PHILLY WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL WEEK IN REVIEW
Drexel and Villanova Sweep Conference Weekend Games
Games of January 21 – 27, 2019
PhillyCollegeSports.com Players of the Week
Mary Gedaka – Villanova – The junior forward led the Wildcats in scoring over the weekend getting 43 total points in both games. Gedaka had 20 points at Seton Hall, getting 10 straight in the late fourth quarter that gave her team the lead. She went 8 of 10 from the field and was 4 of 6 from the free throw line to go along with 9 rebounds. Gedaka posted a season-high 23 points and 3 rebounds at St. John’s.
Bailey Greenberg – Drexel – The Dragons junior forward scored 49 points over the weekend slate of games. She had 18 points in the win against the College of Charleston. Greenberg got a career-high31 points in the win over UNCW which gave Drexel sole possession of third place in the CAA. She was nearly perfect from the floor making 13 of 15 field goal attempts.
Hannah Nihill, Maura Hendrixson – Drexel
Rayshel Brown – La Salle
Eleah Parker, Ashley Russell – Penn
Katie Jekot – Saint Joseph’s
Alliya Butts, Marissa Mackins – Temple
Emily Esposito, Jannah Tucker – 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 21 – 27, 2019
DREXEL 13 – 5 Overall, 5 – 2 CAA
Results – Won 76 – 53 vs. College of Charleston, Won 67 – 55 vs. UNCW both at the DAC
Summary – The Dragons swept their home weekend slate of CAA games, and posted their first home win in 2019. Bailey Greenberg led the team scoring a total of 49 points. She set a career-mark of 31 points against UNCW. That win gave Drexel sole possession of third place in the conference. Hannah Nihill set a career-best 8 assists in the Charleston game, and Maura Hendrixson tied her career-high with 5 made three’s in that game. The Dragons have won 5 straight games, all in conference, and scored over 60 points for the fourth consecutive games. The offense is coming together which makes Drexel a dangerous team in the Colonial.
Next Game – 2/1/2019 at Elon
LA SALLE 3 – 18 Overall, 0 – 7 Atlantic 10, 0 – 4 Big Five
Results – Lost 66 – 62 vs. Duquesne, Lost 74 – 60 vs. Richmond both at the Gola Arena
Summary – The first Atlantic 10 win continues to be elusive for the Explorers. The team was victimized by the opponent going on a run that turns the game into a loss. Duquesne won behind a 14 – 6 run, Richmond had a 20 – 2 run, both came in the third quarter forcing La Salle to play from behind. The individual performances are improving as five players broke double figures. Rayshel Brown scored above ten points in five straight games. Shalina Miller posted her second double-double of the season. The Explorers try again on Wednesday when they host Fordham at the Gola Arena which ends a 6-game slate of games played in Philadelphia.
Next Game – 1/31/2019 vs. Fordham at the Gola Arena
PENN – 11 – 3 Overall, 1 – 0 Ivy League, 3 – 1 Big Five
Results – Won 71 – 62 vs. Temple, Won 81 – 46 vs. Haverford both at the Palestra
Summary – The University of Pennsylvania matched their 3 – 1 Big Five record from a year ago with a win over Temple. Penn scored 29 third quarter points, their largest offensive output in a quarter this season. Ashley Russell scored 19 points to go along with 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Eleah Parker contributed another double-double, her 5th of the year. Parker scored 21 points against Division III Haverford while Russell handed out 7 assists. The 81 points scored against the Fords was the largest point total of the year for the Quakers.
Next Game – 2/1/2019 at Cornell
SAINT JOSEPH’S 6 – 14 Overall, 2 – 5 Atlantic 10, 1 – 3 Big Five
Results – Lost 46 – 45 at Richmond, Lost 72 – 65 (OT) at Dayton
Summary – The Hawks took to the road, but fell in Atlantic 10 games. The Richmond Spiders Amy Duggan made two free throws with :16 for the winning points. It was another heartbreaker for the Hawks at Dayton. Kristalyn Baisden made a three-pointer with 5.1 ticks on the clock to force overtime, but Dayton prevailed. Baisden scored a career-high 23 points in Ohio. Katie Jekot set a collegiate-mark with 24 points in that game to go along with 11 scored at Richmond. Alyssa Monaghan had 14 points and 7 rebounds in that game.
Next Game – 2/3/2019 vs. VCU at the Hagan Arena
TEMPLE 5 – 14 Overall, 1 – 5 American, 2 – 2 Big Five
Results – Lost 71 – 62 at Penn, Won 84 – 62 vs. ECU at McGonigle Hall
Summary – The Owls posted their initial conference win over the year winning over ECU at home. Temple scored their second-highest point total of the year, and ended a 7-game losing streak. Positive signs for the Owls were that held the Pirates to 30.6% shooting, handed out 20 assists on 28 baskets, and made 11 three-point shots (second highest total to getting 13 at DePaul). Alliya Butts had 28 points, 5 buckets from distance – a season-high. Mia Davis posted another double-double with 20 and 12. Marissa Mackins pulled down 12 rebounds. Earlier in the week Mackins scored a career-high 19 points and 5 made three-pointers in the loss to Penn. Temple fell behind by 19 points after three quarters at the Palestra. The Owls won the fourth quarter 16 – 7 and had an 8 – 0 run a the end, but it was not enough.
Next Game – 1/29/2019 at Tulsa
VILLANOVA 13 – 7, 4 – 5 Big East, 4 – 0 Big Five
Results – Won 70 – 66 at Seton Hall, Won 73 – 57 at St. John’s
Summary – The Wildcats won both games of their New York metropolitan road swing. Villanova trailed Seton Hall 56 – 50 midway through the fourth quarter. Nova responded with an 11 – 0 run to take the lead. Ten consecutive points were scored by Mary Gedaka in the decisive run. The junior forward scored 20 points and pulled down 19 rebounds. Adrianna Hahn scored 16 points to have 1,362 for her career, 10th place in program history. Jannah Tucker scored 14 points and Emily Esposito had 13. The hot shooting continued at St. John’s where the Cats made 58% of their field goal attempts, and 57% of their three’s. Gedaka, again, lead the way with 23 points. The Wildcats sank 10 three-pointers, the 11th time the team has made double-digit three’s. Villanova won over St. John’s for the 11th time in the past 15 games.
Next Game 2/1/2019 vs. Providence at the Finneran Pavilion