PHILADELPHIA (AP) Alex Louin scored with 43 seconds left and she and Adrianna Hahn made 3 of 5 free throws as No. 22 Villanova held off Big 5 rival Temple 69-65 on Sunday for the Wildcats’ best start in 37 years.
Villanova is 9-0 to start a season for the first time since the 1979-80 campaign. Temple (7-3), which led by as many as eight points in the second quarter, cut into a 10-point deficit over the game’s last six minutes, coming as close as 64-61 on a Tanaya Atkinson layup with 1:13 remaining. Louden scored after a timeout and the Wildcats held on.
Hahn led Villanova with 19 points, her 39th game in double figures, Louin added 15, Megan Quinn 12 and Jannah Tucker 10.
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Atkinson led the Owls with a game-high 24 points and a season-high 18 rebounds, her ninth double-double, Mia Davis scored 13 points.
Villanova out-rebounded Temple 49-37, which led to outscoring the Owls 17-4 on second chance points and 30-28 in the paint.