PHILADELPHIA, PA. 1/19/2020 – The Drexel Dragons hosted their closest and their fiercest rival on Homecoming Weekend in West Philadelphia. Drexel has won the last four consecutive games and ten over the Delaware Blue Hens with a 63 – 59 overtime victory at the DAC.
The recent series has belonged to the Dragons, but it has been far from easy. This game was no exception. The game was still in doubt until the final horn sounded. The biggest play of the game that tilted the game in the direction of the Dragons was with 21 seconds to play when Aubrey Brown blocked a jumper by Blue Hens guard Kayla Shaw that preserved the Drexel two-point lead. Dragons forward Niki Metzel made two free throws for the final margin of victory. Shaw made a three-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into an extra five minutes. Brown did not want a repeat.
“I’m not letting that happen again,” said Brown about the defensive stop. “The first one was my fault and I’ve got to get there. I could have gotten around the corner a little faster, but I recovered.”
It appeared as though the Dragons would survive in regulation. After the Blue Hens took a 44 – 43 lead with 6:17 remaining in regulation, Bailey Greenberg, who scored a game-high 26 points, reeled off 10 straight Drexel points over five and a half minutes giving her team a 53 – 50 lead with 38 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Metzel gave the Dragons a 55 – 52 sinking 2 free throws with 10 seconds showing on the clock. Shaw erased that lead.
Still, Drexel showed the resolve to come out and take the game back.
“All of us have been really good this year about letting it go, moving on and fighting back together,” Brown said. “We just kept each other upbeat and ready to go.”
Brown scored 6 points and added 8 assists, 2 steals, and 3 rebounds to the stat line.
Metzel and Mariah Leonard contributed 9 points each. But it all comes back to the defense as Delaware (5 – 11 1 – 4) was limited to 38.7% shooting, and did not make a field goal in overtime.
“There were some high’s and low’s, but luckily we ended up on the high end with the girls sticking together and doing what was necessary to win,” said Drexel Coach Denise Dillon.
Nicole Enabosi led the Blue Hens with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Jasmine Dickey pulled down a game-best 14 rebounds to go along with 9 points. Abby Gonzales made 3 three-pointers on the way to 15 points. Samone DeFreese had 8 points and 8 rebounds.
Drexel (11 – 6, 4 – 1) has won their last four overtime games, three this season.
The Dragons take their winning streak on the road going to Elon and William & Mary before returning home to face Towson to end the month of January.
“It was nice to be home and took care of business at the DAC,” Dillon said. “We will prepare for a road trip. It starts with Elon who is playing good basketball and a change to our approach. Strategy changes for that one, and count on the D.”
Written By: Glenn Papazian