Sec­ond-half de­fen­sive col­lapse costs ’Cats

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS -

De­fense con­tin­ues to be a prob­lem for the Vil­lanova women’s bas­ket­ball team.

Troy scored 56 points to erase an eight-point half­time deficit and beat the Wild­cats, 93-85, in the open­ing round of the San Juan Shootout in Day­tona Beach, Fla.

Vil­lanova (1-3) has al­lowed an av­er­age of 91 points in its three losses.

Amanda Mendoza scored 14 of her 21 points in the third quar­ter as Troy outscored Vil­lanova, 3015, to turn a 45-37 deficit into a 6760 lead head­ing into the fi­nal pe­riod. The Tro­jans (3-1) shot 50 per­cent from the field over­all and 70 per­cent from the 3-point line in the sec­ond half. Troy con­nected on 13 of 16 free throws in the fourth quar­ter to seal the vic­tory.

Alex Louin led four Vil­lanova play­ers in dou­ble fig­ures with 23 points. Adri­anna Hahn added 14 points, Kelly Jekot 12 and Jan­nah Tucker 10. The Wild­cats play VCU at 8 p.m. Fri­day in the fi­nal round of the tour­na­ment.

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