Penn Posts Two Wins in Hawaii Best Start in Program History, Temple Wins A Big Five Contest over La Salle, Villanova Victorious in Two of Three Big East Games, Saint Joseph’s Starts the Atlantic 10 on the Winning Side, Drexel Splits CAA Road Games
Games of December 30, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Drexel (8 – 6, 1 – 1) – The Dragons ended non-conference play with a win over Maine. CAA games began with a road trip to the College of Charleston and UNCW. Drexel lost to Charleston, then rebounded from a 15-point deficit to win over UNCW in overtime. Bailey Greenberg had a big week. She set a new career-high in scoring getting 32 against Maine. Greenberg continued posting double figures as she has done in all 14 games getting 18 at Charleston and 22 in Carolina. Mariah Leonard scored in double digits twice with 14 and 13 in conference games.
Won 70 – 57 vs. Maine, Lost 73 – 59 at Charleston, Won 73 – 72 (OT) at UNCW
La Salle (6 – 8, 0 – 1, 0 – 3 Big Five) – It was a tough week for the Explorers losing in a Big Five tussle against Temple, then dropped their Atlantic 10 opener to Dayton. La Salle had four players score in double figures against Temple with Claire Jacobs scoring 19 points. The Explorers assisted 20 times in that game. In the Dayton game Kate Hill was the highlight getting 9 assists and had one turnover. Hill leads the Atlantic 10 in assist to turnover ratio. The Flyers jumped out to a 33 – 11 lead after one quarter. La Salle got the deficit to 12, but got no closer.
Lost 72 – 69 vs. Temple, Lost 98 – 58 vs. Dayton
Penn (10 – 1, 0 – 0 Ivy League, 2 – 0 Big Five) – The University of Pennsylvania went to Hawaii and picked up two wins over Hawaii and Chaminade. Penn is 10 – 1 and it is the best start in program history. Kayla Padilla scored 40 points on the islands. Fourteen Quakers scored at Chaminade. Padilla has eclipsed the 20-point mark six times this season.
Won 70 – 55 at Hawaii, Won 90 – 39 at Chaminade
Saint Joseph’s (7 – 6, 1 – 0 Atlantic 10, 1 – 2 Big Five) – The Hawks won twice this week defeating Navy, then took down Richmond in their Atlantic 10 curtain raiser. Credit the defense against Navy as they were held to 27.6% shooting. Claire Melia blocked 4 shots, a season-tops. Saint Joseph’s turned to the offense against Richmond making a season-best 56.9% of their field goal attempts. Katie Jekot scored 17 points in the conference game and set a career-mark with 6 assists.
Won 49 – 40 vs. Navy, Won 67 – 56 vs. Richmond
Temple (8 – 6, 1 – 1 American, 2 – 1 Big Five – The Owls swept the week. Temple defeated La Salle in a city series thriller. The Cherry and White trailed 25 – 13 after one, then took the lead back with a 25 – 10 second quarter. Marissa Mackins set a collegiate-mark scoring 28 points in the game and made 7 three-pointers, another best. Ashley Jones scored 23 points and was one rebound shy of a double-double. Mackins followed that with 25 points and 5 from beyond the arc in the game at Tulsa, an overtime contest. The Golden Hurricane tied the game with 4 seconds left. The Owls put that behind them and won the overtime 14 – 5. Mia Davis had another double-double getting 19 points and 13 boards.
Won 72 – 69 at La Salle, Won 74 – 65 (OT) at Tulsa
Villanova (8 – 6, 3 – 1, 2 – 1 Big Five) – The Wildcats had three Big East games on the docket. They dropped the New Year’s Eve game to Creighton, then took a trip to North Jersey and New York. Villanova won over Seton Hall, then took down St. John’s in overtime. Mary Gedaka hit a three-pointer to break the 62-all tie against the Red Storm. Maddy Siegrist leads the Big East with 5 double-doubles getting 18 and 10 at Seton Hall, then 22 and 15 in the St. John’s win.
Lost 58 – 42 vs. Creighton, Won 61 – 55 at Seton Hall, Won 67 – 62 (OT) at St. John’s
Upcoming Games – League games take center stage this week featured by a key Ivy League game as Penn hosts archrival Princeton. Saint Joseph’s hosts VCU while La Salle goes to Saint Louis in the Atlantic 10. Villanova plays at home against Butler, while Drexel hosts Northeastern. Temple travels to Texas to play Houston in the American.
PhillyCollegeSports.com Player of the Week
Marissa Mackins, Temple who set a career-high 28 points and collegiate best 7 made three-point field goals in the win over La Salle. Mackins continued her hot shooting getting 25 at Tulsa making 5 from distance. It was the second straight game where she was the Owls leading scorer. Mackins went 17 for 41 from the floor over the week and was 12 of 33 from three-point land. She averaged 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 2 steals. From the line Mackins sank 7 of 11 foul shots.
Mariah Leonard, Bailey Greenberg – Drexel
Kate Hill – La Salle
Kayla Padilla – Penn
Katie Jekot – Saint Joseph’s
Mia Davis, Ashley Jones – Temple
Mary Gedaka, Maddy Siegrist – 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