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Nov. 18, 2016
Dragons win first two at home, lose at Vanderbilt
The Drexel University women’s basketball team won its first two games of the season at home against Penn State University on Nov. 11 and Delaware State University on Nov.13, but lost on the road against Vanderbilt University on Nov. 16.
Mar. 11, 2016
W. bball advances to semifinals of CAA tournament
The Drexel University women’s basketball team got double digit performances from three players as the Dragons topped No.10 seeded Towson University in the first round of the Colonial Athletic Association playoffs March 10.
Mar. 4, 2016
Women’s basketball demolishes Towson, captures second seed in CAA tourney
Photo courtesy Drexeldragons.comIn their final regular season game, the Drexel University women’s basketball team clinched second place in the Colonial Athletic Association with a 74-33 victory on the road against Towson University March 2. Their 41-point victory over the Towson Tigers on Wednesday was the Dragon’s second largest win in a game during this season. After a back and forth first-quarter that ended with the Dragons leading the Tigers 14-10, Drexel began to pull away from Towson. In the second-quarter, the Dragons outscored the Tigers 20-3 and took a 34-13 lead into halftime. Drexel’s defense played particularly well in the first half, holding Towson to just five of 25 shooting from the field in the first half. The Dragons were also fairly efficient on offense in the first-half, connecting on 48.1 percent of their shot attempts from the field. Capitalizing on the momentum they built in the first-half, the Dragons exploded on offense in the second-half by scoring 40 points on 60.9 percent shooting from the field. The Dragons played team basketball in the second-half as they had eight different players make at least one field goal and nine different players record at least one assist. Towson’s offense continued to struggle against Drexel in the second-half as the Tigers were held to just 20 points after halftime. The Dragons ended up outscoring the Tigers 60-23 in the final three quarters of the game as they cruised to victory. Senior forward Jackie Schluth filled the stat sheet in a variety of ways for the Dragons as she scored 7 points, pulled down 6 rebounds, dished out a team high 4 assists and blocked 2 shots. Junior forward Sarah Curran, who dropped 13 points on 5-9 shooting from the field, was the leading scorer for the Dragons. Junior guards Alexis Smith and Meghan Creighton were the only other Dragons to score in the double-digits as they dropped 12 and 11 points, respectively. The Dragons were also helped by a solid performance on the boards from Senior guard Carrie Alexander who led the team with nine rebounds. With their victory over Towson, the Dragons improved their record to 13-5 in the conference and clinched the No.2 seed the CAA tournament for the second year in a row. The two-seed will give the Dragons a first round bye in the CAA tournament. Drexel’s head coach Denise Dillon said last Tuesday that she likes her team’s chances to win the CAA tournament. “It’s really just finding that urgency and convincing this team that they can do it. They’ve proven they can do some great things,” coach Dillon said. The next game for the Dragons will be in the quarterfinals of the CAA tournament in Marlboro, Maryland at 5 p.m. March 10. Their opponent has not yet been determined. The Dragons will be entering the CAA tournament on a two game winning streak. Before their victory over Towson on Wednesday, the Dragons overcame a 13 point first-quarter deficit to College of William & Mary and earned a 69-53 victory at home day on Senior Day, which was Feb. 28. After opening the game with a 5-0 lead, the Dragons surrendered a 17-0 run to the William & Mary Tribe. The Tribe were able to make their lead as large as 13 points as they were ahead of Drexel 20-7 with just 1:38 remaining in the first-quarter. It was at that point that the Dragons began to go on a run of their own. Led by Schluth and junior guard Jessica Pellechio, the Dragons went on a 9-0 from the 1:38 mark in the first-quarter to the 8:40 mark in the second quarter to make the score 20-16 in favor of the Tribe. Drexel outscored William & Mary 18-10 in the second quarter and trailed by just one point at halftime. In the third quarter, senior guard Rachel Pearson hit two three-pointers for the Dragons, which helped give Drexel a 44-42 lead over William & Mary as the game headed into its final period. Drexel outscored William & Mary 25-10 in the final quarter and finished the game with a 69-53 victory. Pellechio erupted offensively in the fourth quarter as she scored 13 points on four of five shooting from the field for the Dragons. She finished the game with team highs in points, 21, and assist, five. In her final home game of a 6-year career with the Dragons, Schluth scored 12 points and had teams highs in rebound and blocks with seven and five respectively. Her five blocks tied a personal high for both this season and for her career. Curran was the only other Dragon to score in the double-digits. Curran contributed in various facets of the game as she dropped 17 points, pulled down seven rebounds and dished out four assists. Pearson, who struggled with her shot early, ended her final home game with eight points, seven rebounds and three assists. Senior guard Carrie Alexander played just five minutes, but managed to score two points for the Dragons. “What Jackie Schluth, a grad student, and Carrie Alexander and Rachel Pearson have done, both on and off the court for this program, is tremendous. They’re great representatives of our program,” coach Dillon said.
Feb. 26, 2016
Comeback leads women’s basketball over Elon
Led by a stellar performance from junior forward Sarah Curran, the Drexel University women’s basketball team erased a 12-point halftime deficit to defeat Elon University 54-47 in Elon, North Carolina Feb. 21.
Feb. 19, 2016
Win over UNCW moves women’s basketball into tie for second in CAA
Photo courtesy Drexeldragons.com The Drexel University women’s basketball team rebounded from a tough 59-55 home loss to James Madison University Feb. 12 with a 66-60 win over the University of North Carolina at Wilmington Feb. 14. The Dragons had JMU, the first place team in the Colonial Athletic Association, on the ropes in the first half of their matchup last Friday night at the Daskalakis Athletic Center. Midway through the second quarter, Drexel led JMU by a neat 18 points. Graduate student forward Jackie Schluth and junior forward Sarah Curran lit up the scoreboard for Drexel in the opening half. Schluth led the team in scoring in the first half with 12 points with 6-7 shooting and Curran had 11 points, two assists and six rebounds before halftime. The Dragons were on fire in the first half as they scored 36 points while shooting 53.6 percent from the field. Despite their hot start, the game began to unravel for Drexel as the second quarter reached its closing minutes. In the final 4:40 of the second quarter, JMU went on a 14-4 run that cut Drexel’s lead to 12 points by halftime. JMU continued to outplay Drexel in the second half. After the Dukes outscored the Dragons 17-8 in the third quarter, Drexel’s lead was trimmed to just three points as the game entered the fourth quarter. With momentum in their favor, JMU took a 49-47 lead, their first lead in the game, with 4:26 remaining in the fourth quarter. Schluth and Curran did their part to keep the Dragons alive in the game’s closing minutes. After Schluth made a layup to even the score at 49-49 and JMU responded with a basket, taking a 51-49 lead over Drexel, Curran tied the game at 51-51 with a layup of her own. Following Curran’s basket, JMU’s senior guard Jazmon Gwathmey answered with a lay-up of her own, giving the Dukes a 53-51 lead. Trailing by two points with less than 1:30 left in the game, the Dragons relied on Curran to deliver for them offensively. She missed a layup attempt, but got an offensive rebound and went immediately back up with the ball, through what appeared to be contact made by a JMU player, and scored on a putback that tied the game at 53-53. Despite the fact that Curran made her put-back, Drexel head coach Denise Dillon was unhappy with the referees for not calling a shooting foul on Curran’s defender. The referees took issue with Dillon’s insistence that her player was fouled and called a technical foul on Dillon. The technical foul gave JMU two free throw attempts and possession of the ball with 1:15 remaining in the game. Just 20 seconds after Gwathmey made both technical free throws, she made a three-point basket that gave the Dukes a 58-53 lead over the Dragons. The Dragons were unable to mount a comeback in the closing seconds of the game; they lost to JMU with a score of 59-55. Individually, Sarah Curran had a productive game for the Dragons. She led the team with 22 points, 11 rebounds and three steals. Schluth, who got off to a strong start in the first half, finished the game with 14 points, which made her and Curran the only two double digit scorers for the Dragons. After the loss last Friday night to JMU, Drexel rebounded on Sunday afternoon in their game against the UNCW Seahawks. Against UNCW, the Dragons got off to another good start and took a 37-26 lead over the Seahawks by halftime. Drexel’s largest lead of the day came at the 8:18 mark in the third quarter, when Sarah Curran made a jump shot and gave the Dragons a 45-30 advantage over UNCW. Despite the large deficit they faced early on in the third quarter, and the fact that they had only six active players in their lineup, the Seahawks managed to fight their way back into the game. UNCW’s junior guard Jasmine Steele led the charge in the second half for the Seahawks. Drexel had no answer for her as Steele scored 16 of her team high, 23 points, in the second half. The Seahawks slowly chipped away at the Dragons’ lead and with just 1:49 remaining in the game, Drexel was barely ahead of UNCW with a game score of 60-59. With 1:21 left, Schluth made a clutch jump shot to increase Drexel’s lead to three points. Then, after Steele went 1-2 from the free throw line for UNCW, Curran connected on both of her free throw attempts to extend Drexel’s lead to 64-60. After the Seahawks turned the ball over on their next possession, they fouled Drexel’s sophomore forward Kelsi Lidge, which sent her to the free throw line for two shots. Lidge sank both her shots from the charity stripe. Her second basket was the final point of the game, giving Drexel a 66-60 victory over UNCW. Lidge was a major contributor in the win for the Dragons. She scored 12 points, a career high, and pulled down four rebounds for Drexel. The other players in double-digit points for the Dragons were Curran and junior guard Jessica Pellechio, who scored 13 and 14 points respectively. With both a win and a loss last week, the Dragons changed their regular season record to 13-11 and their CAA record to 9-4, which has them tied with Hofstra University for second place in the conference. Next up on the schedule for the Dragons is a home game at the Daskalakis Athletic Center against Towson University at 7 p.m. Feb. 19.
Feb. 12, 2016
W. basketball five game win streak ends against Charleston
Following a road victory over the University of North Carolina Wilmington Feb. 5, Drexel University women’s basketball team’s win streak was broken by the College of Charleston Feb. 7 in a close 46-49 loss.
Feb. 5, 2016
W. bball gets wins versus Hofstra, Delaware to jump to 11-9
With two nail-bitingly close victories Jan. 29 and Jan. 31, the Drexel University women’s basketball team extended its winning streak to five games and moved into second place in the Colonial Athletic Association standings.
Jan. 22, 2016
Pearson hits milestone in split week for team
While the Drexel University women’s basketball team couldn’t string together two wins in a row over the last week, they were able to pull together two other accomplishments that were huge in their last contest.
Jan. 15, 2016
W. bball splits in contests for the week, aims for win at JMU
The Drexel University women’s basketball team has scored 6-8 this season and 2-1 in conference play. That one conference loss, though, is a sore spot.