Penn Wins A Big Five Game, La Salle Rallies Again, Villanova Evens Their Record, Drexel and Temple Pick Up Non-Conference Wins
Drexel (3 – 2) – The Dragons picked up a 58 – 52 win over Richmond. In a close game Drexel got 8 consecutive points from Keishana Washington, a huge three pointer to give her team breathing room. Bailey Greenberg led the way with 25 points.
La Salle (4 – 0) – The Explorers did it again, this time erasing an 8-point deficit to win 55 – 52 at Norfolk State. A 13 – 3 run in the fourth quarter put La Salle ahead, then held Norfolk State scoreless over the last 4:35. Jordon Lewis scored a career-high 18 points and was a perfect 8 for 8 from the free throw line. Shalina Miller set a career-mark with 16 rebounds. This is the best start for the Explorers since 2006-07 when they won their first five games.
Penn (4 – 0, 0 – 0 Ivy League, 1 – 0 Big Five) The University of Pennsylvania won its initial city series game of the year 55 – 45 over Saint Joseph’s. In a defensive battle the game turned in the direction of the Quakers by holding the Hawks without a point over the last 5:07. Kayla Padilla led Penn with 22 points, her second twenty-point game. Eleah Parker had 8 points and 8 rebounds. This is the best start in program history for the Red and Blue.
Saint Joseph’s (2 – 3, 0 – 0 Atlantic 10, 1 – 1 Big Five) – The Hawks dropped two close games over the week; 55 – 45 at home against Penn, and a 66 – 62 loss at Auburn. Turnovers were a big reason. The Hawks turned it over five times at the end to the Quakers. Saint Joe’s had a change to tie the game at Auburn, but a miscue cost them that opportunity. Katie Mayock and Devyne Newman set career scoring marks against Penn getting 15 and 12. Mary Sheehan had her collegiate best 15 points in Alabama, and Gabby Smalls had her best 19 points and pulled down 8 rebounds.
Temple (4 – 2, 0 – 1 American, 0 – 1 Big Five – The Owls shot a season-best 55.1% from the floor in a 72 – 61 win at Bucknell. Ashley Jones led the team with a career-mark 24 points. She added 5 rebounds. Mia Davis recorded her fourth double-double of the season getting 20 points and 10 boards. Bucknell pulled to within two-points with 3 minutes to go, but two straight field goals by Jones kept Temple ahead.
Villanova (3 – 3) – The Wildcats evened their record with wins against Manhattan (63 – 51) and at Georgia (63 – 58). At home Maddy Siegrist posted her first double-double with 28 points and 14 rebounds. Mary Gedaka added 17 points. Nova hit 9 of 10 from the free throw line to end the game. Coach Harry Perretta believes that young teams play better on the road. This team may just be those road warriors. At Georgia Mary Gedaka scored 21 points hitting 9 of 15 from the floor including 3 of 4 from beyond the arc. A Gedaka pass to Raven James, who hit the three-point basket provided the Wildcats with the winning points.
Upcoming Games – Drexel plays in the Hawk Classic at Saint Joseph’s facing Buffalo and host Saint Joseph’s over the weekend. The Hawks play American and the Dragons. La Salle hosts Coppin State on Tuesday. Penn is at Duke on Friday. Temple goes to the Cancun Classic and matches up with North Carolina in the first game on Thanksgiving Day. Villanova is off until December 4th when they will play at 33rd Street against Drexel.
PhillyCollegeSports.com Players of the Week
Maddy Siegrist, Villanova who scored 36 points and grabbed 22 rebounds. Against Manhattan Siegrist scored 28 points and had 14 rebounds for her first double-double. She shot 13 of 22 from the floor and 6 of her rebounds were off the offensive glass.
Mary Gedaka, Villanova – who averaged 19 points over the week. At Georgia she made 9 of 15 field goal attempts and had 3 from distance. Gedaka assisted on the Raven James three-pointer that provided the winning points.
Kayla Padilla, Penn who provided the offense for the Quakers in her first Big Five game. Padilla scored 22 points, her second twenty-point game this season.
Bailey Greenberg, Keishana Washington – Drexel
Shalina Miller, Jordon Lewis – La Salle
Eleah Parker – Penn
Katie Mayock, Gabby Smalls – Saint Joseph’s
Ashley Jones, Mia Davis – Temple
Raven James – 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