PhillyCollegeSports.com Weekly Awards
Player of the Week – Maddy Siegrist, Villanova who scored the game winning three-point play against St. John’s. In the game Siegrist had 28 points and 11 rebounds. It was her 36th career twenty-point game and 26th collegiate double-double. Against Seton Hall the junior forward posted 23 points and 9 rebounds. Over the two games Siegrist scored 41 total points. She averaged 10 of 21 shooting. In each game Siegrist pulled down 10 rebounds and assisted 4 times.
Stina Almqvist, Penn
Julia Nystrom, Saint Joseph’s
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 December 27, 2021 – January 2, 2022
Drexel (8 – 2, 0 – 0 CAA) –
Noteworthy – Drexel was scheduled to open CAA play, but two scheduled games against Towson and James Madison were postponed. The last three games in total have been postponed. The Dragons have not played since hosting Yale on December 14.
Next Game: January 7 at the College of Charleston
La Salle (7 – 5, 0 – 0 Atlantic 10, 1 – 0 Big Five) –
Noteworthy: The Explorers last played on December 21 against Villanova. Since then, three games have been postponed; a Big Five game at Temple, and two Atlantic 10 games with VCU and an upcoming game with George Mason.
Next Game: January 9 at UMass
Penn (6 – 7, 1 – 0 Ivy League, 0 – 3 Big Five) – Won 89 – 29 vs. Ursinus, Won 66 – 37 at Brown
Noteworthy: The University of Pennsylvania was to play at Morgan State, but that game was postponed. Penn was able to schedule a game against Division III Ursinus at the Palestra. The Quakers returned after 20 days off. Every Penn who got on the floor scored at least 3 points. Lizzy Groetsch led the team with a career-high 11 points. The Red and Blue opened their Ivy League schedule defeating Brown in Providence. Stina Almqvist came off the bench to score a career-high 18 points. In 26 minutes, the freshman guard made 7 of 12 from the floor, 2 of 5 from three-point land. The Quakers have a 19-game winning streak over the Bears, and their 37 points marks the least number of points allowed in the series that dates back to 1974.
Next Game: January 7 at Cornell
Saint Joseph’s (4 – 8, 0 – 0 Atlantic 10, 2 – 1 Big Five) – Lost 73 – 70 vs. Harvard
Noteworthy: Saint Joe’s had the Hawk Classic cancelled. However, Harvard was going to play in the tournament and was in town, so they played each other. The Crimson rallied late and took home a three-point victory. In the game freshman guard Julia Nystrom scored a career-high 18 points making 6 of 11 field goal attempts, and drained 4 of 7 three-pointers. Katie Jekot set a career-high handing out 8 assists. She turned the ball over only one time. Saint Joe’s was to start their Atlantic 10 schedule, but games at St. Bonaventure and Davidson are postponed.
Next Game: January 8 vs. George Mason at The Hagan Arena
Temple (5 – 6, 0 – 0 American, 1 – 1 Big Five) –
Noteworthy: The Owls have not played since a December 22nd contest against Old Dominion. Since then, games against La Salle, at UCF, and vs. SMU have been postponed.
Next Game: January 8 at Cincinnati
Villanova (8 – 5, 2 – 2 Big East, 2 – 1 Big Five) – Won 76 – 73 vs. Seton Hall, Won 70 – 68 vs. St. John’s
Noteworthy: Villanova was the only team that did not have a postponement. And won their first two Big East games in thrilling fashion. Nova defeated Seton Hall behind the big three of Siegrist, Brianna Herlihy, and Lior Garzon who all scored in double figures, and all but one of their 26 fourth quarter points. Against St. John’s Siegrist scored a layup off a put-back and was fouled. She converted for the final points of the game. Herlihy recorded her fourth straight double-double of the season. Garzon exceeded double-digits in both games giving her 10 of 13 this season. Villanova is on a four-game winning streak at home.
Next Game: January 7 vs. UConn at the Finneran Pavilion