PhillyCollegeSports.com Player of the Week
Maddie Siegrist, Villanova The Freshman tallied 41 points and 10 rebounds in Villanova’s 77 – 69 win over La Salle. Siegrist made 13 of 19 from the field, went 6 of 10 from three-point land, and was 9 of 10 from the free throw line. The 41 points were the most scored by a Division I rookie, and set a Gola Arena record for most points scored in a single game by a women’s player. It was the third double-double of the season for Siegrist. She averages a team leading; 22 points per game shooting 52.1% from the floor, 8.3 rebounds per contest, and has the highest three-point shooting percentage at 37.9%.
Bailey Greenberg, Kate Connolly – Drexel
Claire Jacobs – La Salle
Kayla Padilla, Eleah Parker – Penn
Mary Sheehan Calire Melia – Saint Joseph’s
Marissa Mackins, Mia Davis – Temple
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
Three City Games Highlighted the Week
Villanova played the only Big Five game of the week which saw freshman Maddie Siegrist score 41 points and grab 10 rebounds against La Salle for her third double-double of the season. The Wildcats trailed 56 – 54 in the third quarter, but responded with a 19 – 6 run to control the game at 73 – 62 with just under two minutes to play. Mary Gedaka added 15 points for the Cats who are 5 – 5 overall and 2 – 1 in the Big Five. Claire Jacobs led the Explorers with 25 points. Shalina Miller had 10 rebounds and 3 blocks as she became the third player in program history to have a career 500 points, 500 rebounds, and 100 blocked shots.
Drexel had two games against city opponents. the Dragons (6 – 5) defeated the Explorers 69 – 31 at the DAC. The 31 points allowed were the fewest allowed up in Drexel program history. The Dragons had season-bests with 24 assists and 30 made field goals. They forced 28 turnovers giving the hosts a 29 – 8 advantage in points off turnovers. Bailey Greenberg led the team with 16 points and Kate Connolly had 12. Three days later Drexel walked down 33rd Street to play the University of Pennsylvania at the Palestra. It was a Battle of 33rd Street. Penn trailed at halftime, but won the 3rd quarter 23 – 14 to take control. Drexel trailed 51 – 49 with 2:32 to play, but did not score again. Kayla Padilla of the Red and Blue led all scorers with 17 points. Eleah Parker, Phoebe Sterba, and Tori Crawford had 10 each. Greenberg scored 13 for Drexel while Connolly had 9.
Temple played a home game against a hot shooting Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles team and fell 93 – 67. The Eagles tied a season-high with 19 made three-point field goals. Temple turned the ball over 15 times, 12 by steals, which led to 21 FGCU points. Marissa Mackins led the Owls with 19 points. Mia Davis recorded 16 points and 13 rebounds for her fourth straight double-double, eighth of the season. Ashley Jones returned and scored 16 points.
Saint Joseph’s competed in the FAU Holiday Classic winning the first game over Harvard, but lost to Furman in the final. In the opener the Hawks held the Crimson to their lowest point total of the season. Saint Joe’s led by a 47 – 24 score in the third quarter. Claire Melia led the way with 18 points. In the second game the Hawks trailed by two after halftime but fell victim to a run by Furman. Melia scored 9 points and pulled down 7 rebounds. Mary Sheehan scored a team-high 13 points. Sheehan and Melia were named to the All-Tournament team.
Villanova (5 – 5, 2 – 1 Big Five) starts the week hosting Providence in the Big East opener on Sunday.
On Monday the 30th Temple (6 – 6, 0 – 1 American, 1 – 1 Big Five) hosts La Salle in a city series game. Drexel (6 – 5) gets a visit from Maine, while Saint Joseph’s (5 – 6, 1 – 2 Big Five) plays Navy on Hawk Hill.
Penn (8 – 1, 2 – 0 Big Five) takes the best start in program history outside of the continental United States. The Quakers will be in Hawaii to play Hawaii and Chaminade over New Year’s.