PHILLY WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL WEEK IN REVIEW
Villanova Remains Undefeated Going 9 – 0 For the First Time Since 1979-80 Season
Philly Women’s College Basketball Players of the Week
Tanaya Atkinson, Temple – The Owls guard posted her 9th double-double in 10 games this season, and the 23rd of her career. Atkinson scored an average of 24.5 points and took down a total of 28 rebounds. Her 18 boards against Villanova represented a season-high for Atkinson.
Adrianna Hahn, Villanova – Hahn had an average of 20 points making 15 of 26 field goal attempts over the week. A layup and free throws by Hahn helped to blunt a late Temple charge. The Delaware resident now has 39 career double-figures scoring games.
Megan Marecic, Bailey Greenberg, Kelsi Lidge – Drexel
Amy Griffin – La Salle
Lauren Whitlatch, Eleah Parker – Penn
Sarah Veilleux, Adashia Franklyn – Saint Joseph’s
Mia Davis – Temple
Alex Louin – 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 December 4 – 11, 2017
DREXEL 6 – 3 Overall, 0 – 0 CAA
Results – Won 66 – 65 at Niagara, Lost 72 – 62 at #24 Syracuse
Summary – The Upstate New York swing yielded a win and a loss in two close games. Drexel rallied from a 9-point deficit to win at Niagara on a three-pointer by Megan Marecic with 6 seconds left to play. It was the only Dragons lead of the quarter. It looked like they might pull another upset of Syracuse as Drexel led by 8 at the half and 3 late in the fourth quarter, but the Orange pulled away late to avert a loss to the Dragons for the second straight year. Marecic set a career-high in points with 17 at Syracuse, and pulled down a personal-best 6 rebounds at Niagara where she also added 11 points. Bailey Greenberg set career-marks in rebounds with 10 against the Purple Eagles where she also posted 17 counters. Greenberg had 16 at Syracuse. Kelsi Lidge posted a career-high 23 points in Western New York while also grabbing 6 rebounds, handing out 6 assists, and stealing the ball 5 times.
Next Game – 12/17 at Saint Joseph’s
LA SALLE 4 – 6 Overall, 0 – 0 Atlantic 10, 1 – 1 Big Five
Results – Loat 76 – 55 vs. Rider at the Gola Arena, Lost 70 – 44 at North Texas
Summary – The Explorers fell behind early in each game as they lost twice this week. Turnovers plagued La Salle as they committed 20 against Rider who turned those miscues into 25 points. North Texas got off to an early lead that La Salle never overcame. Amy Griffin had 26 points against the Broncos, her fourth game with 20 or more points. She posted 12 in the Lone Star State.
Next Game – 12/17 at Delaware State
PENN – 3 – 4 Overall, 0 – 0 Ivy League, 1 – 1 Big Five
Results – Lost 66 – 54 vs. #2 Notre Dame, Won 57 – 50 at Saint Joseph’s
Summary – The University of Pennsylvania played competitively against Notre Dame staying within single-digits until a late surge by the Irish won it. Despite a quick turn around Penn got back on track defeating Saint Joseph’s in a Big Five game on Hawk Hill. Lauren Whitlatch scored 18 in the Notre Dame game where she set a career-high with 6 made three-point baskets. Freshman Eleah Parker put up 15 points and 8 rebounds at Saint Joe’s.
Next Game – 12/22 vs. Rhode Island at the Palestra
SAINT JOSEPH’S 5 – 4 Overall, 0 – 0 Atlantic 10, 0 – 3 Big Five
Results – Lost 90 – 66 at Towson, Lost 57 – 50 vs. Penn at the Hagan Arena
Summary – It was another tough week for the Hawks who now have lost four straight games. Towson got off to an early lead that Saint Joe’s never overcame. Alyssa Monaghan scored 10 points while taking down 6 rebounds and dishing out 3 assists. Sarah Veilleux put up 16 points in the Big Five encounter. Adashia Franklyn posted a double-double with 12 and 13.
Next Game – 12/17 vs. Drexel at the Hagan Arena
TEMPLE 7 – 3 Overall, 0 – American, 2 – 1 Big Five
Results – Won 65 – 56 vs. Hampton, Lost 69 – 65 vs. #20/22 Villanova both at McGonigle Hall
Summary – The Owls started the week defeating Hampton despite committing a plethora of turnovers, then prepared for a Big Five game against nationally ranked Villanova. The game would give the winner an advantage towards winning the city title. It did not disappoint. The Wildcats took a fourth quarter lead, but the Owls used a 10 – 3 run to get back to within 3 with 1:13 to play. Villanova was able to stay in front. Tanaya Atkinson continued her double-double streak. Her 24 points and 18 rebounds, a season-high, were game-high’s in both categories in the Nova game. Mia Davis added 13 points and 9 boards against the Wildcats.
Next Game – 12/16 vs. Marist at McGonigle Hall
#20/22 VILLANOVA 9 – 0, 0 – 0 Big East, 2 – 0 Big Five
Results – Won 73 – 44 at Fairfield, Won 69 – 65 at Temple
Summary – The Wildcats remain undefeated winning at Fairfield, then holding off Temple in a Big Five thriller. On North Broad Street Villanova took a 61 – 51 lead in the fourth quarter. The Owls cut the gap to three points with just over a minute left. A layup by Adrianna Hahn followed by foul shots by Hahn and Alex Louin sealed the win. Hahn had 19 points at Fairfield and followed that with a 21-point performance against Temple. Bridget Herlihy scored a career-high 19 points in Connecticut. Three other Wildcat players; Louin, Jannah Tucker, and Megan Quinn put up double-digits in the city series contest. Villanova sits atop the Big Five with a 2 – 0 record.
Next Game – 12/20 at La Salle