PHILLY COLLEGE SPORTS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL WEEK IN REVIEW
PhillyCollegeSports.com Women’s Basketball Player of the Week
Amy Griffin, La Salle – The Explorers junior guard was a key contributor in each of the La Salle victories over the week. Griffin made the game-winning jump shots with less than a second showing on the clock. The Atlanta native made a steal after the game-winning free throw and converted a shot from beyond the arc to seal the win against Massachusetts. In that game she stole the ball six times. Over the week Griffin scored 34 points, pulled down 17 rebounds, and had 6 assists and steals.
Sarah Curran, Drexel
Meghan Creighton, Drexel
Jasmine Alston, La Salle
Adreana Miller, La Salle
Sydney Stipanovich, Penn
Chelsea Woods, Saint Joseph’s
Alyssa Monaghan, Saint Joseph’s
Donnaizha Fountain, Temple
Feyonda Fitzgerald, Temple
Alex Louin, 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 24 – 30, 2017
LA SALLE 11 – 8 Overall, 4 – 3 Atlantic 10, 1 – 2 Big Five
Results – Won 68 – 64 vs. Massachusetts, Won 59 – 57 vs. George Mason, both at the Gola Arena
Summary – The Explorers won two squeakers. Those types of games are now tilting in La Salle’s direction. Amy Griffin was a key in each victory. She stole a pass after the game-winning free throw by Jasmine Alston and hit the finishing three in the UMass game. Against George Mason Griffin made the game-winning jumper with a mere .7 seconds left, Alston got the assist. For the week Griffin scored 34 points and took down 17 rebounds to go along with 6 assists. Griffin had 6 of La Salle’s 14 steals against Massachusetts. Alston did not score a lot of points, 9, in the two games, but filled the stat sheet with 27 rebounds, 18 assists, and 7 steals. Adreana Miller tallied 28 points over the home stand.
Next Game – 2/1/2017 – at Rhode Island
PENN 10 – 6 Overall, 3 – 0 Ivy League, 0 – 4 Big Five
Results – Lost 63 – 53 vs. Temple, Won 89 – 47 vs. Stevens Tech both at The Palestra
Summary – The University of Pennsylvania completed their non-conference schedule over the week. The loss to Temple left Penn without a win in Big Five play this season. The Quakers did bounce back with a win over Division III Stevens Tech. Over the week Sydney Stipanovich recorded her 8th double-double of the year with a 13 and 13 effort against Stevens Tech. Anna Ross dished out 15 assists over the two game set while Kasey Chambers had 7 steals in the Temple game and 6 assists in the Stevens Tech contest. The Ivy League portion of the schedule resumes as Penn will host Harvard and Dartmouth this weekend.
Next Game – 2/3 /2017 vs. Harvard, 2/4/2017 vs. Dartmouth at The Palestra
SAINT JOSEPH’S 9 – 12 Overall, 6 – 3 Atlantic 10, 1 – 2 Big Five
Results – Won 75 – 49 at Rhode Island, Won 70 – 53 vs. Saint Bonaventure at the Hagan Arena
Summary – Good starts propelled the Hawks to two victories over the week. A 14 – 0 run in the 2nd period put Saint Joe’s in control at Rhode Island. The Hawks took a 36 – 22 halftime lead against the visiting Bonnies. Chelsea Woods had a big week scoring 37 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Alyssa Monaghan put up a career-best 21 points in the Bonaventure game. Amanda Fioravanti scored 18 points and took down 8 rebounds in Kingston.
Next Game – 2/1/2017 vs. Duquesne at the Hagan Arena
TEMPLE 15 – 3, Overall, 6 – 0 AAC, 3 – 0 Big Five
Results – Won 63 – 53 at Penn, Lost 55 – 51 vs. #23 USF at McGonigle Hall
Summary – The Owls won the Big Five Championship sweeping the city series beating Penn at the Palestra. Winning the title and doing it in that building was a big accomplishment for the Cherry and White. It wasn’t easy nor was it expected to be. It was close in the fourth quarter. A three-pointer by Alliya Butts opened the gap to 6 late in the game. Donnaizha Fountain recorded a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Feyonda Fitzgerald scored 13 points and handed out 7 assists. The Owls had to refocus on American play hosting #23 USF. Temple fell behind by 16 points in the 4th quarter. The Cherry and White used an 18 – 4 run sparked by 8 straight points by Khadijah Berger to get to within two-points with 1:45 to play. The closest the Owls would get was two later in the game, but could not get the lead. Feyonda Fitzgerald contributed 14 points and 8 assists. Berger scored 11 points. The loss snapped Temple’s 12 game winning streak. Up next is Number One Connecticut Huskies.
Next Game – 2/1/2017 vs. #1 UConn at the Liacouris Center
VILLANOVA 11 – 10 Overall, 6 – 4 Big East, 3 – 1 Big Five
Results – Lost 54 – 49 at Georgetown
Summary – The Wildcats saw their 5-game consecutive win streak come to an end in Washington. Nova took a 47 – 46 lead with 3:35 to go. The Hoyas regained the lead on the next possession and never relinquished it. Alex Louin lead Villanova with 11 points and 6 rebounds. Louin also contributed 4 assists and 3 blocked shots. Jannah Tucker scored 10 points and stole the ball three times. Kelly Jekot had 9 points and 4 rebounds.
Next Game – 2/3/2017 vs. Creighton at the Pavilion
DREXEL 15 – 5 Overall, 6 – 3 CAA
Results – Lost 54 – 47 at James Madison University, Won 74 – 51 vs. Northeastern at the DAC
Summary – The Dragons fell behind 24 – 14 at halftime at JMU. Drexel got it going offensively in the second half. They cut the deficit to 45 – 44 on a Sarah Curran jumper at the 2:29 mark. A Curran three-pointer made it 48 – 47 with 1:12 to play, but Drexel got no closer. The loss dropped DU to third place on the conference. The Dragons bounced back with a win over Northeastern on Alumni Day. Drexel shot 54.7% from the floor, their season-best. Sarah Curran scored 36 points and grabbed 15 rebounds over the weekend. Meghan Creighton totaled 13 assists. Curran surpassed the 1,400 point mark, only the 11th Drexel player to reach that plateau.
Next Game – 2/3/2017 at the College of Charleston