Jan. 28, 2014
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Villanova will travel to Georgetown on Wednesday, Jan. 29, to take on the Hoyas in a Big East Conference contest. Tip-off at McDonough Arena is set for 7 p.m. The Wildcats enter play 14-5 overall and 4-4 in Big East play, while Georgetown is 7-13 overall and 1-7 in conference action.
When Villanova and Georgetown have met in recent years, the home squad has had the upper hand in the match-up. The home team has won eight of the last 12 games the two teams have played. One of the four wins by the visiting team during the stretch came last year when the Wildcats won at Georgetown by a score of 57-44. Wednesday's meeting will be the 53rd all-time meeting between the schools. Villanova leads the series by a 33-19 count.
Three Wildcats will be returning to the area where they grew up when Villanova visits Washington, D.C., on Wednesday night. Junior forward Lauren Burford is from Fairfax, Va., while sophomore twin sisters Caroline and Katherine Coyer are from Oakton, Va. Burford ranks third on the team in scoring at 8.6 points per game and she leads the team in three-point field goals with 36. Caroline Coyer is currently second on the team in both scoring (10.5 ppg.) and assists (73), while Katherine Coyer is averaging 7.6 points per game and leading the team in field goal percentage at 54.0 percent.
The Villanova defense was outstanding in Saturday's 61-32 win over Xavier. The 32 points scored by Xavier are the fewest points ever allowed by the Wildcats in a Big East Conference game. The previous low was 33 against St. John's in a 49-33 win on Feb. 4, 2009. In the win, Villanova held Xavier to 24.6 shooting from the field (14-of-57), including a 2-of-18 effort from three-point range.
Villanova is led in scoring by senior guard Devon Kane who is averaging 11.8 points per game, while sophomore guard Caroline Coyer is second with an 10.5 points per game average. Kane also leads the team in assists (79). Sophomore forward Kavunaa Edwards is averaging a team-best 5.8 rebounds per contest.