The key for the Owls is to not drop their levels of focus and intensity when shots aren’t falling, Cardoza said. They shot 53.1 percent from the field in the first half and 70 percent from three. Alexander shot 7-12 from field, going 2-2 from beyond the arc. She also was 3-4 from the free throw line. Freshman guard Asonah Alexander, who has replaced injured redshirt-sophomore Ashley Jones since Dec. 7, played a big role in the win. Alexander said this game was a confidence boost for her. Cardoza acknowledged Alexander’s ability to be a consistent third or fourth scorer for the team. Cardoza had wanted Alexander to be more aggressive in the last two games, and she got that from the freshman guard against the Wildcats, she said. “I had to put my team back up,” Alexander said. “Shots weren’t falling and we weren’t doing that well on defense, so I felt I had to attack more and be more aggressive.” “Down the stretch, we got a little lax because we weren’t scoring,” Cardoza said, “But like I said, we got stops when we needed.” “We need [Alexander] to score more,” Cardoza said. “So she can still be a facilitator, but we need [Alexander] to be aggressive and look to score, because she can.” In the second half, they shot just 28.6 percent from the field just when Villanova started to make shots in an attempt to make a comeback in the match. Sophomore guard Marissa Mackins said that missing shots used to affect her a lot, but she is learning to move past her misses. The Owls’ defense struggled again when they started missing shots on offense, a trend Cardoza has noticed all year. Freshman guard Asonah Alexander dribbles the ball down the court during the Owls’ game against Villanova at McGonigle Hall on Dec. 10. | JEREMY ELVAS / THE TEMPLE NEWS Temple University women’s basketball (6-5, 0-1, The American Athletic Conference) held off a late comeback from Villanova (4-5) Tuesday to win 74-69 at McGonigle Hall. Alexander came close to the first triple-double in program history, finishing with 19 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists. “The past few games I haven’t been hitting shots and it brought me down,” Mackins said, “But coach told me to always stay in the game no matter what.” The Owls’ next game is on Dec. 22 at 12 p.m. against Florida Gulf Coast (10-1) at McGonigle Hall. Mackins has also discovered her shooting stroke as of late. She shot 3-6 from three and finished with 15 points of her own.