The women’s basketball team notched its first win in conference play on Tuesday night thanks to a big run to open up the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats went on a scoring spree to distance themselves from the Bulldogs en route to a 57-45 win.
It was the one time that a team was able to establish clear control of the game, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
The Wildcats spurred ahead of the Bulldogs with a 10-0 run, Caroline Coyer scored eight out of the 10 points during this stretch.
Butler’s Blaire Langlois nailed a jumper to end the run, making it 45-35 with 6:36 left in the game.
Once Villanova brought its lead into double figures, Butler could not catch up. The Bulldogs were kept at bay by a solid Wildcat defense that forced them to turn the ball over 12 times for the entirety of the game.
Meanwhile, on the other end the Wildcats took exceptional care of the ball, setting a new season-low mark of just three turnovers.
Villanova and Butler went toe-to-toe with each other for most of the game, especially in the first half. If one team scored, the other quickly responded with a basket of its own.
The two teams shot almost identical numbers for the first half. Villanova made 10-of-30 (33.3%) first half shot attempts, while Butler was 9-for-28 (32.1%) on the floor.
The Wildcats held a narrow 25-22 lead over the Bulldogs at the break, thanks to a three-pointer by Adrianna Hahn a couple of minutes before the buzzer sounded.
Coming out of the half, the game resumed its tight nature in the third quarter. The pacing of the game suddenly changed once Butler stalled and the Wildcats took advantage.
No team had scored more than 13 points in the any of the quarters, except for Villanova’s surging 22 point fourth quarter.
It seemed like the first team to get off to a run and break free from the other would win the game and that’s exactly what happened.
For Villanova, Caroline Coyer had a game-high 21 points, five rebounds, four assists, and a pair of steals. Katherine Coyer finished with 10 points and four rebounds. Adrianna Hahn also chipped in 10 points.
As for Butler, Blaire Langlois finished with a double-double, scoring a team-high 18 points and collecting 10 rebounds. Michelle Weaver had an almost perfect shooting night, going an efficient 7-for-8 on the floor en route to a 17 point performance.
Villanova improves to 7-4 and will continue to stay on the road for its next game. The Wildcats travel to Cincinnati for a game against the Xavier Musketeers on New Year’s Eve. Tip-off is at 1 :30 p.m.