PHILLY COLLEGE SPORTS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL WEEK IN REVIEW
PhillyCollegeSports.com Women’s Basketball Player of the Week
Anna Ross, Penn – In two big Ivy League wins Ross averaged 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 3.5 assists as Penn takes over sole possession of the top spot in the Ivy League. In ending the 16 game Harvard win streak the junior guard from Syracuse scored a game-high 16 points, pulled down 5 boards, and handed out 2 assists.
Jessica Pellechio, Drexel
Sarah Curran, Drexel
Amy Griffin, La Salle
Sofilia Ngwafang, La Salle
Michelle Nwokedi, Penn
Sydney Stipanovich, Penn
Amanda Fioravanti, Saint Joseph’s
Adashia Franklyn, Saint Joseph’s
Alliya Butts, Temple
Tanaya Atkinson, Temple
Alex Louin, 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 Radio.
Games The Week of January 30 – February 6, 2017
LA SALLE 14 – 9 Overall, 7 – 4 Atlantic 10, 1 – 2 Big Five
Results – Won 58 – 49 at Rhode Island, Lost 79 – 65 vs. George Washington at The Gola Arena
Summary – The winning streak for the Explorers reached five games with the win against the Rams. La Salle pulled away late with an 8 – 0 run. The loss to George Washington brought the string to an end. The Explorers fell behind 64 – 50, then went on a 14 – 3 run to cut the deficit to 5 points with 4:29 to play. The Colonials put together 6 consecutive points to retain control. Amy Griffin had a big week for La Salle scoring 35 points and grabbing 15 boards. Freshman Sofilia Ngwafang put up 29 points, highlighted by a career-high 18 points in the GW game, and added 9 boards.
Next Game – 2/7/2017 – at St. Bonaventure
PENN 12 – 6 Overall, 5 – 0 Ivy League, 0 – 4 Big Five
Results – Won 63 – 43 vs. Harvard, Won 68 – 38 vs. Dartmouth both games at The Palestra
Summary – The sweep of the weekend games for the University of Pennsylvania gave them sole possession of first place in the Ivy League. The victory over Harvard ended a 16-game winning streak for the Crimson. The next night the Quakers used balanced scoring and a stellar defensive effort in defeating Dartmouth. The Big Green went 13 of 55 from the floor for 23.6% shooting. The Red and Blue had scoring balance. Michelle Nwokedi scored 23 points and 20 rebounds to go along with 3 blocks and 3 steals. Sydney Stipanovich contributed 23 scores and 12 rebounds. However, it was Anna Ross who led the team with 28 points, 12 rebounds, and 7 assists over the two game span.
Next Game – 2/10/2017, 2/11/2017 at Columbia and at Cornell
SAINT JOSEPH’S 11 – 12 Overall, 8 – 3 Atlantic 10, 1 – 2 Big Five
Results – Won 60 – 58 vs. Duquesne at The Hagan Arena, Won 66 – 63 at Saint Louis
Summary – The winning streak for the Hawks stands at four as they win a pair of squeakers. Jaryn Garner sank a jumper with 11.2 seconds to play to lift SJU past Duquesne. Saint Joe’s got a big effort from Adashia Franklyn who posted a double-double with 23 points and 16 rebounds. At the end of the week the Hawks got a career-high 21 points from Amanda Fioravanti, who added 8 rebounds defeating Saint Louis which gave the team a share of second place in the Atlantic 10. Saint Joseph’s is tied with Saint Louis and George Washington in conference, each team two games behind league leading Dayton.
Next Game – 2/9/2017 at Fordham
TEMPLE 17 – 5, Overall, 7 – 2 AAC, 4 – 0 Big Five
Results – Lost 97 – 69 vs. #1 UConn at the Liacouris Center, Won 76 – 50 at Tulane
Summary – When a team hopes to end the 95 game winning streak of top ranked Connecticut, the worst thing that can happen is UConn plays a flawless half. The Huskies did that. The Owls then want to play a better second half and build off that. And Temple did going on the road and defeating Tulane. Temple trailed Connecticut 52 – 18 at intermission, but did win the second half 51 – 45. Over the week Tanaya Atkinson scored 40 points and pulled down 22 rebounds over both games. Alliya Butts put in 34 points, and Feyonda Fitzgerald was credited with 12 assists.
Next Game – 2/8/2017 vs. Tulsa at the Liacouris Center – Noon Tip-Off
VILLANOVA 8 – 9 Overall, 4 – 3 Big East, 3 – 1 Big Five
Results – Lost 47 – 44 vs. Creighton, Won 61 – 43 vs. Providence both at the Pavilion
Summary – It was a hard fought defensive battle when the Wildcats met the Blue Jays at the Pavilion. Villanova had a chance at the end but Jannah Tucker could not convert a potential game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer. The Cats held the Jays to 32.1% shooting, but could only convert 29.6% of their attempts. Adrianna Hahn led the way with 15 points while Alex Louin scored 7 and had 10 rebounds. Nova bounced back two days later using balanced scoring to defeat Providence. Louin led the way with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Three other Villanova player scored in double-figures. Tucker had 11 while Samantha Wilkes and Mar Gedaka contributed 10 each.
Next Game – 2/10/2017 at St. John’s
DREXEL 16 – 6 Overall, 7 – 4 CAA
Results – Lost 79 – 75 at the College of Charleston, Won 54 – 44 at Delaware
Summary – The Dragons earned a split over the weekend series. It was a game of runs but unfortunately for Drexel, who got the last one, a 14 – 0 spurt was not quite enough to overtake Charleston. Jessica Pellechio scored a game-high 21points. On the Sunday end of the weekend the Dragons used defense holding the Blue Hens to 34.9% shooting and 2 of 12 from beyond the arc to earn the win, and end Delaware’s 6-game winning streak. Pellechio scored 11 points. Sarah Curran was consistent scoring 20 points in both games.
Next Game – 2/10/2017 vs. William and Mary at The DAC