PHILLY WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL WEEK IN REVIEW
3 – 0 Big Five Record for Villanova, First Collegiate Win for Mountain MacGillivray
Games of December 4 – 9, 2018
PhillyCollegeSports.com Players of the Week
Eleah Parker – Penn –The Penn forward recorded her second double-double of the season getting 18 points and 12 rebounds at Iona. She also blocked 5 shots. Parker has a four-game streak of scoring in double-digits. In the La Salle game Parker had 15 points and 7 rebounds, and blocked 4 shots.
Mary Gedaka,Villanova – The junior forward scored 22 points and had 13 boards in the city series game against Temple. Gedaka was a perfect 7 of 7 from the floor and made her only attempt from beyond the arc.
Bailey Greenberg – Drexel
Michelle Nicholls – La Salle
Ashley Russell – Penn
Alyssa Monaghan – Saint Joseph’s
Mia Davis – Temple
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 December 4 – December 9, 2018
DREXEL 6 – 2 Overall, 0 – 0 CAA
Results – Won 59 – 39 vs. Manhattan, Lost 71 – 63 (OT) vs. Wright State at the Manhattan College Holiday Tournament
Summary – The Dragons won their sixth straight game defeating Manhattan, but the streak would end the next day with an overtime loss to Wright State at the Manhattan College Holiday Tournament. Bailey Greenberg was the leading scorer in both contests. She has led the team in scoring in every game for Drexel this season. Greenberg scored a career-high 24 points against Wright State, after putting in 15 the previous game. The junior forward pulled down a total of 15 rebounds. Aubree Brown continues to fill the stat sheet getting 29 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists in the tournament. Hannah Nihill scored a career-high 15 points against Wright State, all in the second half, all from deep. Drexel meets Garner-Webb on Sunday, the first time these schools have met in program history.
Next Game – 12/16 vs. Garner-Webb at the DAC
LA SALLE 1 – 8 Overall, 0 – 0 Atlantic 10, 0 – 2 Big Five
Results – Lost 65 – 34 at Penn, Won 62 – 51 vs. Norfolk State at the Gola Arena
Summary – The Explorers won their first game of the season,and it was the first collegiate win as a head coach for Mountain MacGillivray. La Salle got the vicotry against Norfolk State winning the fourth quarter 19 – 9. Four Explorers scored in double figures led by Michelle Nicholls with 17 points. Shalina Miller (14), Deja King (13), and Jeryn Reese (12) also netted double figures. This came after a loss at Penn where La Salle shot 10 – 62 at the Palestra. The Explorers fell behind 13 – 0 at the start. Deja King led her team with 13 points.
Next Game – 12/15/2018 vs. St. John’s at the Gola Arena
PENN – 6 – 2 Overall, 0 – 0 Ivy League, 2 – 0 Big Five
Results – Won 65 – 34 vs. La Salle at the Plaestra, Won 66 – 43 at Iona
Summary – The University of Pennsylvania returned to the court after a week off with wins over La Salle and at Iona. Penn started quickly getting out to a 13 – 0 lead over La Salle. The Quakers are getting scoring close to the basket, leading in points in the paint by a 90 – 52 margin over the week. Eleah Parker had a total of 33 points, grabbed 19 boards,and blocked 10 shots. It was her second double-double of the season behind an 18 – 12 performance at Iona. Fellow forward Princess Aghayere fell one rebound shy of a double-double getting 13 points and 9 rebounds in New Rochelle. Ashley Parker contributed 14 rebounds and 10 assists. Penn is off for exams, then has a Battle of 33rd Street game at the DAC a week from Friday.
Next Game – 12/22/2018 at Drexel
SAINT JOSEPH’S 3 – 6 Overall, 0 – 0 Atlantic 10, 0 – 3 Big Five
Results – Lost 81 – 70 vs. Auburn at the Hagan Arena
Summary – The Hawks fought back from a 16-point deficit to get to within a point on a three-pointer by Lula Roig, her first career three-pointer. The Tigers would ice the game going 9 of 10 from the free throw line. Alyssa Monaghan led Saint Joe’s with 18 points and 5 assists. Whisper Fischer scored 11 points and took down 5 rebounds.
Next Game – 12/10/2018 vs. Towson at the Hagan Arena
TEMPLE 3 – 6 Overall, 0 – 0 American, 1 – 1 Big Five
Results – Won 59 – 39 vs. Iona at McGonigle Hall, Lost 76 – 68 at Villanova
Summary – The Owls broke a five-game losing streak defeating Iona at McGonigle Hall, their second home game of the season. Mia Davis led the way with 25 points and a season-high 14 rebounds for her third straight double-double. Temple outrebounded Iona 43 – 27. At Villanova Davis continued her offensive output getting 22 points and 9 rebounds. Alliya Butts added 22 in the Big Five encounter. Marissa Mackins is contributing to the offense getting a total of 21 points. She hit two three-pointers at Nova, the only three’s of the game for the Cherry and White. The Owls take to the road facing South Carolina and former coach Dawn Staley after a break for exams.
Next Game – 12/21/2018 at South Carolina
VILLANOVA 7 – 2, 0 – 0 Big East, 3 – 0 Big Five
Results – Won 60 – 45 at George Washington, Won 76 – 68 vs. Temple at The Finneran Pavilion
Summary – The Wildcats are on a four-game winning streak and improves to 3 – 0 in the Big Five. Later this season Nova meets Penn, the only other undefeated team in the city series that could decide the title. Villanova shot 44% at Foggy Bottom and sank 13 three-pointers in the win over Temple. The Cats are 4 – 0 at the Finneran Pavilion. Mary Gedaka led Nova scoring 35 points over the week and took down 22 rebounds. In the win over Temple Gedaka was a perfect 7 of 7 from the field and made a three. Her previous high for being perfect in field goals made was six at Lehigh last season. Adrianna Hahn continues to make shots from distance as she was 6 of 9 at GW. The senior guard moved into second place in made three-point field goals in program history with 254 from beyond the arc. The Wildcats welcome Georgia of the SEC on Friday.
Next Game 12/14/2018 vs. Georgia at the Finneran Pavilion