PHILLY COLLEGE SPORTS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL REVIEW
PhillyCollegeSports.com Women’s Basketball Player of the Week
Adrianna Hahn, Villanova – In her first start freshman guard Adrianna Hahn made it memorable scoring a career-high 29 points including the final two from the charity stripe to help Villanova get a 63- 60 win over Georgetown. Hahn made 10 of 18 field goal attempts and was 6 of 12 from three-point land. She was a perfect 3 for 3 from the free throw line.
Sarah Curran, Drexel
Amy Griffin, La Salle
Micahya Owens, La Salle
Kasey Chambers, Penn
Sydney Stipanovich, Penn
Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Saint Joseph’s
Ciara Andrews, Saint Joseph’s
Feyonda Fitzgerald, Temple
Alex Louin, Villanova
Villanova Coach Harry Perretta Gets Win Number 700
* 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 17 – 22, 2016
LA SALLE 5 – 22 Overall, 2 – 12 Atlantic 10, 1 – 3 Big Five
Results – Won 75 – 70 vs. Saint Joseph’s, Lost 70 – 63 vs. St. Bonaventure both at The Gola Arena
Summary – Last week we asked if the Explorers were turning a corner. It looks like they did defeating Saint Joseph’s in a game that denied the Hawks a share of the Big Five title. La Salle took an early lead, then had to hold off a Saint Joe’s rally. Amy Griffin scored 7 of her career-high 33 points in the final 42 seconds of the game. The Explorers never trailed. However, against St. Bonaventure they fell behind early and did not catch up. Micahya Owens tied her career-high 24 points shooting 9 for 16 from the floor. It was the final home game for La Salle who will end the regular season with a two-game road trip.
Next Game – 2/24/2016 at Duquesne
PENN 20 – 3 Overall, 9 – 0 Ivy League, 2 – 2 Big Five
Results – Won 69 – 59 at Brown, Won 77 – 59 at Yale
Summary – The University of Pennsylvania winning streak reached eight games sweeping Brown and Yale. Another player is steeping up t help the Quakers. Beth Brzozowski scored a career-high 16 points in Providence. Sydney Stipanovich set a career mark of 19 rebounds in that game. Kasey Chambers set her career-best with 25 points in New Haven. She made 9 of 11 from the field and 5 of 6 from beyond the arc. Brzozowski followed on her career performance with 15 against Yale. Stipanovich pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds. Penn goes on the road for their final Ivy Weekend as a visitor with a New York trip.
Next Game – 2/26/2016 at Cornell, 2/28/2016 at Columbia
SAINT JOSEPH’S 12 – 14 Overall, 6 –8 Atlantic 10, 2 – 1 Big Five
Results – Lost 75 – 70 at La Salle, Won 74 – 63 vs. Rhode Island at The Hagan Arena
Summary – The Hawks had a share of the City Title on the line at the Gola Arena. Saint Joe’s fell behind early, and could not catch up falling at 20th and Olney. SJU got to within 68 – 66 with 42 ticks on the clock, but could get no closer. Ciara Andrews led the Hawks with 18 points. Chelsea Woods, Kathleen Fitzpatrick, and Sarah Fairbanks scored in double figures. Fitzpatrick set a career-mark with 26 points against the Rams in a game where Andrews became the 25th player in program history to reach the 1,000 point plateau. Saint Joe’s honored five players on Senior Day prior to the game.
Next Game – 2/24/2016 vs. Davidson at The Hagan Arena
TEMPLE 17 – 9 Overall, 11 – 4 AAC, 2 – 2 Big Five
Results – Lost 100 – 97 at Memphis in 5 Overtimes
Summary – The Owls had one game on the schedule for the week, but it felt like two games as they dropped a 5 overtime heartbreaker at Memphis. It tied for the longest women’s basketball game in NCAA history. Feyonda Fitzgerald tied the game at 97 with a basket with 17 seconds left in the fifth overtime. The Tigers scored the next 3 on a layup by Brianna Wright and a free throw by Brea Elmore to finally get the win. Fitzgerald led Temple with 26 points while playing with 4 fouls over the final 32 minutes. Tanaya Atkinson added 15 points while Alliya Butts totaled 19.
Next Game – 2/23/2016 vs. Tulane at McGonigle Hall
VILLANOVA 17 – 10 Overall, 10 – 6 Big East, 3 – 1 Big Five
Results – Won 63 – 60 at Georgetown
Summary – Coach Harry Perretta won his 700th career game as his Wildcats posted a come from behind 63 – 60 win at Georgetown. Perretta becomes the 10th active and 14th overall Division I women’s basketball coach to win 700 games. Getting her first start freshman Adrianna Hahn made it special scoring a career-high 29 points. She made 10 of 18 field goal attempts and was 6 of 12 from behind the three-point line. Villanova trailed with 12, but with a 4th quarter rally the Cats took a lead then traded it with the Hoyas. Nova took the lead for good at 59 – 58 with 34 seconds to play when Samantha Wilkes scored on a follow-up. Wilkes converted two more free throws after a Hoya turnover. Georgetown got to within 61 – 60, then Hahn ended the scoring with 2 from the line with 4.2 seconds on the clock.
Villanova won the Big Five Championship this season.
Next Game – 2/26/2016 vs. Xavier at The Pavilion
DREXEL 15 –11 Overall, 11 – 4 CAA
Results – Won 56 – 40 vs. Towson at The DAC, Won 54 – 47 at Elon
Summary – The Dragons with a sweep of the weekend games, combined with a Hofstra loss at Delaware, now have sole possession of second place in the CAA. Sarah Curran scored her 1,000 career point against Towson, then followed that with a 23 point effort at Elon. Curran scored 13 of her points in the third quarter that propelled Drexel past Elon. For her effort Curran was named the CAA Player of the Week. The Dragons travel to Hempstead, NY for a game against the Pride with second place on the line. With three games left in the regular season Drexel is a game ahead of Hofstra and two in front of Delaware and Elon.
Next Game – 2/26/2, 2016 at Hofstra