VILLANOVA, PA. 1/11/2015 – The Villanova Wildcats played a balanced and efficient game on both ends of the floor and defeated the Georgetown Hoyas in a Big East match at the Pavilion. Villanova created offense both inside and outside in the 69 – 57 win which is their sixth straight and seven out of the last eight.
The Wildcats made 11 of 31 three-point shots and got 16 baskets from inside of the arc, good balance for the team as they found the open players. Ten of the twelve team members who saw action scored. Villanova made 26 of the first 34 points in the second half.
“When we execute our offense well, you will see a variety of shots, you will see layups and threes, and it’s a balance,” said Villanova Coach Harry Perretta.
Defensively, the Blue and White put the game away in the second half holding Georgetown to 9 of 26 shooting (37.9%) in the latter stanza compared to 13 of 32 in the previous half. The pressure that the Wildcats put on the Hoyas created the defensive surge.
“It’s a lot easier to get defensive stops when you are making shots,” said senior forward Emily Leer. “You stop fast breaks. You get that flow going. You get going on offense and defense. Making shots makes everything a lot easier in basketball. That helped us get into a rhythm.”
Junior guard Katherine Coyer scored a game-high 14 points as she converted 4 of 5 from distance. Leer tallied 12 points with 5 for 9 shooting from the floor.
“It helps our team when you have two players that can score, and are experienced,” Perretta said of Katherine Coyer and Leer.
For junior guard Catherine Coyer seven was the magic number as she scored 7 points, had 7 rebounds, and handed out seven assists.
Georgetown guard Katie McCormick contributed a team-best 12 points. Forward Dorothy Adomako registered double figures with 10 points. Forward Faith Woodward had a game-high 11 rebounds.
Villanova improves to 9 – 7 for the season. The Wildcats are 4 – 1 in conference and have a two game Big East road trip to Butler and Xavier before returning to Philadelphia to meet Penn in a Big Five game.
Written By: Glenn Papazian