PHILLY WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL WEEK IN REVIEW
Denise Dillon Gets 300th Coaching Win, Saint Joseph’s Wins Four Straight, Villanova Sets Offensive Marks
Games of February 11 – February 17, 2019
PhillyCollegeSports.com Players of the Week
Saint Joseph’s Backcourt of Alyssa Monaghan and Katie Jekot – In two games this week Alyssa Monaghan was the leading scorer and Katie Jekot turned in the winning points. Monaghan posted 20 points against Massachusetts and Jekot drained a three-pointer when the shot clock was about to turn to zeroes. At 20th and Olney the senior guard, Monaghan, posted a career-high 27 points. Her fellow guard, Jekot, made the two free throws that provided the winning points with just under 10 seconds to play. Jekot posted 18 against La Salle.
Alliya Butts – Temple – The Owls guard scored 23 points in the game against the Cincinnati Bearcats. Eleven of those points came in a pivotal fourth quarter giving Temple an American win. Butts made 7 of 19 from the floor and sank 3 from beyond the arc. The graduate guards also had 4 assists and 3 steals.
Bailey Greenberg, Hannah Nihill – Drexel
Shalina Miller, Shayla Sweeney – La Salle
Eleah Parker, Princess Aghayere – Penn
Mia Davis, Shantay Taylor – Temple
Mary Gedaka, Jannah Tucker, Kelly Jekot – Villanova
Rosement College – Conference Champion going 16 – 0
*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 11 – February 17, 2019
DREXEL 18 – 5 Overall, 10 – 2 CAA
Results – Won 62 – 39 vs. Hofstra, Won 76 – 45 vs. Northeastern both at The DAC
Summary – Drexel Coach Denise Dillon won her 300th game as a coach, just four others in the CAA were able to reach that milestone. With the win the Dragons have captured their 10th straight win, all in conference. Defense has been the constant. Over the weekend Drexel gave up an average of 42 points per game, and allowed 39% shooting in two big victories. Hannah Nihill posted a career-high 9 assists and a career-tying 4 steals against Hofstra. For the two-game span she had 14 assists and 7 swipes. Bailey Greenberg totaled 32 points. Drexel has not lost in the Colonial since dropping the first two games of the season.
Next Game – 2/22/2019 at UNCW
LA SALLE 4 – 23 Overall, 1 – 12 Atlantic 10, 0 – 4 Big Five
Results – Lost 59 – 42 at George Mason, Lost 64 – 63 vs. Saint Joseph’s at the Gola Arena
Summary – The Explorers held a late lead against city rival Saint Joseph’s but could not hold on falling at the Gola Arena. Earlier in the week La Salle lost at George Mason victimized by an 18 – 3 run by the Patriots. At home the Explorers held a 62 – 59 lead, but would get only one more free throw the rest of the way. La Salle had two chances at the end, but one pass was deflected and a shot was blocked. The Explorers had 18 assists which tied the season-best. Five La Salle players scored in double figures, the first time since 2010. Shayla Sweeney led the way with 13 points. Shalina Miller blocked 5 shots, tying a career-high. She now has 99 blocked shots placing her third in program history.
Next Game – 2/24/2019 – at Richmond
PENN – 16 – 4 Overall, 6 – 1 Ivy League, 3 – 1 Big Five
Results – Won 60 – 44 at Dartmouth, Lost 80 – 72 (2 OT) at Harvard
Summary – The University of Pennsylvania went to New England for the weekend. After coming away with a victory at Dartmouth, they went 50 minutes at Harvard with the Crimson handing the Quakers their first loss in the Ivy League. The game in Boston was a tough battle with each team having chances to put the game away. Things finally fell in place for Harvard. Over the weekend Eleah Parker scored 33 points and continued a run of games scoring in double figures which stands at 16 in a row. Ashley Russell totaled 23 points and 23 rebounds. Princess Aghayere had 32 points and 18 rebounds. At Harvard Michae Jones had a career-best 15 points. Despite the loss Penn stays in first place in the Ivy League.
Next Game – 2/22/2019 vs. Columbia at the Palestra
SAINT JOSEPH’S 10 – 15 Overall, 6 – 6 Atlantic 10, 1 – 3 Big Five
Results – Won 55 -54 vs. Massachusetts at the Hagan Arena, Won 64 – 63 at La Salle
Summary – The Hawks won two thrillers this week and moved into 7th place in the Atlantic 10 standings. Each time the backcourt of Alyssa Monaghan and Katie Jekot came up with key plays in the win. After an 18-point lead nearly melted away against UMass, Jekot made a three-pointer as the shot clock wound down to seal the victory. Monaghan had 20 points for Saint Joe’s. At La Salle the Hawks trailed 62 – 59 late. Monaghan had a three-point play on a floater and free throw to tie the game. After La Salle got 63 – 62 lead, Jekot was fouled on an inbounds play with 9.3 seconds left. She made both free throws for the margin of victory. On the last Explorers possession, the Hawks got a pass deflection from Mary Sheehan and a blocked shot by Lula Roig to end it.
Next Game – 2/20/2019 vs Duquesne at the Hagan Arena
TEMPLE 9 – 15 Overall, 5 – 6 American, 2 – 2 Big Five
Results – Won 78 – 70 vs. Cincinnati at McGonigle Hall
Summary – The Owls used a 12 – 0 run early in the fourth quarter that gave them a win over the Bearcats avenging a defeat earlier in the season. Alliya Butts scored 23 points, 11 of which came in the fourth quarter. Cincinnati got to within four points late, but the Cherry and White closed it our from the foul line. Mia Davis and Shantay Taylor posted double-doubles. Davis had 17 and 13, while Taylor had 12 and 11. Temple goes on the road for next week at SMU and UCF.
Next Game – 2/20/2019 at SMU
VILLANOVA 16 – 9, 7 – 7 Big East, 4 – 0 Big Five
Results – Won 93 – 41 vs. Georgetown at the Finneran Pavilion
Summary – Villanova set records. The 93 points scored was their highest offensive output of the season and the Cats made 64.9% of their field goals attempts. In the third quarter alone Villanova made 17 of 18 from the floor. The win tied Nova for fourth place in the Big East with Providence. Kelly Jekot led the way with 22 points. She set a season-high with 11 made field goals. Jekot has scored 20 points or more in her last five games. Mary Gedaka added 20 while Jannah Tucker scored 14. Tucker limited Georgetown leading scorer Dorothy Adomako to 8 points.
Next Game 2/22/2019 vs. St. John’s at the Finneran Pavilion