After losing a nail biter to North Carolina State, the Villanova women’s team rebounded with a strong effort on Monday night against the Loyola Maryland Greyhounds, winning 67-55.
The Wildcats took control early and never looked back, as they never trailed for the entire game. Sophomore center Megan Quinn took the reigns early in the paint. Quinn hit a fantastic reverse layup on the first Villanova possession, followed up by another layup and two hook shots in the game’s opening minutes. The much shorter Loyola team struggled all night with Quinn, who went on to lead all player with 23 points and 11 rebounds. 17 of Quinn’s 23 points came in the first half alone. Quinn showed a very diversified offensive skill set, scoring in a multitude of ways, including stepping outside to hit two 3-pointers.
The match up of the night was at point guard. Senior Wildcat Caroline Coyer and Loyola’s Sophomore Bri Betz-White entered Monday night coming off of 20+ point games. They dueled it out the entire night. The quickness of Betz-White kept Coyer in check for the first half, as the former managed to score only one point after two quarters. No Villanova player, besides Quinn, hit more than one field goal in the first half. The ‘Cats took a 32-21 lead into the break.
Betz-White came out strong in the second half scoring six points on three early possessions to help cut into the lead. Coyer responded with back to back 3-pointers, extending Villanova’s lead to 43-27.
Coyer, normally a big scorer, finished with only seven points but also grabbed five rebounds and dished out a game high seven assists. After a Loyola run that was capped off by a Diana Logan three to cut the lead to single digits, Coyer found Quinn for a triple from the top of the key at the buzzer. Villanova took a 52-40 lead into the final quarter.
Loyola once again started strong, as five points from Logan sparked a 7-2 Loyola run to cut the Villanova lead to seven. Logan led the Greyhounds with 15 points off the bench. From there guards Katherine Coyer and Adrianna Hahn would take over combining for 11 of Villanova’s 13 points down the stretch.
K. Coyer converted an old fashioned 3-point play to give the Wildcats new life. She finished the game with 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting.
Hahn hit a deep 3 from the corner in the final minute to ice the game and seal Villanova’s first win of the season.
The Wildcats shot 50% from beyond the arc and 46% from the field, moving the ball well and finding open shots. Both teams were sloppy with the ball, eclipsing double digit turnover (12 for Loyola, 10 for Villanova). Villanova recorded 20 team assists on the night, as eight different Wildcats put points on the board.
Villanova will try to notch their second win of the year at home against Big Five rival Temple next Tuesday at 7 p.m.