Career Win Number 750 For Villanova Coach Harry Perretta
VILLANOVA, PA. 11/28/2018 – The Villanova Wildcats looked to get back to winning ways against the Princeton Tigers at the Finneran Pavilion. Behind 17 points from Adrianna Hahn and a double-double by Mary Gedaka Villanova broke the skid with a 67 – 46 win over the Princeton Tigers.
The Wildcats lost back to back games at the UCF Thanks giving Classic. The Tigers have struggled in the early going and are on a 7-game losing streak. Ivy League Player of the Year from last season Bella Alarie has yet to play this season due to injury along with other key players.
Nova took control of the game in the second quarter outscoring Princeton 15 – 7 to take a 12-point halftime advantage. From there it a matter of defense and taking care of the basketball. The Tigers were held to 34.5% shooting from the floor (20 of 58). It was the lowest offensive output for Princeton this season. Perretta felt it was hard to determine the defensive effort as the opponents were missing good offensive players.
“Our defense was good, but it is hard to tell since their best players weren’t playing,” said Villanova Coach Harry Perretta. “I’ve been in that position. We were able to stay in front of them which was a problem for us. It is hard to play against teams when you’re depleted.”
The Wildcats turned the ball over 8 times for the game. The faced more athletic teams in Florida which inflated the turnover totals. The offense had a better flow in this game.
“We did well with the adjustments we had to make,” said Hahn. “When they switched we knew we had a mismatch down low or on the perimeter. We got good open three’s or good open cuts to the basket.”
Hahn made 7 of 11 from the floor and 3 of 6 from distance. Gedaka scored 15 points and took down a career-best 12 rebounds. Jannah Tucker chipped in 9 points. The biggest contribution was from the bench as the reserves scored 16 points, something Perretta was looking to get.
“I was excited that we got points from our bench,” Perretta said. “Grace Standt hit two three’s. We brought Bridget (Herlihy) off the bench and she hit a three. We got sixteen points off our bench which we were not getting in the past games.”
Standt contributed 6 points and Herlihy scored 9 points.
Gabrielle Rush led Princeton (1 – 7) with 13 points and was the only Tiger to score in double figures to go along with a team-leading 8 rebounds.
Villanova improves to 4 – 2 for the season. After a trip to George Washington the Big Five season begins when Nova hosts Temple on December 9th.
Written By: Glenn Papazian