PHILLY COLLEGE SPORTS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL REVIEW
PhillyCollegeSports.com Women’s Basketball Player of the Week
Sarah Fairbanks, Saint Joseph’s – The senior forward became the 24th player in Hawk history to reach the 1,000 point plateau in the win against Fordham. Over the week Fairbanks averaged 12.5 points per game, 6.5 rebounds, and 3 assists. She scored 15 against Fordham and 10 at nationally ranked Duquesne.
Sarah Curran, Drexel
Amy Griffin, La Salle
Lauren Whitlatch, Penn
Sydney Stipanovich, Penn
Anna Ross, Penn
Ciara Andrews, Saint Joseph’s
Alliya Butts, Temple
Donnaizha Fountain, Temple
Alex Louin, Villanova
* Player of the Week and Honor Roll selections are made by Glenn Papazian of PhillyCollegeSports.com and Woman Hoops Guru Mel Greenberg.
Games The Week of February 9 – 16, 2016
LA SALLE 4 – 21 Overall, 1 – 11 Atlantic 10, 0 – 3 Big Five
Results – Won 66 – 57 vs. UMass at The Gola Arena, Lost 54 – 44 at Fordham
Summary – The Explorers got their first conference win defeating UMass. Amy Griffin tallied a game-high 20 points to lead La Salle. It was her eighth 20-point game of the season. They lost the next outing playing competitively at Fordham. La Salle had the lead in the 3rd quarter, but could not hold off the hosts from the Bronx. Have the Explorers finally turned the corner? It should be interesting to find out as the host Saint Joseph’s in an Atlantic 10 and Big Five match up.
Next Game – 2/17/2016 vs. Saint Joseph’s at The Gola Arena – Noon Tip-off
PENN 18 – 3 Overall, 7 – 0 Ivy League, 2 – 2 Big Five
Results – Won 71 – 51 vs. Columbia, Won 65 – 50 vs. Cornell at the Palestra
Summary – The University of Pennsylvania is 7 – 0 in the Ivy League for the first time the 2001 defeating Columbia and Cornell at home. The Quakers are getting the expected production out of the front line of Sydney Stipanovich and Michelle Nwokedi. However, as the season has progressed Lauren Whitlatch and Anna Ross are contributing making Penn a very dangerous team. Whitlatch scored 20 against Columbia and Ross, who had 8 assists for the weekend, put in 15 points vs. Cornell. Stipanovich recorded a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds and added 4 assists, 3 blocks, and 2 steals against the Big Red.
Next Game – 2/19/2016 at Brown, 2/20/2016 at Yale
SAINT JOSEPH’S 11 – 13 Overall, 5 –7 Atlantic 10, 2 – 1 Big Five
Results – Won 61 – 51 vs. Fordham at The Hagan Arena, Lost at #24 Duquesne 73 – 59
Summary – Sarah Fairbanks reached the 1,000 point plateau. She scored 15 points in the win over Fordham making her the 24th player in Hawk History to reach the milestone. Fairbanks added 7 rebound and 3 assists in the game. At Duquesne Fairbanks scored 10 points while taking down 6 rebounds and handed out 3 assists. Ciara Andrews averaged just under 10 points for the week and Chelsea Woods averaged 11 points. The next game against La Salle will count in the Big Five standings. A win by the Hawks will gave them a share of the city title with Villanova.
Next Game – 2/17/2016 at La Salle
TEMPLE 17 – 8 Overall, 11 – 3 AAC, 2 – 2 Big Five
Results – Won 78 – 48 vs. Houston, Lost 85 – 60 vs. #1 Connecticut both at McGonigle Hall
Summary – By defeating the Houston Cougars, the Owls put themselves in second place in the conference. The next game was the showdown against #1 UConn. It was the second 1 vs. 2 game of the week for the Huskies who topped national #2 South Carolina in their previous game. Temple was very competitive in the UConn game taking a lead in the second quarter, the latest top-ranked Connecticut trailed since the win over Maryland. Eventually, the Huskies wore down the Owls and went on to win their 61st straight game. The loss stopped Temple’s six game streak. The reigning Player of the Year Brianna Stewart scored 24 points and added 8 rebounds 7 assists and 6 blocked shots for UConn. Moriah Jefferson scored a game-high 25 points to go along with 8 assists and 8 steals. The boxscore said Connecticut won by 25 points. The game was a lot closer in the eyes of the 3,392 people in attendance, the largest crowd to see a women’s basketball game at McGonigle Hall.
Tanaya Atkinson set a career-mark with 27 points in the Houston game, and Donnaizha Fountain scored a career-best 20 in that game. Fountain led the Cherry and White in scoring in the Connecticut game with 15 points. Alliya Butts scored 25 points over the two-game span.
Next Game – 2/18/2016 at Memphis
VILLANOVA 16 – 10 Overall, 9 – 6 Big East, 3 – 1 Big Five
Results – Won 71 – 59 at St. John’s, Lost 60 – 50 at Seton Hall
Summary – With the win at St. John’s Coach Harry Perretta reached his 699th career win. Villanova swept the season series against St. John’s, but fell to Seton Hall. Alex Louin has tallied 49 points over the last three games and hit double figures in 12 of her last 14 contests. In the victory at Jamaica, Long Island Caroline Coyer scored 17 points to move past Kathie Beisel to move into 10th place on the school all-time scoring list now with 1,342 points.
Next Game – 2/21/2016 at Georgetown
DREXEL 13 –11 Overall, 9 – 4 CAA
Results – Lost 59 – 55 vs. James Madison, Won 66 – 60 vs. UNCW both at the DAC.
Summary – The Dragons had a chance to move within a half game of first place in the CAA hosting the Dukes of James Madison. Drexel had the pace they wanted and a late lead, but could not hold off JMU who was led by CAA Player of the Year Jazmon Gwathmey with 19 points. She had 13 of her points in the final 10 minutes of the game. The Dragons bounced back earning a win over the Seawolves of UNCW. Sarah Curran recorded a double-double in the JMU game with 22 points and 12 rebounds. She followed that with a 13 point effort against UNCW. Jessica Pellechio scored a team-high 14 points in the UNCW game matching her largest output in CAA games. Kelsi Lidge set a career mark in scoring with 12 points. Drexel now shares second place in the conference with Hofstra.
Next Game – 2/19/2016 vs. Towson at the DAC