PHILLY WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL WEEK IN REVIEW
Drexel Gets 20th Win, Remains Unbeaten at Home
Saint Joseph’s on Four-Game Winning Streak
PhillyCollegeSports.com Players of the Week
Michelle Nwokedi, Penn – The senior forward averaged over 13 points per game over three games, and pulled down 32 rebounds and handed out 7 assists. Nwokedi registered her fifth double-double of the season at Cornell. She has 37 in her career which ties Sydney Stipanovich for third place in program history.
Chelsea Woods, Saint Joseph’s – The senior had an average of 17 points a game getting that number in each contest. Woods had the game-winning layup with 5 seconds to play at Davidson. She also averaged 7 and a half rebounds a game and 2 assists.
Kelsi Lidge – Drexel
Adreana Miller – La Salle
Eleah Parker – Penn
Sarah Veilleux, Alyssa Monaghan, Amanda Fioravanti – Saint Joseph’s
Emani Mayo – 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 February 13 – 19, 2018
DREXEL 20 – 6 Overall, 12 – 2 CAA
Results – Won 54 – 34 vs. William & Mary at the DAC
Summary – The Dragons home winning streak reaches 11 games, and with the win over the Tribe they reach the 20-win plateau. The 34 points given up was the lowest number allowed by Drexel. W&M failed to reach 10 points in each of the four quarters. The Dragons held the Tribe to 25.5% shooting and 3 of 22 from distance. William & Mary came into the game averaging 68.5 points per game, second highest in the CAA. Kelsi Lidge posted 10 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists on the contest. Drexel solidified their hold on second place in the CAA. They will meet league-leading James Madison on Friday.
Next Game – 2/23/18 vs. James Madison at the DAC
LA SALLE 8 – 19 Overall, 3 – 11 Atlantic 10, 1 – 3 Big Five
Results – Lost 66 – 45 at Fordham, Lost 70 – 49 at Saint Joseph’s
Summary – The Explorers dropped both games on the road swing. La Salle shot 32.7% against Fordham, who is ranked 21st in the NCAA in scoring defense. The Explorers had a poor-shooting second half in the loss to Saint Joseph’s, and were out-scored 21 – 2 in the fourth quarter. Adreana Miller scored 25 points over the week. The Explorers dropped to the 12th seed in the Atlantic 10.
Next Game – 2/21/2018 – vs. Davidson at the Gola Arena
PENN – 17 – 6 Overall, 8 – 2 Ivy League, 3 – 1 Big Five
Results – Lost 60 – 40 at Princeton, Won 75 – 39 at Columbia, Won 53 – 39 at Cornell
Summary – The University of Pennsylvania was held to a season-low 40 points in the loss at Princeton. The Quakers dropped to second place in the Ivy League. Penn came back on the New York weekend trip. They out-scored Columbia 47 – 15 in the second half. At Cornell the defense held the Big Red to 32% shooting, and just 2 of 15 from beyond the arc. Michelle Nwokedi led the way averaging 13-plus points per game and grabbed 32 boards while handing out 7 assists over the three-game stretch. Nwokedi recorded her fifth double-double of the season, and has 37 in her career. Nwokedi tied former teammate Sydney Stipanovich for third place in school history in that category. Eleah Parker totaled 22 points and 22 rebounds. Penn is second in the Ivy League, and goes on the New England road trip this weekend.
Next Game – 2/23/2018 at Harvard
SAINT JOSEPH’S 14 – 12 Overall, 9 – 5 Atlantic 10, 1 – 3 Big Five
Results – Won 64 – 62 at Davidson, Won 70 – 49 vs. La Salle at the Hagan Arena
Summary – The Hawks are on a four-game winning streak, and are tied for fifth-place in the Atlantic 10 with George Washington, their next opponent. Chelsea Woods made a game winning layup with 5 seconds to play at Davidson. The Hawks erased a 12-point second half deficit in securing the win in North Carolina. On Senior Day against city rival La Salle the defense shut down the visitors winning the fourth quarter 21 – 2. Woods put in 17 points in both contests and pulled down 15 rebounds and handed out 4 assists. The Hawks had balanced scoring as Amanda Fioravanti averaged 14 points and totaled 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Alyssa Monaghan scored 17 points and 6 assists. Sarah Veilleux contributed 27 points, 19 against the Explorers, 7 rebounds and 3 assists.
Next Game – 2/20/2018 vs. George Washington at the Hagan Arena
TEMPLE 10 – 16 Overall, 2 – 11 American, 2 – 2 Big Five
Results – Lost 88 – 81 at Wichita State, Lost 106 – 45 at #1 Connecticut
Summary – The Owls fell behind by 16 against the Shockers, but mounted a furious rally getting to within three-points. They would get no closer. Wichita State made 70% of their shots, nearly half of their three-pointers. Rangie Bessard scored 38 points for Wichita State. It would not get any easier for Temple as they visited #1 Connecticut, who opened the game with a 15 – 3 run to take control. UConn would outscore the Cherry and White 27 – 9 in the third quarter. Emani Mayo scored in double figures in both games averaging 16 per game over the week. Tanaya Atkinson posted 27 points over the week.
Next Game – 2/21/2018 vs. Cincinnati at McGonigle Hall
VILLANOVA 20 – 7, 10 – 6 Big East, 3 – 1 Big Five
Results – Lost 90 – 69 at Marquette, Lost 71 – 66 at DePaul
Summary – Over the road trip the Wildcats faced the top-two teams in the Big East. Villanova fell victim to 52.8% shooting at Marquette giving up the most points in any game this season. Guard Adrianna Hahn did not play at DePaul due to injury. The game was tied at 55 with 6:33 to play. The Blue Demons took a lead and never relinquished it. The Wildcats had 17 assists on 24 field goals. Over the weekend Alex Louin led Villanova with 33 points, 11 rebounds, and 7 assists. Mary Gedaka averaged 11 points and 6 and a half rebounds. She has scored in double figures in 10 of her last 12 games. Nova finished the regular season road record at 10 – 4. Villanova is now fourth in the Big East, just behind Creighton.
Next Game 2/23/2018 vs. Providence at the Jake Nevin Field House