PHILADELPHIA, PA. 3/19/2017 – The Villanova Wildcats continue on with post-season play as they earn a 56 – 51 win over the Drexel Dragons at the DAC in the second round of the WNIT. Villanova advances and will meet the James Madison Dukes in Harrisonburg, VA. It was a city-six battle as well, and Drexel coach Denise Dillon faced off against her alma mater and former head coach Harry Perretta for the first time in post-season play.
“In the post-season it just happens,” said Dillon. “It was exciting it happened that way, and we embraced it. We were excited and the girls were as well. It was a back and forth battle in the fourth and that’s what you want.”
Wildcats forward Alex Louin scored a game-high 24 points and collected a game-high tying 9 rebounds. She made 6 of 15 from the floor and was a perfect 9 for 9 from the free throw line.
“I thought her play was excellent,” Perretta said about the performance of Louin. “She rebounded the ball when we needed it. She played good defense. She just never gets tired.”
Kelly Jekot was the other Nova player to register double figures scoring 13 points, 8 from the charity stripe, and handed out 2 assists.
The Wildcats are a young team and the ability to continue playing is a benefit for now and the future.
“The kids are getting more experience, like Kelly Jekot who is getting to play a ton of minutes in a tournament structure,” said Perretta. “We are trying to do one game at a time.”
Drexel finishes the season with a 22 – 11 record. It was the final collegiate appearance for Sarah Curran, Meghan Creighton, and Jessica Pellechio. Curran led the Dragons with a team-high 20 points. Creighton scored 9 points and contributed 7 rebounds and 6 assists.
Junior Kelsi Woods scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. For her and the other juniors, sophomores, and freshman the post-season and the example set by the senior will be invaluable.
“They had an opportunity to play a lot of minutes this year,” Dillon said about the younger players. “They learned from the best as Sarah, Meg, and Jess brought it every day. That commitment I’m hoping is a result of the younger one’s recognizing and moving forward.”
Written By: Glenn Papazian