VILLANOVA, PA. 12/30/2014 – In the second half the Villanova Wildcats found their three-point shooting touch, and a career-high 20 points from freshman guard Alex Louin propelled them to their first ever win over the North Carolina State Wolfpack 74 – 65 at the Pavilion. Villanova coach Harry Perretta explained the success shooting from distance.
“I felt we were more aggressive in the second half,” said Perretta. “In the first half I didn’t think we were aggressive at all. When you are aggressive, sometimes good things happen.”
Trailing 34 – 27 at halftime Villanova came out after intermission and erased the deficit with three-point baskets. After halftime the Wildcats made 10 of 18 from behind the line led by Louin who made all four of her shots from beyond the arc. For the game the freshman was 6 of 7 in three-point shooting, and set a career mark in made three point baskets. Senior center Emily Leer converted 4 of 6 from behind the line, all in the second stanza. Louin hit a three with 1:56 remaining to give Villanova a 69 – 62 lead and control of the game.
“That score there and we held them at the other end was where the game ended,” Perretta said.
Louin showed the shooting ability Perretta needs for her to display.
“She is a good three-point shooter,” Perretta said about Louin. “In this offense you can drive the ball but you have to shoot it when you’re open because it affects the whole flow of the game if you don’t shoot it. I was very happy with her game tonight.”
The Wildcats played an efficient game shooting 49.1% (27 of 55 from the floor), made 15 of 32 three-point field goals (46.9%), had a season high 20 assists on 27 baskets, and turned the ball over only 7 times. Leer scored 18 points in the game. Junior guard Katherine Coyer added 11 points and her sister Caroline was credited with a career-high 11 assists.
“That’s how Harry (Perretta) wants us to play, we did that tonight, and it worked,” said Louin.
This was the second game that Leer and Katherine Coyer played together as both players are returning from injuries.
Guard Dominique Wilson led three double figures scorers with 19 points for the Wolfpack. Guard Miah Spencer scored 18 while forward Jennifer Mathurin had 10 points. Guard Len’Nique Brown-Hoskin pulled down a game-best 10 rebounds.
Villanova improves to 5 – 7 on the season and return to Big East play on Friday, January 2 hosting 25th ranked DePaul.
Written By: Glenn Papazian