With Villanova students quickly flocking home after a busy week of finals, there were a number of stories from this past week that emerged as they prepared for exams.
Villanova football’s Don Cherry was named to the STATS FCS All-America Second Team this week. The senior linebacker has received All-American honors for the second straight year in a row. Cherry headlined a strong Villanova defense that was one of the best in the conference. The Wildcats held opponents to an average of 18.4 points per game. Cherry finished the season with 88 total tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery. He also contributed on the offensive end in the season finale at James Madison, rushing for a goal line touchdown.
Be The Match:
In the same vein as football, C.J. Logan made headlines recently for his off the field actions. Logan becomes the third football player this year to be identified as a match for a patient in need through Andy Talley‘s “Be The Match” program. Seniors Jake Prus and Jacob Gribb were matches to donate bone marrow, the focal point of Talley’s foundation.The odds are 1-in-20,000 for finding bone marrow for patients with life-threatening blood diseases like leukemia, lymphoma, and sickle cell anemia.
Big Five Win:
The women’s basketball team headed over to Tom Gola Arena to play the La Salle Explorers. The Wildcats improve to 6-4 overall and 2-1 in Big Five play after today’s 67-56 win over the Explorers. Villanova emerged out of the half looking like a completely new team. The Wildcats held a narrow 28-24 lead after shooting just 27.3% in the first half alone. Villanova caught the hot hand in the second half, going 13-for-20 (65.0%) on the floor. Once they pushed the lead into double figures, they never looked back. Alex Louin led the way with 18 points. Caroline Coyer added another 14 points and five rebounds. Jordan Dillard supplied 11 points. For La Salle, Amy Griffin finished with a team-high 23 points and seven rebounds. Jasmine Alston had a double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 boards.
The men’s basketball team headed to Charlottesville for the first part of a home-and-home series that began this season. #12 Villanova clashed with the ACC’s #8 Virginia. The Wildcats fell to the Cavaliers, 86-75. Virginia used a 14-0 run in the second half to catapult itself in front. Villanova fought hard to make it close, but Virginia held off the Wildcats to secure the win. Kris Jenkins supplied a career-high 23 points in the loss. Daniel Ochefu added 13 points and five rebounds. For Virginia, Malcolm Brogdon finished with 20 points, seven rebounds, and six assists. Anthony Gill had a team-high 22 points and seven rebounds.
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