Dec. 20, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Villanova travels to Temple on Sunday, Dec. 22, for its third consecutive Philadelphia Big Five game. The Wildcats enter play 8-1 overall, while the Owls are 6-3 on the season. Tip-off at McGonigle Hall is set for 2 p.m.
Sunday's game at Temple is the second of four consecutive road contests for the Wildcats. The stretch began last Sunday with an 83-47 win at La Salle. Villanova has been road tested early this season, as the Wildcats have played seven of the first nine games away from home. Following this current four-game road trip, Villanova will have played 10 of its first 12 on the road. The Wildcats are currently 4-0 in away games, 3-0 in neutral court contests and 1-1 at home.
Entering play at Temple on Sunday, Villanova is 10-1 in its last 11 Philadelphia Big Five games. The Wildcats had won nine City Series games in a row until the team suffered a 63-60 loss against Saint Joseph's on Dec. 7.
This will be the 40th all-time meeting between Villanova and Temple. The Wildcats lead the series by a 27-12 count. Villanova has won the last two meetings against the Owls and have earned a win in four of the last five match-ups.
Villanova is led in scoring by senior guard Devon Kane who has scored 106 points in the first nine games for a team-best average of 11.8 points per game. Kane also leads the team in three-point field goal percentage at 50.0 percent (11-of-22) and overall field goal percentage (.564) and she is second in assists (38). Sophomore Kavunaa Edwards leads Villanova in rebounding with a 6.8 rebounds per game average, while sophomore guard Caroline Coyer has tallied a team-high 42 assists.