PHILLY COLLEGE SPORTS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL REVIEW
Games The Week of January 26 – February 1, 2016
LA SALLE 3 – 18 Overall, 0 – 8 Atlantic 10, 0 – 3 Big Five
Results – Lost 67 – 51 vs. Dayton at The Gola Arena, Lost 64 – 55 at Saint Joseph’s
Summary – The Explorers are still seeking their first conference win. La Salle fell behind early against Dayton. At Saint Joseph’s LSU took an early lead, but fell after the Hawks surged in the second half. Amy Griffin had a big week for the Explorers with 42 points scored.
Next Game – 2/3/2016 at Rhode Island
PENN 14 – 3 Overall, 3 – 0 Ivy League, 2 – 2 Big Five
Results – Lost 66 – 46 at Villanova, Won 68 – 49 vs. Yale, Won 66 – 49 vs. Brown at The Palestra
Summary – The University of Pennsylvania had an opportunity to clinch at least a share of the Big Five Championship, but fell at Villanova behind a barrage of three-pointers by the Wildcats. Penn shook off the loss by defeating Yale and Brown on the first weekend of the Ivy League. With the victory Coach Mike McLaughlin posted his 100th win at the school. Sydney Stipanovich led the way with double-doubles in both games giving her seven for the season, and twenty-two in her career. Stipanovich added 7 blocked shots over the weekend. The first Ivy League away weekend awaits the Quakers.
Next Game – 2/5/2016 at Harvard
SAINT JOSEPH’S 10 – 11 Overall, 4 –5 Atlantic 10, 2 – 1 Big Five
Results – Lost 77 – 66 vs. St. Bonaventure, Won 64 – 55 vs. La Salle at The Hagan Arena
Summary – The Hawks had split over the week thanks to a come from behind win over city rival La Salle Explorers at home. That game was not part of the Big Five competition. Chelsea Woods scored a career-high 21 points against La Salle after posting 10 at St. Bona. The Hawks take to the road to meet George Mason who is also 4 – 5 in the Atlantic 10, they are both among the four teams with an identical conference record. Saint Joe’s returns home to meet Fordham who is a half-game in front of SJU in the standings at this time. Six teams are positioning themselves for fifth place in the standings.
Next Game – 2/7/2016 at George Mason
TEMPLE 13 – 7 Overall, 7 – 2 AAC, 2 – 2 Big Five
Results – Won 72 – 54 at Tulane, Won 83 – 63 at East Carolina
Summary – The Owls won both games on the road to move up to third place in the American standings. Temple moved past Tulane with the win and are placed just behind top-ranked UConn and USF. It was a big week for Alliya Butts who scored 22 at Tulane, then hit for a career-high 25 points at ECU. In that game Butts added 7 steals and 3 assists. Feyonda Fitzgerald had 11 points and 11 assists against the Pirates. Eric Coville registered her third double-double at Tulane. USF visits Temple on Saturday.
Next Game – 2/3/2016 vs. SMU at Liacouris Center – Back to School Day Noon Tip-off
VILLANOVA 14 – 8 Overall, 7 – 4 Big East, 3 – 1 Big Five
Results – Won 66 – 46 vs. Penn at The Pavilion, Lost 53 – 48 at Creighton, Won 76 – 47 at Providence
Summary – The Wildcats clinched at least a share of the Big Five title with a win against Penn. Villanova made a season-high 17 three-pointers led by Caroline Coyer who set a career mark with seven from beyond the arc . She scored 23 points and added 7 assists. Coyer paced Nova with 15 points at Creighton. Megan Quinn put up 20 in the win at Providence. Villanova is tied for second place in the Big East with St. John’s and Seton Hall, two games behind league leader DePaul who comes to town on Friday.
Next Game – 2/5/2016 vs. DePaul at The Pavilion
DREXEL 11 – 9 Overall, 7 – 2 CAA
Results – Won 67 – 64 vs. Hofstra, Won 47 – 43 vs. Delaware both at The DAC
Summary – The Dragons have now won five in a row, and appeared to have turned the corner. The Dragons sit a half-game behind league leading Dukes of James Madison. Drexel plays JMU on February 12 at home and the winner will have an advantage in earning the top-seed to the post season tournament.
Next Game – 2/5/2016 at UNCW
PhillyCollegeSports.com Women’s Basketball Co-Players of the Week
Alliya Butts, Temple – The sophomore guard starred for the Owls in their two road wins. Butts averaged 23.5 points per game with 4 made three-pointers in each contest. She also averaged 3 assists and totaled 9 steals at Tulane and East Carolina.
Sydney Stipanovich, Penn – The junior center registered her 7th double-double of the season getting two consecutive against Yale and Brown. Stipanovich scored 53 points over the three games this past week and pulled down 37 rebounds and blocked 7 shots.
Meghan Creighton, Drexel
Amy Griffin, La Salle
Chelsea Woods, Saint Joseph’s
Feyonda Fitzgerald, Temple
Erica Coville, Temple
Megan Quinn, Villanova
Caroline Coyer, Villanova
* Player of the Week and Honor Roll selections are made by Glenn Papazian of PhillyCollegeSports.com and Woman Hoops Guru Mel Greenberg.