PHILLY WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL WEEK IN REVIEW
Denise Dillon Sets Drexel Record As Winningest Coach In Program History
Penn Wins Fourth Straight Game, Saint Joseph’s Starts 1 – 0 in the A10
Philly Women’s College Basketball Player of the Week
Eleah Parker, Penn – The freshman center was named the MVP of the NJIT Highlanders Christmas Tournament scoring 34 points and taking down 14 rebounds in the two-games. Parker was one rebound shy of a double-double in the final. The Penn center set a career-mark in points scored getting 18 in the opening round game. She has scored in double-figures for the sixth straight game.
Kelsi Lidge, Sara Woods – Drexel
Adreana Miller – La Salle
Lauren Whitlatch, Michelle Nwokedi – Penn
Sarah Veilleux, Alyssa Monaghan – Saint Joseph’s
Mykia Jones – Temple
Mary Gedaka – Villanova
*Player of the Week and Honor Roll selections are made by Glenn Papazian, PhillyCollegeSports.com, Mel Greenberg, Women’s Hoop Guru, and Matt Leon, KYW Newsradio
Games of December 25- 31, 2017
DREXEL 10 – 4 Overall, 2 – 0 CAA
Results – Won 74 – 53 vs. Delaware, Won 47 – 38 vs. Hofstra both at the DAC
Summary – The Dragons have been playing well on defense this season and it served them well winning both CAA games this week. The team held the Blue Hens of Delaware basketless for over nine minutes in getting the conference opening win. Kelsi Lidge had 16 points and 5 steals. The “D” was needed in the ‘grind it out’ rivalry game against Hofstra holding the Pride to 38 points. On offense Sara Woods recorded a double-double, 14 points and 10 rebounds. With the win Coach Denise Dillon has 265 career wins making her the winningest coach in program history. The Dragons will take a trip to Virginia this upcoming weekend for games against William & Mary and James Madison.
Next Game – 1/5/18 at William & Mary
LA SALLE 5 – 8 Overall, 0 – 1 Atlantic 10, 1 – 1 Big Five
Results – Lost 76 – 47 vs. Dayton at the Gola Arena
Summary – The Explorers fell victim to a third quarter run by the Flyers and dropped their Atlantic 10 opening game. La Salle was led by Adreana Miller with 17 points. The Explorers played without leading scorer Amy Griffin who was injured in the last game for the team. A10 play continues against George Mason, which also wraps up a three-game home stand.
Next Game – 1/3/18 vs. George Mason at the Gola Arena
PENN – 5 – 4 Overall, 0 – 0 Ivy League, 1 – 1 Big Five
Results – Won 82 – 52 vs. VCU, Won 77 – 38 vs. NJIT at the NJIT Highlanders Christmas Tournament
Summary – The University of Pennsylvania has won four in a row and brought home the NJIT Highlanders Christmas Tournament title easily defeating VCU and NJIT to claim the trophy. Emerging for the Quakers is freshman Eleah Parker who scored 34 points and took down 14 rebounds in being named the tournament MVP. The offense is starting to click. Anna Ross totaled 11 assists over the two games. Lauren Whitlatch is finding the range from 3-Point land getting four in each game. Michelle Nwokedi registered her 36th career double-double in the final. Penn is getting hot at the right time as Ivy League play begins with arch-rival Princeton visiting on the 6th of January.
Next Game – 1/6/18 vs. Princeton at the Palestra
SAINT JOSEPH’S 6 – 7 Overall, 1 – 0 Atlantic 10, 0 – 3 Big Five
Results – Won 79 – 41 vs. VCU at the Hagan Arena
Summary – The seven-game losing streak ended for the Hawks as they exploded in the second half to defeat VCU. Sarah Veilleux scored a game-high 20 points, 5 of 7 from beyond the arc. Alyssa Monaghan scored 17 points and handed out a career-high 8 assists. Chelsea Woods contributed 17 points. The Hawks shot 50% from distance and had a 48 – 23 advantage in rebounds. Saint Joe’s has won their conference opener 29 time in program history. On to Olean for the Hawks.
Next Game – 1/3/2018 at St. Bonaventure
TEMPLE 8 – 5 Overall, 0 – 1 American, 2 – 1 Big Five
Results – Lost 76 – 46 at UCF
Summary – The Owls had a cold day in Florida shooting 35% from the floor and 19% from three-point territory losing to the Knights. UCF converted half of their shots. Mia Davis recorded her Temple-best 11 points and 5 rebounds. Mia Davis had a team-high 14 points. Tanaya Atkinson was limited to 6 points and 5 rebounds due to foul trouble.
Next Game – 1/7/2018 vs. SMU at McGonigle Hall
#18 VILLANOVA 11 – 1, 1 – 1 Big East, 2 – 0 Big Five
Results – Lost 69 – 54 at Creighton, Won 63 – 55 at Providence
Summary – The Wildcats took to the road starting Big East play. They were defeated for the first time this season at Creighton, who pulled away with a late run. Villanova would bounce back with a win at Providence highlighted by Mary Gedaka who scored a career-high 24 points on 11 of 12 shooting. Villanova entered the 4th quarter down by 44 – 41, then outscored Providence 10 – 4 over the last three and a half minutes to secure their first conference win of the season. Butler and Xavier will visit the Main Line for the next games.
Next Game – 1/2/2018 – vs. Butler at the Jake Nevin Field House