Villanova Wins A Share of the Big Five Championship, Drexel Winning Streak Continues
Games of January 14 – 19, 2020
Drexel (11 – 6, 4 – 1) – The Dragons extended their winning streak to four games with a thrilling 63 – 59 victory over Delaware in overtime. The Blue Hens tied the game at the end of regulation on a three-pointer by Kayla Shaw. In overtime Shaw attempted another shot intended to give her team the lead, but this time Aubree Brown blocked the jumper with 6 seconds remaining to preserve the lead. Bailey Greenberg scored a game-high 26 points making 10 of 18 from the floor. Brown scored 6 points, handed out 8 assists, and had a big blocked shot.
Won 63 – 59 (OT) vs. Delaware
La Salle (7 – 11, 1 – 4, 0 – 3 Big Five) – The Explorers ended a 10-game losing streak with a win at home over the Bonnies of Saint Bonaventure. It was the first Atlantic 10 win of the season. Prior to the win La Salle lost at UMass. In the game Shalina Miller became the all-time leader in blocked shots with 151. The Explorers got their first win since just before Thanksgiving thanks to an 8 – 0 run over the last 2:21 erasing a 2-point SBU lead. Kayla Spruill had 6 of those points. She had 15 points and 9 rebounds in the game, after scoring 11 points and pulling down 10 rebounds in New England. Claire Jacobs was the leading scorer for La Salle in both games posting a total of 45 points over the week.
Lost 76 – 62 at Massachusetts, Won 67 – 61 vs. Saint Bonaventure
Penn (10 – 3, 0 – 1 Ivy League, 2 – 1 Big Five) – The University of Pennsylvania team was denied an outright Big Five title chance losing at Villanova. The Quakers held a 33 – 30 lead at halftime, but scored only 8 third quarter points to fall behind. The Red and Blue went almost the whole quarter without a basket. Kayla Padilla led the Quakers with 23 points. Penn now has lost back to back games for the first time since early in the 2017-18 season. The Quakers can still claim a share of the championship by winning at Temple.
Lost 70 – 58 at Villanova
Saint Joseph’s (7 – 10, 1 – 4 Atlantic 10, 1 – 2 Big Five) – The Hawks had two tough losses over the homestand. Saint Joe’s took a 47 – 46 lead over Rhode Island on a Lula Roig jumper at the 38 second mark, but lost on two free throws by URI’s Nicole Jorgensen. Against Duquesne with 3:38 to play SJU was in front 49 – 47, then fell victim to a 9 – 0 Dukes run. Katie Jekot scored a total of 27 points and stole the ball 4 times in each game. Gabby Smalls scored 12 points in the Rams game. Kaliah Henderson set a career-high in points and rebounds with 14 and 8 in the Duquesne game.
Lost 49 – 47 vs. Rhode Island, Lost 58 – 51 vs. Duquesne
Temple (11 – 7, 4 – 2 American, 2 – 1 Big Five) – The Owls winning streak reached 5 games with a win over USF at home. Temple had an 18-point lead in the third quarter, then withstood a USF rally to hold on the for win. The streak ended at Wichita as the Owls lost by two. The deciding points for the Shockers came with 3.9 seconds on the clock. Mia Davis earned her 12th double-double of the season getting 23 points and 15 rebounds at Wichita. Davis averaged 24 points and 11.5 rebounds over the week. Ashley Jones totaled 35 points over the two games.
Won 69 – 66 vs. USF, Lost 72 – 70 at Wichita State
Villanova (11 – 7, 5 – 2, 2 – 1 Big Five) – The Wildcats claimed another share of the Big Five Championship, their 17th overall and 10 with a perfect record. This was the 162nd and final Big Five game for Coach Harry Perretta. Villanova held Penn to 8 third quarter points and over 9 minutes without a field goal. Maddy Siegrist scored 27 points and Mary Gedaka added 21 to go along with 9 rebounds. The Wildcats followed that with a victory over Georgetown over the weekend, taking control behind a 10 – 0 run to start the third quarter. Villanova had contributions from Bridget Herlihy who had 17 points and 13 from Cameron Onken. Gedaka scored 17 points while Siegrist recorded another double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Won 70 – 58 vs. Penn, Won 74 – 53 vs. Georgetown
Upcoming Games – The Big Five game that will decide who shares the crown with Villanova will be decided when Penn visits Temple on Thursday. Villanova puts their winning streak on the line at DePaul. Drexel goes to Elon to extend their winning ways. La Salle and Saint Joseph’s take to the road in Atlantic 10 play with the Explorers going to Richmond and the Hawks at Saint Bonaventure.
PhillyCollegeSports.com Players of the Week
Maddy Siegrist, Villanova who led the Wildcats with 27 points in the game that allowed Nova to clinch a share of the Big Five crown. Siegrist followed that with a 15-point, 12-rebound effort against Georgetown. It was the 8th double-double of the season for Siegrist who leads the Big East in that category. The redshirt freshman leads the team in scoring with 20.2 points per game, and has a team-best 9.3 rebounds average. Siegrist also leads the team in field goal percentage (49.5%) and three-point baskets made with 44 hitting 40.4% from distance this season.
Bailey Greenberg, Drexel who scored a game-high 26 points for the Dragons in the overtime win over Delaware. Greenberg made 10 of 18 field goals. The senior leads the team in scoring getting 19.7 per game. She leads the team in rebounds snaring 92 caroms. Greenberg has converted 57 of 68 from the foul line, made 26 three-pointers, and has the team-best average in minutes at 35.1 this season.
Aubree Brown – Drexel
Kayla Spruill, Claire Jacobs – La Salle
Kayla Padilla – Penn
Katie Jekot – Saint Joseph’s
Mia Davis, Ashley Jones – 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