PHILLY COLLEGE SPORTS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL REVIEW
PhillyCollegeSports.com Women’s Basketball Player of the Week
Adrianna Hahn, Villanova – The freshman guard scored 35 points over the weekend and helped guide Villanova to the number two seed in the Big East Tournament. Hahn scored the decisive basket and 2 free throws, in a 15 point effort, in the win against Xavier. Hahn followed that with a 20 point performance against Butler.
Jessica Pellechio, Drexel
Jasmine Alston, La Salle
Sydney Stipanovich, Penn
Chelsea Woods, Saint Joseph’s
Erica Covile, Temple
Feyonda Fitzgerald, Temple
Tanaya Atkinson, Temple
* 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 23 – 29, 2016
LA SALLE 5 – 24 Overall, 2 – 14 Atlantic 10, 1 – 3 Big Five
Results – Lost 74 – 49 at Duquesne, Lost 80 – 57 at Massachusetts
Summary – The Explorers dropped their final two regular season games, and enter the Atlantic 10 Tournament as the #14 seed. They will meet UMass, the team that defeated La Salle in the last game.
Next Game – 3/2/2016 vs. UMass in the Atlantic 10 First Round
PENN 21 – 4 Overall, 10 – 1 Ivy League, 2 – 2 Big Five
Results – Won 69 – 59 at Brown, Won 77 – 59 at Yale
Summary – The University of Pennsylvania stumbled along the way losing at Cornell. The Quakers got to within one possession five different times in the fourth quarter, but could not over take the Big Red. Penn recovered two days later to defeat Columbia in a televised contest. During the weekend Sydney Stipanovich became the sixth Quaker to have at least 1,000 career points and 700 rebounds. Over the road trip Stipanovich scored 29 points and had 16 boards. Should Penn and Princeton win-out it will set up a winner take all title match on March 8 at Jadwin Gymnasium.
Next Game – 3/4/2016 vs. Dartmouth, 3/5/2016 vs. Harvard at The Palestra
SAINT JOSEPH’S 14 – 14 Overall, 8 –8 Atlantic 10, 2 – 1 Big Five
Results – Won 87 – 54 vs. Davidson, Won 59 – 57 vs. Richmond both at The Hagan Arena
Summary – The Hawks finished the season ‘even-steven’ by getting two wins in the regular season final games. SJU easily defeated Davidson as Chelsea Woods scored a career-high 23 points to go along with 6 rebounds and 3 steals. It was a thriller in Richmond. Ciara Andrews hit a jumper with 3.2 seconds left to give the Hawks the winning margin. Saint Joe’s would survive only after Richmond missed a foul shot that rattled in and out, then were forced to miss the second shot. The ball was tapped away as the horn sounded. Saint Joseph’s earns the #7 seed in the Atlantic 10 Tournament where they will meet Rhode Island in the second round.
Next Game – 3/3/2016 vs. Rhode Island in the Atlantic 10 Tournament Second Round
TEMPLE 19 – 10, Overall, 13 – 5 AAC, 2 – 2 Big Five
Results – Won 72 – 67 vs. Tulane at McGonigle Hall, Lost 76 – 62 at #22/21 USF, Won 78 – 64 vs. UCF at McGonigle Hall
Summary – The Owls earned the #3 seed in the American. Temple had a chance to climb to the #2 seed, but fell at nationally ranked USF earlier this week. In the UCF game Erica Covile surpassed the 1,000 career point plateau. She scored a season-high 18 points. Tanaya Atkinson scored 24 points against UCF. For the week Feyonda Fitzgerald 34 points and handed out 20 assists.
Next Game – The American Tournament, the opponent to be determined
VILLANOVA 19 – 10 Overall, 12 – 6 Big East, 3 – 1 Big Five
Results – Won 58 – 55 vs. Xavier, Won 66 – 46 vs. Butler both at The Pavilion
Summary – The Wildcats earned the second seed in the Big East Tournament by winning their last three games, two over the past weekend. Adrianna Hahn scored the decisive basket and 2 free throws, in a 15 point effort, in the win against Xavier. The freshman followed that with a 20 point performance against Butler. Nova got the second seed on tie-breakers against Seton Hall.
Next Game – 3/6/2016 vs. the winner of the Providence/Creighton game at The Big East Tournament Quarterfinal
DREXEL 16 –12 Overall, 12 – 5 CAA
Results – Lost 61 – 54 at Hofstra, Won 69 – 53 vs. William & Mary at The DAC
Summary – The Dragons had a chance to cement the #2 seed in the CAA Tournament, but fell at Hofstra. They can still get the second spot as Drexel and Hofstra are tied for second place with the Dragons holding the tie-breakers provided both teams win their final game. Jessica Pellechio netted 41 points over the weekend setting season-highs in both games.
Next Game – 3/2/ 2016 at Towson