The last month has been mainly centered around our men’s and women’s basketball teams on the court. With the other teams taking a hiatus during that time, a couple of them are getting back in action this week.
Home Away From Home:
The men’s and women’s indoor track & field teams are set to host the Villanova Open. Despite the name, the event will not be held on the university’s campus, nor will it even be held in the state of Pennsylvania. The Wildcats will travel to Staten Island in New York, to host the competition at the brand new Ocean Breeze Track & Field Athletic Complex. The site will be host to the Big East Indoor Track Championships later in the season and will be a familiar place for the Wildcats, as they will be competing there six times this season. The men’s team will have 17 student-athletes competing in 10 events, while the women’s team will have 24 participants in 14 individual events. The meet begins at 12 p.m. on Friday.
The men’s swimming team is back in action after a month-long hiatus. They will head over to King’s Point, N.Y., for a meet against the United States Merchant Marine Academy. It will be their first taste of action since the conclusion of the Big A.I. Open in Princeton on December 6, where the men’s team finished in eighth. The women’s team will have to wait for a couple more weeks before they hit the pool. As for the men’s team, their meet will take place on Thursday night at 6 p.m.
Pirates, then Bulldogs:
The men’s basketball team returns to the Pavilion for a game tonight at 7 p.m. with the Seton Hall Pirates. Villanova stands at 12-2 and 2-0 in Big East play, and will hope to come out of the week still undefeated. Seton Hall comes in with an identical record and will try to spoil that. The Pirates boast a strong sophomore class led by Isaiah Whitehead. Whitehead is a fine scorer and facilitator. He is averaging 15.1 points per game and 4.6 assists per game. After the Pirates, the Wildcats head over to Hinkle Fieldhouse for a game against the Butler Bulldogs on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. The Bulldogs enter this week at #18 in the AP Poll after back-to-back losses against Providence and Xavier. Butler finally got back on track, thanks to star Kellen Dunham. Dunham shook off a five-game shooting slump, scoring 24 points in the 77-72 win over DePaul.
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Seeking Higher Ground:
As for the women’s basketball team, they currently sit at level ground. The Wildcats are 8-6 overall and 2-2 in conference play. They hope to elevate their record to above .500 this weekend with road games against Marquette and DePaul. Their search won’t be easy. Marquette currently stands at 5-8 and has lost three in a row. Villanova faces the Golden Eagles on Friday night at 8 p.m. After that, they’ll have a tough task with the DePaul Blue Demons on Sunday at 4 p.m. DePaul most recently won a top 25 matchup against #25 Seton Hall. The #24 Blue Demons took down the Pirates 86-74. With the win DePaul improved to 11-5 overall and 3-0 in Big East play. The Blue Demons are led by the trio of Megan Podkowa, Chanise Jenkins, and Jessica January. Each player averages at least 13.0 points per game his season. January was an important piece in the win over Seton Hall, notching a triple-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists.