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Villanova WBB Beats Big East Opponent Providence Friars, 68-58

Written by on February 22, 2024

On Wednesday night in Villanova, the Wildcats beat the Providence Friars, 68-58, in a back-to-back game. Villanova now improves to 17-9 on the year and 10-5 in the Big East, and Providence drops to 12-16 overall and 6-9 in Big East play.

In the first quarter, Providence turned over the ball 7 times within 10 minutes of play. Villanova capitalized on those, scoring 13 points. The Wildcats went up 24-12 at the end of the quarter. Villanova shot 12-21 overall, and the Friars shot only 5-18.

In the second quarter, Villanova maintained all the momentum from the end of the first quarter. The Wildcats went up early, 26-17. Then, they went on a 6-0 run, widening the Wildcats’ lead. Megan Olbrys and Kaitlyn Oriehl contributed with lay-ups, and Bella Runyan made two free throws. Villanova ultimately went into the end of the first half with a 37-24 commanding lead.

The third quarter started with a 15-7 run by the Wildcats, maintaining their momentum from the end of last quarter. They went up 52-31 with around 4 minutes left of the quarter. Those 15 points primarily came from Lucy Olsen, who scored 11 points, and Maddie Weber also contributed to the run. Villanova went into the end of the quarter with a 56-37 lead.

The fourth quarter, conversely to the previous quarter, started with a dominant run from the Friars. They went on a 13-2 run to start the quarter to shorten Villanova’s lead to 60-50. Villanova scored 4 more points from Kaitlyn Oriehl, but Providence responded with a three from Grace Efosa. The score was 64-55, Villanova at this point But, Villanova didn’t lose confidence. The Wildcats then scored 4 more points from Lucy Olsen and Christina Dalce to widen their lead to 68-55. Providence was held to just one more three-pointer, and Villanova ultimately came away with the win, 68-58.

Villanova will play next Saturday, February 24th, against Creighton at @12 P.M. The Wildcats look to string together another win as they head into late February.