Dragons to Face #3 Seed Georgia in First Round
March 15, 2021 –
The Colonial Athletic Champion Drexel Dragons knew they were going to the NCAA Tournament. On Selection Monday the Dragons found out they received a #14 seed and will play the third-seeded Georgia Bulldogs of the SEC in the first round scheduled for a Monday March 22, tipoff at noon. The entire tournament will be played in the San Antonio area. The four brackets normally named for the city location is now labeled for sites in San Antonio. Drexel is playing in the Alamo Region, and hopes to continue to feel the excitement.
“I think it’s been an amazing experience so far and we’re just trying to live in the moment and soak it all in,” said Drexel guard Keishana Washington.
Drexel plays a style not seen by many opponents and hope to use the scrappy underdog role as a recipe for success.
“We’re a team that can be dangerous and are a team that people don’t want to see because of how we play on the defensive end of the floor,” said Drexel Coach Amy Mallon. “We know we can be a dangerous team to face.”
The Dragons limit their opponents to an average 57.3 points per game. They steal the ball over 8 times in each game on average. Hannah Nihill, the CAA Defensive Player of the Year swiped the ball 63 times this season. She averages a team-leading 16 points per game while handing out 84 assists. Nihill also had the team-high in made three-point field goals draining 44 of 118. Keishana Washington, the conference tournament Most Outstanding Player, contributes 15 points per game and leads the Dragons in field goal percentage at 41.2%. She was second on the team in three-point shooting making 35 of 110 from beyond the arc.
“No matter what our team is going into every game to play as hard as we can,” said Nihill. “When we found out we were playing Georgia, we were really excited just having another opportunity that we get to go out there and make something happen.”
Georgia who finished second in the SEC Tournament The Bulldogs lost to South Carolina 67 – 62 in the final. Along the way they defeated Kentucky and Texas A&M to get to the championship game. Jenna Staiti leads Georgia in scoring averaging 14.5 per game, and leads the SEC is blocked shots with 84. Drexel goes into the contest with their mantra of being small but deadly. Disrupting the Georgia offense is the key.
“That’s what we’ve been able to do at the CAA Tournament, be disruptive and force them into situations they might not have been in all year,” said Mallon. “We proved that we can be down and come back. If it becomes a possession game that’s what we’ll continue to do and keep as our theme going into the tournament.”
Stanford received the number one seed in the Alamo Region. The Dragons are in the lower half of the bracket led by second seeded Louisville. The three other top seeds are Connecticut in the River Walk Region, NC State in the Mercado Regions, and South Carolina in the Hemisfair Region.
The team is getting ready to play and be ready to win another game. They are embracing the moment now, but know a tough opponent lies ahead.
“It’s time to start preparing for Georgia,” Washington said. “We’re ready to compete and have a chance to continue playing.”
Written By: Glenn Papazian