Dec. 29, 2012
HANOVER, N.H. - Villanova saw its eight-game winning streak come to an end with a 59-45 loss to the Delaware Blue Hens in the first round of the Dartmouth Blue Sky Classic. With the loss, the Wildcats fall to 9-2 on the season, while Delaware improves to 7-3.
It was a tale of two halves for Villanova. In the first 20 minutes, the Wildcats were 14-of-29 from the field (48.3%) and 6-of-17 from three-point range (35.3%). During the second half, Villanova was just 3-of-30 from the floor (10.0%) and 0-of-16 from behind the arc.
Delaware scored the first 11 points of the second half to erase a two-point halftime deficit and take a 43-34 lead with 14:18 remaining. The Wildcats missed their first 10 shots to the start the half and didn't score a second half point until Lauren Burford connected on a 10-foot jump shot at the 12:50 mark. The Burford field goal made the score 43-36 Blue Hens.
Following the Burford bucket, Delaware went on a 14-2 run to take a commanding 57-38 lead with 7:04 left in the game.
After Delaware opened up its largest lead of the first half at 20-15 at the 7:07 mark, Wildcat freshman point guard Caroline Coyer took over the game. Coyer scored eight straight points at one point and her triple from the right wing gave Villanova a 26-24 advantage with 3:33 left in the half.
The Blue Hens would regain the lead at 30-28 at the 1:42 mark of the first half on an Elena Della Donne jumper. The lead was short lived, as Villanova sophomore center Emily Leer connected on a three-point field goal from the corner to give the Wildcats a 31-30 advantage. Following a defensive stop, Coyer made her fourth three-point field goal of the half to increase the lead to 34-30.
Two Delle Donne free throws with seven seconds left sent the game to intermission with Villanova leading 34-32.
Coyer was the story of the first half for Villanova with 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field, including a 4-of-7 effort from three-point range.
In the loss, Coyer led all scorers with 18 points to go with four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Senior forward Megan Pearson grabbed seven rebounds for Villanova, while sophomore forward Taylor Holeman had six caroms.
The Blue Hens were paced by Delle Donne with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Three other Delaware players reached double figures, including Danielle Parker with 12, Lauren Carra with 11 and Jaquetta May with 10.
For the game, Villanova shot 28.8 percent from the field (17-of-59), 18.2 percent from three-point range (2-of-11) and 62.5 percent from the foul line (5-of-8), while Delaware shot 39.7 percent from the floor (23-of-58), 18.2 percent from behind the arc (2-of-11) and 91.7 percent from the charity stripe (11-of-12). Delaware owned a 41-38 advantage on the backboards.
Villanova will advance to tomorrow's consolation game at 5 p.m. The Wildcats will take on the loser of the Duquesne-Dartmouth game.
NOTES: The 28.8 percent field goal shooting was a season-low for the Wildcats...Villanova falls to 78-36 all-time when playing in-season tournaments...Lauren Sweeney failed to reach double figures in points for just the third time this season...Delaware was just the second team this year to score over 55 points versus Villanova...Kavunaa Edwards grabbed a career-high six rebounds in the loss.