Philly Women’s College Basketball Week in Review and Awards
January 13, 2020 Edition
Drexel and Temple Win Twice in Conference, Villanova Earns Another Big East Victory
Games of January 6 – 13, 2020
Drexel (10 – 6, 3 – 1) – The Dragons won two games protecting the DAC. The game against Northeastern was a tough game where Drexel shot 29.4%. The Dragons defense rose up and held the Huskies to 2 points in the second half. The defense forced 25 turnovers against the Pride. Drexel shot it better and had 5 players in double figures. Mariah Leonard put up double figures in both games scoring 13 and 12 points. Keishana Washington posted and team-high 14 points against Hofstra. Bailey Greenberg was held to 6 points in the Northeastern game. She doubled that total against Hofstra.
Won 50 – 41 vs. Northeastern, Won 74 – 54 vs. Hofstra
La Salle (6 – 10, 0 – 3, 0 – 3 Big Five) – The Explorers were downed twice in the Atlantic 10 losing to St. Louis and Duquesne. La Salle did not shoot well in either game and are on a 9-game losing streak. Kate Hill continues her outstanding play at the point assisting 15 times over the week and turning it over twice. Hill leads the Atlantic 10 in Assist to Turnover Ratio at 3.0. Kayla Spruill scored in double figures twice getting 11 and 12 points.
Lost 77 – 61 vs. St. Louis, Lost 82 – 56 at Duquesne
Penn (10 – 2, 0 – 1 Ivy League, 2 – 0 Big Five) – The University of Pennsylvania began Ivy League play against arch-rival Princeton at the Palestra. Penn got a career-high 27 points from freshman guard Kayla Padilla, but could not overcome a huge 44 – 25 disadvantage in rebounds, 17 – 6 on the offensive glass. The Tigers scored 26 Second Chance points compared to 9 for the Quakers. Bella Alarie notched her 38th career double-double with 25 and 11. Taylor Baur set career-marks scoring 15 points and taking down 13 rebounds.
Lost 75 – 55 vs. Princeton
Saint Joseph’s (7 – 8, 1 – 2 Atlantic 10, 1 – 2 Big Five) – The Hawks went on a two-game road trip and lost twice victimized by cold shooting in both games. Gabby Smalls scored 14 points in Virginia, 12 all in the second half and 10 in the fourth quarter. No Saint Joe’s player hit double figures at UMass.
Lost 47 – 40 at VCU, Lost 61 – 43 at Massachusetts
Temple (10 – 6, 3 – 1 American, 2 – 1 Big Five) – The Owls are on a four-game winning streak, three in a row in the American. Mia Davis recorded her 7th double-double of the season getting double digits in scoring with 16 at Houston and 23 over SMU. In rebounds Davis got 18 and 11. In the game against the Mustangs Davis set a career-high in assists with 6. Marissa Mackins continued her hot shooting getting 20. Ashley Jones scored 23 points in Texas draining 5 three-pointers.
Won 61 – 58 at Houston, Won 85 – 62 vs. SMU
Villanova (9 – 7, 4 – 2, 2 – 1 Big Five) – The Wildcats split the Big East weekend against the Bulldogs and Musketeers. Villanova did not shoot well, but did get double-doubles in each game from Maddy Siegrist, her fourth straight getting 11 and 11 in the Butler game and 23 and 16 against Xavier. Sam Carangi scored a career-high 9 points on Friday. Mary Gedaka hit the 20-point mark on Sunday.
Lost 58 – 41 vs. Butler, Won 66 – 54 vs. Xavier
Upcoming Games – A Big Five game that has a major say in who wins the city series when Penn goes to Villanova. Drexel hosts their biggest CAA rival Delaware. Temple has a big test in the American when USF comes to town. La Salle and Saint Joseph’s are on the road traveling to New England to play Massachusetts and Rhode Island
PhillyCollegeSports.com Player of the Week
Mia Davis, Temple who recorded a double-double in scoring and rebounds in each game. It was the seventh double-double of the season for Davis, scoring 16 points and pulling down 18 rebounds at Houston. She put in 23 points and grabbed 11 boards in the SMU game, where Davis had a collegiate-best 6 assists. The Owl forward leads the team in scoring with 19.1 per game, rebounds with 10.9 and minutes averaging 34.1.
Mariah Leonard, Keishana Washington – Drexel
Kate Hill – La Salle
Kayla Padilla – Penn
Gabby Smalls – Saint Joseph’s
Marissa Mackins, 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