March 23, 2014
VILLANOVA, PA. - The Villanova Wildcats saw their season come to an end on Sunday afternoon with a 76-66 loss to the George Washington Colonials in the second round of the WNIT. With the loss, Villanova finishes the season with a 23-9 record. George Washington improves to 23-10 on the year and will advance to the third round of the WNIT.
George Washington started fast racing to an early 7-1 lead. Villanova then scored nine of the game's next 10 points to take a 10-9 lead with 13:52 to play in the opening half. Sophomore guard Katherine Coyer and senior guard Devon Kane led the Wildcat charge. Coyer had a three-ball and a foul shot, while Kane scored on a pull-up jump shot and a free throw.
Villanova led 17-16 when the Colonials went on a 9-0 run to open up a 25-17 advantage at the 7:31 mark. George Washington guard Megan Nipe scored five straight points to kick start the Colonial run. Lauren Burford converted a lay-up to end the Wildcat scoreless streak and cut the George Washington lead to 25-19.
The Colonials held a 34-26 lead when Burford nailed a triple from the left corner to make it a five point game at 34-29 with 2:04 on the clock. After Chakecia Miller connected on a 10-foot jumper to increase the Colonial advantage to 36-29, Katherine Coyer made a running lay-up for the final points of the half. The Coyer bucket sent Villanova into intermission trailing by a score of 36-31.
Villanova trailed 46-38 when Katherine Coyer made a three from the corner to make it a 46-41 game. After a defensive stop, Kane was fouled on a drive to the basket and made one of two from the free throw line. Kane's foul shot made it a four point game at 46-42 with 14:16 to play.
George Washington then used a 12-4 spurt to grab a 58-46 lead at the 8:25 mark. Colonial guard Hannah Schaible led the run for George Washington scoring eight of her team's 12 points.
The Colonials held a double digit lead until Caroline Coyer made a 15-foot jumper to cut the lead to 64-55 with 4:44 on the clock. A missed one-and-one by George Washington gave the Wildcats possession of the ball and a chance to pull closer. The Wildcats took advantage and made it a six point game at 64-58 when sophomore Kavunaa Edwards made a trifecta from the right wing.
George Washington forward Jonquel Jones put the Colonials back up eight when she scored on lay-up off a post move. After a missed three by Katherine Coyer, Jones went one-of-two from the foul line and the Colonials led 67-58 with 2:15 to play.
Following two Kane free throws that made it a 67-60 game, Villanova forced a Colonial turnover. Katherine Coyer drove the lane following the turnover and was fouled. Coyer made both from the charity stripe and the Wildcats were within five at 67-62 at the 1:03 mark. The Wildcats then forced another Colonial turnover, but Katherine Coyer could not get the running lay-up to fall that would have made it a three point contest.
George Washington went 9-of-10 from the foul line in the last 51 seconds to seal the win.
In the loss, Katherine Coyer led Villanova with 15 points, while Kane had 13 points and junior center Emily Leer added 11 points. Kane also dished out six assists. Caroline Coyer chipped in with nine points, six rebounds, three steals and two assists.
Senior guard Danni Jackson led the Colonials with 19 points, while Jones had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
For the game, Villanova shot 22-of-58 from the field (37.9 %), 8-of-21 from three-point range (38.1 %) and 14-of-20 from the foul line (70.0%), while George Washington shot 39.1 percent from the floor (27-of-69), 25.0 percent from three-point range (3-of-12) and 76.0 percent from the charity stripe (19-of-25). The Colonials dominated the backboards, out-rebounding the Wildcats by a 53-31 margin.
NOTES: Villanova falls to 7-7 all-time in the WNIT...Devon Kane finished the season scoring double figures in 24 of the 32 games, including in 15 of the last 16 games...Kane finishes her career with 1,030 points and 362 assists which ranks 12th all-time in school history...Villanova averaged 8.8 turnovers per game which led the country for the second straight season...Caroline Coyer ranks second in the country in assist to turnover ratio at 3.8 per game (115 assists, 30 turnovers)...Lauren Burford made a three-point field goal in 25 of the 31 games she played in...Villanova outscored its opponents by an 804-429 margin from behind the arc this year...The Wildcats have made at least one three-point field goal in 335 straight games...Villanova had an assist on 535 of its 765 made field goals for 69.9 percent.