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January 6, 2015 | The Inquirer Staff
La Salle outscored Davidson by 18-9 down the stretch Sunday for a 63-54 women's basketball win in the Atlantic Ten Conference opener for both teams in Davidson, N.C. The Explorers (10-4) defeated the Wildcats (4-10) in their first-ever meeting, spoiling Davidson's first A-10 game after 21 years in the Southern Conference. La Salle's Alicia Cropper led all scorers with 19 points; Micahya Owens (Willingboro) added 14; and Amy Griffin contributed 11 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists.
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January 5, 2015 | By Rich Dubroff, For The Inquirer
FAIRFAX, Va. - Looking at the stat sheet after the game Saturday night, La Salle coach John Giannini wouldn't downplay the result. His Explorers were outplayed by George Mason in the second half. The worst part was that in its first league game, La Salle (8-6, 0-1 Atlantic Ten) was held without a field goal for a key stretch of nearly 51/2 minutes in the second half in a 70-62 loss before 3,376 at the Patriot Center. "The story is how George Mason played the last 13, 14 minutes. They out-toughed us, they outrebounded us, they out-defended us," Giannini said.
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January 1, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
In winning three of their last four games heading into a Big Five contest with Penn, the La Salle Explorers had grown somewhat comfortable relying on the exploits of leading scorer Jordan Price. They didn't have to do that Tuesday night at Tom Gola Arena, where the Explorers had a strong first half and received a balanced offensive effort in an 84-67 rout of the Quakers. Five Explorers scored in double figures. Price, who scored 85 points in the previous three games, was the last of La Salle's key players to exit when he took his game-high 18 points to the bench with 4 minutes, 38 seconds remaining.
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December 31, 2014 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, For the Daily News
IF THERE is any time other than March to hit an offensive stride the way La Salle has over its last five games, it's right about now. With the page about to turn on the year 2014, so too will the page turn on the Explorers' nonconference slate, and the next chapter will be Atlantic 10 play. And if the last five times out are any indication, La Salle plans on being in the mix in the conference standings throughout the season. After four straight losses to close out November and start off December, the Explorers improved to 4-1 over their last five with a much-needed, 84-67 win over Big 5 rival Penn Tuesday night at Tom Gola Arena.
NEWS
December 30, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
With one of their best defensive efforts of the season, the Drexel women gave Denise Dillon her 200th career coaching victory on Sunday. The Dragons never trailed as they defeated Miami of Ohio, 71-54, in the Cavalier Classic at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. They face the host Cavaliers at 7 p.m. Monday. "This is the sort of milestone that I'm excited to share with past and current players who have come through our program," said Dillon, who has been Drexel's head coach since 2003.
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December 25, 2014 | By Chris Mascaro, For The Inquirer
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Jordan Price pumped his fist toward the crowd and took off his trademark headband. His work on Long Island was done for the day. Soon he'll be tasked with leading La Salle through the treacherous Atlantic Ten schedule. Price scored 28 points and tied his season high with seven assists, Cleon Roberts added 18 points, and La Salle earned an 83-74 win at Hofstra on Tuesday. The Explorers (7-5), who shot a season-high 59 percent from the field, have won three of their last four - with all three wins coming on the road - after a four-game losing streak.
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December 22, 2014 | By Ian Quillen, For The Inquirer
TOWSON, Md. - After arguably his team's best statistical defensive half of the season, La Salle coach John Giannini insisted that Saturday night's effort should be the norm. Jordan Price scored a career-high 31 points, and the Explorers forced 12 first-half turnovers and allowed 15 first-half points en route to a 67-53 victory against Towson. "We've had 22 halves," Giannini said. "Probably half of them have been like that. Maybe more. . . . I never know when we're going to be really good or really bad. But there's no in between at all. " Jerrell Wright added 10 points for La Salle (6-5)
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December 18, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the aftermath of a 68-66 overtime loss to American at Tom Gola Arena on Tuesday, La Salle's players said all the right things. They credited their foes with playing hard, making tough shots and shooting the ball at better than 48 percent from the field. But when La Salle coach John Giannini had the last word, he acknowledged what everyone in the arena saw. The Explorers were not ready to play. "You can't not be ready to play and beat a team like American, especially when they are shooting the ball the way they are. We weren't ready to play," Giannini said.
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December 18, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
IT DID NOT look promising for La Salle when American, playing the style its coach Mike Brennan learned at Princeton from Pete Carril 20 years ago, got a backdoor layup 21 seconds into the game at Gola Arena. It looked even worse when La Salle had nine turnovers on its first 18 possessions against the team that plays the second-slowest pace in the country. It actually looked kind of hopeless with 14 1/2 minutes left with the Explorers trailing by 20, with the game down to what turned out to be 22 possessions remaining in regulation.
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