Peters leads Muffet's Squad to bounce back win

Coming off a 6-point road loss to West Virginia, Muffet's Squad bounced back with 69-58 win over Villanova at the Joyce Center Wednesday night.

Villanova entered the game giving up the least amount of turnovers in the nation (11), but the Irish forced 24 on the Wildcats.

Freshman Devereaux Peters was the key.

The rookie became the first Irish player in three years to have seven steals in a game. She also scored a career high 15 points.

"I think our press fits out personnel really well now with Devereaux at the point," head coach Muffet McGraw explains.

"Our game plan changes when she comes into the game because she can do so many things well defensively. We really want her on the floor as much as we can have her there."

Peters says it's just been a matter of adjusting to the college level.

"I know when I first started, it's really different," Peters explained. "From high school being a scorer to here where a lot of people score, I kind of feel I learned my place now and I know what I'm supposed to do."

At 6'2", Peters is a threat in the press because she's at the front of it. Her size and length forces teams to throw over top of her. That leads to steals for herself and for her teammates.

Wednesday's game marked the first Big East contest Peters did not foul out of as well.

Lindsay Schrader added 12 points and 8 rebounds.

Laura Kurz, younger sister of Irish men's captain Rob Kurz, led Villanova with 20.

The Irish improved to 14-3 and 2-1 in the Big East.

Next up is Georgetown on the road on Saturday.

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