PHILLY WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL WEEK IN REVIEW
Penn Tied for First Place in the Ivy League
Villanova Sweeps New York/North Jersey Big East Visitors
PhillyCollegeSports.com Player of the Week
Michelle Nwokedi, Penn – The senior forward from Missouri City, Texas had a career-night against Harvard setting personal bests in; points scored getting 30, the first Quaker to score that many since Kiera Ray had 31 in 2013; made three-pointers with 4; and 9 made field goals in a game. She also took down 8 rebounds.
Kelsi Lidge, Aubree Brown – Drexel
Shaquana Edwards, Adreana Miller – La Salle
Ashley Russell, Eleah Parker – Penn
Sarah Veilleux, Alyssa Monaghan, Chelsea Woods – Saint Joseph’s
Tanaya Atkinson, Mia Davis – Temple
Alex Louin, 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 February 6 – 12, 2018
DREXEL 19 – 6 Overall, 11 – 2 CAA
Results – Lost 70 – 58 at Elon, Won 58 – 40 at UNCW
Summary – The Drexel Dragons dropped out a first-place tie with James Madison by losing at third place Elon. In the game Drexel gave up the most points in a single game since a December loss at Syracuse. The Dragons bounced back defeating UNCW holding the opponent to 40 points, the least amount of points given up since the December 31st win over Hofstra. Aubree Brown continues to fill the stat sheet scoring 24 points, grabbing 9 rebounds, and handing out 6 assists over the weekend. Kelsi Lidge had 20 points and 11 rebounds.
Next Game – 2/18/18 vs. William & Mary at the DAC
LA SALLE 8 – 17 Overall, 3 – 9 Atlantic 10, 1 – 2 Big Five
Results – Won 87 – 76 vs. Saint Louis, Lost 60 – 57 vs. Richmond both at the Gola Arena
Summary – The Explorers broke a three-game losing streak defeating Saint louis, but could not keep the momentum going by losing to Richmond. La Salle is tied for 10th in the Atlantic 10 with Massachusetts and VCU. It was a big week for Adreana Miller who had 37 points and 13 rebounds. Shaquana Edwards put up 28 points while taking down 8 rebounds, and registering 12 assists. Salina Miller had double-double against the Billikens.
Next Game – 2/13/2018 – at Fordham
PENN – 15 – 5 Overall, 6 – 1 Ivy League, 3 – 1 Big Five
Results – Won 65 – 47 vs. Dartmouth, Won 69 – 49 vs. Harvard both at the Palestra
Summary – The University of Pennsylvania extended their winning streak to 9 games, the second longest in school history. On defense Penn gave up less than 50 points in each game over the Ivy Weekend. Forward Michelle Nwokedi had a career-night against Harvard setting personal bests in; points scored getting 30, the first Quaker to score that many since Kiera Ray had 31 in 2013; made three-pointers with 4; and 9 made field goals in a game. She also took down 8 rebounds. Freshman Eleah Parker continues to impress with 16 points and 14 rebounds over the weekend. Ashley Russell added 19 points and 8 rebounds. Next game: for the top spot in the Ancient Eight Penn meets Princeton.
Next Game – 2/13/2018 at Princeton
SAINT JOSEPH’S 12 – 12 Overall, 7 – 5 Atlantic 10, 0 – 3 Big Five
Results – Won 64 – 46 vs. Rhode Island at the Hagan Arena, Won 69 – 50 at Duquesne
Summary – The Hawks showed resilience this week by sweeping the games for the week, this after being swept the week before. Saint Joe’s is tied for sixth place in the Atlantic 10 with George Washington, trialing Saint Louis and George Mason by two games. The forwards continue to score as Chelsea Woods tallied 29 points and 14 rebounds. Fellow forwards added 42 points and 28 rebounds. Guards Alyssa Monaghan scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, helped by Sarah Veilleux with 23 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists.
Next Game – 2/14/2018 at Davidson
TEMPLE 10 – 14 Overall, 2 – 9 American, 2 – 2 Big Five
Results – Lost 69 –65 at Tulane, Lost 64 – 57 vs. UCF at McGonigle Hall
Summary – After halting a losing skid, the Owls now have dropped two straight, both American games. Temple is tied with Memphis for the 11th spot in the standings, a half-game in back of Tulsa. Tanaya Atkinson totaled 40 points in both games and took down 15 boards. Freshman Mia Davis went for 22 and 18.
Next Game – 2/14/2018 at Wichita State
VILLANOVA 20 – 5, 10 – 4 Big East, 3 – 1 Big Five
Results – Won 69 – 52 vs. St. John’s, Won 69 – 53 vs. Seton Hall both at the Jake Nevin Field House
Summary – The Wildcats remain in the hunt for the top spots in the Big East. The Cats defeated the Big East visitors from New York and North Jersey over the weekend. Villanova occupies third place just ahead of Creighton and just behind DePaul and Marquette, who are on the Nova travel itinerary this upcoming weekend. Alex Louin had two double-doubles this weekend posting 27 points and 25 rebounds. Mary Gedaka scored 29 total points. She has scored in double-digits in 8 of her last 9 games. Villanova reached the 20-win plateau for the sixth consecutive year.
Next Game – 2/16/2018 at Marquette