PHILLY COLLEGE SPORTS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL REVIEW
PhillyCollegeSports.com Women’s Basketball Co-Players of the Week
Meghan Creighton – Drexel – Creighton led the Dragons to an upset win over #11 Syracuse with a career-high 23 points including a game-winning three-pointer with 8 seconds left. It was the highest ranked team that Drexel has defeated. Creighton shot 7 for 13, and made 7 of 10 three-point attempts in the win against the Orange.
Feyonda Fitzgerald, Temple – The Owls guard scored 46 points in two games, 19 against nationally-ranked Florida. Fitzgerald added 15 rebounds including a career-best 9 in the win against La Salle. She averaged 9 assists over the week.
Sarah Curran, Drexel
Amy Griffin, La Salle
Lauren Whitlatch, Penn
Adashia Franklyn, Saint Joseph’s
Jannah Tucker, 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 November 14 -21, 2016
LA SALLE 1 – 3 Overall, 0 – 0 Atlantic 10, 0 – 1 Big Five
Results – Lost 86 – 70 at Temple, Lost 74 – 61 at Rider, Won 63 – 59 vs. American U. at the Gola Arena
Summary – It was a busy week for the Explorers. They did pick up their first win of the season in their home opener. Amy Griffin had a big week scoring 61 points, 25 of those coming against Rider. Griffin got 19 of those points in the second half. In their games there seemed to be a surge at some point. Temple went on a late surge to beat La Salle. Rider took control behind an early run. In the victory against American U. it was the Explorers who held off a late rally. Ashanti Freeland contributed a career-high 14 rebounds in the Temple game. Michaya Owens led LSU in scoring with 17 against AU.
Next Game – 11/26/2016 vs. Miami (Ohio) in the UNC Wilmington Thanksgiving Classic
PENN 1 – 2 Overall, 0 – 0 Ivy League, 0 – 0 Big Five
Results – Lost 61 – 48 vs. Binghamton at the Palestra, Won 75 – 43 at Rhode Island
Summary – The University of Pennsylvania got their first win of the season in Kingston, RI behind a career-high 24 points by Lauren Whitlatch. She had 6 made three-pointers against the Rams. The win was a bounce back win for the Quakers. The defense emerged holding Rhode Island scoreless for over eight and a half minutes in the fourth quarter. Penn did not shoot well against Binghamton making just 28.8% of their shots. That number, attributable to Whitlatch, improved to 39% in the URI game.
Next Game – 11/22 vs. Saint Joseph’s at the Palestra
SAINT JOSEPH’S 0 – 3 Overall, 0 –0 Atlantic 10, 0 – 1 Big Five
Results – Lost 58 – 57 at Iona
Summary – The Hawks are looking for that first win of the season. They have been close. A furious rally fell short at Iona as SJU battled back from a 21-point fourth quarter deficit. With 2.6 seconds remaining Alyssa Monaghan was fouled as she made a three-pointer. The free throw rolled off the rim and Iona snared the rebound. Adashia Franklyn recorded a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Sarah Veilleux scored a career-high 14 points.
Next Game – 11/22/2016 at Penn
TEMPLE 2 – 1, Overall, 0 – 0 AAC, 1 – 0 Big Five
Results – Won 86 – 70 vs. La Salle at McGonigle Hall, Lost 83 – 76 at #19/23 Florida
Summary – Feyonda Fitzgerald put up 27 points against La Salle and 19 at Florida, but she also contributed big numbers in rebounds grabbing a career-best 9 against the Explorers and 6 in the game against the Gators. She handed out 9 assists in each game. Alliya Butts and Donnaizha Fountain scored 15, Butts vs. La Salle, Fountain in Florida. The Owls led the nationally ranked Gators after three quarters, but Florida started the fourth quarter with an 18 – 2 run to take control.
Next Game – 11/27 vs. Quinnipiac at McGonigle Hall
VILLANOVA 1 – 2 Overall, 0 – 0 Big East, 0 – 0 Big Five
Results – Lost 72 – 69 vs. George Washington at The Pavilion
Summary – The Wildcats lost a close one against the Colonials. Nova battled back from a 6 point deficit with 3:48 to play getting to within 2 with 21 seconds on the clock. Hannah Schaible made 2 free throws for GW for the final margin of victory. Jannah Tucker scored a career-best 21 points. Megan Quinn had 18. Alex Louin scored 12 points and added career-marks with 5 steals and 4 assists.
Next Game – 11/24 vs. Troy in The San Juan Shootout in Daytona Beach, FL
DREXEL 3 –1 Overall, 0 – 0 CAA
Results – Lost 73 – 63 at Vanderbilt, Won 62 – 61 vs. #11 Syracuse
Summary – The Dragons upset nationally ranked Syracuse on a three-pointer by Meghan Creighton with 8 seconds left. Kelsi Lidge handed out the assist, one of her career-high 6 on the game. Creighton scored a career-best 23 points in the contest. It was the highest ranked team that Drexel has defeated, only the second ranked team they upset. The Dragons took on power conference teams from the SEC and ACC. Cold shooting in the third quarter cost Drexel against Vanderbilt. Sarah Curran scored 29 points over the week.
Next Game – 11/27 at Bucknell
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