Nov. 9, 2013
Toledo, Ohio - The Villanova women's basketball team began the 2013-14 season in fine fashion this afternoon with a convincing 87-53 win over Mississippi Valley State in the first round of the Toledo Glass City Tournament. Villanova will advance to tomorrow's championship game to play the winner of the Drexel/Toledo game.
In the victory, Villanova went 18-of-40 from three-point range to tie a school record for triples made in a game. This is the fifth time in program history that the Wildcats have made 18 three-point field goals in a game. Prior to today, the last time came in a win against Binghamton on Dec. 13, 2007.
Villanova connected on five three-pointers just six minutes into the game to race to a 17-2 lead. Junior forward Lauren Burford tallied two of the five triples for the Wildcats.
The Wildcats led 31-16 with 6:34 to play in the first half, when Mississippi Valley State used a 7-2 run to cut the Villanova advantage to 33-23 at the 4:04 mark. Villanova answered the Devilette spurt and outscored Mississippi Valley State, 7-0, the rest of the half to take a 39-23 lead into intermission. All seven Wildcat points were registered by junior center Emily Leer.
Of Villanova's 14 first half field goals, nine came from behind the arc. Burford was a perfect 3-of-3 from long distance in the first stanza.
After Mississippi Valley State sliced the Villanova lead to 42-30 early in the second half, the Wildcats tallied eight straight points to take a commanding 50-30 advantage with 15:22 remaining. The eight points included a 12-foot jump shot by sophomore guard Caroline Coyer and back-to-back three-pointers by sophomore guard Kendall Burton.
Following the decisive 8-0 run, Mississippi Valley State would not get within 14 the rest of the way and Villanova would lead by as many as 34.
In the win, Burford led four Wildcats in double figures with 18 points. Burton finished with a career-high 15 points, followed by Leer with 12 and senior guard Devon Kane with 11. Burford also added a career-high eight assists. Sophomore forward Kavunaa Edwards added six points and a career-best eight rebounds.
Mississippi Valley State was paced by Jasmyne Sanders who had 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field, including a perfect 3-of-3 from long distance.
For the game, Villanova shot 45.1 percent from the field (32-of-71), 45.0 percent from three-point range (18-of-40) and 71.4 percent from the foul line (5-of-7), while Mississippi Valley Shot was 19-of-48 from the floor (39.6%), 8-of-17 from three-point range (47.1%) and 7-of-8 from the charity stripe (87.5%). The Wildcats committed just three turnovers and out-rebounded the Devilettes by a 39-31 margin.
NOTES: Villanova is now 23-13 in season openers under head coach Harry Perretta...Today was the first-ever meeting between Villanova and Mississippi Valley State...Villanova had an assist on 27 of its 32 field goals...The Wildcats are now 80-36 all-time when participating in in-season tournaments...Junior forward Taylor Holeman missed today's game due to a concussion...The Wildcats have now made a three-point field goal in 304 consecutive games...The freshmen trio of Jordan Dillard, Megan Quinn and Samantha Wilkes all made their collegiate debuts in today's game