Drexel Winning Streak Reaches 8 Games and Moves Into Sole Possession of 1st Place in CAA, Villanova Goes 3 – 1 Against St. John’s and Seton Hall in Big East, Penn Gets First Ivy Win, Temple Beats UCF for the First Time in Four Games
Games of January 27 – February 2, 2020
Drexel (15 – 6, 8 – 1) – It was a big weekend for the Dragons as they hosted 3rd Place Towson and co-leader at the time JMU. Drexel won both and now holds the top spot in the CAA and an 8-game winning streak. Keishana Washington set a career-high 27 points in the win over JMU. Drexel had an 18 – 5 lead after one quarter, and won the fourth 26 – 11 while shooting 24 of 50 from the floor and 10 of 25 from the three-point line. Bailey Greenberg scored 18 points and when combined with 19 scored against Towson places her on 6th place in program history scoring at 1,625 points.
Won 59 – 52 vs. Towson, Won 70 – 48 vs. James Madison University
La Salle (9 – 13, 3 – 6, 1 – 3 Big Five) – The Explores split the week getting a win at home over George Mason. It was their second win in a row and 3 of last 4. Their 3rd Atlantic 10 win matches last season’s total. That streak ended at Fordham. La Salle got to within a possession on multiple occasions, but the Rams responded each time. Claire Jacobs scored 40 points over the weekend. Shalina Miller pulled down 21 rebounds over the two games and had 5 blocked shots.
Won 77 – 65 vs. George Mason, Lost 62 – 45 at Fordham
Penn (11 – 5, 1 – 2 Ivy League, 2 – 2 Big Five) – The University of Pennsylvania saw a losing streak reach 4 games in a loss at Harvard. Penn was down 32 – 13 at halftime. That streak ended when the Quakers downed the Big Green of Dartmouth for the 600th win in program history. It was the first victory in the Ivy League. Penn used a 29 – 0 run over the first and second quarter to take command. Eleah Parker scored 14 points and added 16 rebounds in recording her 20th career double-double. The defense held Dartmouth scoreless for a 11:31 span. Kayla Padilla scored 36 points over her first Ivy Weekend. Tori Crawford set a career-mark in rebounds at Harvard getting 14, 9 of which were off the offensive glass.
Lost 58 – 51 at Harvard, Won 66 – 33 at Dartmouth
Saint Joseph’s (8 – 13, 2 – 7 Atlantic 10, 1 – 3 Big Five) – The Hawks played two close games, but were on the losing side in both. Saint Joe’s has lost 7 of their last 8 games. Freshman Kaliah Henderson has scored in double figures in 4 of her last five games getting 14 and 10 over the week. Nailah Delinois set a career-high in scoring netting 14 against GWU. SJU trailed 24 – 23 at halftime and by 7 points after three quarters, but lost the 4th quarter to the Flyers 16 – 8.
Lost 56 – 50 vs. George Washington, Lost 59 – 44 vs. Dayton
Temple (13 – 8, 5 – 3 American, 3 – 1 Big Five) – The Owls ended a four-game losing streak to the UCF Knights with a 67 – 65 victory at McGonigle Hall. Temple led 48 – 36 going into the fourth quarter. UCF got to within a single-point, but the Cherry and White closed it out. A last shot at the buzzer by the Knights fell short. Marissa Mackins scored 22 points making 5 from distance. Ashley Jones added 13 points and Lena Niang had 12 points and 9 rebounds.
Won 67 – 65 vs. UCF
Villanova (12 – 10, 6 – 5, 3 – 1 Big Five) – The Wildcats split the weekend with a dramatic overtime win over St. John’s. Then were stunned in a two-point loss to Seton Hall. Villanova finished 3 – 1 against their New York / New Jersey Big East rivals, but were so close to making it 4 – 0. The Wildcats posted their second overtime win over the Red Storm this season. Both games were tied at 56 at the end of regulation. Maddy Siegrist sent the game into overtime with a basket with 3.5 seconds on the clock. Villanova had the lead a majority of the game against Seton Hall. But in the fourth quarter the Cats made only one field goal. Nova lead by three with 49.5 ticks on the clock. SHU tied it at the foul line. The second shot was missed. Villanova corralled the rebound, but it was broken loose and a follow by Shadeen Samuels with 2 seconds remaining was the difference. Mary Gedaka scored a total of 42 points. She had 16 points and 13 rebounds against St. John’s for her 10th double-double of the season. Siegrist poured in 35 points over the two games.
Won 66 – 64 (OT) vs. St. John’s, Lost 65 – 63 vs. Seton Hall
Upcoming Games – The Temple Owls host Wichita State on Wednesday in an American battle, and the Owls look towards staying in the top four in the league, maybe getting to third place. Penn is at home for an Ivy Weekend hosting Columbia and Cornell. La Salle hosts Richmond on Wednesday. League leader Drexel goes on the road to Hofstra on Friday and Northeastern on Sunday. Villanova will try to bounce back going to Xavier and Butler nest weekend. Saint Joseph’s travels to Saint Louis on Tuesday.
PhillyCollegeSports.com Player of the Week
Keishana Washington – Drexel who scored a career-high 27 points in the Dragons win over the Dukes of James Madison. She made 10 of 13 field goal attempts and went 6 of 8 from three-point land. The sophomore guard had 8 points in the Towson win. Washington drained 8 three-pointers over the week.
Bailey Greenberg – Drexel
Shalina Miller, Claire Jacobs – La Salle
Eleah Parker, Kayla Padilla – Penn
Kaliah Henderson – Saint Joseph’s
Lena Niang, Ashley Jones Marissa Mackins – 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
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