PhillyCollegeSports.com Weekly Awards
Player of the Week – Kayla Padilla, Penn who had a record setting day against Memphis in the Loyola Marymount Classic in California. Padilla set a career-mark in points in a single game getting 36 on 13 of 26 shooting. Her scoring effort was the 10th highest in in program history. The Californian also made 9 of 17 from beyond the arc which is the school record for most made three-point field goals in a single game. Padilla added 5 assists, 4 rebounds and a steal playing all 45 minutes against the Tigers. The junior guard totaled 45 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds, and 5 steals in her home state.
Hannah Nihill, Drexel
Tessa Brugler, Drexel
Keishana Washington, Drexel
Kayla Spruill, La Salle
Jordan Obi, Penn
Aniya Gourdine, Temple
Mia Davis, Temple
Lior Garzon, Villanova
Bella Runyan, Villanova
Player of the Week and Honor Roll selections are made by Glenn Papazian of PhillyCollegeSports.com, Mel Greenberg the Women’s Hoop Guru, Matt Leon from KYW News Radio, and Josh Verlin City of College Basketball Love
Games of November 12 – 28, 2021
Drexel (4 – 2, 0 – 0 CAA) – Lost 65 – 53 vs. Nebraska, Won 63 – 46 vs. Fresno State at the Dana on Mission Bay Holiday Tournament in San Diego, CA
Noteworthy: The Dragons split their two games in San Diego. Hannah Nihill was the leading scorer for Drexel in both games. She averaged 17 points and 5 rebounds. Tessa Brugler recorded another double-double against Fresno State and pulled down 24 total rebounds in the tournament. Keishana Washington scored 13 points in each game matching her total points scored over the last four games. Kate Connolly matched her career-best with 5 steals against Fresno State.
Next Game: November 30 vs. Dartmouth at the DAC
La Salle (3 – 3, 0 – 0 Atlantic 10, 0 – 0 Big Five) – Won 73 – 52 vs. Lafayette, Lost 74 – 52 at #20 Kentucky
Noteworthy: Kayla Spruill posted 21 points, her first 20-point effort of the season. Amy Jacobs recorded consecutive double digit scoring games scoring 11 and 10 over the week. Claire Jacobs set a career-mark in assists with 6. The win over Lafayette represented their largest margin of victory this season. The Explorers went out of state for the first time this season at Kentucky. The Wildcats are the first nationally ranked team the Explorers faced over the present campaign.
Next Game: November 30 at Penn
Penn (4 – 2, 0 – 0 Ivy League, 0 – 1 Big Five) – Lost 66 – 63 vs. Villanova at the Palestra, Won 60 – 55 vs. UC San Diego, Lost 73 – 68 vs. Memphis (OT) both at the Loyola Marymount Thanksgiving Classic
Noteworthy: The University of Pennsylvania played short-handed against Villanova. The young Quakers gave the Wildcats a tussle losing 66 – 63 as a last second three-pointer by Penn went off the side of the rim. Jordan Obi led the team with 24 points and Mandy McGurk added 12 points. The Quakers went to the Loyola Marymount Classic in California splitting the games on the coast. In the second game against Memphis Kayla Padilla set a career-mark in points scored in a single game getting 36 points. Jordan Obi continued her streak of double-digit scoring getting 20 and 12 points. It was her fifth game breaking 10 or more points.
Next Game: November 30 vs. La Salle at the Palestra
Saint Joseph’s (1 – 6, 0 – 0 Atlantic 10, 0 – 1 Big Five) – Lost 67 – 50 vs. Old Dominion, Lost 51 – 48 vs. Stetson, Lost 73 – 67 vs. Ball State all at the Van Chancellor Classic in Katy, TX
Noteworthy: The Hawks fell in all three games in Texas. Laila Fair and Olivia Mullins set career-bests in points in a single game over the three-day event. Fair had collegiate-bests in scoring with 12 and rebounds at 6 in the ODU game. Mullins posted 11 points against Stetson. The Hawks had four players score in double figures against Ball State. Mackenzie Smith set a career-high in points with 17. Katie Jekot added 14 and Olivia Mullins scored 10 points. Alayna Gribble scored 12 and had 32 total points in the classic.
Next Game: December 4 vs. Yale at the Hagan Arena
Temple (3 – 3, 0 – 0 American, 1 – 0 Big Five) – Lost 59 – 41 vs. Princeton, Won 68 – 62 at Villanova
Noteworthy: Temple had a poor shooting game against Princeton making 24.2% from the floor. The Owls improved in their first Big Five game of the season hitting 43% of their shots at Villanova, led by Aniya Gourdine who scored a collegiate-best 17 points on the Main Line. Alexa Williamson added 16 points. Mia Davis scored 11 points in each contest and became the second leading scorer in program-history. She has 1,944 career-points. The game at Villanova matched the two teams that shared the Big Five title in the last season of a full round robin. Temple takes an early lead in the city series with a 1 – 0 record. Villanova is 2 – 1 in the current city series.
Next Game: November 30 at Georgetown
Villanova (2 – 3, 0 – 0 Big East, 2 – 1 Big Five) – Won 66 – 63 at Penn, Lost 68 – 62 vs. Temple
Noteworthy: The Wildcats played in two Big Five contests over the week. Villanova played a thriller with Penn at the Palestra. Lior Garzon extended her streak of 20-point games to three. She had 22 and 21-point efforts over the week. Freshman Lucy Olsen scored a season-high 20 points against the Red and Blue. Bella Runyan posted 13 points and 7 rebounds against the Owls. She leads the team in assists with 15.
Next Game: December 1 vs. Lehigh at the Finneran Pavilion
Written By: Glenn Papazian