Nov. 21, 2013
Fairfield, Conn. - Senior guard Devon Kane scored Villanova's last 19 points to help lead the Wildcats to a come from behind 62-59 road win at Sacred Heart. With the victory, Villanova improves to 4-0 overall, while Sacred Heart falls to 1-2 on the season.
Villanova trailed 50-45 with 1:38 to play in the second half, when Kane cut the lead to three when she scored on a driving lay-up. After a defensive stop, Kane was fouled shooting a three-point field goal with 44 seconds on the clock. Kane sank all three foul shots to tie the game at 50-50.
On the game's next possession, the Pioneers took a 52-50 lead with 21 seconds to play when Ericka Norman scored on a driving lay-up. Villanova called a timeout and set a play in front of its bench. Kane drove to the paint and pulled-up and buried a 12-foot jumper with 3.4 seconds to play to send the game into overtime.
Sacred Heart drew first blood on the first possession of the extra session when Hannah Kimmel connected on a one-handed driving lay-up. Kane came right back and tied the score at 54-54 when she converted a driving lay-up of her own.
Neither team was able to score for the next 2:25 until Kane gave the Wildcats the lead for good when she scored on a drive to the hoop and was fouled. She made the free throw to give Villanova a 57-54 advantage with 1:11 to play.
Villanova got a defensive stop and Kane drained a pull-up jump shot with 31 seconds on the clock to give the Wildcats a 59-54 lead. After Sacred Heart's Gabriell Washington hit a three-point field goal with 13 seconds remaining, Kane made three of four from the foul line down the stretch to seal the win.
Villanova led 11-8 with 11:35 remaining in the first half when Sacred Heart went on a 7-2 run to take a 15-13 lead. The Wildcats answered with a 7-2 run of their own to grab a 20-17 advantage with 3:27 to play. A Kavunaa Edwards three-point field goal jump started the Wildcat spurt.
After a lay-up by sophomore guard Katherine Coyer at the 3:27 mark, the Wildcats failed to score the rest of the half and Sacred Heart would score the last four points of the half to go to intermission with a 21-20 lead.
Each team shot the ball poorly in the first half. Villanova was 8-of-28 from the floor for 28.6 percent, including a 4-of-15 effort from three-point range (26.7%), while the Pioneers were 10-of-31 from the field (32.3%) and 1-of-7 from long distance (14.3%).
In the victory, Kane scored a career-high 21 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field and an 11-of-12 effort from the foul line. Junior forward Lauren Burford added 11 points, six rebounds, two assists and two blocks.
Washington led Sacred Heart with a game-high 23 points. She was the only Pioneer in double figures.
For the game, Villanova shot 32.3 percent from the field (20-of-62), 31.0 percent from three-point range (9-of-29) and 92.9 percent from the foul line (13-of-14), while Sacred Heart was 26-of-62 from the floor (41.9%), 6-of-16 from long distance (37.5%) and 1-of-2 from the foul line. Villanova owned a slim 41-39 advantage on the backboards. The Wildcats finished with eight turnovers in the game, including just one in the second half.
Villanova returns to action on Sunday, Nov. 24, when the Wildcats host Lafayette in the home opener. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.
NOTES: Villanova has played overtime in back-to-back games...The Wildcats now lead the all-time series against Sacred Heart by a 3-0 count...Villanova has connected on 48 three-point field goals in the first four games...Katherine Coyer has gone 8-of-8 from the foul in the last two games...Devon Kane's 11 free throws are a career-high...Kavunaa Edwards has made a three-point field in all four games this season