Wildcats Down Lafayette in Home Opener
Nov. 24, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova Wildcats improved to 5-0 on the season with a 60-33 win over the visiting Lafayette Leopards. With the loss, Lafayette falls to 4-1 on the year.
Sophomore forward Kavunaa Edwards led the Wildcats in the win with her first career double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds. She becomes the first Wildcat to grab 14 rebounds since Laura Kurz had 15 caroms against Lehigh on Dec. 7, 2008.
Villanova led 35-32 with 15:22 to play in the second half, when the Wildcats outscored Lafayette, 15-0, over the next 9:12 to open up a 50-32 advantage at the 6:34 mark. Edwards and junior forward Lauren Burford each had five points in the run.
After allowing a lay-up to Leopard forward Kelly Loughney with 15:22 remaining in the second half, the Wildcat defense held Lafayette scoreless for the next 9:35 and without a field goal for the remainder of the game. Lafayette managed just five second half points.
The Wildcats missed their first five three-point field goal attempts to start the game and the team went scoreless for the first 4:27 of the contest. Senior guard Devon Kane ended the Villanova scoring drought when she drained a three-point field goal from the wing at the 15:33 mark. Villanova would make five of its next six from long distance to open up a 26-13 advantage with 8:11 to play in the opening half.
Lafayette used an 11-0 run over the next 5:17 to cut Villanova's lead to 26-24 at the 2:54 mark. A Caroline Coyer three-point field goal ended the Leopard run and Villanova owned a 29-24 advantage with 2:40 left. Lafayette would score the last four points of the half and Villanova led 29-28 at intermission.
Three other Wildcats joined Edwards in double figures. Burford, Caroline Coyer and Katherine Coyer all tallied 10 points in the win. Katherine Coyer also added three rebounds, three assists and three steals. Kane finished with a career-high eight assists.
Lafayette was led by Jamie O'Hare who had nine points, while Danielle Flacco added eight points and nine rebounds.
For the game, Villanova shot 34.4 percent from the field (22-of-64), 27.0 percent from three-point range (10-of-37) and 75.0 percent from the foul line (6-of-8), while Lafayette was 12-of-51 from the floor (23.5%), 3-of-13 from behind the arc (23.1%) and 6-of-10 from the charity stripe (60.0%). Villanova owned a 48-34 advantage on the backboards. The Wildcats committed eight turnovers and Lafayette was charged with 15 turnovers.
Villanova will travel to Miami, Fla., for Thanksgiving and compete in the Florida International Tournament. The Wildcats will play Montana State on Friday, Nov. 29, at 8 p.m. Host Florida International will take on Valparaiso in the other first round match-up.
NOTES: Villanova leads the all-time series with Lafayette by a 5-1 count...The Wildcats are now 21-7 all-time versus Patriot League competition...Freshman Megan Quinn scored eight first half points...Today was Villanova's home opener...The Wildcats have made 58 three-point field goals in the first five games...Villanova was credited with an assist on 18 of its 22 made baskets...The Wildcats are 5-0 for the first time since 2002-03 when Villanova started 6-0.