Philly College Women’s Basketball Week In Review – Games of February 11 – 17


Philly College Player of the Week – Keiera Ray, Penn

Keiera Ray - Photo Courtesy of the University of Pennsylvania
Keiera Ray – Photo Courtesy of the University of Pennsylvania

The freshman guard led the Red and Blue to one of their most successful weekends in many years. Ray scored a career-high 31 points helping Penn to end a 17 game losing streak to Harvard. She made 7 of 8 free throws down the stretch to close the game while pulling down 7 rebounds, 6 on the offensive end. Ray scored a game-high 19 points as her team swept the weekend games and took sole possession of second place in the Ivy League. Ray added 4 rebounds and 3 assists.

Keiera Ray was named the National Player of the Week. Honor Roll –

Chatilla van Grinsven, Saint Joseph’s

Shanel Harrison, LaSalle

Natasha Cloud, Saint Joseph’s

Victoria Macaulay, Temple

Week of February 11 – February 17, 2013 Games

LA SALLE 8 – 17 Overall, 4 – 6 Atlantic 10, 1 – 2 Big Five

Results – Won 49 – 46 vs. Saint Louis at the Gola Arena, Lost 69 – 50 at VCU

Summary –

LaSalle 49 Saint Louis 46 – The Explorers had a 46 – 43 lead with under 5 seconds on the clock, but gave up a 3-pointer to Saint Louis’ Jacy Bradley to tie the game at 46. Explorer forward Shanel Harrison took the inbounds pass, raced down court, and put up a desperation three at the buzzer. It was good! LaSalle Wins 49 – 46! The last six points of the game were scored in under 5 seconds. Bradley scored 17 points for the Billikens. For the Explorers Harrison scored a game-high 23 points and pulled down 6 rebounds, the team’s only double figures scorer.

VCU 69 LaSalle 50 – The Explorers fell victim to two big runs by the Rams. In the first half with LaSalle leading 10 – 6 VCU went on a 23 – 2 run to take a 29 – 12 lead with 3:27 to play in the first half. LaSalle scored 8 of the next 9 points to go into the locker room trailing 30 – 20. VCU opened the second half with a 22 – 6 run to lead 52 – 26 with 13:14 to play. For the game the Explorers shot 27% while VCU hit at a 47.3% clip. Shanel Harrison led all scorers with 20 points and 10 rebounds, her eighth straight double figures scoring game. VCU used a balanced attack with 4 players scoring 11 points each.

Next Game – 2/20/2013 at Saint Joseph’s

PENN – 12 – 9 Overall, 5 – 2 Ivy League, 1 – 3 Big Five

Results – Won 77 – 72 vs. Harvard, Won 63 – 40 vs. Dartmouth at the Palestra

Summary –

Penn 77 Harvard 72 – View the story Penn Women Get A Big Win Over Harvard.

Penn 63 Dartmouth 40 – After the win against Harvard Penn looked to the next challenge of sweeping an Ivy weekend against two top four teams. The Red and Blue did it, and combined with a Princeton win over Harvard, Penn has sole possession of second place in the Ivy League. Penn has won 5 of their last 6 games. The Quakers did not suffer any let down taking an early lead and a 33 – 25 at halftime. In the 2nd half Penn turned up the defense forcing 16 turnovers and holding Dartmouth to 15 points that half. Dartmouth experienced a 7 minute scoreless span in the latter half. For the game Penn forced a season-high 23 turnovers against. The Red and Blue committed 7, an all-time low under Coach Mike McLaughlin. The Quakers had a 24 – 0 edge in Points Off Turnovers. Keiera Ray scored 19 points, a game-high. Alyssa Baron scored 10 points and added 6 assists. Kara Bonenberger contributed 11 points and 5 rebounds.

Keiera Ray was named the National Player of the Week.

Next Game – 2/22/2013 vs. Cornell at the Palestra

SAINT JOSEPH’S 18 – 6 Overall, 9 – 1 Atlantic 10, 2 – 1 Big Five

Results – Won 69 – 68 (OT) at Duquesne, Won 49 – 41 (OT) vs. Temple at the Hagan Arena

Summary –

Saint Joseph’s 69 Duquesne 68 (OT) – The Hawks got two free throws at the end of regulation to tie the game and two free throws with 18 seconds on the clock to get an overtime win in Pittsburgh. Natasha Cloud converted two from the free throw line with 7 seconds

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in regulation to tie the game at 56. In overtime Saint Joe’s went ahead 67 – 66 on a three-pointer by Erin Shields. Duquesne got the lead back on a layup by Ahjah Hall with 34 seconds to go. SJU got the ball inside to Chatilla van Grinsven who was fouled in the paint. Her two free throws at the 18 second mark provided the Hawks with the winning points, but they had to withstand two attempts by the Dukes to win it. Hawk guard Natasha Cloud blocked a layup by Jocelyn Floyd of Duquesne with 2 seconds to remaining. A jumper by April Robinson missed, and the Hawks got the road win. It was the 11th double-double of the season for van Grinsven who scored 19 points and took down 15 rebounds. Cloud scored 16 points and handed out 5 assists. Shields added 12 points.

Saint Joseph’s 49 Temple 41 (OT) – View the story Saint Joseph’s Ends Temple Streak In Women’s Basketball.

Next Game – 2/20/2013 vs. LaSalle at the Hagan Arena

TEMPLE 12 – 13 Overall, 5 – 5 Atlantic 10, 1 – 3 Big Five

Results – Won 56 – 45 vs. URI at McGonigle Hall, Lost 49 – 42 (OT) at Saint Joseph’s

Summary –

Temple 56 Rhode Island 45 – The Owls won their second straight, and 4 of the last 5, in the 11th annual School Day afternoon contest against the Rams. The Owls got an early lead of 19 – 6 behind a 13 – 0 run with just over 8 minutes on the clock. In the second half URI got to within a point with less than 9 minutes remaining. The Owls put the game away by responding with a 12 – 1 run. Victoria Macaulay registered her 12th double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Macaulay blocked 6 shots. Sally Kabengano scored 14 points on 6 – 7 shooting. Tyonna Williams had 12 points, 5 assists, and 5 steals. Temple committed a season low 9 turnovers.

Saint Joseph’s 49 Temple 41 (OT) – View the story Saint Joseph’s Ends Temple Streak In Women’s Basketball.

Next Game – 2/20/2013 vs. Xavier at McGonigle Hall

VILLANOVA 18 – 7 Overall, 7 – 5 Big East, 4 – 0 Big Five

Results – Won 63 – 34 at Seton Hall, Won 57 – 44 at Georgetown

Summary –

Villanova 64 Seton Hall 34 – The Wildcats had lost 4 games in a row and 5 of their last 6 games. They took out their frustrations out on the Pirates of Seton Hall. Villanova started the game scoring the first 13 points and never looked back. The largest Villanova lead was 32 points at 55 – 23 with 10:48 to play. Laura Sweeney scored a game-high 14 points, Devon Kane added 12. Nine of the eleven Wildcat players scored in the game. The ‘Cats made 9 of 19 three-point shots.

Villanova 57 Georgetown 44 – Villanova went on the road to post their 18th win of the season. The Wildcats used the three-ball to do it. 15 of the 20 Villanova field goals were from beyond the arc. Nova took a 29 – 12 lead with 4:19 to play in the first half behind a 15 – 0 run. All of the points in the run came on three-point baskets. , 2 by Lauren Burford. The Wildcats lead 35 – 14 at halftime, and held the Hoyas to 6 of 22 (27.3%) shooting. Georgetown got to within 43 – 27, but a Megan Pearson 3 got the lead back to 46 – 27. Georgetown would not threaten again. Villanova shot 20 – 57 (35.1%), 15 – 39 (38.5%) from three-point range. Burford scored 15 points. Laura Sweeney filled the stat sheet scoring 11 points, took down 9 rebounds, and had 5 steals, 2 blocks, and 2 assists.

Next Game – 2/24/2013 vs. Louisville at the Pavilion

DREXEL 16 – 7 Overall, 9 – 3 CAA

Results – Lost 53 – 43 at Hofstra

Summary –

Hofstra 53 Drexel 43 – A three game winning streak was snapped for Drexel in their game at Hofstra. Poor shooting (15 – 64 23.4% FGA, 2 – 18 11.1% 3FGA) doomed the Dragons who were able to mount

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a comeback to get to within 7 points at the 14:15 mark. The Pride scored the next 10 points to build their largest lead of 42 – 25 with 10 minutes to go. The ten-point deficit at the end was the closest Drexel would come. Hollie Mershon had a team-high 12 points, and did not make a three-pointer in 8 tries. Taylor Wootton scored 10 points.

Next Game – 2/24/2013 vs. William& Mary at the DAC

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