PHILLY WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL WEEK IN REVIEW
Penn and Villanova Share the Big Five Title
Drexel Sweeps CAA Weekend with Comeback Victories
Cindy Griffin Gets Career Win # 300
PhillyCollegeSports.com Co-Players of the Week
Ashley Russell, Penn – It was a record setting night for the University of Pennsylvania guard who set career-marks in points (19), rebounds (9), and made field goals (8) in the win at Temple which gave her team a share of the Big Five title. Over the two games Russell scored 29 total points.
Alex Louin, Villanova – The senior forward played a huge role in the largest offensive output of the year for Villanova as Louin scored 24 points making 9 of 14 from the floor and sank 5 of 10 from three-point land. In the win at Butler Louin had 8 points and took down 10 rebounds.
Kelsi Lidge, Sara Woods – Drexel
Amy Griffin, Adreana Miller – La Salle
Anna Ross, Eleah Parker – Penn
Amanda Fioravanti, Adashia Franklyn – Saint Joseph’s
Tanaya Atkinson, Mia Davis – Temple
Jannah Tucker, Adrianna Hahn – 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 23 – 29, 2018
DREXEL 16 – 5 Overall, 8 – 1 CAA
Results – Won 58 – 56 vs. Elon, Won 58 – 50 vs. Northeastern at the DAC
Summary – the cardiac Dragons struck twice snaring victories. Drexel was down double-digits with just over three minutes to play, but came back to defeat Elon. It was the largest fourth quarter comeback in program history. Two days later the Dragons closed the Northeastern game with a 13 – 2 run. Kelsi Lidge had 28 points and 13 rebounds over the weekend. Sara Woods contributed 21 points and 4 rebounds. Drexel solidified their hold on second place in the CAA.
Next Game – 2/2/18 vs. Towson at the DAC
LA SALLE 7 – 14 Overall, 2 – 6 Atlantic 10, 1 – 2 Big Five
Results – Won 62 – 57 vs. VCU, Lost 75 – 64 vs. Saint Joseph’s at the Gola Arena
Summary – The Explorers posted a conference win against the Rams scoring 14 straight points over the third and fourth quarter to secure the victory. In the win La Salle made the opponent pay for their mistakes getting a 15 – 9 edge in points off turnovers, and also gave the hosts a 10 – 2 advantage in fast break points. However, against city rival Saint Joe’s a 13 – 4 Hawk run gave control of the game to SJU. Saint Joseph’s had a 39 – 25 lead in rebounds. La Salle made a charge at the end winning the fourth quarter 22 – 8. It was a big week for Amy Griffin who scored 43 points over the two games. Adreana Miller put in 35 points and took down 10 boards.
Next Game – 2/1/18 at George Washington
PENN – 11 – 5 Overall, 2 – 1 Ivy League, 3 – 1 Big Five
Results – Won 74 – 59 at Temple, Won 89 – 25 vs. Gwynedd Mercy at the Palestra
Summary – The University of Pennsylvania earned a share of the Big Five championship, the second in program history, with a win at Temple. It was a record setting night for guard Ashley Russell who set career-marks in points (19), Rebounds (9), and made field goals (8). Anna Ross entered the Penn record books getting her 429th assist. Ross is number 1 at the school in career assists. Penn has won 5 straight. Eleah Parker Scored 28 points and had 23 rebounds. Russell scored 29 points over the two games.
Next Game – 2/2/18 at Brown
SAINT JOSEPH’S 10 – 10 Overall, 5 – 3 Atlantic 10, 0 – 3 Big Five
Results – Lost 61 – 42 at Duquesne, Won 75 – 64 at La Salle
Summary – Coach Cindy Griffin earned her 300th career win as coach with the win at La Salle. The Hawks split their Atlantic 10 road swing through Pennsylvania. Poor shooting doomed Saint Joe’s at Duquesne as the team made 15 of 59 from the floor and 2 of 14 from beyond the arc. SJU did bounce back taking control of the A10 game at La Salle behind a 13 – 4 run in the fourth quarter. Saint Joe’s had a 39 – 25 advantage in rebounds. Adashia Franklyn posted a total of 23 points and 22 rebounds. Fellow front court mate Amanda Fioravanti scored 24 points and snared 18 misses by the opposition.
Next Game – 1/31/18 at VCU
TEMPLE 9 – 11 Overall, 1 – 6 American, 2 – 2 Big Five
Results – Lost 74 – 59 vs. Penn at McGonigle Hall, Lost 76 – 60 at #23 USF
Summary – The Owls had a chance to get a part of the city title for which they were defending champions, but fell to Penn. In the ensuing road game Temple lost to #23 USF. The Owls have dropped 6 in a row. The Red and Blue outscored the Cherry and White 40 – 28 in the paint. In Florida Temple took a 31 – 30 lead at halftime. That advantage was wiped away by USF who won the third quarter 31 – 14. Over the two games Tanaya Atkinson led the team with 41 points scored. She took down 7 rebounds and added 4 assists at South Florida. Mia Davis totaled 21 points and had 8 board down south.
Next Game – 1/31/18 at SMU
VILLANOVA 17 – 5, 7 – 4 Big East, 3 – 1 Big Five
Results – Won 89 – 50 at Xavier, Won 69 – 67 at Butler
Summary – The Wildcats swept their Big East road trip. Villanova had their largest offensive output of the season at Xavier putting up 89 points. Alex Louin led the way for Nova scoring 24 points making 9 of 14 from the floor and 5 of 10 from beyond the arc. Other Wildcat players who played a role in the offensive explosion were Jannah Tucker with 12 points, shooting a perfect 5 of 5 field goal attempts and sank both three-pointers. Adrianna Hahn made all four of her shots, two from beyond the arc. The Wildcats followed that by avenging an earlier loss to Butler. Louin contributed 8 points and took down 10 rebounds. Hahn and Kelly Jekot scored 14 points apiece. Villanova is the Co-Big Five Champion for 2017-18. The Cats are tied for third place in the Big East with Creighton.
Next Game – 2/3/18 vs. Georgetown at the Jake Nevin Arena