PHILLY WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL WEEK IN REVIEW
Villanova Wins the Big Five Championship, Greenberg Basket at the Buzzer Wins It for Drexel, Monaghan Lifts Saint Joseph’s, Parker Sets a Career-High in Rebounds for Penn
Games of January 14 – 20, 2019
PhillyCollegeSports.com Players of the Week
Alyssa Monaghan – Saint Joseph’s – Monaghan matched a career-high scoring 23 points in the game at Duquesne. The senior guard surpassed that mark scoring 25 points in the Hawks Big Five win over La Salle. Her three-pointer at the beginning of the fourth quarter gave Saint Joe’s a lead they never relinquished. Over the week Monaghan added 9 rebounds and 9 assists for the Hawks.
Bailey Greenberg – Drexel – Greenberg posted a career-high 26 points at Northeastern. The two most important came when she hit a buzzer-beater to give Drexel the victory. Greenberg added 8 rebounds in Boston. The junior forward followed that with a team-high 13 points and 7 rebounds in the win at Hofstra.
Maura Hendrixson – Drexel
Shalina Miller – La Salle
Eleah Parker – Penn
Kristalyn Baisden – Saint Joseph’s
Desiree Oliver – Temple
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 14 – 20, 2019
DREXEL 11 – 5 Overall, 3 – 2 CAA
Results – Won 61 – 59 at Northeastern, Won 61 – 49 at Hofstra
Summary – The Dragons swept their weekend CAA road trip. It was a thriller in Boston. Bailey Greenberg won it at the buzzer taking a pass from Aubree Brown with one second left and banking it home. Greenberg had a career-high 26 points. Maura Hendrixson matched her career-high with 16 points. Drexel had balanced scoring at Hofstra with Greenberg leading the team with13 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. The Dragons return to the DAC for next week’s conference games
Next Game – 1/25/2019 vs. College of Charleston at the DAC
LA SALLE 3 – 16 Overall, 0 – 5 Atlantic 10, 0 – 4 Big Five
Results – Lost 67 – 59 vs. George Washington, Lost 60 – 57 at Saint Joseph’s
Summary – The Explorers are still in search of their first conference and Big Five win. The team almost got both, but fell behind in the fourth quarter and lost on Hawk Hill. Shalina Miller had 14 points and 6 rebounds. In their prior game La Salle got career-high’s from Rayshel Brown with 21 points and Jeryn Reese with 14 points. Reese added 11 rebounds to get her initial double-double. Miller blocked 3 shots. The Explorers try again when the Duquesne Dukes visit this week.
Next Game – 1/23/2019 vs. Duquesne at the Gola Arena
PENN – 9 – 3 Overall, 1 – 0 Ivy League, 2 – 1 Big Five
Results – Lost 58 – 50 vs. Villanova at the Palestra
Summary – The University of Pennsylvania started quickly getting out to a 13 – 4 lead after one quarter against Villanova. But Penn got only 5 points over the last 6 minutes falling to the Wildcats. Eleah Parker set a career-high with 17 rebounds and tied her career-high in points with 25. The only other Quaker in double figures was Phoebe Sterba who posted 12 points. The loss ended a 5-game Big Five winning streak and cost the Red and Blue a chance at the Big Five title. Penn finishes the city series schedule hosting Temple on Wednesday.
Next Game – 1/23/2019 vs. Temple at the Palestra
SAINT JOSEPH’S 6 – 12 Overall, 2 – 3 Atlantic 10, 1 – 3 Big Five
Results – Lost 81 – 73 at Duquesne, Won 60 – 57 vs. St. La Salle at the Hagan Arena
Summary – The Hawks won their first Big Five game of the season rallying to beat the La Salle Explorers at the Hagan Arena. Alyssa Monaghan hit a three-pointer, 3 of her career-high 25 points, to start the fourth quarter and gave Saint Joe’s a lead they never relinquished. Monaghan scored 23 points in the loss at Duquesne. Kristalyn Baisden added 18 points to tie her career-high. The 73 points scored in the game was the highest point total this season for the Hawks.
Next Game – 1/23/2019 at Richmond
TEMPLE 4 – 13 Overall, 0 – 5 American, 2 – 1 Big Five
Results – Lost 72 – 55 at Cincinnati, Lost 88 – 67 vs. #2 UConn at the Liacouras Center
Summary – The Owls fell at Cincinnati via a 17 – 0 Bearcat run spanning the third and fourth quarter. The Temple shooting percentage of 29% was their lowest this season. Mia Davis scored 16 points and Lena Niang added 15 points. The Cherry and White showed fight when hosting #2 Connecticut at home. After the Huskies took a big halftime lead, the Owls cut the deficit to 14 late in the third quarter. They got no closer. Desiree Oliver posted her first career double-double scoring 15 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. She set a career-mark with 7 assists. Alliya Butts added 7 points. Napeesha Collier led UConn with 30 points and 12 rebounds. Crystal Dangerfield scored 26 points and handed out 9 assists. The Owls are looking for their first American win. Next up they have a Big Five contest at Penn.
Next Game – 1/23/2019 at Penn
VILLANOVA 11 – 7, 2 – 5 Big East, 4 – 0 Big Five
Results – Won 58 – 50 at Penn, Lost 68 – 63 at Georgetown
Summary – The Wildcats took their 16th title and the 10th outright Big Five championship with a win at Penn. The contest was in doubt in the fourth quarter. Villanova hit three 3-point baskets in a row, two by Jannah Tucker and one by Adrianna Hahn to take control. Kelly Jekot recoded her first career double-double scoring 18 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. The Cats have 119 Big Five wins, the most of any city school. Nova went back to Big East play at Georgetown, but fell in Washington. Jekot scored 15 points in the loss. Mary Gedaka led the team with 16 points and 8 rebounds. The last 5 games between the Wildcats and the Hoyas have been decided by 5 points or less.
Next Game 1/25/2019 at Seton Hall