PHILLY WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL WEEK IN REVIEW
Saint Joseph’s, Drexel, and Penn Continue Conference Win Streaks
Chelsea Woods Goes Over 1,000 Point Plateau, Eleah Parker Sets Career Marks
Philly Women’s College Basketball Players of the Week
Chelsea Woods, Saint Joseph’s – Chelsea Woods went over the 1,000-point plateau against Richmond. She has 5 straight double-doubles. Over the week Woods posted 39 points, 22 rebounds, and 11 assists.
Eleah Parker, Penn – Eleah Parker set a career-mark in points and rebounds with 22 and 14 in the game against Columbia for her third double-double of the season. Against Cornell the freshman center had 15 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.
Kelsi Lidge, Bailey Greenberg, Sarah Woods – Drexel
Amy Griffin, Sofia Ngwafang – La Salle
Anna Ross, Michelle Nwokedi – Penn
Sarah Veilleux, Alyssa Monaghan – Saint Joseph’s
Tanaya Atkinson – Temple
Alex Louin, Kelly Jekot – 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 January 8 – 15, 2018
DREXEL 12 – 5 Overall, 4 – 1 CAA
Results – Won 65 – 58 (OT) at William & Mary, Won 68 – 42 vs. UNCW at the DAC
Summary – The Dragons had an extended stay in Virginia due to snow and ice. The got a win in the postponed game against the Tribe thanks to a 4th quarter comeback. Drexel erased a 9-point deficit capped by a Megan Marecic three-pointer that sent the game to an extra five minutes. The Dragons looked happy to be back home as they established themselves on defense, then offense in defeating UNCW. The Dragons defense came to the fore as they forced 48 turnovers during the week. It was a big week for Kelsi Lidge who averaged 14 points. She added 13 rebounds, 8 assists, and 5 steals in the William & Mary game. Sarah Woods averaged 14.5 points, and Bailey Greenberg had 11.5 points over the span. She took down 9 rebounds in Annandale. In the UNCW game five Drexel players had multiple assists.
Next Game – 1/19/18 at Northeastern
LA SALLE 6 – 11 Overall, 1 – 3 Atlantic 10, 1 – 2 Big Five
Results – Lost 70 – 61 at Harvard, Won 66 – 63 vs. Saint Bonaventure at the Gola Arena
Summary – The Explorers split their two games this week. Turnovers hurt against Harvard as La Salle had 20 miscues. The team did survive 17 turnovers and a big offensive performance by the Bonnies Mariah Ruff who scored 30 points. Sofia Ngwafang had a career-high 18 points in Massachusetts, she also pulled down 7 rebounds. Amy Griffin scored 28 points over the week and added a total of 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Adreana Miller contributed 25 points and 11 boards. Shaquana Edwards put 17 on the scoreboard against the Bonnies.
Next Game – 1/17/18 at Duquesne
PENN – 8 – 5 Overall, 2 – 1 Ivy League, 1 – 1 Big Five
Results – Won 68 – 48 vs. Cornell, Won 70 – 51 vs. Columbia both at the Palestra
Summary – The University of Pennsylvania swept the first Ivy League weekend of the season. Eleah Parker set a career-mark in points and rebounds with 22 and 14 in the game against Columbia. The defense was very active for the Red and Blue creating turnovers and offense. Penn held Columbia forward Camille Zimmerman, the league leading scorer, to under double-digits for the first time this season. Anna Ross continues to play nearly turnover free. Michelle Nwokedi set career-highs in assists with 7 and 6 blocked shots in the Cornell game.
Next Game – 1/17/18 at Villanova
SAINT JOSEPH’S 9 – 8 Overall, 4 – 1 Atlantic 10, 0 – 3 Big Five
Results – Won 81 – 72 vs. Richmond at the Hagan Arena, Won 84 – 79 at UMass
Summary – The Hawks have won four of their last five and swept the week with conference wins. Chelsea Woods went over the 1,000-point plateau against Richmond. She has 5 straight double-doubles. Over the week Woods posted 39 points, 22 rebounds, and 11 assists. Sarah Veilleux continues to contribute posting 38 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Alyssa Monaghan scored 39 points while handing out 10 assists, and took down 14 rebounds. Saint Joe’s had a big third quarter at Massachusetts winning it by a 25 – 12 margin.
Next Game – 1/21/18 at Saint Louis
TEMPLE 9 – 7 Overall, 1 – 3 American, 2 – 1 Big Five
Results – Lost 89 – 73 vs. #22 USF at McGonigle Hall, Lost 80 – 72 at Cincinnati
Summary – The Owls were defeated in two American games over the week. Nationally ranked USF made half of their field goal attempts and 42.9% of their three-pointers in winning on North Broad Street. Kitija Laksa scored 29 points and Maria Jespersen added 20. Temple had an early lead at Cincinnati, but once the Bearcats went ahead, it was for the rest of the game. Tanaya Atkinson continues to score and rebound for the Cherry and White posting 27 points against USF and a career-high 39 at Cincinnati. She totaled 15 rebounds and 10 assists. Mia Davis put up 15 points and 8 rebounds in the home contest.
Next Game – 1/16/18 vs. Houston at McGonigle Hall
#21 VILLANOVA 14 – 3, 4 – 3 Big East, 3 – 0 Big Five
Results – Won 60 – 58 at Georgetown, Won 66 – 59 at Seton Hall, Lost 70 – 64 at St. John’s
Summary – The Wildcats almost swept their three-game Big East road trip falling short with a loss at ST. John’s. Different Wildcat players step up in the games. Kelly Jekot continues to provide offense and she totaled 51 points and 12 rebounds over the week. Adrianna Hahn scored 17 at Georgetown and had 7 rebounds in the game. Mary Gedaka scored 31 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in the New York/North Jersey trek. Jannah Tucker was consistent averaging 10 points per game. Alex Louin contributes in many statistical categories. Over the week Louin scored 22 points, had 17 rebounds, and dished out 6 assists.
Next Game – 1/17/18 vs. Penn at The Jake Nevin Field House