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Villanova Loses Hard-Fought Battle at St. John's

Villanova Loses Hard-Fought Battle at St. John's

 (Hahn, Villanova)

NEW YORK - The Villanova Wildcats traveled to New York on Sunday afternoon where they lost to the St. John’s Red Storm by a score of 70-64. With the loss, the Wildcats fall to 14-3 overall and 4-3 in Big East play, while the Red Storm improves to 12-7 overall and 5-3 in conference action.

Villanova trailed 39-28 midway through the third quarter, when the Wildcats went on a 13-4 run to cut the St. John’s lead to 44-41 at the 1:22 mark. Sophomore guard Kelly Jekot led the Wildcat spurt with seven points on three pull-up jump shots and a free throw.

St. John’s got two free throws by Alisha Kebbe to finish the third quarter scoring and the Red Storm led 46-41 after three.

A running lay-up by Wildcat sophomore forward Mary Gedaka sliced the Red Storm lead to 54-51 with 5:35 to play. Following a defensive stop, the Wildcats tied the game at 54-54 when junior guard Adrianna Hahn (Ursuline) drained a deep three from the left wing.

With the score tied, St. John’s freshman guard Qadashah Poppe came up big for the Red Storm connecting on three straight jump shots to put her team up 60-54 with 2:47 remaining. After a Villanova turnover, St. John’s increased its lead to 63-54 on a three-ball by Alisha Kebbe.

Villanova made one last run at the Red Storm and scored the game’s next five points on a three by junior forward Janna Tucker and a lay-up by Gedaka. The Gedaka bucket made it a 63-59 game with 40 seconds on the clock.

The Wildcats were forced to foul and St. John’s put the game away by going 7-of-8 from the line over the final 34 seconds. In the loss, Jekot led the Wildcats with 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field. Gedaka finished with 15 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Her 15 points came on 5-of-8 shooting and a 5-of-7 effort from the free throw line. Tucker and senior Alex Louin had 11 points each.

St. John’s was paced by Kebbe and senior forward Maya Singleton with 16 points each. Tiana England had 12 points. Singleton pulled-down a game-best 11 rebounds.

For the game, Villanova was 22-of-46 from the field (47.8 %), 6-of-17 from three-point range (35.3%) and 14-of-17 from the foul line (82.4%), while St. John’s shot 49.0 percent from the floor (25-of-51), 54.5 percent from long distance (6-of-11) and 73.7 percent from the charity stripe (14-of-19). The Red Storm owned a 28-23 advantage on the backboards.

Villanova closes out the non conference portion of its schedule on Wednesday, Jan. 17, with a home Philadelphia Big 5 game versus the Penn Quakers. Tip-off at Jake Nevin Field House is set for 7 p.m.

NOTES: Villanova now leads the all-time series with St. John’s by a 37-27 count…The 64 meetings between the Wildcats and Red Storm are the second most for the Wildcats against any opponent…Kelly Jekot and Mary Gedaka combined to score 68 of Villanova’s 131 points in the last two games…Villanova falls to 8-2 on the road this season…There were 14 lead changes in today’s

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