It felt like Alex Louin just couldn’t miss. The sophomore guard poured it on from all over the court, playing an integral part in Villanova’s 78-54 win over Sacramento State in the first round of the Cal Classic.
Louin scored a career-high 24 points, with 17 of her points coming in the first half alone. She finished the game shooting 9-of-17, collecting six rebounds, and four assists.
Her night ended early, as she picked up her fifth foul midway through the fourth quarter. However, by then the game was already decided.
Sacramento State grabbed the lead to start, with back-to-back threes from Brianna Bungos. The Hornets held onto the lead for most of the first quarter, until the Wildcats found their footing in the game.
Villanova closed in on Sacramento State and eventually took the lead thanks to five straight points by Adrianna Hahn. From there, Villanova never looked back. The Wildcats had a six point lead at the end of the quarter.
In the second quarter, Louin started to take off. She scored 13 points, increasing Villanova’s lead. She placed the finishing touches on a strong first half, sinking a layup just before the break. Villanova sat with a comfortable 47-24 lead.
The Wildcats coasted to victory. Their lead never dropped below 20 points.
Aside from Louin, Megan Quinn dialed in a strong performance for Villanova. Quinn finished with a double-double, posting 12 points and 12 rebounds. Adrianna Hahn was solid off the bench, scoring 14 points. Kavunaa Edwards had eight points and 11 rebounds.
The Wildcats shot 33-of-72 (46%) on the floor. Meanwhile, the Hornets shot only 20-of-65 (31%) overall.
For Sacramento State, Marianne Johnson had 22 points and four rebounds. Burgos chipped in 12 points.
The Wildcats improve to 5-2 overall. Villanova will take on St. Mary’s for the Cal Classic championship tomorrow night at 6 p.m.