PHILLY COLLEGE SPORTS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL REVIEW
PhillyCollegeSports.com Women’s Basketball Player of the Week
Erica Covile, Temple – The Temple guard got a put-back with one second left to lift the Owls to an upset victory over the nationally-ranked USF Bulls. Over the week Covile recorded double-doubles scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds against SMU. She followed that with points and 10 boards against USF. Temple is in sole possession of second place in The American.
Sarah Curran, Drexel
Micahya Owens, La Salle
Lauren Whitlatch, Penn
Sarah Fairbanks, Saint Joseph’s
Feyonda Fitzgerald, Temple
Tanaya Atkinson, Temple
Alliya Butts, Temple
Donnaizha Fountain, Temple
Alex Louin, 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.
Games The Week of February 2 – 8, 2016
LA SALLE 3 – 20 Overall, 0 – 10 Atlantic 10, 0 – 3 Big Five
Results – Lost 67 – 51 at Rhode Island, Lost 84 – 76 (OT) vs. VCU at The Gola Arena
Summary – The Explorers still seek their first conference win. They lost to the Rams of Rhode Island and VCU. The initial win almost came against VCU as La Salle battled from 9 points down in the 4th quarter to force overtime. Micahya Owens hit a game-tying trey with 18.3 seconds left in regulation. Owens scored 21 at Rhode Island and 24 against VCU. Amy Griffin totaled 35 points and 11 rebounds over the two games.
Next Game – 2/10/2016 vs. Massachusetts at The Gola Arena
PENN 16 – 3 Overall, 5 – 0 Ivy League, 2 – 2 Big Five
Results – Won 68 – 48 at Harvard, Won 56 – 41at Dartmouth
Summary – The University of Pennsylvania went on their first Ivy League road weekend, and brought home two wins. Lauren Whitlatch pulled down 11 rebounds at Harvard and scored a career-high 19 points at Dartmouth. Anna Ross had a 12 point, 7 rebound, and 9 assist evening in Boston to go along with a 16 point effort form Kasey Chambers. Sydney Stipanovich recorded her 8th double-double of the season in Hanover registering 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Next Game – 2/12/2016 vs. Columbia, 2/13 vs. Cornell at The Palestra
SAINT JOSEPH’S 10 – 12 Overall, 4 –6 Atlantic 10, 2 – 1 Big Five
Results – Lost 55 – 41 at George Mason
Summary – In their only game of the week the hawks fell victim of cold shooting making 18 of 60 (30%) from the floor, 3 of 15 from the three-point line, and 2 of 6 from the foul line. Sarah Fairbanks led SJU in scoring with 11 points and 6 rebounds. Adashia Franklyn had 9 points and 6 rebounds.
Next Game – 2/10/2016 vs. Fordham at The Hagan Arena
TEMPLE 15 – 7 Overall, 9 – 2 AAC, 2 – 2 Big Five
Results – Won 72 – 54 vs. SMU at McGonigle Hall, Won 68 – 66 vs. #19/17 vs. USF at The Liacouris Center
Summary – A put back by Erica Covile with one second left to give the Owls an upset win over the nationally-ranked USF Bulls. The win moved Temple into sole possession of second place in The American, and was the first win over a ranked opponent since a February 2009 win over #13 Xavier. Covile got a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. She scored 13 points and pulled down 10 boards in the win against SMU. Tanaya Atkinson led the Cherry and White with a game-high 17 points vs. USF. For the week Donnaizha Fountain had 23 points and 16 rebounds. Feyonda Fitzgerald turned in a 21 point, 7 assist, and 4 rebound week. Alliya Butts contributed 18 points, 8 rebounds and 7 steals over the two games.
Next Game – 2/9/2016 at Cincinnati
VILLANOVA 15 – 9 Overall, 8 – 5 Big East, 3 – 1 Big Five
Results – Lost 75 – 47 vs. DePaul, Won 81 – 60 vs. Marquette, both games at The Pavilion
Summary – The Wildcats and the Blue Demons of DePaul, Big East leaders, split the season series with each winning on the other team’s home floor. It was the first double-digit loss of the season for Villanova who shot 31.6% from the field and 29.6% from beyond the arc. Nova bounced back shooting a season-high 57.4% in their defeat of Marquette. Alex Louin led the way against the Golden Eagles with a career-high 28 points. Caroline Coyer, who scored 10 against DePaul, tied a season-high points to go along with rebounds and assists. Coyer now has 16 career point games, including seven this season.
Next Game – 2/12/2016 at St. John’s
DREXEL 12 –10 Overall, 8 – 3 CAA
Results – Won 71 – 57 at UNCW, Lost 49 – 46 at the College of Charleston
Summary – The Dragons saw their six-game winning streak snapped in South Carolina. However, Drexel still shares 2nd place in the CAA along with Hofstra. It is a huge next game against the first-place Dukes of James Madison on Friday. JMU sits atop the standings with a 9 – 1 record. The win at Wilmington matched their longest winning streak since the CAA Championship season of 2008-09. In the loss at the College of Charleston Drexel shot 28.6% from the floor. Over the weekend Sarah Curran topped the Dragons with 27 points.
Next Game – 2/12/2016 vs. JMU