On their new home court at Jake Nevin, the Wildcats proved to tonight’s exclusive audience they aren’t here to play any games this season. With virtually everyone back from a deep WNIT run, they’re on a mission and their first glimpse of the public eye was impressive.
They put up triple digits in a lopsided 109-42 win over East Stroudsburg, more than doubling the score of their opponents.
Adrianna Hahn was the woman of the court on Monday night. The unanimous preseason All-Big East selection made it happen on the court tallying 19 of her 21 points in the first three quarters of the game.
She stood out on the court, with her sharpshooting ability and her persistent intensity. Her energy on the court is again going to prove to be contagious to her teammates this season.
Hahn wasn’t the only one dealing damage in the one-sided affair, as Brianna Herlihy (13 points), Kelly Jekot (13), Cameron Onken (12), Grace Stant (11), and Megan Quinn (10) also reached double figures.
Villanova outscored East Stroudsburg, 57-14, in the second half, as it buckled down on both ends of the court.
While Hahn got off to a hot start, Quinn helped win the battle on the boards. The Wildcats outrebounded their opponents, 48-23. Quinn accounted for eight caroms.
Villanova led 52-28 at halftime and never looked back.
The energy prolonged, as Hahn settled in and played her A-game, one that Villanova fans all know quite well.
Hahn missed her first three, but from then-on-out she looked as if she could hit a three with a 5-man defense standing in front of her—with her eyes closed too. The girl didn’t miss. She was 8-of-13 on the floor, including five made 3-pointers.
However, the younger players also showed promise.
Jekot, a sophomore, as well as redshirt freshmen Onken and Herlihy, were in double figures by the third quarter.
The Wildcats didn’t stop until they had surpassed the triple digit mark.
Not only was the Villanova offense on another level, but the defense held down the home court.
Doing an exceptional job down all-around, the Wildcat defense limited East Stroudsburg standout Imani Brown to shooting a subpar 6-of-19 on the floor. Although she had 15 points, it would be Tiffany Lapotsky, who led the Warriors with 16 points.
Unfortunately, Villanova’s redshirt junior Jannah Tucker had to sit out on the sidelines due to a minor injury. She is looking to be back on the practice court by the end of this week as she will be another crucial leader for the ‘Cats on the court.
Aside from that, things sure seem to be looking expectant for the Lady ‘Cats future season.