VILLANOVA, PA. 2/16/2019 – The Villanova University Wildcats broke a two-game losing streak in impressive fashion, winning 91-43 against the visiting Georgetown Hoyas. The victory elevates the Wildcats, boasting a 7-7 in-conference record, to a tie for fourth place in the Big East conference, alongside Providence University. Scoring a season high 91 points, the Cats dominated the contest, shooting a season high 64.9%.
“When you start making shots, I’m telling you, it just demoralizes your opponents…They come down and they hit three, boom they’re scoring almost every possession… you just start missing shots… and the game just snowballs into what you see,” Coach Harry Perretta said. “Especially in the third quarter when they came out, they went zone. I think we shot 16 for 17 in the third quarter. I mean, it doesn’t matter what you do on defense. You can play no [defense] and shoot 16 for 17 and open up the lead.”
On the offensive end, the Wildcats ran a balanced attack, spreading the floor with effective three-point shooting while displaying impressive ball-movement, scoring 46 points in the paint with ease. Three players combined for 16 of the team’s 24 total assists.
Junior forward Mary Gedaka displayed impressive touch down-low, shooting 10-11 and finishing with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Junior guard Kelly Jekot made a season-high 10 field goals, including two from deep, on her way to a 22-point scoring output. Senior forward Jannah Tucker and senior guard Adrianna Hahn led all competitors in made three-point shots with four and three, on their way to 14 and 11 points, respectively.
The Wildcats approached the pivotal conference matchup with a focus on the defensive end of the floor, as well.
“Last game, we were up 10, up 8 with 5 minutes to go and didn’t score,” Perretta said. “Our defense wasn’t very good late in the game, so our kids really worked on their defense this week, and again, they played really good [defense] early… when they started making shots, it just compounded into what you saw.”
Tucker shadowed the Hoyas leading scorer throughout most of the game, holding Dorothy Adomako scoreless through the 1st quarter, and only allowing eight points throughout.
“I thought her effort was great on defense. You know she had to guard their best player,” Perretta said. “I thought all our kids played great defense but she’s the only one with the physical capabilities to guard her.”
Thanks to the impressive defensive display, including active hands in passing lanes, the Wildcats were able to run in transition, scoring 12 points off turnovers. Throughout the contest the Wildcats received valuable contributions in that regard, as six different players recorded a steal, including two by Kelly Jekot and sophomore guard Raven James.
Villanova will look to build off tonight’s victory when they face off against St. John’s University at the Pavilion at 7 pm on Friday.
Written By: Christopher Connors for PhillyCollegeSports.com