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VILLANOVA SUFFERS OVERTIME LOSS AT BUTLER

302sports 65 Mar 3


(Hahn, Villanova)

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. – The Villanova Wildcats closed out the 2018-19 regular season on Sunday afternoon with a 62-60 overtime loss to the Butler Bulldogs. With the setback, Villanova falls to 18-11 overall and 9-9 in Big East Conference play, while Butler improves to 21-8 overall and 11-7 in conference action.

Villanova finished in a tie for fourth place in the final Big East standings with Georgetown and will take on the Hoyas in the quarterfinal round of next week's Big East Tournament to be held at Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Ill. The Wildcats and Hoyas will play in the 4-5 seeded game on Sunday, March 10, at 2:30 p.m. central time.

Butler led 53-48 with 5:57 remaining in regulation, when the Wildcats scored seven straight points to take a 55-53 advantage at the 3:40 mark. Senior guard Adrianna Hahn (Ursuline) scored the first five points on a driving lay-up and a deep three, while senior forward Jannah Tucker gave her team the lead on a 12-foot jumper.

On the game's next possession, the Bulldogs regained the lead at 56-55 when senior center Tori Schickel registered a conventional three-point play when she scored on a lay-up and was fouled. Following a missed shot by Tucker, Butler increased its lead to 58-55 with 1:28 left when Shea Brey made good on a short jump shot.

Villanova took a timeout and ran a sideline out of bounds play to perfection and made it a 58-57 game on a lay-up by junior forward Mary Gedaka with just over a minute to play. The Wildcats got a defensive stop on the next possession and had the ball down one. Villanova ran a deliberate offensive set and got junior guard Kelly Jekot on a one-on-one isolation. Jekot drove the lane and was fouled on a lay-up attempt. Jekot made the first foul shot to tie the game at 58-58, before missing the second with 14 seconds remaining.

Butler held for the last shot and got a good look at the game winner but Whitney Jennings' floater in the lane rimmed out and the game went to overtime.

After Jennings scored on a jumper in the lane on the first possession of overtime, Gedaka answered for Villanova on its first overtime possession when she scored on a lay-up.

Butler senior guard Michelle Weaver scored the final points of the game on a pull-up jumper in the lane that gave the Bulldogs a 62-60 advantage with 2:20 on the clock.

Villanova missed three shots and two free throws over the last 1:59 of overtime, including the potential game winning three by redshirt freshman Emily Esposito with four seconds to play.

In the loss, Hahn and Jekot had 16 points each. Hahn made four three-point field goals, while Jekot connected on five triples. Jekot also had a team-high six rebounds. Gedaka finished with 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting.

Butler was paced by Kristen Spolyar with a game-high 22 points and Jennings who added 17 points. Schickel finished with nine points and nine rebounds.

For the game, Villanova was 23-of-55 from the field (41.8%), 12-of-33 from three (36.4%) and 2-of-6 from the foul line (33.3%), while the Bulldogs shot 41.7 percent from the floor (25-of-60), 30.0 percent from behind the arc (30.0%) and 100.0 percent from the charity stripe (6-of-6). Butler owned a 42-24 advantage on the backboards. The Wildcats were charged with just eight turnovers.

NOTES: Adrianna Hahn (Ursuline) set a new Big East Conference record today for most career three-point field goals in regular season conference games with 169. The previous record of 168 was held by Sugar Rodgers who played at Georgetown from 2009-13…Villanova now leads the all-time series with Butler by a 9-4 margin…This is the 17th time this year and the fifth game in a row the Wildcats have made double digits in threes…Kelly Jekot has scored double figures in 23 of the 29 games this season.