Philly Women’s College Basketball Week In Review – Games of February 18 – 24


Philly College Players of the Week – Alyssa Baron, Penn and Chatilla van Grinsven, Saint Joseph’s

Alyssa Baron
Alyssa Baron

Alyssa Baron contributed in many ways to her Penn team who swept their Ivy Weekend series.  The junior guard averaged 16 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 6.5 assists per game.  Baron led the team in points, rebounds, and assists in each game.  Baron had 11 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists against Cornell.  She posted 21 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, and added 4 steals in the Columbia game.

Chatilla van Grinsven averaged a double-double over the week getting 21 points and 14 rebounds per game.  Against LaSalle the senior forward scored 16 points and had 15 rebounds to go along with 3 assists.  In the Fordham game van Grinsven had 26 points and 13 rebounds.  She surpassed the 1,000th career-point mark at Rose Hill gym. Honor Roll –

Kara Bonenberger, Penn

Katherine Coyer, Villanova

Hollie Mershon, Drexel

Meghan Creighton, Drexel


Week of February 18 – February 24, 2013 Games

LA SALLE 8 – 19 Overall, 4 – 8 Atlantic 10, 1 – 3 Big Five

Results – Lost 68 – 31 at Saint Joseph’s, Lost 73 – 56 vs. Charlotte at the Gola Arena

Summary –

Saint Joseph’s 68 LaSalle 31 – To view the story read Saint Joseph’s Women Play A Forty Minute Game Defeating LaSalle.

Charlotte 73 LaSalle 56 – On Senior Day two of the honorees Ebonee Jones and Shanel Harrison combined for 36 points, but the Explorers fell short losing 73 – 56.  Jones scored 20 points, two shy of her career-best while Harrison scored 16 points and pulled down 6 rebounds.  The Explorers trailed by 44 – 38 with 15:18 to play.  The 49’ers responded with a 13 – 2 run to take a 17-point lead, and never let that lead slip below double digits.  Other Senior Night honorees included Brittany Wilson (out due to injury) and Nikki Ortiz.  LaSalle holds the final Atlantic 10 Tournament sot by one game with two to play.

Next Game – 2/27/2013 vs. Duquesne at the Gola Arena

PENN – 14 – 9 Overall, 7 – 2 Ivy League, 1 – 3 Big Five

Results – Won 67 – 40 vs. Cornell, Won 66 – 48 vs. Columbia at the Palestra

Summary –

Penn 67 Cornell 40 – The Red and Blue led from start to finish to win their fourth straight game and sweep the season series from the Big Red.  Penn put the game away going on a 12 – 2 run to pull ahead 47 – 27 with 12:24 to play.  The win was Penn’s largest Ivy League victory under Coach Mike McLaughlin.  The Quakers shot 45.6% (26 – 57) from the field and held Cornell to 26.9% (14 – 52).  The Big Red made no three-pointers.  Junior guard Alyssa Baron filled the stat sheet for Penn scoring 11 points, grabbing 8 rebounds, and handed out 6 assists.  Sophomore forward Kara Bonenberger scored 10 points and took down 6 rebounds.

Penn 66 Columbia 48 – Four Quaker players scored in double figures in a decisive win over the Lions of Columbia.  The Penn winning streak has reached five games, the first Ivy 5-game winning streak since the 2004-05 season.  The Red and Blue put the game out of reach in the second half.  Leading 44 – 33 with 16:41 on the clock.  Penn went on a 21 – 3run over the next 10 minutes.  Baron had game-highs in points with 21, assists with 7, rebounds with 9, and steals with 4.  Bonenberger scored 13 points while freshman guard Keiera Ray and sophomore guard Kathleen Roche each had 12.   Penn holds sole possession of 2nd place in the Ivy League.

Next Game – 3/1/2013 at Dartmouth

SAINT JOSEPH’S 19 – 7 Overall, 10 – 2 Atlantic 10, 3 – 1 Big Five

Results – Won 68 – 31 vs. LaSalle at the Hagan Arena, Lost 70 – 63 at Fordham

Summary –

Saint Joseph’s 68 LaSalle 31 – To view the story read Saint Joseph’s Women Play A Forty Minute Game Defeating LaSalle.

Fordham 70 Saint Joseph’s 63 (OT) – The Hawks rallied from 12 points down in the second half to force overtime, but would fall short in the extra period losing by seven points.  Fordham led 38 – 26 in the second half.  Saint Joe’s chipped away at the lead and tied it with 14 seconds to play on a fifteen foot jumper by junior forward Ilze Gotfrida.  SJU had to win it as they forced a Fordham turnover at the 9 second mark, but could not take advantage.  The Rams opened the overtime with a 5 – 0 run, and made 7 of 8 free throws down the stretch.  Saint Joseph’s is 10 -2 in conference play and are tied with Fordham for third place.  Chatilla van Grinsven registered another double-double with 26 points and 13 rebounds.  The senior center passed the 1,000th career point plateau.

Next Game – 2/27/2013 vs. Massachusetts at the Hagan Arena

TEMPLE 12 – 15 Overall, 5 – 7 Atlantic 10, 1 – 3 Big Five

Results – Lost 54 – 53 vs. Xavier at McGonigle Hall, Lost 67 – 47 at Dayton

Summary –

Xavier 54 Temple 53 – Xavier’s Jessica Pachko made a layup with 6 seconds to play to lift her team past Temple by a single point.  The Owls led by 5 points with 1:30 to play, but could not hold on as they committed a turnover on the inbounds play that led to Xavier’s winning basket.  Temple committed 19 turnovers that helped to negate their 14 steals.  Senior center Victoria Macaulay scored a game-high 15 points while sophomore guard Rateska Brown scored 12 points.  Pachko scored 14 points and took down a game-high 9 rebounds.

Dayton 67 Temple 47 – The Flyers stayed undefeated atop the Atlantic 10 standings as four players reached double figures in the win against the visiting Owls.  Dayton turned Temple over 26 times to get a 31 – 6 advantage in points off turnovers, and that told the story.  Dayton had 12 turnovers but Temple did not make them pay for their mistakes.  Sophomore guard Tyonna Williams scored a team-high 13 points.   Senior forward Natasha Thames pulled down a career-best 18 rebounds.

Next Game – 2/27/2013 at Butler

 VILLANOVA 18 – 8 Overall, 7 – 6 Big East, 4 – 0 Big Five

Results – Lost 55 – 49 vs. #12 Louisville at the Pavilion

Summary –

#12 Louisville 55 Villanova 49 – The Wildcats fell into a 23 – 11 hole thirteen minutes into the game, but dug out to trail by four at halftime 28 -24.  A three-pointer by freshman guard Kathleen Coyer put Villanova ahead of nationally ranked Louisville 35 – 34 at the 15:50 mark.  The game stayed tight.  A layup by sophomore center Emily Leer gave the Wildcats a 42 – 40 lead with 9:34 to play.  A three-point shot by Cardinals guard Antonita Slaughter gave her team a lead.  Villanova fought back to tie the game on two free throws by senior center Laura Sweeney, by a layup by Louisville guard Bria Smith gave the Cardinals a lead they would not relinquish.  Louisville had a 42 – 31 edge in rebounds.  Sweeney had a team-high 13 points.  Coyer set a career-high 12 points.  Senior forward Megan Pearson was credited with a season-high 8 rebounds.  Villanova is tied for 7th place with DePaul in the Big East standings.

Next Game – 2/27/2013 vs. St. John’s at the Pavilion

DREXEL 19 – 7 Overall, 12 – 3 CAA

Results – Won 57 – 46 vs. George Mason, Won 62 – 47 vs. William & Mary both at the DAC

Summary –

Drexel 57 George Mason 46 – The Dragons started strong and stormed out to a 33 – 19 halftime lead.  Senior guard Hollie Mershon led the way for Drexel with 26 points in the game, 18 in the first half.  This was her 11th 20-point effort of the season.  Drexel shot 22 – 51 (43.1%) and was 7 – 20 from three-point land.  Mason was held to 19 – 51 (37.3%) from the floor and was 3 of 12 from distance.

Drexel 62 William & Mary 47 – The Dragons have won 6 of their last 7 games, and three in a row at home beating the Tribe at the DAC.  Drexel freshman guard Meghan Creighton made her first four three-point shots on the way to a career-high 20 points.  She became the first Drexel freshman to have a 20-point game since Gabriela Marginean did it 8 times in 2006-07.  The Dragons trailed 30 – 27 at halftime, but opened the second half with a 7 – 0 run to take a lead they would not give back.  Hollie Mershon scored 16 points and added 8 assists.  Senior guard Renee Johnson-Allen pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds.  Drexel is tied for 2nd place in the CAA along with James Madison, 3 games behind league leader Delaware.

Next Game – 2/28/2013 at Georgia State

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