300 and Counting:
After taking a loss from the Seton Hall Pirates, the Wildcats had a successful bounce back week. On Tuesday night, Villanova headed back to Madison Square Garden for a game against the St. John’s Red Storm. The game was neck-and-neck, until Villanova’s depth gave them the edge. The Red Storm found themselves struggling with foul trouble in the second half. St. John’s relies on a six man rotation, three of their players had at least four fouls, with Sir’Dominic Pointer eventually fouling out. The Wildcats took advantage of their depth, pulling away in the second half. They outscored St. John’s 18-8 in the final six minutes of play. Villanova won 90-72. The victory was Jay Wright’s 300th as Villanova’s head coach. Darrun Hilliard led the team with 21 points. Dylan Ennis finished with 15 points, nine rebounds, and four assists. Daniel Ochefu had another double-double, with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
The Wildcats picked up another win yesterday, this time against the DePaul Blue Demons. DePaul was in first place and undefeated in conference play at 3-0 entering Saturday afternoon. Villanova dominated DePaul on both ends of the court. At one point in the game, they were able to push their lead well into the thirties. The Wildcats cooled off a bit in the second half, but their lead was insurmountable. The final score was 81-64. Hilliard led the scoring duties once again, this time with a game-high 21 points. Ryan Arcidiacono had 14 points, shooting 4-for-5 from long range, and four assists.
Give Me Five:
Christmas break has been a wonderful time for the women’s basketball team. Aside from the holiday celebration, they have been excelling on the basketball court. The Wildcats currently have a five game winning streak. Villanova had a busy weekend ahead of them. First, they ventured into the Midwest, for a game against the Creighton Bluejays. Villanova raced off to an early 12-0 lead. Creighton eventually settled down and slowly caught up to the Wildcats. However, once Villanova grabbed that early lead, they never gave it back. The Wildcats were in front for all 40 minutes of the game. Each time they seemed to be pulling away, Creighton fought right back into the game, but would never surpass them. Villanova knocked down the shots they needed to avoid a few scares. They held on to win 65-61. Caroline Coyer and Emily Leer tied for a team-high 17 points. Coyer added seven rebounds and six assists. Meanwhile, Leer chipped in three boards and four assists. The Wildcats improve to 8-7 overall. They play the Georgetown Hoyas at 5 p.m. today.
One More Thing:
Yesterday, the men’s and women’s swimming & diving team held a meet with NC State. Both squads took a loss to the Wolfpack. The women’s team lost 173.5 to 87.5, while the men’s team didn’t do that much better, losing 170 to 85. Despite the sweep, there were some positives. The men’s team did not have much time to rest up, as they had another meet earlier today. This time, they faced the United States Merchant Marine Academy and got their first win of the season. The Wildcats captured eight first-place finishes, six second-place finishes, and eleven third-place marks, en route to a 151-111 finish.