PHILLY WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL WEEK IN REVIEW
Drexel Gets 22nd Win, Remains Unbeaten at Home
Villanova Earns the #3 Seed in the Big East Tournament
PhillyCollegeSports.com Player of the Week
Aubree Brown, Drexel – The Drexel guard averaged 21 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists. She was the leading scorer for the Dragons in both games. In the double-overtime thriller against James Madison, Brown scored 16 of the last 24 Drexel points to secure the victory.
Kelsi Lidge, Bailey Greenberg – Drexel
Amy Griffin, Shalina Miller – La Salle
Michelle Nwokedi, Ashley Russell, Anna Ross – Penn
Chelsea Woods – Saint Joseph’s
Emani Mayo, Mia Davis, Tanaya Atkinson – 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 20 – 25, 2018
DREXEL 22 – 6 Overall, 14 – 2 CAA
Results – Won 73 – 71 (2 OT) vs. James Madison at the DAC, Won 62 – 54 at Towson
Summary – The Dragons moved into a tie in the loss column with JMU for the top spot in the CAA. Drexel also continued their undefeated streak at the DAC this season. Aubree Brown scored a career-high 26 points. It wasn’t so much as how many, but when. Brown scored 16 of the last 24 points for the Dragons. Two days later they needed to pull away late to stay on the same spot with the Dukes. In getting their 22nd win, Drexel tied the program record for most wins in a season. It was a big week for Brown who scored 42 points, took down 8 rebounds, and handed out 8 assists. Bailey Greenberg put in 20 points while grabbing 15 rebounds. Kelsi Lidge contributed 20 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 assists total.
Next Game – 3/1/18 at Delaware
LA SALLE 8 – 21 Overall, 3 – 13 Atlantic 10, 1 – 3 Big Five
Results – Lost 58 – 51 vs. Davidson at the Gola Arena, Lost 65 – 55 at George Mason
Summary – The Explorers dropped two games over the week and will settle for the #12 seed in the upcoming Atlantic 10 Tournament. La Salle got to within a point of Davidson in the 4th quarter, but fell further behind when the Wildcats scored the next 5 points. At George Mason Amy Griffin became the all-time blocked shots leader at the school when she swatted 4 away to give her 150 in her career. Griffin scored 43 points over the two games while pulling down 15 rebounds and dishing out 10 assists. Shalina Miller averaged 10 points and 6 rebounds over the two-game stretch.
Next Game – 2/27/2018 – at #5 George Washington in the 1st Round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament
PENN – 18 – 7 Overall, 9 – 3 Ivy League, 3 – 1 Big Five
Results – Lost 55 – 52 at Harvard, Won 79 – 50 at Dartmouth
Summary – The University of Pennsylvania lost their third Ivy League game of the season in Boston. Penn fell behind by 15, but made a run that fell just short. The Quakers recovered by easily defeating Dartmouth a day later when Ashley Russell scored a career-high 21 points. With the win Penn clinched a spot in the Ivy League Tournament. Michelle Nwokedi pulled down 20 rebounds and was credited with 7 assists over the weekend. Anna Ross filled the stat sheet averaging 7 points. 5 rebounds, and 5 and a half assists.
Next Game – 3/2/2018 vs. Yale at the Palestra
SAINT JOSEPH’S 15 – 13 Overall, 10 – 6 Atlantic 10, 1 – 3 Big Five
Results – Lost 49 – 46 vs. George Washington at the Hagan Arena, Won 52 – 50 at Fordham
Summary – The Hawks split their two games over the week, and were able to secure the #6 seed in the Atlantic 10 Women’s Tournament. Saint Joe’s battled back from an early deficit to tie GWU. The Colonials regained a 3-point lead and held on for the victory. In a close game at Rose Hill the Hawks won it on a layup by Chelsea Woods with one tick on the clock. Woods scored a total of 32 points with 24 of them coming at Fordham. She added 8 rebounds and 3 assists over the week.
Next Game – 2/27/2018 vs. VCU at the Hagan Arena in the Atlantic 10 Tournament First Round
TEMPLE 11 – 17 Overall, 3 – 12 American, 2 – 2 Big Five
Results – Lost 70 – 52 vs. Cincinnati at the Liacouras Center, Won 65 – 64 at ECU
Summary – The Owls played their annual School Day Game against the Cincinnati Bearcats. Temple fell behind early and never recovered due to poor shooting. The Cherry and White broke a 5-game losing streak at ECU coming from two-points down with less than a minute to play. Desiree Oliver hit a bucket to tie the game, then Tanaya Atkinson sank a free throw for the margin of victory.
Next Game – 2/26/2018 vs. Memphis at McGonigle Hall
VILLANOVA 22 – 7, 12 – 6 Big East, 3 – 1 Big Five
Results – Won 70 – 43 vs. Providence, Won 55 – 48 vs. Creighton at the Jake Nevin Field House
Summary – The Wildcats finished in third place in the Big East sweeping the final two regular season games. Villanova took a 25 – 13 lead after one quarter and cruised from there. The Creighton game would decide who would be the third seed. The Wildcats lead from start to finish in one of their best defensive efforts of the season holding the Bluejays to their lowest offensive output of the year. Alex Louin continues to contribute in all categories totaling 25 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 assists over the weekend. Mary Gedaka scored 34 points that included a team-best 21 against Creighton.
Next Game 3/4/2018 vs. #6 Georgetown in the Big East Quarterfinals