PhillyCollegeSports.com Players of the Week
Maddy Siegrist, Villanova – who had back to back 20-point plus games for the Wildcats posting 24 against Drexel and 23 versus Saint Joseph’s. In the Big Five win Siegrist also contributed 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. Siegrist leads the team in scoring (20.3) and field goal percentage (51.5%). She has 5 twenty-point games this season.
Kayla Padilla, Penn -The freshman had a pair of 24 point performances over the week. In the game against Stetson Padilla shot 9 of 12 form the field and was good on 6 of 7 attempts from beyond the arc. Padilla leads the Ivy League in scoring at 19.8 per game.
Bailey Greenberg, Aubree Brown – Drexel
Shalina Miller – La Salle
Phoebe Sterba, Kendall Grasela, Emily Anderson – Penn
Katie Jekot, Claire Melia – Saint Joseph’s
Marissa Mackins, Mia Davis. Lena Niang – Temple
Mary Gedaka, Bridget Herlihy – 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 December 3 – 8 2019
Penn Scores Two Wins, Temple Battles #6 South Carolina as Dawn Staley Returns, Villanova Wins A Big Five Game
Drexel (5 – 4) – The Dragons and the Villanova Wildcats played into overtime, and got close to a second overtime. With 4.5 seconds to play Aubree Brown got a pass to Bailey Greenberg who made the game winning layup for a 54 – 52 win. Drexel had a 12-point lead with 3:47 on the third quarter. Greenberg scored 20 points. Drexel could not sustain their momentum as they lost on the road to Bucknell. Greenberg had a game-high 16 points. Brown handed out 7 assists.
La Salle (6 – 4, 0 – 1 Big Five) – The momentum for the Explorers did not continue as they dropped two games over the week. La Salle lost to Penn 65 – 49 in a city series game, then fell 70 – 43 at Rider. Shalina Miller scored 11 points and pulled down 12 rebounds against the Quakers for her second double-double of the season. She had 2 blocked shots to give her a career 137 which ranks Miller third in program history.
Penn (7 – 1, 2 – 0 Big Five) – The University of Pennsylvania is off to its best start in program history. The Quakers took control in the second quarter at La Salle via an 18 – 1 run and went on to a 65 – 49 win at 20th & Olney. The Red and Blue defeated Stockton 81 – 41 on Saturday where Penn made 14 three-pointers and forced 27 turnovers. Over the week Kayla Padilla scored 48 points. Phoebe Sterba scored 27 over the two games, while Kendall Grasela assisted 14 times. Emily Anderson scored 10 to break double figures making 5 of 6 field goal attempts.
Saint Joseph’s (4 – 5, 1 – 2 Big Five) – The Hawks scored a win over Sacred Heart 71 – 44, then prepared for their rivalry game against Villanova. The Hawks fell 60 – 44. Katie Jekot recorded her first double-double in the SHU game scoring 20 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. Jekot made a career-high 4 made three point field goals. Saint Joe’s battled Nova, but poor shooting in the second half caused a 38 – 18 second half deficit. Claire Melia recorded 22 points and 15 rebounds. Lula Roig had 13 boards.
Temple (5 – 5, 0 – 1 American, 0 – 1 Big Five) – The Owls went to Towson and brought home a 74 – 59 victory. Mia Davis cored 26 points and added 15 rebounds. Foul shooting was a key as the Cherry and White made 11 of 12 from the line in the last two minutes. Temple prepared for a visit from #6 South Carolina and former Coach and Philadelphian Dawn Staley. Temple took a lead in the third quarter, but South Carolina responded and earned a 78 – 71 victory on North Broad Street. Marissa Mackins scored a career-high 26 points. Lena Niang posted he first double-double getting 10 points and 11 rebounds. Davis recorded her 6th double-double of the season and her 23rd overall. The Owls out rebounded the Gamecocks 50 -46.
Villanova (4 – 4, 1 – 0 Big Five) – The Wildcats had two games against city opponents, falling 54 – 52 in overtime at Drexel then returned home to down Saint Joseph’s 60 – 44. Nova was down 12 to the Dragons late in the third quarter, but tied it on a layup by Mary Gedaka. Bailey Greenberg won it for Drexel with 4.5 seconds on the clock. The three-game winning streak for Villanova was broken. The Wildcats started a new streak shooting 40% against Saint Joe’s. The Cats won the second half by a wide margin. Maddy Siegrist had a big offensive week scoring 47 points. Mary Gedaka totaled 35 points and 21 rebounds, including a career-best 16 in the Saint Joe’s game. Bridget Herlihy also had a total of 21 boards.
Temple hosts Villanova on Tuesday in the marquee city game which will have an impact on the Big Five standings. Penn leads the city series at 2 – 0. La Salle hosts Drexel the same night. On Friday, December 20th there is a Battle of 33rd Street when Drexel comes to the Palestra to play Penn. Saint Joseph’s will play on the Harvard Tournament starting on Friday.