Villanova closed out the decade with a forgettable performance against Creighton on Tuesday afternoon, falling, 58-42, in the Finneran Pavilion.
During a Big East, New Year’s Eve showdown, the Bluejays improved their record to 10-3 overall, including a 2-0 mark in conference play. Senior Jaylyn Agnew scored 22 of her game high 31 points in the first half to allow the Bluejays to build a comfortable lead at the intermission, 40-21. From there, Creighton maintained its sizeable advantage, as the ‘Cats would come no closer than the 16-point margin that separated the teams at game’s end.
For the Wildcats, senior forward Mary Gedaka was the day’s leading scorer, pouring in 18 points on 6-13 shooting. Per usual, Gedaka led the team with 38 minutes played on the day. Redshirt freshman Madison Siegrist joined her frontcourt partner in double figures with 10 points of her own, to go along with a team-leading eight boards.
Three-point shooting proved to be a decisive factor in this one. The visitors connected on 8-18 first half three-point attempts on their way to knocking down nine triples overall. On the other side, ‘Nova was able to convert just four three-pointers in 24 tries during the contest, going just 2-17 in the opening half.
Overall, Villanova finished the day shooting 30% from the field compared to 35.2% for Creighton.
Temi Carda, a junior guard for the Bluejays, also enjoyed an impressive performance scoring 12 points and dishing out eight assists before fouling out of the game in the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats now sit at 6-6 on the season and 1-1 in Big East play. The team will return to action on Friday, Jan. 3 for a road matchup against Seton Hall at 1 p.m.