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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.
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.
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