Villanova will travel to Milwaukee on Friday night to take on the Marquette Golden Eagles in a BIG EAST Conference contest. The Wildcats enter play 12-3 overall and 7-3 in conference action, while Marquette is 14-4 overall and 11-3 in league play. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m., eastern time and the game can be seen live on the Big East Digital Network.
Friday’s game between Villanova and Marquette will be the second meeting of the season between the two teams. On Jan. 27 in a game played at Villanova, Marquette tallied a 95-77 win. Senior forward Brianna Herlihy and sophomore forward Maddy Siegrist each scored 19 points to lead the Wildcats, who put three players in double figures on the evening. Senior forward Sarah Mortensen chipped in with 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Marquette was led in scoring by Selena Lott, who registered a double-double with 27 points and 11 assists. All five Golden Eagles starters scored in double figures.
The Villanova Wildcats put on an offensive clinic in the first half of Tuesday night’s win over Butler. In the game’s first 20 minutes, Villanova scored 67 points on 24-of-36 (.667) shooting, including a 16-of-26 (.615) effort from three-point range. The 67 points represent a school record for points in a half and the 16 threes set a school mark for triples in a half. Villanova used the first half offensive effort to lead 67-26 at intermission.
The Wildcats enter play on Friday at Marquette having won five of their last six. The lone loss during the stretch was a 95-77 setback to Marquette on Jan. 27.
Beginning with Friday’s trip to Milwaukee, Villanova will play three of its final four regular season games on the road, including the next three in a row. After playing at Marquette, the Wildcats play at Georgetown on Sunday, Feb. 21, and at Providence on Wednesday, Feb. 24. Villanova will conclude the 2020-21 regular season at home on Saturday, Feb. 28, when the Seton Hall Pirates visit the Finneran Pavilion. The Wildcats are 5-1 in road games this season.
Over the last four games, Villanova is 50-of-115 from three-point range for 43.4 percent. After going 10-of-25 (40.0%) from three versus Marquette, the Wildcats were 14-of-33 (42.4%) from long distance at Butler, 9-of-21 versus Providence and 17-of-36 on Tuesday against Butler. The 17 threes against Butler represent a season-high performance. The Wildcats have had five games this year where they have made double digit threes. For the year, Villanova is 127-of-386 from long distance for 32.9 percent.
Villanova is led in scoring and rebounding by Siegrist who is averaging 22.8 ppg. and 10.1 rpg. Two other Wildcats are averaging double figures, including Bridget Herlihy at 14.6 ppg., and Sarah Mortensen who is scoring 12.6 ppg.