PHILLY WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL WEEK IN REVIEW
Tanaya Atkinson Registers 7th Double-Double, Kelly Jekot Scores A Career-High 27 Points
Philly Women’s College Basketball Players of the Week
Tanaya Atkinson, Temple – The senior guard recorded her seventh double-double in eight games played this season. Over the week Atkinson averaged twenty-five and a half points and twelve rebounds. Her jumper late in the game provided the winning points in the game against Saint Joseph’s.
Kelly Jekot, Villanova – Jekot set a career-mark with 27 points in the victory over Saint Joseph’s. The sophomore guard made 11 of 17 field goal attempts, 2 of 6 from beyond the arc. She added 6 assists and 5 rebounds in the game. Jekot is leading the team in scoring at just under 14 points per game for the 22nd ranked Wildcats.
Aubrey Brown, Kelsi Lidge, Hannah Nihill – Drexel
Amy Griffin, Shaquana Edwards, Adreana Miller – La Salle
Michelle Nwokedi – Penn
Mia Davis, Deja Reynolds – Temple
Alex Louin, Mary Gedaka – Villanova
*Player of the Week and Honor Roll selections are made by Glenn Papazian, PhillyCollegeSports.com, Mel Greenberg, Women’s Hoop Guru, and Matt Leon, KYW Newsradio
Games of November 27 – December 3, 2017
DREXEL 5 – 3 Overall, 0 – 0 CAA
Results – Won 52 – 37 vs. Lafayette at The DAC, Won 73 – 52 at Delaware State
Summary – The Dragons are showing they can be a good defensive team giving up 37 and 52 points over the week. In the Lafayette game the Drexel forced 29 turnovers, 20 by steals. Hannah Nihill had 20 steals to go along with 13 points. The Dragons held the Hornets to 8 fourth quarter points. Megan Marecic is providing offense putting up an average of 13.5 points of the week. Aubrey Brown had a career-high 9 assists at Delaware State in addition to 12 points. Kelsi Lidge had 17 points and 10 rebounds in Dover.
Next Game – 12/7 at Niagara
LA SALLE 4 – 4 Overall, 0 – 0 Atlantic 10, 1 – 1 Big Five
Results – Won 66 – 59 vs. Penn at the Gola Arena, Lost 71 – 60 at Wisconsin
Summary – The Explorers won their first Big Five game of the season and extended the winning streak to three games with the win over Penn. The streak was snapped at Wisconsin. When La Salle shoots the ball well, they are tough to beat. The Explorers shot 55.6% against Penn with Shaquana Edwards had a game-high 20 points. Penn made 33.8% of their shots. At Wisconsin the numbers were in opposition. Wisconsin made 46.2% from the floor compared to 30.5% for La Salle. Amy Griffin averaged 14.5 points per game, 19 against the Badgers. She also added a total of 8 assists. Adreana Miller had 12 and 18 points in the weekly contests.
Next Game – 12/6 at Rider
PENN – 2 – 3 Overall, 0 – 0 Ivy League, 0 – 1 Big Five
Results – Lost 66 – 59 at La Salle
Summary – The University of Pennsylvania lost their only game of the week, a Big Five contest at La Salle. While Penn was able to force 24 turnovers at 20th & Olney they only had a 16 – 14 edge in points off turnovers. The Quakers had 14 miscues. The Red and Blue started well, but could not hold the lead. Michelle Nwokedi had 14 points and 6 rebounds. Ashley Russell scored a career-high 12 points.
Next Game – 12/9 vs. #3 Notre Dame at the Palestra
SAINT JOSEPH’S 5 – 2 Overall, 0 – 0 Atlantic 10, 0 – 2 Big Five
Results – Lost 69 – 66 at Temple, Lost 79 – 44 at Villanova
Summary – It was a tough two game stretch for the Hawks losing two Big Five games. It was the typical Saint Joseph’s – Temple battle to the end. Saint Joe’s got off to a good start, but the game was tied at halftime. The third quarter was close with either team getting no larger than a three-point lead. After Temple took the lead, Saint Joseph’s had a chance to retake the lead, but turned the ball over. On the inbounds there was a scramble and a foul called on SJU. After two Temple free throws, the last chance at the basket for the Hawks was off. At Villanova it was Saint Joe’s falling behind early and shooting poorly that resulted in the loss.
Next Game – 12/5 at Towson
TEMPLE 6 – 2 Overall, 0 – American, 2 – 0 Big Five
Results – Won 69 – 66 vs. Saint Joseph’s, Won 86 – 64 vs. Harvard both at McGonigle Hall
Summary – When the Hawks and Owls meet, the feathers fly and this game was no exception. Saint Joe’s had the early advantage that the Owls erased by halftime. Temple went ahead late, then SJU caught them. A layup by Tanaya Atkinson gave the Owls a lead. The Hawks turned it over on the ensuing possession. On the inbounds the ball was knocked loose, there was a scramble, and a foul call on SJU. Deja Reynolds went to the foul line and made two to extend the lead to three. A desperation shot nu Saint Joseph’s was off, and Temple earns the win Atkinson had 24 and 13 (points and rebounds) and followed that with a 27 and 11 performance against Harvard. Against the Crimson the Cherry and White got off to a 20 – 2 lead in the victory. Mia Davis averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds over the week.
Next Game – 12/7 vs. Hampton at McGonigle Hall
#22 VILLANOVA 7 – 0, 0 – 0 Big East, 1 – 0 Big Five
Results – Won 62 – 59 at Princeton, Won 79 – 44 vs. Saint Joseph’s at the Jake Nevin Field House
Summary – The Wildcats entered the week nationally ranked. They kept it beating Princeton in a close game. Nova led 53 – 51 in the fourth quarter, then put the game into the win column with a 9 – 2 run. Returning home Villanova put on their most consistent performance of the year on both ends of the floor. The Cats got off to a good start and were never threatened. Kelly Jekot scored a career-high 27 points on 11 of 17 shooting, 2 of 6 from three-point land. Jekot added 6 assists and 5 rebounds against the Hawks. Jannah Tucker added 13 points. Over the week Mary Gedaka averaged 14 points per game.
Next Game – 12/6 at Fairfield