PHILADELPHIA, PA. 1/6/2013 – The game is much easier to play when the team is making their shots and keeping the opponent from making their shots. Such was the case for the Drexel Dragons as they opened Colonial Athletic Association play with a 76 – 55 win over Towson at The DAC. The Dragons were successful on 28 of 56 field goal attempts (50%), while the Tigers were held to 19 of 58 from the floor (32.8%). When the Dragons are hitting on all cylinders, they are a dangerous team to play.
“It’s definitely the way this team goes,” Dillon said. “When we come out ready, make a couple of shots, the girls seem to be on point with everything we are doing on both ends of the floor. We are trying to keep them focused on each possession. That’s just us trying to get better.”
Drexel started the game by getting inside That opened the floor for the Drexel outside game. Wootton made three of the first four baskets for the home team. The Rutherford, NJ native finished the game with 14 points making 6 of 8 from the floor.
“I came out looking to score,” said Wootton. “When everyone scores we do well.”
“That’s what helps us when Taylor and Nicky Joes score around the basket it opens the entire floor and makes it twice as big, said Dillon. “She came out ready and aggressive knocking down those shots, and you know you’ll have her the rest of the game.”
The Dragons made 11 three-pointers in the game led by senior guard Hollie Mershon who scored a team-high 20 points. Mershon made 3 of 4 from distance and added 5 rebounds while handing out 6 assists. Junior guard Fiona Flanagan scored 13 points and took down 6 rebounds. The home team had 25 assists on 28 baskets. Freshman guard Meghan Creighton dished out a career-high 7 assists.
On the defensive end of the floor Drexel forced 13 Towson turnovers. In the first half the Tigers committed 10 miscues that resulted in 11 Dragon points propelling Drexel to a 40 – 24 halftime lead. The Dragons had 9 steals with Flanagan having credit for a career-best four.
The point of concern for the Drexel team is rebounding. Towson had a 35 – 34 edge and had 17 offensive rebounds. While Dillon was pleased with the defense, she is concerned about rebounding.
“We know the other teams are going to say when they play us is to take the shot and get to the glass,” said Dillon. “It is our number one focus as the season progresses is to keep the other team off the offensive glass.”
The efficient play improves the Drexel record to 8 – 4 and breaks a two-game losing streak. The game washed away the bitter taste of defeat in their previous contests. The team returns to conference play (Drexel is 1 – 0 in the CAA) on Wednesday, January 10 at rival James Madison.
Written By: Glenn Papazian