Philly Women’s College Basketball Week in Review & Awards

Drexel Winning Streak Reaches 11 Games All in Conference, Penn Sweeps Ivy Weekend on the Road, Mike McLaughlin Gets 600th Win, Temple Rallies for a Win, La Salle Wins Two

Games of February 10 – 16, 2020

Drexel (18 – 6, 11 – 1) – The Dragons went to Delaware and held the Blue Hens to 32 points, which tied their lowest offensive output ever. It was the third time Drexel has limited an opponent to just 32 points.  The Dragons defense limited the Blue Hens to 25% shooting.  Keishana Washington scored a game-high 14 points.  Hannah Nihill scored 6 pints, handed out 5 assists, and had a game-best 4 steals.  This was the 11th straight time that Drexel defeated Delaware. Bailey Greenberg moved into third place in program scoring history with 1,656 points.

Won 52 – 32 at Delaware

La Salle (11 – 14, 5 – 7, 1 – 3 Big Five) – The Explorers swept their games this week.  By beating Saint Joseph’s on Hawk Hill it was the first time La Salle swept the season series, and was the first win at 54th and City Line since 1998.  The Explorers have 5 wins in the Atlantic 10.  Last year they had 3 conference victories. La Salle posted their first win at George Washington since 2014.  The offense hit 12 three-pointers in that game.  Claire Jacobs scored 34 points over the two games.  Amy Jacobs and Kayla Spruill accounted for 21 points each.  It was the second consecutive game where the three players broke double figures.

Won 61 – 54 at George Washington, Won 59 -53 at Saint Joseph’s

Penn (15 – 5, 5 – 2 Ivy League, 3 – 2 Big Five) – The University of Pennsylvania went on the road and brought home two wins in the Ancient Eight.  The Quakers have won five straight in the Ivies.  The win over Yale was number 600 for Penn Coach Mike McLaughlin. Eleah Parker broke out for 26 points and 17 rebounds at Brown, her fourth double-double in her last 6 games.  The Red and Blue trailed by 10 points in the third quarter. They came back and took a 4-point lead with 6:43 to go in the fourth quarter.  The differential stayed within 1 to 4 points the rest of the way, but Penn held on to move into second place in the league a half-game ahead of Harvard and Yale.  Kennedy Suttle recorded a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds at Brown.  Kayla Padilla scored 29 points on the trip.  Phoebe Sterba scored 16 points in New Haven.  Kendall Grasela had 11 points and 5 assists in that game.

Won 85 – 73 at Brown, Won 53 – 51 at Yale

Saint Joseph’s (8 – 16, 2 – 10 Atlantic 10, 1 – 3 Big Five) – The Hawks hosted a Play for Kay game against La Salle.  The Hawks donned the pink uniforms.  The Explorers held the lead for most of the game.  Saint Joe’s got to within 3 with 59 ticks on the clock, but got no closer.  Gabby Smalls scored 17 points and took down 6 rebounds.  Katie Jekot got 12 points.  SJU outrebounded LSU by a 40 – 8 margin, 16 – 4 off the offensive glass.  Saint Joseph’s has dropped their last six games.

Lost 59 – 53 vs. La Salle

Temple (14 – 10, 6 – 5 American, 3 – 1 Big Five) – The Owls ended their 2-game conference losing streak.  Temple rallied to defeat Houston 76 – 75 at McGonigle Hall.  Mia Davis lead the Cherry and White with 27 points.  Ashley Jones contributed 22 points and handed out 8 assists.  Temple had 8 steals in the game, their most of the season. The Owls swept the season series with the Cougars by a total of 4 points.

Won 76 – 75 vs. Houston

Villanova (14 – 11, 8 – 6, 3 – 1 Big Five) – The Wildcats used defense to defeat the Hoyas and swept the season series.  Georgetown lead 38 – 37 with 4:57 to play.  The Hoyas did not score again for the next 4:51. Mary Gedaka drained a three-pointer, then made a layup that sealed the win.  Gedaka and Bridget Herlihy each posted 15 points.  Villanova is 4 – 3 in Big East road games.  They will play their last two home conference games on Friday and Sunday.  The final regular season home game with DePaul will be the conference home finale for Coach Harry Perretta.

Won 48 – 40 at Georgetown

Upcoming Games – Every one of the six Philly teams play at home.  Drexel looks to continue its CAA streak hosting William & Mary and Elon this weekend. The Penn Ivy League weekend has them host Dartmouth and Harvard.  Villanova is home to face Marquette and DePaul.  Temple hosts Memphis.  In the Atlantic 10 La Salle hosts VCU and Saint Joseph’s has a home game with George Mason. Players of the Week

Mia Davis, Temple who scored 27 points in the win over Houston.  Davis made 11 of 17 from the floor, sank a three-point shot and was 4 of 5 from the free throw line.  The junior forward pulled down 7 rebounds.  Davis leads the team in scoring getting 18.9 points per game. She is the leading rebounder with 239 boards, 144 on defense and 95 on offense.  Davis also leads the team in field goal percentage at 46.1% and in minutes averaging 35 per game.

Eleah Parker, Penn who recorded her fourth double-double of the season scoring 26 points and had 17 caroms at Brown.  Over the weekend Parker score 33 points and 24 rebounds.  The junior forward leads the team in rebounds with 150 total, 66 were on offense and 84 were off the defensive boards.  Parker also is the team leader in blocks swatting 50 away.  She makes 7.7% of her field goal attempts.

Honor Roll

Hannah Nihill, Keishana Washington – Drexel

Claire Jacobs, Amy Jacobs, Kayla Spruill – La Salle

Kennedy Suttle, Kayla Padilla, Phoebe Sterba – Penn

Gabby Smalls – Saint Joseph’s

Ashley Jones – Temple

Mary Gedaka, Bridget Herlihy – Villanova

Player of the Week and Honor Roll selections are made by Glenn Papazian,, Mel Greenberg, Women’s Hoop Guru, and Matt Leon, KYW Newsradio

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