PHILLY COLLEGE SPORTS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL WEEK IN REVIEW
PhillyCollegeSports.com Women’s Basketball Player of the Week
Feyonda Fitzgerald, Temple – The senior guard led Temple to two important wins over the week. Temple is now nationally ranked (23rd) and defeated a ranked team, USF, for the second time this season. In Florida Fitzgerald had a team-high 23 points and dished out 7 assist to go along with 2 steals. Against SMU the Norfolk, VA native had 17 points, 7 assists, and 5 steals. Fitzgerald averaged 20 points, 7 assists, and 3.5 steals. She shot 45% from the floor (14-31) and 40% from three-point land (6-15).
Jessica Pellechio, Drexel
Aubree Brown, Drexel
Sarah Curran, Drexel
Amy Griffin, La Salle
Sofilia Ngwafang, La Salle
Michelle Nwokedi, Penn
Alyssa Monaghan, Saint Joseph’s
Adashia Franklyn, Saint Joseph’s
Donnaizha Fountain, 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 February 14 – 20, 2017
LA SALLE 16 – 11 Overall, 9 – 6 Atlantic 10, 1 – 3 Big Five
Results – Lost 79 – 74 vs. Saint Louis at the Gola Arena, Won 57 – 52 at Massachusetts
Summary – The win at Massachusetts clinched a first round home game for La Salle in the upcoming Atlantic 10 Tournament. The Explorers are sixth in the standings at this time. They gave Saint Louis a battle before falling. The Billikens are one of three teams tied for the league lead along with George Washington and Dayton with a 12 – 3 record. Amy Griffin posted a season-high 28 points in the Saint Louis game. Sofilia Ngwafang pulled down 25 rebounds over the two games. She contributed a double-double in Massachusetts with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Jasmine Alston dished out 12 assists over the week.
Next Game – 2/22/2017 – vs. Fordham at The Gola Arena
PENN 15 – 7 Overall, 8 – 1 Ivy League, 0 – 4 Big Five
Results – Won 71 – 68 at Brown, Lost 61 – 48 at Yale
Summary – The University of Pennsylvania had their 12-game Ivy League winning streak come to an end at Yale. Penn did not shoot the ball well (34.5% and 24% from beyond the arc) and committed 19 turnovers. In the game Sydney Stipanovich became the Ivy League all-time leader in career blocked shots with a total of 306. The streak was in jeopardy the previous evening at Brown. The Quakers erased a 16-point deficit to earn the win. Over the weekend Michelle Nwokedi recorded two double-doubles giving her nine for the season. Nwokedi had 21 points and 11 rebounds at Brown, and 13 scored and 12 boards against Yale. Penn still holds first-place in the Ivy League.
Next Game – 2/24/2017, 2/25/2017 vs. Cornell and Columbia at The Palestra
SAINT JOSEPH’S 14 – 13 Overall, 11 – 4 Atlantic 10, 2 – 2 Big Five
Results – Won 80 – 70 at VCU, Won 69 – 54 vs. Davidson at The Hagan Arena
Summary – The Hawks are in fourth place in the Atlantic 10 standings. However, their 11 – 4 conference record has them a game behind the three conference leaders, George Washington, Dayton, and Saint Louis, who are 12 – 3. Adashia Franklyn continues to post double-doubles. She had 19 points and 10 rebounds at VCU, then returned home to score 12 points and pull down 10 boards. Alyssa Monaghan scored 21 points against Davidson following her 16 point performance at VCU.
Next Game – 2/21/2017 vs. George Mason at The Hagan Arena
#23 TEMPLE 21 – 5, Overall, 11 – 2 AAC, 4 – 0 Big Five
Results – Won 66 – 52 vs. SMU at McGonigle Hall, Won 77 – 71 at #22 South Florida
Summary – The Owls gained a national ranking, then toppled a ranked team on the road. Temple is in second place by two-games in the American. The Owls led from start to finish against the Mustangs, then took to the road defeating USF, a team that handed them a conference loss three weeks earlier. The Bulls are the second ranked opponent that the Cherry and White defeated this season (the other being DePaul). The Owls won it in come-from-behind fashion. Feyonda Fitzgerald scored 40 points over the week, handed out 14 assists, and stole the ball 7 times. Donnaizha Fountain continues to contribute posting 41 points and 17 rebounds. Against SMU Fountain recorded a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Tanaya Atkinson put up a double-double in Florida with 11 points and 12 boards following a 12-point effort against SMU.
Next Game – 2/22/2017 at #1 UConn
VILLANOVA 16 – 11, Overall, 11 – 5 Big East, 3 – 1 Big Five
Results – Won 76 – 71 vs. Xavier (2 OT), Won 61 – 58 vs. Butler, both at The Pavilion
Summary – The Wildcats had to put in a lot of overtime over the weekend. By winning a double overtime and an overtime game, Villanova remained tied for third place in the Big East with Marquette. They are a game-behind conference co-leaders DePaul and Creighton. Adrianna Hahn took over offensively in the latter stages of the Xavier game. She scored a career-high 33 points, all 11 for Nova in the second overtime. Hahn hit a three-pointer to send the game into overtime. Alex Louin made a coast-to-coast run and layup to require another five minutes to be played. The Villanova winning streak extended to five games when they defeated Butler in overtime. Louin scored the last three-points for Villanova to get the win. Jannah Tucker scored a team-high 14 points. Louin posted a pair of double-doubles with 18 points and 11 rebounds in the Xavier game, and 13 and 10 against Butler. Over the weekend she averaged 15.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, and contributed 3.5 assists per game. A big weekend awaits Villanova who meets DePaul then Marquette on the road.
Next Game – 2/24/2017, 2/26/2017 at #19 DePaul and at Marquette
DREXEL 20 – 6 Overall, 11 – 4 CAA
Results – Won 80 – 65 at Towson, Won 53 – 49 vs. Delaware at The DAC
Summary – The Dragons got contributions from experienced players and younger players in the weekend sweep. Jessica Pellechio scored 23 points as Drexel got past Delaware in overtime to reach the 20-win plateau for the sixth time in program history. On Friday at Towson Aubree Brown scored a career-high 15 points. Eleven of the points came in the second half. Brown had 6 rebounds and 4 assists to her stat line. Ana Ferariu added 15 points. Sarah Curran added 19 points, her 13th consecutive game scoring in double figures and reached the 1.500 point mark. Curran is the sixth Drexel player to reach that level. The Dragons face JMU on Friday. Drexel sits in third place and James Madison occupies second. The result may not change the seeding as far as who meets who and when, but each team would like to send a message to the opponent for the CAA Tournament.
Next Game – 2/24/2017 and 2/27/2017 vs. James Madison at the DAC, and at Hofstra