Nov. 10, 2013
Toledo, Ohio - The Villanova Wildcats captured the championship of the Toledo Glass City Tournament with a 63-52 win over the Drexel Dragons. With the win, the Wildcats have now won seven of the last 10 tournaments they have played in. Villanova improves to 2-0 on the season, while Drexel falls to 1-1.
Drexel won the opening tap and scored the first points of the game on its first possession on a driving lay-up by Sarah Curran. After allowing the first basket of the game, Villanova went on a 15-0 run to take a 15-2 lead at the 13:08 mark. Junior center Emily Leer led the Wildcats in the early going scoring six of her team's first 15 points.
The Wildcats led 33-12 with 3:41 remaining in the opening half when Drexel used a 7-2 spurt to pull within 35-19 at halftime. A Curran jumper, two free throws by Jamila Thompson and a three-point field goal by Fiona Flanagan accounted for the seven Dragon points.
Sophomore guard Katherine Coyer led Villanova in the first half with 10 points, while Leer added eight first half points. The Wildcats shot 52.0 percent in the first half (13-of-25) and 50.0 percent from three-point range (7-of-14).
Villanova led 41-23 with 14:57 left in the second half, before Drexel outscored the Wildcats, 19-7, over the next six minutes to cut the lead to 48-42 with 8:28 to play.
After Drexel pulled to within six, Leer connected on a three-ball on Villanova's next possession to give her team a 51-42 advantage. The Dragons answered with a three of their own as Alexis Smith's triple got Drexel within six again.
Villanova sophomore guard Caroline Coyer scored on a driving lay-up to give the Wildcats a 57-49 lead with 5:55 to play. On the game's next possession, Dragon sophomore forward Rachel Pearson missed a three attempt and Villanova had the ball and a chance to lead by double figures. After missing three shots on its next two possessions, the Villanova defense held the Dragons without a field goal and neither team would score for the next 2:19.
Leer broke the scoring drought with a free throw at the 3:36 mark. Villanova would go on to make 6-of-8 from the foul line down the stretch to seal the win.
Leer led all scorers in the victory with 18 points. She was 7-of-9 from the field, 1-of-2 from three-point range and 3-of-5 from the charity stripe. Caroline and Katherine Coyer each added 12 points. Katherine's 12 points ties a career-high scoring effort. Senior guard Devon Kane added nine points, while sophomore forward Kavunaa Edwards pulled-down a game-high eight rebounds.
Flanagan led Drexel with 17 points and Smith scored 10 points off the bench.
In the win, Villanova shot 45.5 percent from the field (20-of-44), 38.1 percent from three-point range (8-of-21) and 71.4 percent from the foul line (15-of-21), while Drexel was 20-of-54 from the floor (37.0%), 5-of-16 from long distance (31.3%) and 7-of-9 from the foul line (77.8%). Drexel owned a 34-31 advantage on the backboards.
Villanova returns to action on Thursday, Nov. 14, when the Wildcats travel to Lehigh. Tip-off is set for 11 a.m.
NOTES: Villanova traveled over 500 miles to play Drexel who is located just 10 miles from the Wildcat campus...Devon Kane and Drexel's Fiona Flanagan were high school teammates at Notre Dame Academy...Villanova made 26 three-point field goals in the first two games...The Wildcats committed 14 turnovers in the two games in the tournament...Villanova improves to 6-1 all-time versus Drexel...The All-Tournament Team will be announced following the Toledo/Mississippi Valley State game which will start at 2:30 p.m.