PHILLY COLLEGE SPORTS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL WEEK IN REVIEW
PhillyCollegeSports.com Women’s Basketball Player of the Week
Michelle Nwokedi, Penn – The Junior forward recorded a pair of double-doubles over the weekend as the University of Pennsylvania clinched and Ivy League playoff berth, and extended their lead in the Ancient Eight to two games. Nwokedi scored 18 points and took down 10 rebounds in the playoff clinching game against Cornell. She contributed 21 and 10 in the Columbia game. In both games Nwokedi had a team-high in each category, and now has four straight games in which she broke double digits in points and rebounds.
Amy Griffin, La Salle
Jasmine Alston, La Salle
Adreana Miller, La Salle
Chelsea Woods, Saint Joseph’s
Adashia Franklyn, Saint Joseph’s
Feyonda Fitzgerald, Temple
Tanaya Atkinson, Temple
Alliya Butts, Temple
Alex Louin, Villanova
Mary Gedaka, Villanova
Jannah Tucker, Villanova
* Player of the Week and Honor Roll selections are made by Glenn Papazian of PhillyCollegeSports.com Woman Hoops Guru Mel Greenberg, and Matt Leon of KYW Radio.
Games The Week of February 21 – 27, 2017
LA SALLE 17 – 12 Overall, 9 – 7 Atlantic 10, 1 – 3 Big Five
Results – Lost 66 – 61 (2 OT) vs. Fordham, Won 73 – 70 vs. St. Bonaventure in the Atlantic 10 Tournament First Round, both at the Gola Arena
Summary – The Explorers dropped their regular season ending game in double overtime to the Fordham Rams. La Salle had a lead near the end of regulation when Amy Griffin hit a jump shot with 13.6 seconds remaining, but Fordham would tie it at the buzzer. The Explorers held a lead in the first extra period, but gave up a three-pointer with 19 seconds left to force five more minutes. The Rams won that period by a 10 – 5 margin. Playing at home in the Atlantic 10 First Round as the #6 seed, La Salle bounced back to defeat #11 St. Bonaventure. Again, it got close late, but this time the Explorers held on. Over the week Amy Griffin poured in 43 points over the two games highlighted by a career-high 37 points in the Fordham game. She added a total of 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Jasmine Alston dished out 21 assists, 13 against St. Bonaventure, a season-high. Alston also contributed a total of 22 points and 13 rebounds. Adreana Miller 20 points in the tournament game. La Salle and Saint Joseph’s meet again. This time in Richmond
Next Game – 3/3/2017 – vs. #3 Seed Saint Joseph’s in the Atlantic 10 Quarterfinals in Richmond
PENN 17 – 7 Overall, 10 – 1 Ivy League, 0 – 4 Big Five
Results – Won 47 – 34 vs. Cornell, Won 68 – 59 vs. Columbia both at The Palestra
Summary – The University of Pennsylvania officially clinched a berth in the Ivy League Tournament in March that will be played at the Palestra. The weekend sweep was a bounce back for Penn after losing at Yale. Michelle Nwokedi recorded a pair of double-doubles for 39 points and 20 rebounds. The Quakers hold a two-game lead over the Princeton Tigers, who will meet on March 7 in Philadelphia.
Next Game – 3/3/2017, 3/4/2017 at Dartmouth and Harvard
SAINT JOSEPH’S 16 – 13 Overall, 12 – 4 Atlantic 10, 2 – 2 Big Five
Results – Won 57 – 53 (OT) vs. George Mason, Won 77 – 51 vs. #14 Rhode Island both at The Hagan Arena
Summary – The Hawks closed out the regular season in thrilling fashion defeating the George Mason Patriots in overtime. Chelsea Woods tied the game with 2 free throws with 9.2 seconds on the clock. Woods scored a game-high 20 points and took down 9 rebounds. Adashia Franklyn turned in another double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. In the Atlantic 10 First Round the #3 Hawks breezed by #14 Rhode Island getting a career-high tying 23 points from Franklyn and 17 from Woods. Alyssa Monaghan made three from beyond the arc en route to 13 points. Jaryn Garner handed out a game-best 6 assists. Next round will be in Richmond when Saint Joe’s again meets La Salle.
Next Game – 3/3/2017 vs. #6 La Salle in the Atlantic 10 Quarterfinal in Richmond
#25/20 TEMPLE 23 – 6, Overall, 13 – 3 AAC, 4 – 0 Big Five
Results – Lost 90 – 45 at #1 Connecticut, Won 88 – 64 vs. Cincinnati at McGonigle Hall, Won 66 – 60 at UCF
Summary – The Owls ran into a Connecticut team determined to bounce back from its worst shooting percentage and lowest point total game. And the Huskies did it shooting 59% from the floor, 70% in the second half. The Cherry and White committed 26 turnovers. Things got better with a wire-to-wire win over Cincinnati on Senior Day. Temple ended the regular season with a win in Tampa. Tanaya Atkinson scored 54 points over the three games including a career-high 30 points in the Cincinnati game. Atkinson also contributed 28 rebounds during the week. Alliya Butts put up 53 markers while taking down 6 rebounds and dishing out 9 assists. She tied a career-high with 7 steals at UCF. Feyonda Fitzgerald filled the stat line with 49 points, 10 rebounds, and handed out 23 assists this week. Temple enters the American Tournament as the #2 seed.
Next Game – 3/4/2017 in the American Quarterfinal Round in Uncasville, CT
VILLANOVA 16 – 13, Overall, 11 – 7 Big East, 3 – 1 Big Five
Results – Lost 77 – 50 at DePaul, Lost 62 – 53 at Marquette
Summary – The Wildcats concluded the regular season losing two road games. Villanova is the #4 seed in the upcoming Big East Tournament, and will meet 5th seeded St. John’s in the Big East Tournament. Mary Gedaka led the way in Chicago scoring 12 points and added 8 rebounds, a team-best in each category. In Milwaukee Alex Louin and Jannah Tucker scored 17 points each. Louin added 7 rebounds.
Next Game – 3/5/2017 vs. #5 St. John’s in the Big East Tournament Quarterfinal Round
DREXEL 20 – 8 Overall, 11 – 6 CAA
Results – Lost 74 – 64 vs. James Madison at the DAC, Lost 58 – 53 at Hofstra
Summary – The Dragons will be the #3 seed in the CAA Tournament, but they will be going in on a bit of a down-tick dropping both games over the weekend. On Senior Night Drexel got off to a poor start against James Madison and never recovered. At Hofstra the game was close, but the hosts kept the lead throughout the second half. It was the first time this season that the Dragons lost back-to-back games. Sarah Curran was consistent scoring a total of 32 points over the two games. The season finale is on Wednesday at William & Mary.
Next Game – 3/1/2017 at William & Mary