PHILADELPHIA, PA. 2/10/2013 – The Drexel Dragons swept a CAA Men’s and Women’s doubleheader at the DAC. The women started the evening by defeating Old Dominion 64 – 50 behind 19 points and 6 assists from Hollie Mershon. The men took the court in the second game. The Dragons got 14 points from Frantz Massenat and held James
Madison to 4 of 18 from three-point land to earn a 60 – 48 win.
The individual game stories are found below.
Drexel 64 Old Dominion 50 – The Dragons gave one of their best team efforts in defeating the Monarch 64 – 50 in the first game of a women’s and men’s double header at the DAC. Drexel is on a three game win streak. The host team had 17 assists on the 25 field goals shooting 25 – 55 (45.5%) for the game getting good chances close to the basket. The advantage for the Dragons in Points in the Paint was 32 – 18.
“We ran a few isolation plays down low,” said Drexel Coach Denise Dillon. “It was a good team win.”
Forwards Nicki Jones scored 15 points while fellow forward Taylor Wootton scored 12. Combined the big players shot a collective 11 – 21. The inside play opened up the outside for guard Hollie Mershon who scored a game-high 19 points shooting 8 for 16. Mershon also handed out a game best 6 assists.
“Hollie is our most experienced and most settled player,” Dillon said.
The Dragons got out to a fast start scoring the first ten points of the game in the first five minutes. The halftime lead for the home team was 32 – 18. The largest lead for Drexel was 50 – 32 with 8:28 remaining in the game. Stephanie Gardner scored a team-high 18 points for Old Dominion.
Drexel improves to 16 – 6 on the season and are 9 – 2 in the conference. The Dragons hold third palce in the CAA and travel to Hofstra for a game on February 14.
Drexel 60 James Madison 48 – After a disappointing loss to Old Dominion on Thursday, Drexel needed a bounce back win against a quality CAA opponent. The Dragons got it 60 – 48 against James Madison at the DAC. It was a win the team needed.
“It was really important as we have another tough game on Thursday,” said Drexel junior guard Frantz Massenat about the impact of this win. “They (James Madison are a good team in the league so for us to beat them at home, and we haven’t been winning at home, is good for us and good for the people to come back out to the games.”
Drexel did it with their defense and rebounding. The Dragons out-rebounded JMU 35 – 26. Defensively, The Dragons held the Dukes to 38.3% shooting (18 – 47), 27.8% in the first half (5 – 18). Drexel set the tone on defense by holding James Madison without a point for ten minutes in the first half establishing a 16 – 9 lead before the Dukes broke the run with 3:40 to intermission.
“Our coaches told us to guard the three-point line,” Massenat said about the defense. “We tried to stay on top of them and play good defense like we should have been all year.”
Drexel took a 23 – 12 halftime lead. The 12 points allowed were the lowest Drexel allowed in a half since a game against Towson in 2012. In the second half, James Madison heated up. Drexel did as well winning the latter stanza 37 – 36, starting the half with an early 14 – 4 run to move in front 39 – 22 with 11:21 to play. The 17 point lead would the largest of the game for the host. JMU would get no closer than 9 points. Massenat scored a team-high 14 points. The junior guard became the 33rd Drexel player to reach 1,000 career points.
“I got it in high school my senior year, and to get it in college is exciting,” said Massenat. “I was talking to my dad about it, and he is proud.”
Forward Derrick Thomas added 13 points. Forward Daryl McCoy pulled down a game-high 9 rebounds.
The Dragons improve to 10 – 14, 6 – 6 in the CAA. There are six more regular season games left to play. Not much time for Drexel to make a run to a league championship and CAA Tournament championship.
“It’s going to come down to three games in March,” said Flint. “It’s about getting better for those three games. We’ve been in every game, pretty decent in the league to give ourselves a chance to win. We know what this is about, let’s get healthy and try to get better for those three games. “
James Madison is coached by former Saint Joseph’s assistant Matt Brady.
Written By: Glenn Papazian