PHILLY COLLEGE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL WEEK IN REVIEW
Villanova Upsets #11 Duke
Saint Joseph’s and Villanova Off to a 3 – 0 Start
Atkinson and Kelly Jekot Named the American and Big East Players of the Week
Tanaya Atkinson Starts Season With 4 Double-Doubles
Season Tip to November 19, 2017
Players of the Week – The Villanova team for their unbeaten start and upset win over nationally ranked Duke.
Honor Roll – Tanaya Atkinson and Mia Davis, Temple – Sarah Villeux and Alyssa Monaghan, Saint Joseph’s – Aubrey Brown and Bailey Greenberg, Drexel – Michelle Nwokedi, Penn – Amy Griffin, La Salle
The Awards are selected by Glenn Papazian, PhillyCollegeSports.com – Mel Greenberg, Women’s Hoops Guru – and Matt Leon, KYW News Radio
DREXEL 2 – 1 Overall, 0 – 0 CAA
Results – Lost 84 – 70 at Penn State, Won 79 – 54 vs. La Salle, Won 63 – 54 vs. Bucknell at The DAC
Summary – The Dragons returned home and posted two wins within two days. Aubrey Brown is off to a good start on offense netting 16 against La Salle and a team-high 13 in the Bucknell game. Sara Woods and Bailey Greenberg have contributed as well. On defense Drexel gave up 54 points in each home game. The Dragons forced 28 turnovers by the Explorers.
Next Game – 11/23 vs. Virginia Tech at The Paradise Jam in Melbourne, FL
LA SALLE 1 – 2 Overall, 0 – 0 Atlantic 10, 0 – 0 Big Five
Results – Won 74 – 47 at Lafayette, Lost 66 – 48 at American U., Lost 79 – 54 at Drexel
Summary – The Explorers opened the season with a three-game road trip. The campaign started with a win at Lafayette. Amy Griffin started with a 30-point effort in Easton. She averages 20 points per game along with Adreana Miller as the team leaders. LSU needs to cut down on turnovers as they average more than 20 per game. La Salle will open their home season on Wednesday with a Big Five match against Temple.
Next Game – 11/22 vs. Temple at the Tom Gola Arena
PENN – 1 – 1 Overall, 0 – 0 Ivy League, 0 – 0 Big Five
Results – Lost 77 – 72 at Binghamton, Won 55 – 42 vs. Lafayette at The Palestra
Summary – The University of Pennsylvania unveiled their 2016-17 Ivy League Championship banner at the home opener against Lafayette. This season is what matters now. The Red and Blue split the first two games. Ivy League Preseason Player of the Year Michelle Nwokedi leads the way for Penn. With aa 16 point – 10 rebound effort Nwokedi recorded her 65th career game scoring in double figures and her 34th double-double over her four years.
Next Game – 11/23 vs. Georgia Tech at The Junkanoo Jam in Bimini, Bahamas
SAINT JOSEPH’S 3 – 0 Overall, 0 – 0 Atlantic 10, 0 – 0 Big Five
Results – Won 93 – 69 at Niagara, Won 77 – 53 at Bucknell, Won 73 – 66 at James Madison
Summary – The Hawks start the season with a three-game winning streak. The most notable win was at Bucknell which snapped a 29-game home victory streak for the Bison. Saint Joe’s is off to a good offensive start averaging 73 points per game. Sarah Veilleux leads the team averaging 16.3 points per game. She had a team-season-high 25 points scored at James Madison. Three other players are averaging double figures scoring. Alyssa Monaghan averages 12.7 points and 6 assists per contest. She opened the season with 23 at Niagara.
Next Game – 11/25 vs. Eastern Illinois in The Hawk Classic at the Hagan Arena
TEMPLE 3 – 1 Overall, 0 – American, 0 – 0 Big Five
Results – Won 96 – 72 vs. Delaware State, Lost 84 – 67 vs. Rutgers, Won 70 – 36 vs. Wagner at McGonigle Hall, Won 59 – 54 at Iona
Summary – This season forward Tanaya Atkinson has played in four games and recorded four double-doubles. The senior is averaging 23.8 points per game, 12 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in being named the American Player of the Week. Freshman Mia Davis impresses starting the year averaging over 11 points and nearly 10 rebounds per game. The Owls started the season with a three-game home stand going 2 – 1 and went on the road for the initial time outlasting Iona despite getting only 2 points in the first quarter. The loss to Rutgers was the first home defeat against a non-ranked team since the 2015-16 season when Penn took a 60 – 54 decision. The Cherry and White stay on the road travelling up North Broad Street to meet neighbor La Salle.
Next Game – 11/22 at La Salle
VILLANOVA 3 – 0, 0 – 0 Big East, 0 – 0 Big Five
Results – Won 71 – 53 at Hartford, Won 62 – 42 vs. Lehigh in Allentown, Won 64 – 55 vs. #11 Duke ar the Jake Nevin Field House
Summary – The Wildcats begin the season undefeated in three games and made the biggest slash of the year to date with a 64 – 55 upset of the 11th ranked Blue Devils of Duke. It was the home opener for Villanova who return to the Jake Nevin Field House as their home venue. The Cats exploded for a 26 – 8 third quarter advantage en route to the victory led by Kelly Jekot who had a career-high 23 points on 7 made three-pointers, another career-mark for the sophomore. In the game Nova who made 15 of 40 from distance, 10 of 20 in the second half, and had 15 assists on their 20 field goals. Jekot had 3 from beyond the arc in the important third quarter in being named the Big East Player of the Week. To this point in the season she leads the team in scoring averaging 14 a game. Adrianna Hahn is contributing with over 13 points a 3 assists per contest. Alex Louin leads the team in defensive rebounds with 15 while chipping in 8.7 points per game.
Next Game – 11/24 vs. James Madison at the Vermont Thanksgiving Tournament in Burlington, VT