Saint Joseph’s and Drexel Get a Win in the Hawk Classic, La Salle Picks Up a Win in Florida, Penn Bounces Back After First Loss
Games of November 26 – December 2 2019
Drexel (4 – 3) – The Dragons played in the Hawk Classic splitting the weekend. Drexel lost the opening game to a good Buffalo team 63 – 59. The Dragons bounced back defeating the host Hawks of Saint Joseph’s 62 – 52. Bailey Greenberg was the leading scorer for Drexel in both games getting 40 points. Mariah Leonard set a career scoring mark with 11 in the Buffalo game earning here first collegiate start the next day. Drexel took control of the SJU game early behind a 15 – 2 first quarter run. Points off turnovers heavily favored the Dragons 23 – 9.
La Salle (6 – 2) – The Explorers had three games over the week; defeating Coppin State (79 – 46) and UMBC in the opening round of the Navy Classic (74 – 58). La Salle could not keep the momentum going and had their 5-game win streak snapped losing to Navy 61 – 46. The victories for the Explorers were true team wins. In the Coppin State game 12 of 13 players scored and 79 points marked the season’s highest offensive total. They bettered that next time out as all 14 players scored and the team registered 19 assists and sank 13 three-pointers. The streak came to an end against host Navy. Kayla Spruill was named to the All-Tournament team. Claire Jacobs was twice the team leading scorer.
Penn (5 – 1, 0 – 0 Ivy League, 1 – 0 Big Five) – The University of Pennsylvania lost their first game of the season 66 – 50 at Duke. Penn trailed by 21 points, but got to within 5 at the end of the third quarter. Kayla Padilla scored 15 points and Kennedy Suttle tied her career-best in scoring with 11 and pulled down 5 boards and stole the ball 3 times. The Quakers bounced back with a 74 – 46 victory over Hartford at the Palestra. The Red and Blue got 30 points off 25 Hartford turnovers. Padilla led the team with 20 points.
Saint Joseph’s (3 – 4, 0 – 0 Atlantic 10, 1 – 1 Big Five) – In the Hawk Classic it started well for the host Hawks defeating American University 72 – 51, but fell 62 – 52 to city rival Drexel. Turnovers were a problem and 16 miscues were a big difference in the Drexel game. Katie Jekot totaled 26 points over the weekend. Gabby Smalls had 22 points and took down 16 rebounds.
Temple (4 – 4, 0 – 1 American, 0 – 1 Big Five – The Owls played in the Cancun Classic. They were defeated twice against an ACC and a Big East opponent. The opener saw Temple lose to North Carolina 71 – 58. One day later Creighton won over the Cherry and White 69 – 59. Asonah Alexander scored 25 points in Mexico and had 9 rebounds against the Blue Jays. Shannen Atkinson had 21 points and pulled down 11 rebounds against Creighton. The Owls got good production from both players. Mia Davis was the leading scorer in the second game with 18 points. Ashley Jones poured in a total of 29 points.
Villanova (3 – 3) – The Wildcats were idle over the week.
Upcoming Games – This week features a Big Five game as Penn travels to La Salle. Another city game features Villanova at Drexel. Saint Joe’s plays at home against Sacred Heart. Temple goes to Towson.
PhillyCollegeSports.com Players of the Week
Bailey Greenberg Drexel who scored 40 points in the Hawk Classic getting 16 in the Buffalo game then 24 against Saint Joe’s shooting 10 of 17 from the floor and 3 of 4 from beyond the arc. Then senior forward pulled down 8 rebounds in the Classic opener.
Kayla Padilla, Penn who led the Quakers in scoring getting 15 at Duke along with 4 assists and 2 rebounds. The freshman followed that performance hitting 8 of 11 field goals for 20 points and added 4 steals against Hartford.
Mariah Leonard – Drexel
Claire Jacobs, Kayla Spruill – La Salle
Kendall Grasela – Penn
Katie Jekot, Gabby Smalls – Saint Joseph’s
Asonah Alexander, Shannen Atkinson – Temple
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