Dec. 31, 2013
Milwaukee, Wisc. - The Villanova Wildcats traveled to Milwaukee, Wis., on Tuesday afternoon where they tallied an impressive 63-61 road win. With the victory, Villanova improves to 10-2 overall and 1-1 in Big East play, while the Golden Eagles fall to 10-3 overall and 1-1 in league play.
"I am very proud of our team. We didn't play well at times today, but we kept battling which allowed us to stay in the game," said Wildcat head coach Harry Perretta. "Caroline took over the game down the stretch and we were able to get enough stops on the defensive end. This was a very good road win for us."
Marquette led 41-34 with 12:52 left in regulation, when the Wildcats scored nine unanswered points to take a 49-47 lead. Two lay-ups each by Devon Kane and Katherine Coyer and a free throw by Emily Leer accounted for the nine Villanova points. Kane gave her team the two-point lead on an offensive rebound put back.
The Wildcat lead was short lived as Marquette tallied the game's next five points to grab a 46-43 advantage. A three-point play by Golden Eagle guard Brooklyn Pumroy and a jumper in the lane by Katherine Plouffe led the Marquette charge.
With her team trailing 46-43 with 7:34 to play, Villanova sophomore guard Caroline Coyer took over the game. Coyer scored 13 of Villanova's next 15 points, including four jumpers, a three-point field goal and two free throws. Coyer's baseline jump shot with 2:42 on the clock gave the Wildcats a 56-55 lead. Following a defensive stop, Coyer connected on a step back jumper and Villanova led 58-55 at the 2:05 mark.
After Coyer's last field goal, neither team was able to score for the next 1:28. Marquette guard Cristina Bigica ended the scoring drought when she made one of two from the foul line. Bigica's made free throw cut the Villanova lead to 58-56 with 37 seconds remaining.
On the next possession, Caroline Coyer was fouled and she sank both from the charity stripe to give the Wildcats a 60-56 lead with 24 seconds to play. Plouffe pulled Marquette to within one when she drained a triple from the left wing. The three-ball sliced the Villanova advantage to 60-59 with 15 seconds to play.
Villanova inbounded the ball to Katherine Coyer who was immediately fouled with 12 seconds remaining. Coyer converted both free throws and the Wildcats led 62-59. After Marquette misfired on a three-point field goal attempt, Plouffe grabbed the offensive rebound and was fouled with three seconds to play. Following the two made Plouffe free throws, Katherine Coyer was fouled and sent to the line for two shots.
After Coyer missed the first and made the second, Pumroy took the inbounds pass and got off a desperation shot for Marquette from behind the half court line. The shot was off target and Villanova escaped with the win.
Villanova owned an early 8-4 lead when Marquette used a 14-3 run to take an 18-11 lead at the 10:38 mark. The seven point lead was the largest by either team during the first half. Pumroy led the Marquette charge scoring seven of her team's 14 points in the spurt.
The Wildcats re-gained momentum by scoring the next seven points to pull within two at 20-18 with 8:06 to play in the half. After a Kane 15-foot jumper started the run, Leer buried a three-ball from the right corner. Kane followed Leer's basket with another pull-up jump shot.
Marquette would outscore the Wildcats by a 10-6 margin over the last 7:15 to take a 30-24 lead into intermission.
Caroline Coyer led Villanova in the win with a career-high 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field. Burford scored 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including a 4-of-6 effort from three-point range, while Kane added 11 points. Junior forward Taylor Holeman grabbed a team-best eight rebounds.
Marquette was paced by Plouffe with 14 points and nine rebounds and Katie Young who had 11 points.
For the game, the Wildcats shot 41.1 percent from the field (23-of-56), 32.0 percent from three-point range (8-of-25) and 69.2 percent from the foul line (9-of-13), while Marquette was 19-of-63 from the floor (30.2%), 4-of-16 from behind the arc (32.0%) and 19-of-24 from the charity stripe (79.2%). The Golden Eagles owned a 47-30 advantage on the backboards. Each team was charged with nine turnovers.
Villanova returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 4, when the Wildcats host Providence. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.
NOTES: Today's win snapped a five-game losing streak that Villanova had against Marquette...Villanova improves to 6-1 on the road this season...Katherine and Caroline Coyer scored Villanova's last 16 points...Caroline Coyer's 20-point game was Villanova's fourth 20-point individual effort this year...Caroline Coyer has 23 assists and three turnovers in her last five games...Caroline Coyer has now scored double figures in three straight games...The Wildcats have now had a single digit turnover game in seven of the 12 games this season...Lauren Burford has made three or more three-point field goals on five occasions this season.