PhillyCollegeSports.com Weekly Awards
Players of the Week – Mia Davis – Temple, Maddy Siegrist – Villanova, and Aniya Gourdine – Temple
Davis became the all-time leading scorer in Temple women’s basketball program history. Her layup with 37 seconds to play in the first quarter of the Wichita State game moved Davis past Marilyn Stephens who held the mark with 2,194 points, a record that lasted 38 years. Davis scored 60 points and had 18 rebounds over the three-game week. She converted 22 of 46 field goal attempts and made 13 of 16 free throws. Davis now has 2,230 career points.
Siegrist turned in two 30-point games, and her third consecutive. She scored 34 points in the win over St. John’s and 32 points and 14 rebounds in the Georgetown game. Over the weekend Siegrist made 27 of 40 field goal attempts, and three from beyond the arc. Siegrist moved into 8th place in the school all-time scoring list with 1,516 points.
Gourdine made her mark in program history getting its first triple-double. In the ECU game Gourdine scored 13 points, took down 11 rebounds, and dished out 10 assists in the victory. Over the week the freshman totaled 29 points, 31 rebounds, and 20 assists.
Keishana Washington – Drexel
Tessa Brugler – Drexel
Kayla Spruill – La Salle
Kayla Padilla – Penn
Talya Brugler – Saint Joseph’s
Mackenzie Smith – Saint Joseph’s
Lior Garzon – Villanova
Brianna Herlihy – 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 January 31 – February 6, 2022
Drexel (17 – 3, 9 – 1 CAA) – Won 72 – 39 vs. UNCW, Lost 74 – 73 vs. College of Charleston
Noteworthy: The Drexel winning streak reached 14 games defeating UNCW. The Dragons had four players in double figures led by Hannah Nihill (19) and Keishana Washington (16). Tessa Brugler and Mariah Leonard broke double digits. Every Dragon who played had a point or rebound. The winning streak came to an end as Charleston came away with a victory at the DAC. Drexel fell behind by 24 points and erased all of it tying the game at 66, but Charleston hung on for the win behind key baskets and free throws. Brugler scored a career-high 28 points and took down 12 rebounds. Washington scored 20 points. It was not enough as Arynn Eady posted a career-high 27 points and 12 rebounds for the Cougars. Drexel came into the game tied for the NCAA Division 1 longest winning streak with FGCU.
Next Game: February 11 at Hofstra
La Salle (12 – 10, 5 – 5 Atlantic 10, 2 – 1 Big Five) – Won 66 – 58 vs. Saint Joseph’s, Lost 62 – 56 vs. VCU, Lost 66 – 60 vs. Rhode Island
Noteworthy: La Salle swept the regular season series over Saint Joseph’s. Gabby Crawford posted her first double-double getting a career-high 22 points and a season-high 12 rebounds. Kayla Spruill had a big week getting 21 points and 3 steals against Saint Joe’s, followed by 18 points in the VCU game where she made 4 from beyond the arc. The team made 11 of 22 three-pointers. Spruill ended the week scoring 17 against Rhode Island to go along with 8 rebounds. Molly Masciantonio stole the ball 9 times in the Saint Joe’s game. La Salle trailed going into the fourth quarter against Rhode Island. The Explorers took the lead with just under 6 minutes to play, but could not hold the lead. Amy Jacobs added 13 points, Masciantonio 6 assists.
Next Game: February 13 at Richmond
Penn (8 – 12, 3 – 5 Ivy League, 0 – 3 Big Five) – Lost 66 – 57 vs. Columbia, Won Lost 71 – 61 vs. Cornell
Noteworthy: The University of Pennsylvania dropped the game to Columbia despite getting a career-high 20 points from Sydnei Caldwell. Her effort could not erase a 17-point, 15 rebound performance by Kaitlyn Davis and Abbey Hsu who made her first five three-point shots. Columbia sweeps the season series. The Quakers got to within 4 late in the game, but the Lions put the game away responding with a 7 – 1 run. It was an Ivy League Weekend and Penn had a short turnaround facing Cornell the next day. Kayla Padilla turned in an 18-point, 6 rebound, 6 assist effort as the Red and Blue downed the Big Red. Jordan Obi scored 16 points and took down 11 rebounds.
Next Game: February 12 at Harvard
Saint Joseph’s (8 – 13, 4 – 5 Atlantic 10, 2 – 2 Big Five) – Lost 66 – 58 at La Salle, Won 67 – 66 at Davidson, Won 58 – 51 vs. Davidson
Noteworthy: The Hawks started the week losing to city rival the Explorers. Laila Fair scored 19 points on 8 of 11 from the field. Kate Jekot and Mackenzie Smith scored 11 points with Smith getting 8 rebounds. Talya Brugler had an 8-point, 7-rebound game. The Hawks made a late run, but fell short in the city game. Saint Joseph’s followed that with a home and home series with Davidson, and SJU won both. Brugler took down a career-best 16 rebounds and scored 18 points, her third double-double of the season. Jekot had 11 points and 9 assists while Smith scored 11 points in North Carolina. Brugler and Smith had 15 points and 11 points in the series finale.
Next Game: February 9 vs. Rhode Island at the Hagan Arena
Temple (11 – 9, 6 – 3 American, 1 – 1 Big Five) – Lost 66 – 55 at UCF, Won 70 – 49 vs. Wichita State, Won 60 – 59 vs. ECU
Noteworthy: It was a record writing week for Temple. After a loss at UCF where Mia Davis scored 20 points, Aniya Gourdine 11 points and 8 rebounds, Alexa Williamson 12 points and 14 rebounds, the Owls returned home. In the Wichita State game Davis scored on a layup late in the first quarter to become the All-Time Leading scorer in program history. She now has 2,230 career points. Caranda Perea added a career-high 15 points. Gourdine had 8 assists and 5 steals. ECU was the third game of the week. Aniya Goudine made her mark in school history recording the very first triple-double. Gourdine had 13 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. Temple had to withstand a late charge where a 13 – 3 run got the Pirates to within a point. Davis scored 22 points. Kyra Wood contributed 16 points and 8 rebounds.
Next Game: February 9 vs. USF at McGonigle Hall
Villanova (15 – 6, 9 – 3 Big East, 3 – 1 Big Five) – Won 82 – 58 at St. John’s, Won 76 – 57 vs. Georgetown
Noteworthy: Villanova is on a 7-game winning streak, and recorded a victory in 12 of their past 13 games. Maddy Siegrist had two 30-point games, and has done so in three straight games, 6 this season, and 14th of her career. She moved into 8th place in the school all-time scoring. Lior Garzon scored a total of 22 points. Brianna Herlihy took down 24 rebounds and handed out 10 assists over the weekend.
Next Game: February 9 at UConn