PHILADELPHIA, PA. 3/16/2018 – In the post season the mindset is to win and keep moving on. Drexel will continue their march in the WNIT as the Dragons defeated the Robert Morris Colonials 57 – 44 at the DAC. Bailey Greenberg lead all scorers with 14 points. Kelsi Lidge scored 10 points for the Dragons and added 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
Both teams came into this game as winners of their conference regular season, but fell in the conference tournament final. Drexel was defeated by Elon in the CAA title game, and RMU by Saint Francis in the Northeast Conference final. Whether it was not playing for a few days, or disappointment, it took awhile for both squads to get their offense going. For the Dragons it was a matter of turning up the defensive intensity, which they did all season, and mixing in some pressure defense.
“The goal was holding them to 50 and giving up 44 was key,” said Drexel Coach Denise Dillon. “Our defense created offense in hustle plays. We continue to find ways to win basketball games and that’s what matters.”
“The biggest thing we talk about is energy and effort,” Greenberg said. “When we are getting steals and them turning the ball over is effort.”
The Colonials were held to 17 first half points and caused 15 turnovers in the opening twenty minutes of play. For the game RMU had 22 turnovers that limited their offense.
Leading 33 – 17 at intermission, the Dragons took full control by starting the third quarter with an 11 – 3 run going out to a 44 – 20 lead halfway through the third.
Hannah Nihill recorded double-figures for the DU scoring 10 points. Aubree Brown added 8 points and 4 assists.
Megan Smith, playing in her last collegiate game, had a team-high 9 points for the Colonials.
Drexel earns another game facing the Fordham Rams at the DAC on Sunday at 4 PM.
“It means a lot,” Greenberg said. “We weren’t happy with how our season ended in the CAA Conference Tournament, so we are hoping that we can make this second run. It’s like our second chance to turn it around.”
Written By: Glenn Papazian