.
For the game, Villanova shot 46.2 percent from the field (24-of-52), 15.4 percent from three-point range (2-of-13) and 75.0 percent from the foul line (6-of-8), while DePaul was 26-of-56 from the floor (46.4%), 11-of-18 from long distance (61.1%) and 8-of-12 from the charity stripe (66.7%). DePaul owned a 38-23 advantage on the backboards.
Villanova returns to action on Saturday, March 1, when the Wildcats travel to Cincinnati to take on Xavier. Game time is set for noon.
NOTES: DePaul leads the all-time series with Villanova by a 9-2 count...Wildcat head coach Harry Perretta and Blue Demon head man Doug Bruno have combined to coach in 1,991 games...The 71 points by DePaul was a season-low for the Blue Demons...Villanova falls to 7-4 at home this season...Devon Kane has now scored in double figures in 10 of the last 11 games and in 19 of the 27 games this season...Villanova shot 50.0 percent in the second half (12-of-24).