March Madness Ready To Begin
DREXEL – The Dragons won their 5th game in a row defeating Towson 50 – 45 at the DAC. Rachel Pearson led the way with 15 points. With the win Drexel will enter the CAA Tournament as the #2 seed, the highest seed since the 2008-09 season. The regular season will end on Wednesday at Northeastern. The Dragons sport a 19 – 9 record, 13 – 4 in conference.
LA SALLE – The Explorers finished the regular season dropping a 67 – 55 decision to the Hawks of Saint Joseph’s. Khristin Lee was the only La Salle player to score in double figures posting 11 points. Saint Joseph’s opened the second half with a 21 – 1 run. La Salle responded with a 14 – 2 run, but it was not enough. The Explorers finished the regular season tied for 10th place in the Atlantic 10 Conference. After the tie breakers were taken into consideration, La Salle got the 11th seed in the upcoming tournament, and will open against #14 Davidson. The winner will play #3 seed Duquesne.
PENN – The Red and Blue swept the Ivy Weekend games against Brown and Yale at the Palestra. Penn has won seven straight games and clinched no less than second place in the Ivy League. The Quakers defeated Brown 75 – 58 and Yale 59 – 33. In the game against Brown center Sydney Stipanovich posted 18 points and 10 rebounds to record the 16th double-double of her career. Penn is 18 – 9 on the season and 9 – 2 in the Ancient Eight. The Red and Blue will travel to Columbia and Cornell next weekend and look to avenge the loss to the Big Red earlier this season. Should they sweep the table and Princeton should stumble, the Quakers could tie for the title by beating the Tigers at the Palestra on March 10. If not, Penn has earned at a minimum the automatic bid to the WNIT.
SAINT JOSEPH’S – The Hawks closed the regular season defeating the Explorers of La Salle 67 – 55. SJU opened the second half with a 21 – 1 run to take control. Ciara Andrews led all scorers with 21 points and Ashley Robinson scored 20 points. Andrews was named the Big Five Co-Player of the Week. Saint Joe’s won their last four games to finish 8 – 8 in conference, 12 – 16 overall. The Hawks earned the #7 seed and face #10 George Mason in the Atlantic 10 Tournament.
TEMPLE – The Owls closed their regular season home schedule with a 79 – 69 win over East Carolina at McGonigle Hall to end the Pirates 6 game winning streak. Alexis Coville led the Owls with 22 points. The regular season finishes in March 2 at Houston. The seeding is not complete as of yet, but the Cherry and White will get ready for the American Athletic Conference tournament in Connecticut.
VILLANOVA – The Wildcats concluded their regular season with a 61 – 53 win over Creighton at the Pavilion. Villanova finishes the season 18 – 12 and 12 – 6 in the Big East. Four Wildcat players finished in double figures led by Lauren Burford with 18 points. Caroline Coyer scored 12 points and added 5 assists, and was named the Big Five Co-Player of the Week. Villanova had 14 assists on their 21 field goals. The Wildcats earned the third seed in the upcoming Big East Tournament in Chicago. They will play Butler in the quarterfinal round.