PHILADELPHIA — Kelly Jekot scored 18 of her career-high 27 points in the first half to lead No. 25 Villanova to a 79-44 win over Big 5 rival Saint Joseph’s on Sunday.
The Wildcats (7-0) took care of this one early with Jekot, a Cumberland Valley High School grad, scoring eight in the first quarter, including six in a 16-2 run on the way to a 20-6 lead. The sophomore scored the last seven points in an 11-0 run in the second quarter, which she completed with a 3-point play for a 39-14 lead at the half.
Villanova shot 63 percent (17 of 27) in the first half with Jekot making 8 of 9, while the Hawks were 6 of 25.
Mary Gedaka added 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting and Jannah Tucker had three 3s and 13 points for Villanova. Jekot, who finished 11 of 17 from the field, also had a career-high six assists, five rebounds and two blocks. The Wildcats finished at 55 percent shooting.
Saint Joseph’s (5-2), which came in with all five starters averaging in double figures, got 10 points from Adashia Franklyn. The Hawks finished with a season-low 30 percent shooting.