VILLANOVA, PA. 2/11/2018 – The Villanova Wildcats women’s basketball team won their fifth straight game and six of the last seven defeating the Pirates of Seton Hall 59 – 53 at the Jake Nevin Field House on Alumni Day. The Wildcats reached the 20-win plateau for the sixth straight season, and keeping with that number; have twenty seasons with twenty or more wins.
This was a win the Cats would have to earn getting contributions from many players. A key ingredient was balance in the scoring. Three players would score in double-figures, but not one player would post more than 12 points. Seven Wildcat players found the scoring column.
“Sometimes players will score more than others due to mismatches,” said Villanova Coach Harry Perretta. “Today, we got more balanced scoring.”
Alex Louin scored 12 points along with Kelly Jekot. Louin also added 14 rebounds , a career-high, and it was her second consecutive double-double. Adrianna Hahn added 10 points. Mary Gedaka and Megan Quinn posted 8 points each, with Gedaka snaring 6 rebounds.
Villanova held Seton Hall to 34.7% shooting from the floor (25 – 72). The Pirates made 1 of 11 three-pointers. The Wildcats made 9 of 27 from beyond the arc.
The game turned in the Wildcats direction early in the second quarter when they reeled off 13 straight points to lead 24 – 10. Seton Hall would get no closer than six, the final margin of victory.
“I thought we did a decent job defensively,” Perretta said. “We held them under 70 which is the goal. we had to because we were not scoring the ball that well. Luckily we got up fourteen and that gave us a bit of a cushion.”
JaQuan Jackson led the Pirates with a game-high 13 points. Selena Philoxy added 12 points and took down 10 rebounds for her first career double-double. Kaela Hilaire scored 10 points.
Nova improves to 20 – 5 for the year, and 10 – 4 in the Big East. They stay in third place in conference, a game behind Marquette for second and two-games in back of league leading DePaul. The Cats take to the road next for a road trip to Milwaukee and Chicago hoping to close the gap to the top.
Written By: Glenn Papazian