PhillyCollegeSports.com Weekly Awards
Players of the Week – Maddy Siegrist, Villanova and Hannah Nihill, Drexel
Hannah Nihill led the Dragons to two wins over the week over previously unbeaten Towson and Delaware in the league. Nihill tied her career-high in assists with 9 in the Delaware game and scored a team-high 22 points in the victory. Over the week Nihill averaged 16 points, 6 assists, and 4.5 rebounds.
Maddy Siegrist totaled 56 points in the two-game series giving her 1,397 points in her career. She places 10th on the Villanova all-time scoring list. Against Creighton the forward scored 31 points, her 11th career thirty-point game and third of the season. Siegrist posted two double-doubles, and averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds. She made 18 of 34 field goal attempts and went 6 of 11 from beyond the arc.
Tessa Brugler – Drexel
Keishana Washington – Drexel
Claire Jacobs – La Salle
Gabby Crawford – La Salle
Talya Brugler – Saint Joseph’s
Mackenzie Smith – Saint Joseph’s
Mia Davis – Temple
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 January 17- 23, 2022
Drexel (14 – 2, 6 – 0 CAA) – Won 54 – 50 vs. Towson, Won 70 – 62 vs. Delaware
Noteworthy – The Dragons are off to a 14 – 2, the best start in program history, and are in the midst of an 11-game winning streak, second most in the NCAA Division I. Drexel defeated Towson and Delaware both of who came into the week unbeaten in the CAA. Now, the Dragons sit alone on top of the conference after the weekend sweep. Mariah Leonard posted a double-double against Towson with 13 points and 12 rebounds. The Dragons got the winning points from Tessa Brugler who made a layup with 42 seconds to play. Brugler ended the weekend scoring 27 points and 16 rebounds. Keishana Washington totaled 38 points over the weekend.
Next Game: January 28 at Elon
La Salle (11 – 6, 4 – 1 Atlantic 10, 2 – 1 Big Five) – Won 69 – 65 at Saint Joseph’s, Won 63 – 53 at George Mason, Won 77 – 57 vs. Richmond
Noteworthy: The Explorers scored a hat trick, 3 games and 3 wins. La Salle started the win at Saint Joseph’s in the Big Five game. Then the team took to the road and beat George Mason outscoring the Patriots 21 – 9 in the fourth quarter. The team returned home to down Richmond. The win snapped a seven-game skid against the Spiders. Claire Jacobs scored 30 points over the week. Her three-pointer against Richmond gave her 1,000 career points. The Explorers have partnered with the B+ foundation to raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer. The Richmond game was dedicated Emily MacGillivray, the daughter of Coach Mountain MacGillivray, who is currently fighting Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. The theme was Climb for Emily.
Next Game: January 26 at St. Bonaventure
Penn (7 – 9, 2 – 2 Ivy League, 0 – 3 Big Five) – Lost 70 – 50 vs. Princeton, Lost 63 – 53 at Yale
Noteworthy: Penn dropped a pair of Ivy League games. Kayla Padilla averaged 17 points over the week. Jordan Obi scored a total of 29 points and 20 rebounds that included a double-double at Yale.
Next Game: January 26 at Columbia
Saint Joseph’s (6 – 10, 2 – 2 Atlantic 10, 2 – 2 Big Five) – Lost 69 – 65 vs. La Salle, Won 77 – 70 at St. Bonaventure
Noteworthy: The Hawks had a chance to share the Big Five title, but drooped the decision to La Salle. Saint Joseph’s came back to post a win in Olean, NY. Over the week Katie Jekot handed out 19 assists including a career-high 12 against the Explorers. Mackenzie Smith set career-highs getting 25 points and 8 rebounds against the Bonnies. Over the week Smith totaled 42 points. Talya Brugler averaged 13 points and 8.5 rebounds.
Next Game: January 26 at Fordham
Temple (8 – 7, 3 – 1 American, 1 – 1 Big Five) – Won 56 – 41 at ECU, Lost 75 – 67 (OT) at USF
Noteworthy: The Owls extended their winning streak to three games after the win at ECU. The streak ended at Tampa and USF defeated Temple in overtime. Mia Davis led the team in scoring getting 15 at ECU and 26 against the Bulls. Her layup with 26 seconds to go sent the game into an extra five minutes. Alexa Williamson averaged 16 points per game over the week. Jasha Clinton assisted 10 times in Carolina. Aniya Gourdine matched it in Florida. Gourdine also had 12 points and 8 rebounds.
Next Game: January 26 vs. Cincinnati at McGonigle Hall
Villanova (11 – 6, 5 – 3 Big East, 3 – 1 Big Five) – Won 71 – 56 vs. Providence, Won 74 – 64 vs. Creighton
Noteworthy: The Wildcats started the Big East season with losses on the road to the Friars and Blue Jays. The Wildcats got revenge at the Finneran Pavilion and are on a five-game home winning streak. Nine Wildcats players scored in the Providence game. Villanova’s big three scored 63 of the 74 team points against Creighton as Maddy Siegrist had a game-high 31, Brianna Herlihy added 17 points, and Lior Garzon contributed 15 points. In the Providence game Siegrist passed Caroline Coyer and her present coach Denise Dillon on the all-time scoring list, then moved up to 10th place after the Creighton contest.
Next Game: January 28 vs. Butler at the Finneran Pavilion