While the men’s team played Xavier at home, the women’s team flew over to Cincinnati to also take on the Musketeers.
It was a closely contested game all throughout, so close that it needed overtime to settle the game. Unfortunately, by the time the final buzzer sounded, the game did not go the Wildcats’ way.
The Musketeers bested the ‘Cats on their home court, winning 74-67 in overtime.
In the final minute of regulation, Villanova was down by four. Alex Louin drained a three to make it only a one-point game.
The Musketeers ran the clock down before attempting to make it a two-possession game with a three. The shot was no good and the miss was corralled by Villanova’s Megan Quinn.
The Wildcats took the ball down the court and moved it around, until Adrianna Hahn pulled up and trained a three-pointer well beyond the arc to give Villanova a 63-61 lead with 5.9 seconds to go.
It seemed to be the go-ahead shot. With such little time on the clock, it looked like Villanova had quickly taken the game away from Xavier.
However, the Musketeers weren’t done just yet. Briana Glover provided the game-tying score off of a layup with 4.1 seconds left in the game.
The game went into overtime, where two things happened that weren’t in Villanova’s favor – the Wildcats went cold and Xavier’s Raeshaun Gaffney took over.
Gaffney scored the first four points of overtime to give the Musketeers an early lead to start.
Villanova countered with a pair of free throws by Hahn and a layup from Alex Louin. The game was tied at 67, but that didn’t last for long.
An and-one from Gaffney put Xavier back in front with a 70-67 lead. The Louin basket would be the first and only one in overtime for Villanova, as the Wildcats failed to hit their shots from deep.
With the clock winding down, Villanova had no choice but to foul. The Musketeers continued to hit their free throws, while the Wildcats missed their three-point shots in an attempt to get back in to the game. The win seemed more and more distant from them.
Villanova had been able to climb out of double digit deficits earlier in the game, but could not muster the offensive production to do the same in overtime.
Adrianna Hahn came off the bench to provide a team-high 25 points and four assists. She was pretty efficient on the floor, shooting 7-for-11 overall. She made 5-of-8 three-point attempts and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line.
After Hahn, the Wildcats saw a 15 point, four assist performance from senior Caroline Coyer. Megan Quinn anchored the paint with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
For Xavier, Maddison Blackwell was 11-of-15 on the floor en route to a game-high 27 point performance. She also added 12 rebounds to make it a double-double. Raeshaun Gaffney finished with 25 points. Aliyah Zantt only had seven points for the game, but had a strong presence on the boards all game long. She had a game-high 17 rebounds.
Villanova is now 7-5 overall, and 1-1 in conference play. The Wildcats will return home for a game on Sunday, January 3rd, against Providence. Tip-off is at 1 p.m.