Villanova’s Adrianna Hahn and Bridget Herlihy were so locked in on Wednesday night that they nearly beat Fairfield themselves.
The Hahn-Herlihy tandem combined for over half of the No. 22-ranked Wildcats’ points, combining for 40 in the 73-44 road win.
Hahn had her best showing of the season, her most efficient outing too.
The junior point guard finished with a game-high 21 points off of 8-of-12 shooting. She made 5-of-9 shots from long range.
She had the hot hand to begin the game, scoring 19 of her points in the first half alone. Hahn also started the game making all of her first five shots, four of which—were three-pointers.
As for Herlihy, the redshirt sophomore lit a spark off the bench. She also had her best showing so far, adding a career-high 19 points to the winning effort. She was also 7-for-10 on the floor and made 4-of-6 takes form deep.
Herlihy, one of the main rotational players for the ‘Cats, has been a nice asset off the bench for Villanova this season. She had a game-saving block against Princeton, and now, she was one of the top scorers in a lopsided win.
After a closely contested first quarter, the Wildcats gained some separation in the second quarter to take a 37-27 lead at the break.
It wasn’t until the third quarter that Villanova would break free. The Wildcats outscored the Stags, 18-4, to take a commanding 55-31 lead into the fourth quarter.
As a team, the Wildcats were 8-for-10 during this 10-minute stretch.
From there, the fourth quarter was a mere formality, as the game was virtually decided by then.
Fairfield’s Sam Kramer seemed to be the only one to break the double digit scoring mark for the Stags. She led her team with 11 points, five rebounds, and two assists.
Overall, Villanova’s defense was suffocating. It only got better as the game progressed. The Stags shot 19-for-74 (25.7 percent) and an uglier 4-of-23 (17.4 percent) from the three-point line.
The undefeated 8-0 ‘Cats now turn their attention to Big 5 rival Temple. The Owls are currently 6-2 and most recently beat Harvard in a one-sided game. They will host Villanova this Sunday. Tip-off is at 2 p.m.