VILLANOVA, PA. 12/31/2019 – The Villanova Wildcats women’s basketball team closed out the 2019 calendar year with a loss to the Creighton Bluejays 58 – 42 at the Finn.
It was a quick turnaround for the Wildcats who picked up their first Big East win of the season on Sunday over Providence. The defense that played effectively against the Friars did not have an answer for Bluejays forward Jaylyn Agnew who scored 31 points shooting 11 for 22 from the floor, 6 of 11 from beyond the arc. It was one-point shy of her collegiate-best set against West Virginia earlier this season. The 6 made three-pointers tied her career-best. Agnew is the third leading scorer in the conference. As a team Creighton shot 19 of 54 for 35.2%, and went 9 of 27 from three-point land.
“This team (Creighton) plays offense more with a system, and we’re worse guarding a system than athletes,” Perretta said about the overall defense in this game. “In a system our inexperience comes to the surface.”
Villanova made 30% of their shots, but only 4 for 24 from distance. The Wildcats were led by Mary Gedaka who scored a team-best 18 points as she made 6 of 13 shots. Maddy Siegrist, who leads the Big East in scoring, posted 10 points and took down a team-high 8 rebounds.
“We’re not going to be able to win unless other players besides Maddy and Mary score the ball,” Perretta said. “If they don’t shoot it, we can’t win, if they shoot it and shoot it poorly, we’re not going to win, but if you have a chance to shoot half decently, you have a chance to win.”
No other Wildcats broke double-digits. Raven James scored 4 points and dished out 6 assists for Villanova.
Creighton took control of the game in the second quarter behind an 11 – 0 run to move out to a 16-point lead at 29 – 13. The lead was 40 – 21 at halftime.
Temi Carda had 12 points for Creighton. Agnew added a team-high 9 rebounds.
Villanova is 6 – 6 on the season and are level in conference at 1 – 1. Creighton improves to 10 – 3, 2 – 0 in league play. For Nova each game is a learning experience, trying to get better for the purpose of winning.
“The biggest thing that I was taught when I was younger was how to win,” Perretta said. “This is what you have to do. If you don’t do this, you can’t win.”
Happy New Year to all!
Written By: Glenn Papazian