Philly College Women’s Basketball Week In Review – Games of December 23 – 30, 2013


Erica Covile - Photo Courtesy of Temple University
Erica Covile – Photo Courtesy of Temple University

Erica Covile, Temple and Sarah Fairbanks, Saint Joseph’s

Erica Covile led the Owls with 14 points in their inaugural American Athletic Conference win at Memphis. She made 6 of 8 field goal attempts in the contest and grabbed 5 rebounds for the Owls. The sophomore averages 10.3 points per game and 5.8 rebounds per game.

Sarah Fairbanks posted a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds in the Hawks road win at Florida Gulf Coast University. The sophomore averages 15.3 points per game and leads the team in rebounding with 6.8 per game.

Honor Roll

Leeza Burdgess, La Salle

Erin Shields, Saint Joseph’s

Tyonna Williams, Temple

Katherine Coyer, Villanova

Rachel Pearson, Drexel

Week of December 23 – December 30, 2013 Games

LA SALLE 5 – 7 Overall, 0 – 3 Big Five

Results – Won 54 – 43 vs. Dartmouth, Lost 57 – 56 vs. Binghamton in the Blue Sky Classic

Summary –

La Salle 54 Dartmouth 43 – The Explorers pulled ahead behind an early 17 – 2 run to get an opening round win in the Big Sky Classic. Leeza Burdgess recorded her second double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Alicia Cropper led all scorers with 13 points while Khristin Lee added 11 points. Lakin Roland led the Big Green with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Binghamton 57 La Salle 56 – Leeza Burdgess recorded her second double-double of the tournament, but it was not enough as the Explorers lost a heart-breaker in the championship game of the Blue Sky Classic. Burdgess scored 14 points and grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds, and was named to the All-Tournament team. Alicia Cropper scored a game-high 17 points. Michaya Owens added 14 points, 12 from beyond the arc. Sherae Swinson led Binghamton with 16 points and was named the tournament Most Valuable Player.

Next Games – 1/2/2014 at Rhode Island, 1/4 at George Mason

PENN 5 – 2 Overall, 1 – 0 Big Five

Results – Idle

Summary –

Next Games – 1/1/2014 at Miami, 1/5 vs. Norfolk State

SAINT JOSEPH’S 10 – 2 Overall, 2 – 0 Big Five

Results – Won 76 -64 at Florida Gulf Coast U.

Summary –

Saint Joseph’s 76 FGCU 64 – Four Hawk players scored in double figures. The balanced attack lifted SJU to a 76 – 64 road win. Sarah Fairbanks posted a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Erin Shields led Saint Joe’s with 17 points. Natasha Cloud scored 14 points and handed out 9 assists. Kelsey Berger contributed 10 points. Sarah Hansen led the Eagles with a game-high 28 points.

Next Game – 1/2/2014 at Richmond, 1/5 vs. George Washington at the Hagan Arena

TEMPLE 7 – 4 Overall, 1 – 0 AAC, 1 – 2 Big Five

Results – Won 63 – 56 at Memphis

Summary –

Temple 63 Memphis 56 – The Owls won their inaugural America Athletic Conference game at Memphis. Temple led 36 – 27 at halftime. Memphis charged back to get to within a point at 55 – 54 with 1:33 on the clock, but four free throws by Tyonna Williams sealed the win for the Cherry and White. Four Temple players hit the double figures mark. Erica Covile led the way with 14 points. Williams added 13 points and Feyonda Fitzgerald scored 11. Shi-Heria Shipp registered her second double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Next Games – 1/1/2014 vs. #7 Louisville, 1/4 vs. UCF at McGonigle Hall

VILLANOVA 9 – 2 Overall, 0 – 1 Big East, 2 – 1 Big Five

Results – Lost 65 – 58 at Creighton

Summary –

Creighton 65 Villanova 58 – Cold second half shooting allowed Creighton to establish a lad that Villanova could not overcome. But the Wildcats came close. In the middle of the second half the Blue Jays went on a 9 – 1 run to lead 54 – 41 with 6:25 to play. The Wildcats

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made a comeback with a 15 – 4 run of their own, getting to within 58 – 56 with 1:18 remaining in the game on a Jordan Dillard layup. The Blue and White trailed by 3 with 27 seconds left, but could not get the tying basket. Katherine Coyer led Villanova with a career-high 16 points on 7 – 9 shooting, 2 of 3 from three-point range. Sister Caroline Coyer scored 10 points and handed out 5 assists.

Next Games – 12/31 at Marquette, 1/4/2014 vs. Providence at the Pavilion

DREXEL 5 – 7 Overall

Results – Won 69 – 44 at Cornell

Summary –

Drexel 69 Cornell 44 – Drexel broke their two-game losing streak behind their best shooting game of the season at Cornell. Rachel Pearson finished the game with a career-high 23 points as she made her first six three-point attempts. Abby Reddick reached her career-best with 13 points. The Dragons led from start to finish. The lead would grow to as many as 30 points. Unlike their last two games, that lead would not evaporate. Defensively, Drexel held the Big Red to under 50 points, the fourth straight game that the Dragons have limited an opponent in such a fashion.

Next Game – 1/4/2014 vs. Princeton at the DAC

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