March 19, 2014
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova Wildcats used a decisive second half run to earn a 74-66 home win over the Quinnipiac Bobcats in the first round of the WNIT. With the victory, Villanova improves to 23-8 on the year, while Quinnipiac ends its season at 21-13.
Villanova will now advance to the second round of the WNIT and will host George Washington on Sunday, March 23. Tip-off at The Pavilion is set for 1 p.m. George Washington tallied an 86-68 win over East Caroline earlier this evening
With the score tied at 42-42 with 15:09 remaining in the second half, the Wildcats used a 12-1 run to take a 54-43 lead at the 10:52 mark. Senior guard Devon Kane made two free throws to start the Villanova spurt. After sophomore guard Caroline Coyer made a three-ball to give the Wildcats a 47-42 lead, Kane tallied her 1,000th career point on a driving lay-up with 13:25 on the clock. Kane's milestone basket gave Villanova a 49-42 advantage.
After Quinnipiac made a free throw to end Villanova's nine unanswered point stretch, junior forward Lauren Burford scored on a 15-foot jumper to give her team a 51-43 lead. Villanova got a defensive stop on the other end of the floor, before Burford nailed a three-ball and the Wildcats led by double digits at 54-43.
A three-point field goal by Bobcat forward Samantha Guastella sliced the Villanova advantage to 58-50 with 6:44 remaining. After Burford answered on Villanova's next possession with a trifecta of her own to make it a 61-50 game, Guastella made another triple and the Wildcat lead was at 61-53 at the 6:00 mark.
Following Guastella's second three-ball, Villanova scored four straight points to open up its largest lead of the game at 65-53 with 4:02 on the clock. The four points included a lay-up by junior forward Taylor Holeman and two foul shots by Kane.
Villanova started the game slowly, making just two of its first 14 shots. The Bobcats used the poor start by the Wildcats to open up an early 17-8 lead. Quinnipiac held a 24-18 advantage with 7:17 remaining in the opening stanza, before Villanova outscored the Bobcats, 12-3, the rest of the half to lead 30-27 at intermission.
In the win, Kane led all scorers with a career-high 24 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field, including a 2-of-6 effort from three-point range and an 8-of-9 effort from the foul line. She also added five assists and four rebounds. Burford tied a career-high with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting. She went 4-of-7 from downtown and added a career-high seven rebounds. Caroline Coyer chipped in with eight points, six rebounds and three assists, while Katherine Coyer had six points, a career-high tying six assists and four rebounds.
Quinnipiac was paced by Brittany McQuain who had 19 points and seven rebounds and Guastella who had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
For the game, Villanova shot 43.1 percent from the field (25-of-58), 33.3 percent from three-point range (9-of-27) and 68.2 percent from the foul line (15-of-22), while the Bobcats were 26-of-62 from the floor (41.9%), 7-of-23 from three-point range (30.4%) and 7-of-12 from the charity stripe (58.3%). Quinnipiac owned a 39-35 rebounding advantage. The Wildcats were charged with just six turnovers.
NOTES: Devon Kane becomes the 24th player in program history to score 1,000 career points...The Wildcats improve to 7-6 all-time in the WNIT...Villanova is now 2-0 all-time versus Quinnipiac...The Wildcats improve to 8-0 this season when scoring 70 or more points...Villanova now has 10 individual 20-point scoring efforts this year...The Wildcats have had a single digit turnover game in 19 of the 31 games this season.