Philly Women’s College Basketball Week In Review & Awards


 Drexel and Saint Joseph’s Win in Conference Games  

Games of January 7 – 13, 2019 Player of the Week

Alyssa Monaghan – Saint Joseph’s – The senior guard became the 27th player in Saint Joseph’s women’s basketball history to reach the 1,000 career point plateau.  Monaghan made a three-point basket midway through the second quarter in the game vs. Saint Louis to reach that level.  She was the leading scorer in the game getting 21 points.  Over the week Monaghan scored 40 points, getting 19 in the St. Bonaventure victory.  She took down 7 rebounds in that game.

Honor Roll

Maura Hendrixson – Drexel

Janay Sanders – La Salle

Kristalyn Baisden – Saint Joseph’s

Alliya Butts – Temple

Mary Gedaka – Villanova

*Player of the Week and Honor Roll selections are made by Glenn Papazian,, Mel Greenberg, Women’s Hoop Guru, and Matt Leon, KYW Newsradio

Games of – January 7 – 13, 2019

DREXEL 9 – 5 Overall, 1 – 2 CAA

Results – Won 57 – 40 at Delaware

Summary – The Dragons got on the winning side of their CAA ledger defeating the Blue Hens in Newark.  Maura Hendrixson had a career day scoring 16 points, 14 after halftime.  She converted 4 of 6 from beyond the arc, all in the second half.  Hendrixson stole the ball 5 times, half of the Drexel total.  Delaware turned the ball over 16 times.  Aubree Brown posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Next Game – 1/18/2019 at Northeastern

LA SALLE 3 – 14 Overall, 0 – 3 Atlantic 10, 0 – 3 Big Five

Results – Lost 68 – 38 at VCU, Lost 74 – 60 vs. UMass at the Gola Arena

Summary – The Explorers fell victim to runs by the opposition.  The Rams took control behind a 14 – 2 run.  Against UMass a fourth quarter 14 – 6 spurt sent the game in the direction of the Minutemen.  La Salle set a season-high in turnovers with 34 at VCU and shot just 29.2%.  The Explorers fared much better at home making 41% of their shots. A solid performance by Janay Sanders in both games helped her team’s cause scoring 20 points and got 5 steals.  Shalina Miller took down a total of 17 rebounds and blocked 3 shots.  Rayshel Brown led La Salle in scoring with 14 points against Massachusetts.  Jaryn Reese set a career-high with 13 in Richmond.  The Explorers seek their first Atlantic 10 win.  They will get the next chance Wednesday when La Salle hosts George Washington University.

Next Game – 1/16/2019 vs. George Washington at the Gola Arena

PENN – 9 – 2 Overall, 0 – 0 Ivy League, 2 – 0 Big Five


Summary – The University of Pennsylvania had week off, and will return to action against Villanova at the Palestra.  The game will go a long way to deciding the Big Five title.  Should Villanova win, they will clinch the championship.  Should Penn win, they can capture the crown a week later by defeating Temple.

Next Game – 1/16/2019 vs. Villanova at the Palestra

SAINT JOSEPH’S  5 – 11 Overall, 1 – 2 Atlantic 10, 0 – 3 Big Five

Results – Lost 62 – 49 vs. Saint Louis, Won 66 – 41 vs. St. Bonaventure both at the Hagan Arena

Summary – Hawks guard Alyssa Monaghan became the 27th player in program history to reach 1,000 career points.  She reached the plateau making a three-pointer with 5:59 remaining in the second quarter.  She scored a game-high 21 points.  Saint Joe’s broke their losing streak and earned their first Atlantic 10 win of the year defeating the Bonnies at home.  Mongahan led the way with 19 points.  Kristalyn Baisden scored 16 points.  SJU took control behind a 9 – 0 run the third quarter.  The Hawks go on the road for a game against Duquesne in Pittsburgh.

Next Game – 1/16/2019 at Duquesne

TEMPLE 4 – 11 Overall, 0 – 3 American, 2 – 1 Big Five

Results – Lost 66 – 57 vs. Tulane at McGonigle Hall, Lost 78 – 65 at Houston

Summary – The Owls could not keep up with big runs by the opposition in this week’s games.  A 15 – 0 run in the third quarter tilted the game in the direction of Tulane.  In that pivotal quarter the Green Wave made 58.8% of their shots.  In Texas the Owls put together runs of their own, but Houston got more, the biggest being a 22 – 10 stretch in the fourth quarter.  Alliya Butts totaled 5 steals over the week giving her the school record with 257 career steals.  She also scored 16 points and handed out 4 assists at Houston.  Mia Davis added 19 points.  Two of the Owls freshman stepped up in the Tulane game as Alexa Williamson scored 16 points and had 3 rebounds and 3 blocked shots.  Marissa Mackins added 12 points, 4 assists, and 4 steals in the home game.

Next Game – 1/16/2019 at Cincinnati

VILLANOVA  10 – 6, 2 – 4 Big East, 3 – 0 Big Five

Results – Lost 91 – 55 vs. Marquette, Lost 66 – 59 (OT) vs. DePaul both at The Finneran Pavilion

Summary – The Wildcats faced the Big East preseason favorites, Marquette and DePaul, in the space of 48 hours.  Villanova trailed 21 – 19 after one quarter, but a 26 – 5 edge in the following quarter gave Marquette control of the game.  The Golden Eagles were faster getting a 31- 0 edge in points off turnovers.  The Wildcats were more competitive in the game against the Blue Demons.  Nova lead by three late in the fourth quarter on a basket by Kelly Jekot, who scored 17 points.  DePaul tied it with under a minute to play.  The Demons won the overtime 11 – 4.  Mary Gedaka scored 36 points over the two-game stretch. Brianna Herlihy set a career-mark with 10 points against the Golden Eagles.  Villanova can win the Big Five Championship with a win over Penn on Wednesday.

Next Game 1/16/2019 at Penn

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