PHILLY WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL WEEK IN REVIEW
Drexel Tied for First Place in CAA
Penn Sweeps First Ivy League Weekend Road Trip
Villanova Gets Big East Win, Stays Close to League Leaders
PhillyCollegeSports.com Co-Players of the Week
Aubree Brown, Drexel – Brown recorded a triple-double with a very consistent; 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists. Drexel moves into a tie for first place in the CAA at 10 – 1.
Mary Gedaka, Villanova – Gedaka scored 10 straight points in the decisive fourth quarter run to give the Wildcats a win. Villanova is third in the Big East, a game behind Marquette for second place and two behind league-leading DePaul. Gedaka finished the game with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Alex Louin added 14 points and 9 rebounds.
Bailey Greenberg, Hannah Nihill – Drexel
Shaquana Edwards, Amy Griffin – La Salle
Anna Ross, Eleah Parker, Michelle Nwokedi – Penn
Sarah Veilleux, Amanda Fioravanti – Saint Joseph’s
Tanaya Atkinson, Emani Mayo – Temple
Alex Louin – 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 January 30 – February 5, 2018
DREXEL 18 – 5 Overall, 10 – 1 CAA
Results – Won 78 – 53 vs. Towson at the DAC, Won 80 – 53 at the College of Charleston
Summary – The Dragons got started early and registered two comfortable wins. The team is built on defense and gave up 53 points in each game. And scoring 80 points, a season-high, helps as well. Drexel got balanced scoring form many players. Hannah Nihill set career-marks in points (13), rebounds (8), and assists (6). Aubree Brown recorded a triple-double with a very consistent; 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists. Drexel moves into a tie for first place in the CAA at 10 – 1. James Madison suffered a loss at Elon, the next opponent for the Dragons.
Next Game – 2/9/18 at Elon
LA SALLE 7 – 16 Overall, 2 – 8 Atlantic 10, 1 – 2 Big Five
Results – Won 60 – 46 at George Washington, Lost 69 – 66 at UMass
Summary – The Explorers fell victim to a third quarter run at George Washington, then had a rally that fell short in Massachusetts. GWU used a 26 – 11 run over the last nine and a half minutes of the third quarter, hitting 6 of their 8 three-pointers in that span. Heading to New England La Salle got to within one possession four times over the last three minutes, but could not get the lead. Shaquana Edwards had 26 points and 16 assists over the week. She recorded her first double-double at UMass posting 11 points and 10. Adreana Miller scored a game-high 23 points in Massachusetts. Amy Griffin scored 31 points over the week giving her 1,644 career points, one-point shy of tying Christa Ricketts for third-place in the school’s all-tome scoring list.
Next Game – 2/7/18 vs. Saint Louis
PENN – 13 – 5 Overall, 4 – 1 Ivy League, 3 – 1 Big Five
Results – Won 88 – 55 at Brown, Won 69 – 54 at Yale
Summary – The University of Pennsylvania swept its for Ivy Weekend road trip of the season. The winning streak for the Quakers is now 7 games. Their 88 points was the most versus an Ivy opponent since 1992 at Yale. At Brown forward Eleah Parker had her fifth double-double of the season scoring 18 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. On defense Penn held their hosts to 54.5 points. Michelle Nwokedi scored a total of 23 points and added 19 rebounds. Anna Ross had 24 points, 11 rebounds, and dished out 6 assists. Lauren Whitlatch scored 18 points on 6 made three-pointers which tied her career-high. Tuesday
Next Game – 2/9/2018 – vs. Dartmouth at the Palestra
SAINT JOSEPH’S 10 – 12 Overall, 5 – 5 Atlantic 10, 0 – 3 Big Five
Results – Lost 56 – 54 at VCU, Won 65 – 57 at George Mason
Summary – The Hawks dropped a pair of close games, each game decided late, and now are .500 in the Atlantic 10 and sit in seventh place. Sarah Veilleus led SJU with 24 points at George Mason. For the week Amanda Fioravanti scored 26 points, 17 rebounds, and at GMU had 5 assists.
Next Game – 2/7/18 vs. Rhode Island at the Hagan Arena
TEMPLE 10 – 12 Overall, 2 – 7 American, 2 – 2 Big Five
Results – Lost 60 – 56 at SMU, Won 76 – 65 vs. Tulsa at McGonigle Hall
Summary – Temple ended a seven-game losing streak with the win against Tulsa. Over the week the Owls were very much in both games, and did close it out against the Golden Hurricane. Tanaya Atkinson made a three-point play, then got a defensive rebound at the end. Overall, Atkinson scored 41 points, 30 against Tulsa, and added 23 rebounds. Emani Mayo scored a career-high 20 points in the SMU game. She posted 10 against the Golden Hurricane.
Next Game – 2/71/18 at Tulane
VILLANOVA 18 – 5, 8 – 4 Big East, 3 – 1 Big Five
Results – Won 68 – 67 vs. Georgetown at the Jake Nevin Arena
Summary – Coach Harry Perretta coached his 1,200th career game. The victory gave him a record of 741 – 459. In the thriller Mary Gedaka scored 10 straight points in the decisive fourth quarter run to give the Wildcats a win. Villanova is third in the Big East, a game behind Marquette for second place and two behind league-leading DePaul. Gedaka finished the game with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Alex Louin added 14 points and 9 rebounds.
Next Game – 2/9/18 vs. St. John’s at the Jake Nevin Arena