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Villanova Takes down Liberty in WNIT 1st Round

Villanova PA: As everyone gets ready for the NCAA Men’s & Women’s tournaments, there is another tournament that is just as big and gets some attention which is the Women’s NIT and it came to the Villanova Pavilion on the Campus of Villanova University on Thursday Night as the Villanova Wildcats hosted the Liberty Lady Flames in the first round of Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) on St Patrick Day’s. Villanova entered the game with a (19-11, 12-6 in Big East) and off a loss to Creighton in the Big East Tournament on March 5 while their opponent Liberty enters games with a (20-12, 15-5 in Big South) and off a Double OT Loss to UNC Asheville in the Big South title game on March 13.

Liberty won the tip to start the game and the games first points came form Villanova Adriana Hahn from 3pt range for 3-0 lead, Liberty got on the board with basket from Katelyn Adams. The Lady Flames would open up a 5 point lead at 16-11 with 4:32 left, The story of this quarter would be the 3pt shooting by Villanova as they would make 8 3pt in the quarter as they would take a 23-18 lead at end of 1st quarter. In the 2nd quarter, The Lady Flames would go on a run to cut into the Wildcats lead as they get it down to 5 at 28-23 with 7:45 left in the quarter, then the Wildcats would take control of the game as they would take a 42-33 lead into halftime.

Liberty got ball to begin the 2nd half and they would keep this game close and they would get the Wildcats lead down to 4 points at 48-44 with 3:59 left in 3rd quarter, and from there the Wildcats just took over the rest of the game and make things very difficult for the Lady Flames to make any type of run to get back into the game as the Wildcats would take down the Lady Flames 67-51 and advance to the 2nd round of the Women’s NIT as the Wildcats would host Hofstra on Saturday at 6PM. With the loss Liberty Lady Flames would end their season with a 20-13 record.

Final Stats:

Villanova Wildcats:
Megan Quinn: 21 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 5-14 from 3pt range
Adrianna Hahn: 11 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, 3-6 from 3pt range

Liberty Lady Flames:
Ashley Rininger: 13 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists
Catherine Kearney: 10 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists
Candic Leatherwood: 10 points, 5 rebounds, 2-2 from 3pt Range

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Villanova Megan Quinn:

Villanova Harry Perretta

Liberty Catherine Kearney

Liberty Carey Green