Dec. 12, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Villanova travels to La Salle on Sunday, Dec. 15, for its second consecutive Philadelphia Big Five game. The Wildcats enter play 7-1 overall, while the Explorers are 3-4 on the season. Tip-off at Tom Gola Arena is set for 1 p.m.
The Wildcats are in the midst of playing three consecutive Philadelphia Big Five games. The stretch began last Saturday with a 63-60 home loss to Saint Joseph's. After Sunday's game at La Salle, Villanova will play at Temple on Sunday, Dec. 22. Villanova currently has an all-time Big Five record of 100-36 (.735). The 100 wins are tied for the most victories by any Big Five women's program. Saint Joseph's also has 100 City Series wins.
Sunday's date with La Salle will be the 43rd all-time meeting between the Wildcats and Explorers. Villanova has won four straight over La Salle and lead the all-time series by a 33-9 count. La Salle's last win in the series came in the 2008 season opener when the Explorers tallied a 67-62 overtime win over the Wildcats.
Villanova is in a stretch where the Wildcats will play just three games in 21 days. The Wildcats lost to Saint Joseph's on Dec. 7 and had eight days off until this Sunday's game at La Salle. Following the game with the Explorers, Villanova will be off for another week due to final exams before traveling to Temple on Sunday, Dec. 22. After the Temple contest, the Wildcats will have six days off before opening up Big East play at Creighton on Dec. 28.
After eight games this season, the Villanova Wildcats currently have four players averaging double figures in points. Senior guard Devon Kane leads the way at 12.3 points per game, followed by junior forward Lauren Burford (10.8 ppg.), sophomore guard Caroline Coyer (10.4 ppg.) and junior center Emily Leer (10.0 ppg.).