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PHILADELPHIA, PA. – In women's basketball action on Sunday afternoon, the Villanova Wildcats traveled to Hagan Arena where they tallied a 47-35 win over the Saint Joseph's Hawks. With the victory, Villanova improves to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in Philadelphia Big 5 play, while Saint Joseph's falls to 3-5 overall and 0-3 in City Series action.

Villanova led 35-29 with 8:35 to play in regulation, when the Hawks went on a 6-0 run to tie the game at 35-35 at the 6:30 mark. Following a three by Hawk junior Nailah Delinois that tied the game at 35-35, the Wildcats answered on the game's next possession when senior forward Grace Stant drained a triple from the left wing and Villanova had a 38-35 lead.

After the Stant three, neither team was able to score for the next 3:32. The scoreless stretch ended when Villanova junior forward Mary Gedaka came up with a steal and scored on a breakaway lay-up to give the Wildcats a 40-35 advantage with 2:33 to play.

Villanova got two defensive stops and put the game away with 1:02 on the clock, when senior forward Jannah Tucker drained a three from the wing off a nice feed from senior guard Adrianna Hahn (Ursuline). The Tucker basket increased the Wildcat lead to 43-35.

In the win, Hahn led all scorers with 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including a 3-of-8 effort from three-point range. Gedaka finished with nine points and five rebounds, while Stant added eight points on two threes and two foul shots.

The Hawks were paced by Alyssa Monaghan who had 16 points. Katie Mayock tallied nine points for Saint Joseph's, while Katie Jekot pulled-down a game-high eight rebounds.

For the game, Villanova was 17-of-46 from the field (37.0%), 8-of-24 from three-point range (33.3%) and 5-of-8 from the foul line (62.5%), while Saint Joseph's shot 27.7 percent from the floor (13-of-47), 18.8 percent from long distance (3-of-

16) and 85.7 percent from the charity stripe (6-of-7). The Hawks owned a 32-30 advantage on the backboards.

Villanova returns to action on Thursday, Dec. 6, when the Wildcats travel to George Washington. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

NOTES: Villanova has now defeated Saint Joseph's four straight times…The Wildcats held the Hawks scoreless for the last 6:30 of the game…The Wildcats improve to 117-39 (.750) all-time in Big five play…Villanova's 117 Big Five wins are the most by any Big Five women's program (Saint Joseph's is second with 110)…The Wildcats are 26-5 in the last 31 Big Five games…Adrianna Hahn went over the 1,200 career point plateau and now has 1,210 points

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