PHILLY WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL WEEK IN REVIEW
Drexel, Penn, Temple, and Villanova Sweep Conference Games Over the Week
Games of January 28 – February 3, 2019
PhillyCollegeSports.com Player of the Week
Bailey Greenberg – Drexel – The junior forward became the 25th player in program history to reach 1,000 career-points. Greenberg did so behind a pair of 24-point efforts in both Dragons victories, the third 20-point plus effort in consecutive games. In addition to the point total she pulled down 20 rebounds and handed out 7 assists. Greenberg shot 53% from the field.
Niki Metzel – Drexel
Jeryn Reese – La Salle
Eleah Parker, Ashley Russell – Penn
Katie Jekot – Saint Joseph’s
Alliya Butts, Mia Davis – Temple
Mary Gedaka, Kelly Jekot, 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 28 – February 3, 2019
DREXEL 15 – 5 Overall, 7 – 2 CAA
Results – Won 59 – 44 at Elon, Won 62 – 58 at William & Mary
Summary – The Dragons have won 7 in a row, and their 12th straight on the road. Bailey Greenberg led the way for Drexel with two 24-point performances, her third consecutive 20-point plus game. The junior forward made 53% of her field goal attempts. Greenberg pulled down 20 rebounds and was credited with 7 assists. Fellow forward Niki Metzel scored a career-high 18 points at William & Mary. Drexel moved into second place in the CAA, one game behind league leader James Madison.
Next Game – 2/10/2019 vs. Delaware at The DAC
LA SALLE 3 – 20 Overall, 0 – 9 Atlantic 10, 0 – 4 Big Five
Results – Lost 65 – 54 vs. Fordham at the Gola Arena, Lost 80 – 61 at Davidson
Summary – The Explorers were led by Jeryn Reese who had 15 points, then set a career-mark of 18 points at Davidson. Reese had 5 made three-pointers against Fordham to set her collegiate best. At Davidson Reese also grabbed 8 rebounds and shot 8 of 19. Janay Sanders also scored 18, her career-high, in North Carolina after getting 11 against Fordham. La Salle tied the score with Fordham at 49 with just under 7 minutes to play, but fell victim a 16 – 5 run by the Rams to finish the game. Shalina Miller scored 12 points and had 9 rebounds. In that game the Explorers made 8 of 14 three-pointers for 57.1%, their best of the season.
Next Game – 2/6/2019 vs. Rhode Island at the Gola Arena
PENN – 13 – 3 Overall, 3 – 0 Ivy League, 3 – 1 Big Five
Results – Won 59 – 46 at Cornell, Won 70 -62 at Columbia
Summary – The University of Pennsylvania won each game of their initial Ivy Weekend of the season, both on the road. Eleah Parker set a career-high of 26 points at Cornell along with 12 rebounds, and followed that with a 13-point 8 rebound effort at Columbia. It was the 13th career double-double for the sophomore. All 5 starters had at least 2 assists in Ithica. Ashley Russell scored 16 points and had 5 steals in New York City in a game where the Quakers forced 19 turnovers by the Lions. Over the two-days Phoebe Sterba and Princess Aghayere posted double figures scoring totaling 23 and 21 points.
Next Game – 2/8/2019 vs. Brown at the Palestra
SAINT JOSEPH’S 6 – 15 Overall, 2 – 6 Atlantic 10, 1 – 3 Big Five
Results – Lost 65 – 47 vs. VCU at the Hagan Arena
Summary – The Hawks were again led by Katie Jekot who scored 15 points in the loss to the league-leading VCU Rams. Alyssa Mongahan returned to the lineup and added 11 points. Saint Joe’s was held to 29.2% shooting (7 of 24) in the second half which put the game away for VCU. For the game the Hawks made 35.4% from the floor and 31.3% from beyond the arc.
Next Game – 2/6/2019 vs. Davidson at the Hagan Arena
TEMPLE 7 – 14 Overall, 3 – 5 American, 2 – 2 Big Five
Results – Won 75 – 61 at Tulsa, Won 65 – 40 at Wichita State
Summary – The Owls are on a three-game winning streak defeating the Tulsa Golden Hurricane and Wichita State Shockers in the road games. Alliya Butts scored a career-high 34 points making 12 of 22 field goal attempts and 5 of 10 from distance at Tulsa. She had a team-high 5 assists in providing plenty of offense for the Cherry and White. Butts added 2 steals. She added 14 points and 5 rebounds in Kansas. Tulsa was limited to 32.8% shooting. At Wichita the defense allowed 1 point in the fourth quarter forcing the Shockers to miss all 11 shots. Mia Davis totaled 55 points over the week and grabbed 22 rebounds. Davis posted a double-double with 30 and 13 against Wichita State. The Temple defense is getting better.
Next Game – 2/5/2019 vs. Houston
VILLANOVA 15 – 7, 6 – 5 Big East, 4 – 0 Big Five
Results – Won 53 – 33 vs. Providence, Won 67 – 62 (2 OT) vs. Creighton both at the Finneran Pavilion
Summary – The Wildcats got a Big East sweep this weekend defeating the Providence Friars and the Creighton Blue Jays protecting their home court. In the win over Providence, who scored 33 total points, it was the lowest scored by Providence and least amount of points given up by Villanova this season. With 5:05 to play in the 4th quarter Adrianna Hahn made a three-point basket giving her 284 and the all-time program record for made three-point field goals passing Trish Juhline. Hahn and Kelly Jekot scored 14 points each, while no Friars broke double figures. It took 10 extra minutes for Villanova to defeat Creighton. Mary Gedaka made a layup with 28 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime. Creighton got a layup from Jaylyn Agnew with 20 ticks on the clock to require another 5 minutes of play. In the second overtime Hahn hit a three-pointer at the 25 second mark to secure the victory. Gedaka had 23 points and 7 rebounds. Kelly Jekot went for 15 and 9. Hahn scored 11 points and now has 287 three-pointers in her career. The Wildcats take to the road going to Chicago and Milwaukee to meet the DePaul Blue Demons and the league leading Marquette Golden Eagle. DePaul is in third place, a half-game ahead of Villanova.
Next Game 2/8/2019 at DePaul