Archive: December, 2010
DORMAGEN, Germany - Temple women's fencing junior Kamali Thompson competed at a Junior World Cup in Dormagen, Germany this past weekend, placing an impressive 16th out of 125 sabre fencers. The tournament, won by Anna Marton of Hungary, brought together athletes from 20 different countries, including powerhouse teams such as Russia, Hungary, Italy, France, and Germany. Eighteen of the world top-25 were present at the event.
"This is a phenomenal result for Kamali at a very strong international event," commented assistant coach Bradley Baker. "Her hard work is really paying off in terms of competitive success right now. We're really looking for her to continue this trend in individual tournaments as we start the collegiate season next semester."
Thompson's ride to the sweet sixteen included upset wins over Ophelie Virlogeux of France in the round of 64 and Violetta Kwidzinski of Germany in the round of 32, before eventually falling to Maria Ridel of Russia. This result pushes Thompson to a seventh-place national ranking among American juniors, as well as a world junior ranking of 73rd. It is only the second Junior World Cup in which the biology major from Teaneck, NJ has competed.
Saint Joseph's Women's Basketball Opens Big 5 Play With Win at Penn, 60-45 PHILADELPHIA – Saint Joseph’s women’s basketball team capped a seven-game road swing with a 60-45 victory over Penn in the Hawks’ Big 5 opener Tuesday at The Palestra. The Hawks, who improved to 5-3 on the year and 4-3 away from Hagan Arena, got 39 combined points from its junior class to move to 1-0 in the Big 5. Hitting 15-of-25 from the field in the first half (60 percent), the Hawks quickly opened a double-digit lead over the Quakers. Leading 12-9, Saint Joseph’s scored 12-straight points over a five-minute span as a layup by freshman forward Ilze Gotfrida (Dobele, Latvia/Rigas Secondary School No. 49) put the Hawks up 24-9 with 6:40 to go in the half. Penn (2-5) answered with an 8-0 run to make it 24-17, but the Hawks ended the half with an 11-4 run to take a 35-21 lead into the second stanza. The Hawks upped their lead to as many as 17 to start the second half, but the Quakers chipped away, making it a 42-35 game on a pair of free throws by Jess Knapp with 12:32 to go. Saint Joseph’s regained momentum, using an 8-2 run to reopen a double-digit lead, 50-37, at 7:38. The Hawks would allow Penn to get no closer than 10 points from there. As a team, Saint Joseph’s finished 24-of-49 from the field (49 percent), hit 5-of-14 from three-point range (35.7 percent) and knocked down 7-of-8 from the foul line. Individually, junior guard Michelle Baker (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine) led the way for SJU with 12 points and seven assists, while classmate Katie Kuester (Media, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame de Namur) added 11 points. Junior forward Kelly Cavallo (Hampton Bays, N.Y./Westhampton Beach) finished with a team-high five rebounds and three blocked shots to go with 10 points. Freshman guard Alyssa Baron led Penn with a game-high 16 points as the Quakers finished 15-of-49 for 30.6 percent. Saint Joseph’s returns home this Sunday as the Hawks host Villanova at 2 p.m. - SJU -
ATHENS, Ohio – The Temple women’s basketball team won its third straight game in convincing fashion as Kristen McCarthy and Shey Peddy scored 16 points apiece to help give the Owls (5-4) a 75-48 win at Ohio (2-5).
Peddy hit four of Temple’s 10 three-pointers in the win. The Owls, who currently rank 13th in NCAA Division I in three-point field goal percentage, have now made 10 or more treys in four of nine games this season.
Victoria Macaulay scored a career-high 13 points off the bench, going 5-of-6 from the field and 3-of-3 at the charity stripe. Wallace led the team with six rebounds and also finished with 10 points.
Philadelphia - After a week in which she missed just three of 15 three-point attempts and led Drexel to its best season-opening win streak, junior guard Kamile Nacickaite has been named Women's Basketball Player of the Week by the Colonial Athletic Association. Nacickaite averaged 22 points and 5.5 rebounds on the week while helping the Dragons defeat Tulsa at home and battle to a tough loss at Virginia on the road.
Nacickaite led all scorers with 20 points against Tulsa, while matching her career high with six three-pointers. The victory gave Drexel its best start in the program’s history (5-0). At Virginia on Saturday, Nacickaite poured in a game-high 24 points while matching her six-three-pointer performance.
On the week, Nacickaite drained 12-of-15 three-pointers to move into fourth place on Drexel’s career three-pointers list with 111. The stellar shooting performance helped Nacickaite to move into fourth place in the CAA in scoring (18.0 ppg) and second place in three-pointers per game (3.0) and three-point shooting percentage (.563).
AUBURN, Ala. – With a comeback in the final few minutes that concluded with a three-pointer from the Owls’ Brittany Lewis, the Temple women’s basketball team edged Auburn, 62-61 on Saturday afternoon. Shey Peddy led the Owls (4-4) with 17 points, while Kristen McCarthy and Qwedia Wallace added 15 points apiece.
Peddy added a team-high nine rebounds, tied the game-high with four assists and recorded a game-high three steals in addition to her 17 points. She shot 7-of-12 overall and 3-of-4 from behind the arc.
Alli Smalley led Auburn (3-5) with a game-high 22 points, and hit three treys in the game to set the all-time career record at Auburn with 185.
SAINT JOSEPH’S WOMEN'S BASKETBALL FALLS TO HOST TULANE, 67-58, IN BIG EASY CLASSIC OPENER NEW ORLEANS – The Saint Joseph’s women’s basketball team dropped its third-straight game, falling to Tulane, 67-58, Friday night in the opening game of the Big Easy Classic at Fogelman Arena. The Hawks (3-3) came from 10-points down to take a two-point lead with six minutes to go, but couldn’t keep the momentum as the Green Wave ended the game with a 15-4 run. Trailing 46-36 with 13 minutes to go in the game, Saint Joseph’s went on a 13-2 run over the next five minutes as a pair of free throws by junior guard Michelle Baker (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine) gave the Hawks their first lead since the first half. The lead would trade hands over the next two minutes with SJU holding a 54-52 edge on a Baker layup with 6:11 to go in the contest. From there though, Tulane’s offense clicked, while the Hawks’ faltered. The Green Wave went 3-of-4 from the field and knocked down 9-of-12 free throws to end the game, while SJU shot 2-of-9 and turned the ball over four times. After a back-and-forth opening to the game, Saint Joseph’s opened a seven-point advantage off a jumper in the lane by junior guard Katie Kuester (Media, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame de Namur). The Hawks’ 6-0 run capped a hot start that saw them shoot 8-of-10 from the field. Tulane rallied with a 12-3 run over the next four minutes. Tiffany Aidoo’s layup at 8:23 gave the Green Wave their first lead since the opening two minutes. The Hawks scored seven-straight points to regain the lead, 29-24, but Tulane capped the first half with an 11-2 spurt as the host Green Wave took a 35-31 lead into the second half. Tulane would open a 10-point gap early into the second half as the Green Wave outscored the Hawks 9-3 to start the second stanza. As a team, Saint Joseph’s shot 43.6 percent from the floor (24-of-55), went 5-of-15 from three-point range and 5-of-6 from the foul line. At the other end, Tulane hit 22-of-56 from the field (39.3 percent), and went 5-of-13 from behind the arc (38.5 percent) and 18-of-27 from the foul line (66.7 percent). Baker paced SJU’s offense with 18 points, while junior forward Kelly Cavallo (Hampton Bays, N.Y./Westhampton Beach) added 12 points. Aidoo led all scorers with a career-high 20 points to pace Tulane. Saint Joseph’s caps play in the Big Easy Classic tomorrow against Detroit at 5:30 p.m. EST.
Philadelphia - The Drexel women's basketball team is officially off to its best start in program history. The Dragons improved to 5-0 on the season with a 64-47 win over the Tulsa Golden Hurricane (2-3). Kamile Nacickaite led the way for Drexel with 20 points, and matched her career high with six three pointers. Tyler Hale scored a career-high 18 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Taleya Mayberry led Tulsa with 12 points and spurred a second-half comeback with four steals.
Drexel exploded out gates from the opening tip, taking a 9-2 lead in the first three minutes of play and cultivating it into a gaping 20-point margin at halftime. The Dragons would lead by as much as 23 points early in the second half, but nearly let the advantage slip away when a scoring drought of nearly eight minutes coupled with a 20-4 spurt by the Golden Hurricane clipped the margin to at little as nine points.
Nacickaite stilled the Hurricane with her sixth three-pointer at the 5:19 mark to put the Dragons back on top 50-40 and essentially turn the game into a free-throw shooting contest for the duration.
PHILADELPHIA – With 10 three-pointers for a second-straight game along with 13 offensive rebounds, the Temple women’s basketball team defeated Rutgers (4-3) in a nail-biter, 60-58. Shey Peddy hit two free throws with three seconds remaining to break the tie and seal the win for the Owls (3-4).
Temple out-rebounded the Scarlet Knights 31-26, but it was the offensive boards that really gave the Owls an edge, as they scored 14 second-chance points to Rutgers’ four.
Marli Bennett led TU with 14 points and was 3-of-4 from behind the arc. Kristen McCarthy and Qwedia Wallace finished with 13 points apiece. Wallace also led Temple with six rebounds (all offensive) and tied for game-high honors with Peddy with six assists.