Villanova Defeats W. Virginia 53-43
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) _ Trish Juhline scored 20 points, and No. 22 Villanova shut down West Virginia’s Kate Bulger for a 53-43 victory over the Mountaineers on Saturday.
Villanova (12-1, 3-0 Big East) won its seventh straight against West Virginia dating to 1999.
West Virginia (10-2, 0-2) lost to a Top 25 opponent for the second time in three days after starting the season 10-0. Still, it’s the best start in school history.
With Villanova ahead by three, Juhline scored her team’s next nine points, all on one-on-one drives to the basket. She made a three-point play with 1:21 left to give the Wildcats a 48-41 lead.
Katie Davis and Nicole Drunkenmiller added 11 points apiece for Villanova.
Bulger was held to a season-low two points, 16 below her team-leading average. Bulger was shooting a Division I-best 55.8 percent from 3-point range, but Villanova didn’t allow West Virginia to take a shot from beyond the arc.
Michelle Carter scored a season-high 21 points for West Virginia. Yolanda Paige added 14 points.
The Wildcats never trailed, building a 10-0 lead in the first five minutes with defensive pressure and solid rebounding. West Virginia missed its first seven shots and didn’t score until 14:24 remained in the first half, its longest drought of the season.
West Virginia drew within one point three times in the final 10 minutes, but turned the ball over each time on the next possession.
Villanova can tie for the best start in school history with a win at Rutgers on Wednesday. The 1981-82 squad started 13-1.
West Virginia is 0-9 against ranked opponents under second-year coach Mike Carey.