PHILLY COLLEGE SPORTS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL WEEK IN REVIEW
PhillyCollegeSports.com Women’s Basketball Player of the Week
Ruth Sherrill, Temple – Ruth Sherrill set career-marks in three categories. She set a career-record 19 rebounds at Houston. The senior put in a career-best 13 points and set another high with 4 blocked shots in the Memphis game. For the week Sherrill scored 17 points, grabbed 24 rebounds and blocked 4 shots.
Sarah Curran, Drexel
Amy Griffin, La Salle
Jasmine Alston, La Salle
Sydney Stipanovich, Penn
Chelsea Woods, Saint Joseph’s
Donnaizha Fountain, Temple
Alex Louin, Villanova
Mary Gedaka, Villanova
Megan Quinn, Villanova
Adrianna Hahn, Villanova
* Player of the Week and Honor Roll selections are made by Glenn Papazian of PhillyCollegeSports.com Woman Hoops Guru Mel Greenberg, and Matt Leon of KYW NewsRadio.
Games The Week of January 17 – 23, 2017
LA SALLE 11 – 8 Overall, 4 – 3 Atlantic 10, 1 – 2 Big Five
Results – Won 63 – 58 at Richmond, Won 63 – 58 at Dayton
Summary – The Explorers swept their two-game conference road trip holding each opponent to 58 points. Amy Griffin saved her best for the end of the games. She hit two jumpers in the last 2:21 to ice the Richmond game, then scored 6 points in the last minute to get La Salle past Davidson. For the week Griffin scored 48 points and took down 30 rebounds. Jasmine Alston filled the stat sheet over the road trip with 22 points, 25 rebounds, and 12 assists.
Next Game – 1/25/2017 – vs. UMass at The Gola Arena
PENN 9 – 5 Overall, 3 – 0 Ivy League, 0 – 3 Big Five
Results – Lost 60 – 48 vs. Villanova at The Palestra
Summary – The University of Pennsylvania is still looking for its first city series win of the season. The game was tied at 23 at halftime, and Penn trailed 41 – 37 after three quarters. The Quakers went cold form the floor in the fourth. Penn could not stop Adrianna Hahn who scored 23 points, all in the second half. Villanova put the game away with a 13 – 1 run. Sydney Stipanovich scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Anna Ross scored a team-high 12 points.
Next Game – 1/25/2017 vs. Temple at The Palestra
SAINT JOSEPH’S 7 – 12 Overall, 4 – 3 Atlantic 10, 1 – 2 Big Five
Results – Won 47 – 44 vs. Fordham at The Hagan Arena, Lost 64 – 59 (OT) at Dayton
Summary – The Hawks winning streak extended to four games with the win against Fordham. The streak was snapped in the overtime loss at Dayton. Defensively, Saint Joe’s limited Fordham to 25.4% shooting (15 – 59) and Dayton made 23 of 70 shots (32.9%). Chelsea Woods led the Hawks scoring a total of 28 points (14 in each game) and added 20 rebounds. Her free throw with 5 seconds left tied the Dayton game at 50 sending it to an extra five minutes. Adashia Franklyn contributed 22 points and 17 rebounds and 4 blocked 4 Rams shots.
Next Game – 1/25/2017 at Rhode Island
TEMPLE 15 – 3, Overall, 6 – 0 AAC, 3 – 0 Big Five
Results – Won 69 – 57 at Houston, Won 66 – 51 vs. Memphis at McGonigle Hall
Summary – The Owls extended the winning streak to 11 games. Temple out together a run in each contest that kept the team unbeaten in the American. A 10 – 3 spurt put the game away at Houston. The Owls came from behind with a 16 – 0 run against the Tigers to turn a 7-point deficit into a 9-point lead. Ruth Sherrill set career-marks in three categories. She set a career-record 19 rebounds at Houston. The senior put in a career-best 13 points and set another high with 4 blocked shots in the Memphis game. For the week Sherrill scored 17 points, grabbed 24 rebounds and blocked 4 shots. Junior Donnaizha Fountain was the leading scorer in each game with 23 and 19 points. Feyonda Fitzgerald finished the week handing out 20 assists and scored 22 points in Texas.
Next Game – 1/25/2017 at Penn
VILLANOVA 11 – 9 Overall, 6 – 3 Big East, 3 – 1 Big Five
Results – Won 60 – 48 at Penn, Won 70 – 69 at Butler, Won 72 – 47 at Xavier
Summary – The Wildcats swept a three-game road trip, although one was at the Palestra. Still, Villanova is riding a 5-game win streak. Nova completed their Big Five game winning at Penn and are 3 – 1 in the City Series. Adrianna Hahn led all scorers at Penn with 23 second half points. Megan Quinn added 18. A Midwest trip awaited Nova. The Cats came from 22 point down to pull out a one-point win at Butler. Trailing 59 – 56 with 9 seconds left Wildcat forward Alex Louin raced up court. The Bulldogs intentionally fouled Louin who put up a 40-footer at the same time, and made all three free throws to send the game into overtime. Freshman Grace Stant drained a three-pointer in overtime to give Villanova the lead they held to the end. After the escape the Wildcats scored an impressive win at Xavier. In the Big East games freshman Mary Gedaka totaled 38 points, 20 and 18, and took down 18 rebounds. Louin added 27 points and 15 rebounds, while Quinn contributed 27 and 15.
Next Game – 1/28/2017 at Georgetown
DREXEL 14 – 4 Overall, 5 – 2 CAA
Results – Won 70 – 57, Won 65 – 43 vs. Hofstra both games at the DAC
Summary – A two-game home weekend sweep gives the Dragons a 14 – 4 record, only the second time in program history they’ve earned that mark. Drexel turned it over to the defense recording 28 steals, 16 from the College of Charleston and swiping 12 from Hofstra. Sara Woods had 5 steals in the CoC game, and Kelsi Lidge had a game-high 6 against Hofstra. Scoring wise Sarah Curran led the Dragons with 27 points. Drexel travels to James Madison for their next game against the Dukes. Both teams are tied for second place, a game behind league leading Elon.
Next Game – 1/27/2017 at James Madison