PHILLY WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL WEEK IN REVIEW
Drexel Continues Winning Streak, Penn Readies for Showdown With Princeton
Games of February 18 – February 24, 2019
PhillyCollegeSports.com Player of the Week
Princess Aghayere – Penn – The senior forward was instrumental in two Ivy League victories for the University of Pennsylvania. In the game against Columbia Aghayere tied her season-high scoring 19 points. She topped that getting a career-high 23 points the next night against Cornell. IN the Cornell game Aghayere recorded her fourth double-double as she pulled down 10 rebounds. For the weekend the Reston, VA resident had an average of 21 points (going 17 – 27 63% from the floor) and 8.5 rebounds. Aghayere was a perfect 4 for 4 from both the free throw line and the three-point line.
Bailey Greenberg, Hannah Nihill – Drexel
Shalina Miller – La Salle
Ashley Rusell, Phoebe Sterba – Penn
Alyssa Monaghan, Kristalyn Baisden – Saint Joseph’s
Alliya Butts – Temple
Mary Gedaka, Jannah Tucker – Villanova
Haverford College – Won the Centennial Conference to qualify for the NCAA Division III Tournament
*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 18 – February 24, 2019
DREXEL 20 – 5 Overall, 12 – 2 CAA
Results – Won 65 – 53 at UNCW, Won 65 – 42 at the College of Charleston
Summary – The Dragons reached the 20-win plateau for the season and extended their winning streak to 12 games with wins at UNCW and the College of Charleston. The number of consecutive wins on the road for Drexel reaches 14 games. The Dragons got a career-high 21 points from Keishana Washington and a 9 – 0 run at the end to defeat the Seahawks. Bailey Greenberg recorded her 4th double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Another late run allowed Drexel to overcome the Cougars. Greenberg led the team with 21 points, her 9th 20-point effort of the year. Hannah Nihill added 13 points. This is the third consecutive season for the Dragons winning 20 games. They will close out the CAA home schedule next weekend.
Next Game – 3/1/2019 vs. William & Mary at the DAC
LA SALLE 4 – 24 Overall, 1 – 13 Atlantic 10, 0 – 4 Big Five
Results – Lost 56 – 51 at Richmond
Summary – The Explorers made a comeback, but still fell short against the Richmond Spiders. La Salle cut the deficit to 3 points. Jeryn Reese and Shayla Sweeney had 10 points each. Shalina Miller posted 9 points and 11 rebounds. She blocked 2 shots, and needs two more to set the program single-season record for blocked shots.
Next Game – 2/27/2019 – at Saint Bonaventure
PENN – 18 – 4 Overall, 8 – 1 Ivy League, 3 – 1 Big Five
Results – Won 79 – 56 vs. Columbia, Won 69 – 58 vs. Cornell both at the Palestra
Summary – The University of Pennsylvania swept their home Ivy weekend, bouncing back from the loss at Harvard. Princess Aghayere matched her season-high against Columbia, then set a career-mark in scoring putting up 23 points in the Cornell game. Ashley Russell totaled 32 points and Phoebe Sterba notched 29 points. Eleah Parker has scored in double digits for the 17th straight game getting 12 and 10 points. Penn continues to hold first place in the league and will face second place Princeton on Tuesday.
Next Game – 2/26/2019 vs. Princeton at the Palestra
SAINT JOSEPH’S 11 – 16 Overall, 7 – 7 Atlantic 10, 1 – 3 Big Five
Results – Lost 67 – 56 vs. Duquesne at the Hagan Arena, Won 55 – 48 at Rhode Island
Summary – The Hawks four game winning streak came to an end on a snowy, rainy evening in Philadelphia. Kristalyn Baisden led Saint Joe’s with 20 points. Saint Joe’s took to the road and won outscoring Rhode Island in the fourth quarter. Alyssa Monaghan led the Hawks with 22 points while Baisden added 13 points.
Next Game – 2/27/2019 at George Mason
TEMPLE 9 – 17 Overall, 5 – 8 American, 2 – 2 Big Five
Results – Lost 53 – 52 at SMU, Lost 62 – 54 at UCF
Summary – The Owls took the lead over the Mustangs with 12 seconds to play when Alliya Butts made a free throw. But 3 seconds later Ariana Whitfield converted a layup giving the victory to SMU. Mia Davis led Temple with 20 points and 9 rebounds. No other Owls player broke double-figures. Butts had 7 assists and 5 steals. The Owls went to Central Florida but cold shooting in the fourth quarter (11.8%) proved to be the difference. Butts scored a team-high 14 points along with 2 steals. Mia Davis added 12 points.
Next Game – 2/27/2019 vs. Tulsa at McGonigle Hall
VILLANOVA 17 – 10, 8 – 8 Big East, 4 – 0 Big Five
Results – Lost 66 – 62 vs. St. John’s, Won 73 – 68 vs. Seton Hall both at the Finneran Pavilion
Summary – The Wildcats split their weekend series, the final Big East home games of the season. Villanova tied the St. John’s game with just over a minute to play, but a basket by the Red Storm and a turnover that resulted in points from Alisha Kebbe proved to be the difference. Adrianna Hahn scored a team-high 19 points and Mary Gedaka added 17. Villanova bounced back to win on Senior Day against the Seton Hall Pirates. Jannah Tucker has a team-high 17 points, while Gedaka recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Nova scored double-digits in made three-point field goals in 15 of 27 games this season.
Next Game 3/1/2019 at Xavier