Players of the Week
Amy and Claire Jacobs – La Salle – The twin sisters from Perth, Australia were instrumental in the Explorers two dramatic come from behind victories over Harvard and at Penn State over the week. Amy Jacobs connected for 27 points in the two games. Claire Jacobs contributed 32 points. Each player made six field goals and four three-pointers in a particular game, Amy against Harvard, Claire in the Penn State game.
Bailey Greenberg – Drexel
Jordon Lewis – La Salle
Kendall Grasela, Eleah Parker, Kayla Padilla – Penn
Claire Melia – Saint Joseph’s
Mia Davis, Ashley Jones – Temple
Maddy Siegrist, Mary Gedaka – 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
Week in Review Games of November 11 – 17, 2019
La Salle (3 – 1)
The Explorers won both games over the week, rallying from double-digit deficits in wins over Harvard at home, then Penn State on the road. The Crimson led by 16 points, but were defeated 75 – 69. The Nittany Lions held a 21 point lead, but the Explorers won it 69 – 67. It was the first win for La Salle over a Power 5 Conference since November of 2015 against Miami. Jordon Lewis tallied 12 points in University Park.
Penn (3 – 0)
The University of Pennsylvania is 3 – 0 for the first time in program history. The Quakers recorded two impressive victories over the week; 85 – 51 over NJIT, and a 74 – 42 win over Iona. Against the Highlanders freshman Kayla Padilla scored 25 points and Emily Andersen had 11 shooting 5 for 5. Sophomore Kennedy Suttle turned in her first double-double, 11 each, in the Iona game. Eleah Parker tallied 33 points over the week. Kendall Grasela set career-marks in assists getting 9, then followed up by handing out 10.
Saint Joseph’s (2 – 1, 1- 0 Big Five)
The Hawks started the week with a Big Five win over Temple 67 – 63. Saint Joe’s won it at the foul line with Katie Jekot hitting 8 straight over the last minute plus to seal the victory. Lula Roig added 13. Claire Melia posted 17 points and 9 rebounds. Melia scored 16 in the loss to Seton Hall in a game played at Fordham where the Hawks fell 55 – 39. Gabby Small pule down a career-best 12 rebounds in the Seton Hall game.
Temple (3 – 2, 0 – 1 American, 0 – 1 Big Five)
The Owls split the week. The Cherry and White used a 17 – 0 run late in the fourth quarter to defeat Xavier 78 – 65. Ashley Jones had 23 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists. Mia Davis recorded her third double-double getting 18 points and 12 rebounds. Against conference foe UConn three days later, the fourth quarter run went against Temple who got to within 10 in the third quarter. The final was 83 – 54. Davis led the Owls in scoring with 18. Jones fell one-point short of a double-double getting 9 in each category.
Villanova (1 – 3)
The Wildcats picked up their first win of the season 73 – 66 over Fordham. Earlier in the week Nova lost 76 – 54 to American U. In the win over Fordham Maddy Siegrist scored 29 points making 13 of 16 from the floor and added 6 rebounds. Mary Gedaka contributed 27 points and pulled down 5 rebounds shooting 11 of 16 field goal attempts. Siegrist and Gedaka led Nova with 22 points and 8 boards for Siegrist and 15 and 5 by Gedaka.
Drexel (2 – 2)
After winning the first two games the Dragons dropped two Preseason WNIT games, losing at DePaul 81 – 57 then 58 – 51 at home against Pacific. Bailey Greenberg continues to lead Drexel in scoring as she tallied 27 points over the week. Keishana Washington had double figures in both games getting 25 total.
There is a Big Five game on Hawk Hill on Wednesday as Saint Joseph’s hosts Penn. Villanova hosts Manhattan on Thursday, and Drexel will get a visit from Richmond on Sunday. Temple goes to Bucknell on Wednesday. La Salle visits Norfolk State on Friday.