February 15, 2019 – The Drexel Dragons extended their winning streak to nine games with a dominating 62 – 39 victory over the Hofstra Pride at the DAC. It was the second straight year that Drexel has swept the season series with Hofstra.
It was a complete effort on both sides of the floor for the Dragons. However, the focus was on defense. Drexel leads the nation in scoring defense giving up just under 49 points per game. This was the third lowest points that the Dragons allowed in a game this season.
“That was a tremendous team effort on both sides of the floor, but our defense gave us an opportunity to open the game up,” said Drexel Coach Denise Dillon.
The defense is our edge and will have to continue to be.”
The Pride shot 16 of 43 (37.2%) and turned the ball over 20 times. It gave the Dragons a 20 – 9 advantage in points off turnovers, and allowed Hofstra to have 13 less shots. Drexel had 11 steals in the game with many coming close to the basket. Hannah Nihill had 4 steals to tie a career-mark. More importantly Nihill limited the top scorer for Hofstra. Three other Dragons also had swipes.
“That’s why our overall percentage and scoring defense is the top,” Dillon said about the Dragons team defense who leads the nation. “You are a good as the guards who are dictating, and they did just that, but everybody gets on board. It’s like shooting, it becomes contagious. Our players know that in order to be out there you have to be willing to play defense.”
Hofstra leading scorer Boogie Brozoski, who averages 16 per game was held to 4. Her first points came on free throws at the 7:03 mark of the fourth quarter. Sandra Karsten was the their leading scorer with 13 points.
The Pride (7 – 17, 1 – 11) had .661 points per possession, and twice were held under 10 points in a quarter. They had 5 in the first quarter and 6 in the third.
Drexel made 44.6% from the floor. Of the 11 Drexel players who saw game action 9 scored. Bailey Greenberg was one of two players to break double figures. She made 7 of 10 field goal tries for 15 points. Keishana Washington added 10 points. Nihill handed out 9 assists, a new career-high, and scored 9. Niki Metzel and Ana Ferariu also contributed 9 points. It was a season-best for Ferariu.
“It’s always good when every single person plays a part,” Nihill said. “In our motion offense, every player gets involved. It’s been good getting looks out of that.”
Drexel improves to 17 – 5 for the season and are 9 – 2 in the CAA. The Dragons host the Northeastern Huskies on Sunday at home and look to extend the streak to 10 games. Drexel won a close 61 – 59 game at Boston in January.
Written By: Glenn Papazian