PHILADELPHIA, PA. 1/14/2018 – The Drexel women’s basketball team returned home after an extended trip to Virginia where the team split a two-game series. They looked happy to be home defeating the UNCW Seahawks 68 – 42, a team that has been struggling on the road.
“We were pleased with our overall performance as our defense set the tone,” said Drexel Coach Denise Dillon. “We stayed on point.”
The Dragons started the game quickly and established the defensive tone that would carry them. The Seahawks were held to 24% shooting in the first two quarters and committed 13 turnovers. Meanwhile, Drexel was playing well on offense making half their shots in the first half en route to a 34 – 17 halftime lead.
“We focused this week on our offenses, what we are running, and working together,” Dillon said. “The team is willing to make the extra pass.”
UNCW made just under a third of their shots for the game. The team makes an average of 33% of their three-pointers. Today the Seahawks converted 17.6% (3 of 17).
In the game Drexel did a good job sharing the ball and getting an open shot. For the game the Dragons had 18 assists on 28 baskets. Five players had multiple assists led by Kelsi Lidge with 5. Aubree Brown handed out 4 helpers and pulled down a season-high 8 rebounds tying her career-best.
“We love sharing the ball,” Brown said. “All of the players are moving and looking to be ready to put the ball in the basket.”
Lidge led the Dragons with 18 points. Sarah Woods had 12 while Bailey Greenberg chipped in with 11 points. Ten of the eleven Drexel players in the game scored.
No Seahawk players scored in double figures. They were led by forward Chinyere Bell who had 9 points. UNCW (7 – 10, 0 – 6) had 25 miscues in the contest.
“That is one of the things we’ve done well this year is to force teams to try and make plays, and take them out of what they want to do,” said Dillon. “It’s just a challenge. Our guards are taking pride in getting some steals.”
The Dragons (12 – 5, 4 – 1) will become the road team next week as they travel to Northeastern and Hofstra next weekend.
“We have to continue to bring the pressure on defense, and on the opposite side of the floor, be calm and take advantage of what they are giving us,” Brown said.
Written By: Glenn Papazian