Villanova, PA — The Villanova Wildcats (21-7, 11-6 Big East) blew out the Providence Friars (10-19, 3-14 Big East) 70-43 on Friday evening, but to the team that wasn't even the most exciting part of the night.
At the end of the first quarter, Villanova's Jannah Tucker hit a three-quarter court buzzer beater that sent the crowd and team into a frenzy.
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“We haven’t seen that in a really, really long time," Villanova head coach Harry Perretta commented. "That was amazing."
The Wildcats easily had control of the contest, going on a 16-0 run to end the first quarter, which extended to a 23-0 run in the second period. From there, Villanova dominated the remainder of the game.
Tucker had nine points on three triples in the first frame and ended with 12 points. She was assisted by teammates Kelly Jekot (15 pts) and Alex Louin (13 pts, 4 rebounds).
The Friars failed to get a single player to score in double-digits. Freshman forward Andrea Cooper lead her team with nine points and 10 rebounds, while Jovana Nogic ended with just seven points after scoring a game-high of 26 points in the teams' last matchup on Dec. 30 in Providence.
Despite the Friars and Wildcats' storied history (Providence has played Villanova 73 times, the most they've played against any other team), Providence has not played in the Jake Nevin Field House since Jan. 4, 1986.
Unfortunately, the 31-year hiatus made no difference. With the win, Villanova leads the all-time series 47-26 and has won 25 of the last 30 meetings.
Villanova will finish the 2017-18 regular-season this weekend when the Wildcats face off against Creighton on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 2:00 p.m. ET in the Jake Nevin Field House. Providence will conclude their regular-season on the road against Georgetown this Sunday at 2:00 p.m. ET in McDonough Arena.