FAIRFIELD, CONN. – The No. 20/22 Villanova Wildcats improved to 8-0 on the season with a convincing 73-44 road win at Fairfield. With the loss, the Stags fall to 3-6 on the year.
Sophomore guard Adrianna Hahn was sensational in the early going as she scored 14 of Villanova’s 16 first quarter points. Hahn was 5-of-5 from the field and 4-of-4 from three in the opening 10 minutes. All five Fairfield starters scored in the first quarter to help keep the Stags close, as Villanova led 16-15 at the end of one.
Villanova started the second quarter on an 8-0 run to open up a 24-15 lead at the 8:12 mark. Sophomore forward Bridget Herlihy led the Wildcat charge with six of the eight points, including a three from the left wing and a conventional three-point play. Sophomore guard Grace Stant added a 15-foot pull-up jump shot.
After Fairfield scored four straight points to make it a 24-19 game, the Wildcats tallied eight of the game’s next 12 points to increase the lead to 32-21 with 4:44 remaining until halftime. Sophomore forward Mary Gedaka scored five straight points on a three-point play and a driving lay-up and Herlihy added another three-ball.
Behind 19 first half points from Hahn, the Wildcats went to intermission with a 37-27 lead.
Villanova took complete control of the game in the third quarter, as the Wildcats outscored the Stags by an 18-4 margin during the third stanza. The Wildcats finished the third quarter making 8-of-10 from the field and 2-of-4 from long distance, while Fairfield was just 2-of-19 from the floor and 0-of-6 from behind the arc.
Fairfield would not get within 21 and Villanova would lead by as many as 31 in the fourth quarter and cruise to the victory.
In the win, Hahn scored a game-high 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including a 5-of-9 effort from three-point range. Herlihy scored a career-high 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting and a 4-of-6 performance from long distance. Louin grabbed a team-high nine rebounds and Jekot added seven points, five rebounds and five assists.
Fairfield was paced by Sam Kramer with 11 points. She was the only Stag to reach double figures. Samantha Cooper and Khadidiatou Diouf had 11 rebounds each.
For the game, Villanova was 29-of-59 from the field (49.2%), 11-of-32 from three-point range (34.4%) and 4-of-4 from the foul line, while Fairfield shot 25.7 percent from the floor (19-of-74), 17.4 percent from three (4-of-23) and 33.3 percent from the charity stripe (2-of-6). Fairfield owned a 45-41 advantage on the backboards.
The Wildcats return to action on Sunday, Dec. 10, with a Philadelphia Big 5 game at Temple. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.
NOTES: Villanova is now 12-0 all-time versus Fairfield…The Wildcats improve to 3-0 in road games this season…Adrianna Hahn has 13 career 20-point games…Kelly Jekot has registered 11 assists in her last two games…Mary Gedaka is 34-of-47 from the field this season for .723.