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Villanova will travel Providence on Saturday, Dec. 30, to take on the Friars in a Big East Conference game. Villanova is 10-1 overall and 0-1 in conference play, while Providence is 7-6 overall and 0-1 in Big East action. The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. tip-off and can be seen live on the Big East Digital Network.
Of all the opponents Villanova has faced over the years, the Wildcats have played Providence more than any other team. Saturday’s game between the schools will be the 72nd all-time meeting (Villanova leads 45-26). St. John’s ranks second as the team Villanova has played the most at 63 times.
It will be a homecoming affair for Villanova Associate Head Coach Joe Mullaney, Jr., when the Wildcats travel to Providence on Saturday afternoon. Mullaney is a 1978 graduate of Providence where he was a member of the men’s basketball team and participated in two NCAA Tournaments and the NIT semifinals once during his Friar playing days. Saturday’s game will be played at Mullaney Gymnasium in Alumni Hall. Mullaney Gymnasium is named after Mullaney’s father, Joe Mullaney Sr., who was a legendary men’s basketball coach at Providence. Mullaney Sr., coached the Friar men from 1955-69 and 1981-85 and totaled a career record of 319-164 (.660). Joe Mullaney Jr., was also the coach of the Providence women’s team from 1980-83 where he led the Friars to a 66-27
The Providence game will be Villanova’s 12th game of the year and 10th that will be played away from home. The Wildcats will play 10 of the first 12 games on the road and will play five of the first seven Big East contests on the road. Villanova is currently 5-1 in true road games, 3-0 in neutral site games and 2-0 at home.
Thursday’s 69-54 loss at Creighton ended Villanova’s 10 game winning streak and gave the Wildcats their first loss of the season. The 10-0 start to the season was the team’s best start since the 1979-80 squad was 16-0.
Villanova is led in scoring by junior guard Adrianna Hahn who is averaging 13.5 points per game and sophomore guard Kelly Jekot who is averaging 11.9 points per contest. Senior guard Alex Louin leads the Wildcats in rebounding at 6.1 rebounds per game.