The women’s basketball team celebrated Thanksgiving and Christmas all in one jam-packed weekend.
The Wildcats won the Lehigh Christmas City Classic earlier today, beating host Lehigh in the finals. Villanova won rather comfortably, beating Lehigh 65-44.
The Wildcats used a strong all-around effort on offense and defense in order to take down the Mountain Hawks on their home court.
Villanova got it going early, finding a rhythm from long range. The Wildcats sank a few three-pointers in the first quarter and converted a couple of steals into scoring opportunities to take a 16-11 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Wildcats held onto their steady pace in the second quarter. A three-pointer in the closing minutes of the first half by Caroline Coyer pushed their lead into double figures. However, it wouldn’t last song as Lehigh’s Kerry Kinek sunk a shot from close range to bring it back down to a nine point gap. Villanova held onto a 31-22 lead going into the break.
In the second half, Villanova turned up the intensity to put Lehigh even further behind. After Kinek scored the first basket for Lehigh, the Wildcats went on a little run to add to their lead.
With 8:23 remaining in the third quarter, Alex Louin made one of her two foul shots to bring the lead back to 10. From there, the lead would never drop back down to single digits for the rest of the game. Caroline Coyer made a layup to cap off an 8-0 run that gave Villanova a 39-25 lead with 5;38 remaining in the quarter.
The Wildcats had a 44-30 lead going into the fourth quarter. Once again, Lehigh got the quarter started, this time with a layup from Amina Affini. However, just like before Villanova had a greater response. The Wildcats received a scoring spurt from a pair of Adrianna Hahn free throws and a Jordan Dillard three-pointer.
Trailing 49-32 with just under nine minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Lehigh made its last ditch effort to catch up to the ‘Cats. The Mountain Hawks used a 7-0 run that lasted 1:36 to get them to within ten of the Wildcats.
Lehigh started to go cold as Villanova heated up from long range. The Wildcats sank four straight baskets from beyond the arc to push their lead into the 20s. The long range barrage doomed Lehigh, as its hopes of coming back in the game were gone. The lead became too great to overcome.
Lehigh went nearly seven whole minutes without making a single basket. The Mountain Hawks finally broke the dry spell thanks to a three by Quinci Mann. Villanova cruised its way to a 65-44 win.
Caroline Coyer had a game-high 21 points, while adding six rebounds and five assists. Adrianna Hahn and Jordan Dillard highlighted a strong effort from the bench, scoring 13 and 10 points, respectively. Caroline Coyer was named tournament MVP, while Hahn made the all-tournament team.
For Lehigh, Kerry Kinek finished with 15 points and six rebounds. Lexi Martins added seven points and 12 rebounds. Five of her 12 rebounds came off of the offensive glass.
The Wildcats improve to 4-1 and will resume action on Wednesday night, when they take on Big Five rival Temple at 5 p.m.