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VILLANOVA ROUTS DEPAUL TO EARN BIG EAST HOME VICTORY

(Hahn, Villanova)

VILLANOVA, PA. – The Villanova Wildcats shot 33-of-58 from the field for 56.9 percent and led wire to wire in an 84-58 win over the visiting DePaul Blue Demons. With the victory, Villanova improves to 15-4 overall and 5-3 in Big East play, while DePaul falls to 14-6 overall and 6-2 in conference action.

With a three-point field goal at the 6:18 mark of the third quarter, junior guard Adrianna Hahn (Ursuline) became the 28th player in Villanova women’s basketball history to score 1,000 career points.

Villanova jumped on the Blue Demons early racing to an 11-2 lead four minutes into the game. Sophomore guard Kelly Jekot got the Wildcats going knocking down a three-ball on her team’s first possession. Senior center Megan Quinn then scored six straight Villanova points, before Hahn scored on a back-door lay-up.

The Wildcats played outstanding defense in the opening quarter, holding DePaul to 14.3 percent shooting on a 2-of-14 effort. Villanova shot 58.3 percent from the floor in the game’s first 10 minutes with a 7-of-12 effort. Quinn finished the first quarter with eight points and five rebounds.

DePaul used a 14-7 run to cut a 16 point Villanova lead to 30-21 with 5:19 remaining in the second quarter. The Blue Demons connected on four three-point field goals in the spurt, including two by Ashton Millender.

Villanova answered the Blue Demon surge with a 14-3 run of its own to open up a 44-24 advantage with 2:28 left in the first half. Five different Wildcats scored in the run with sophomore forward Bridget Herlihy leading the way with five points on a three and a lay-up. The Wildcats would shoot a sizzling 71.4 percent from the field in the first half (20-of-28) and go to intermission with a 48-31 lead. Hahn led the first half charge with 12 points, while Gedaka, Quinn and senior Alex Louin had eight points each.

After a three by Blue Demon sophomore Kelly Campbell sliced the Villanova lead to 50-38 with 7:00 on the clock in the third quarter, the Wildcat defense held DePaul scoreless for the next 4:40. Villanova managed four points during the stretch on a short jumper by Louin and a lay-up by Gedaka to open up a 54-38 lead at the 3:34 mark.

Leading 60-45 after three quarters, Villanova out scored DePaul by a 15-8 margin over the first 5:23 of the final quarter to put the game away with a 75-53 lead. The Wildcats made three trifectas in the stretch with Hahn, Louin and junior forward Jannah Tucker making one apiece.

Villanova would stretch the lead to as high as 30 and cruise to the win.

In the victory, Hahn and Louin led the Wildcats with 17 points each. Hahn was 7-of-10 from the field, while Louin was 7-of-8 from the floor. Louin also added a team-high nine rebounds. Gedaka finished with 14 points, four rebounds and a career-high tying four assists and Quinn chipped in with 10 points and seven rebounds.

DePaul was paced by Amarah Coleman with 13 points and Campbell who had 12 points and nine rebounds.

For the game, Villanova was 33-of-58 from the field (56.9 %), 10-of-21 from three-point range (47.6%) and 8-of-8 from the foul line (100.0%), while the Blue Demons shot 35.5 percent from the floor (22-of-62), 30.3 percent from long distance (10-of-33) and 66.7 percent from the charity stripe (4-of-6). Villanova owned a 33-31 advantage on the backboards.

Villanova returns to action on Sunday, Jan. 21, when the Wildcats will host the Marquette Golden Eagles. Tip-off is set for noon and the game can be seen live on FS1.

NOTES: The Wildcats had an assist on 20 of their 33 field goals… Head coach Harry Perretta moved past Kay Yow and into 20th place on the NCAA Division I women’s basketball all-time wins list…Mary Gedaka has scored 64 points in the last four games (16.0 ppg.) and has shot 61.5 percent from the field in the four contests (24-of-39)… Jannah Tucker is 8-of-17 from three-point range in the last two games for 47.0 percent…Villanova improves to 4-2 at home this season.


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