Villanova Takes Down the Top of the Big East Standings; Drexel Winning Streak Reaches 13 Games: Penn Sweeps Ivy Weekend; Temple, La Salle, and Saint Joseph’s Post Victories, Harry Perretta Coached His Final Regular Season Home Game
Games of February 17 – 23, 2020
Drexel (20 – 6, 13 – 1) – The Dragons win streak reached 13 games as they stand at the top of the CAA. The streak almost came to an end as the game with the Tribe went to overtime. An Aubree Brown layup with 7.5 seconds left in regulation sent the game to an extra five minutes. From there Keishana Washington took over and scored 10 of the 16 Drexel points in the overtime. The Dragons are 5 – 0 in overtime games. The win over Elon was the 20th this season their fourth straight. The current winning span is the third longest in program history. Over the weekend Washington scored 41 points. Bailey Greenberg tallied 32. She hit 20 points in the game with the Tribe, the 9th 20-point game this season. Brown handed out her 500th career assist. Mariah Leonard set a collegiate-mark with 15 points against the Phoenix.
Won 84 – 74 (OT) vs. William & Mary, Won 66 -47 vs. Elon
La Salle (12 – 15, 6 – 8, 1 – 3 Big Five) – In the split over the week Shalina Miller broke her own single-season record for blocked shots getting 13 over the two games. The new record is 75 blocks. Miller also record her second double-double of the season with 11 points and 13 rebounds at Rhode Island. She had 7 deflections in that game. La Salle gave up the fewest points of the season at URI, giving up 15 in the second half. Claire Jacobs scored 31 points over the two games. Kayla Spruill posted a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds against VCU, who is in second place in the Atlantic 10. The Explorers are in a three-way tie for 9th place in conference.
Lost 67 – 61 vs. VCU, Won 54 -42 at Rhode Island
Penn (17 – 5, 7 – 2 Ivy League, 3 – 2 Big Five) – The win streak for the University of Pennsylvania grows to seven games as they swept Dartmouth and Harvard in West Philadelphia over the weekend. The Quakers limited the Big Green to less than 20% shooting, and the 31 points given up are the lowest allowed by Penn this season. The Quakers avenged an earlier loss to the Crimson the next night. Eleah Parker netted two double-doubles, her fifth in the last seven games, scoring 34 points and grabbing 23 rebounds. Kayla Padilla scored 27 points in the Harvard game getting 6 from distance. It was the 100th Ivy win for coach Mike McLaughlin.
Won 67 – 31 Vs. Dartmouth, Won 70 – 48 vs. Harvard
Saint Joseph’s (9 – 17, 3 – 11 Atlantic 10, 1 – 3 Big Five) – The Hawks snapped a six-game losing streak with the win at Davidson. Katie Jekot had 19 points, 12 in the second half. Lula Roig put up a season-high 15 points, 11 in the first half. Gabby Smalls had 11 rebounds. The Saint Joe’s defense held the Wildcats to less than 30% shooting and just 1 of 9 from three-point land. On Senior Day the Hawks fell to the Patriots. Turnovers were a problem as SJU committed 16. Of those 8 were by steals. Saint Joe’s outrebounded Mason 49 – 31 with 20 coming off the offensive glass. Jekot had 13 points. Kaliah Henderson recorded 9 points and 11 rebounds.
Won 63 – 54 at Davidson, Lost 54 – 49 vs. George Mason
Temple (15 – 11, 7 – 6 American, 3 – 1 Big Five) – The Owls took a 23 – 13 lead over Memphis after one quarter behind a 16 – 0 run. A 15 – 8 run at the start of the fourth quarter sealed the victory. Temple started out with a 22 – 11 lead after one, but could not hold it at East Carolina University. The Cherry and White got close tying the game at 50, but the Pirates scored the next six from the line to win it. Nineteen Temple turnovers led to 14 ECU points. Mia Davis got her 15th double-double with 13 points and rebounds. Over the week she scored 36 points and pulled down 21 boards. Ashley Jones added 35 points and 14 assists.
Won 78 – 64 vs. Memphis, Lost 56 – 50 at ECU
Villanova (16 – 11, 10 – 6, 3 – 1 Big Five) – The Wildcats won home games against the top two teams in the Big East. Villanova is doing it with defense. They held Marquette to their lowest point total of the season and gave up 58 to the 12th ranked Blue Demons of DePaul. Mary Gedaka scored 21 against the Golden Eagles. On defense Nova allowed 5 points to Marquette in the second quarter, the lowest total given up in any quarter this season. That set the stage for an emotional Sunday on the Main Line. It was Senior Day and the last regular season home game for Coach Harry Perretta. Villanova made it more memorable beating DePaul. Cameron Onken became only the second player in program history to record a triple-double with 12 points, 18 rebounds, and 10 assists. Maddy Siegrist scored 29 points and broke the program record for most points by a freshman with 529 points. She also took down 13 rebounds. Gedaka scored 17 points. She totaled 38 over the weekend. Villanova is in fourth place in the Big East, and guaranteed a winning record this season.
Won 61 – 47 vs. Marquette, Won 76 – 58 vs. #12 DePaul
Upcoming Games – Drexel looks to continue its CAA streak, but will go on a tough road trip to face James Madison and Towson who are just behind the Dragons in the CAA. Penn goes to Princeton for a fierce rivalry game. Villanova is at Creighton and Providence. Temple takes a trip to Florida to play UCF. In the Atlantic 10 La Salle hosts Davidson and Saint Joseph’s matches up with UMass at the Hagan Arena.
PhillyCollegeSports.com Players of the Week
Cameron Onken, Villanova who is only the second player in Villanova history to post a triple-double. Onken scored 12 points, had 18 rebounds, and dished out 10 assists against the nationally ranked Blue Demons of DePaul.
Maddy Siegrist, Villanova who scored 29 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the win over DePaul. Siegrist broke the program record for most points by a freshman held by Shelly Pennefather. Siegrist has 529 points.
Mary Gedaka, Villanova who scored 21 and 17 points during the winning weekend for the Wildcats. It was the 22nd twenty-point game for senior forward.
Bailey Greenberg, Aubree Brown, Keishana Washington – Drexel
Claire Jacobs, Shalina Miller – La Salle
Eleah Parker, Kayla Padilla – Penn
Katie Jekot – Saint Joseph’s
Ashley Jones, Mia Davis – Temple
Raven James – 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