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Women’s basketball wraps regular season at Towson

Women's basketball wraps regular season at Towson

Game Information: Saturday March 5, 2022 – 2:00 p.m.
Location: SECU Arena – Towson, Md.

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Opening Tip
The Drexel University women’s basketball team plays its final game of the regular season, with a key NET ranking matchup, traveling to Towson on Saturday, March 5, 2022. The SECU Arena countdown is scheduled for 2 p.m.

About Drexel
With their 80-60 victory at James Madison on Thursday, Drexel secured the top spot in the Colonial Athletic Association championship. At 16-1 in conference, the Dragons lead Delaware by one game in the CAA standings, but hold the tiebreaker by sweeping the season series against the Blue Hens. With six of the tournament’s nine seeds locked, Drexel will play its CAA Championship opener on Friday, March 11 at noon against the winner of the first round match between Hofstra and UNCW.

Against the Dukes, Hannah Nihill led Drexel with 23 points in the game, 21 in the second half. Keishana Washington continued his blistering pace this season with 17 goals. She also tied for the team high with seven assists. Kate Connolly provided a spark for the offense with 15 points, hitting a career-high five three-pointers, making it into the top 12 Treys of the season on a team basis. Tessa Brugler led DU with nine rebounds, scoring eight points and providing seven assists.

You have to go back more than three years to see a shooting performance from the Dragons like the one they offered against JMU on Thursday. The last time a Drexel team connected on more than 57% of their attempts from the floor was on February 17, 2019, a 76-45 win over Northeastern.

Drexel was also firing on all cylinders from beyond the arc, connecting on 12 treys in the game, his most since dropping 15 three-point shots against UNCW on Feb. 12, 2017. Connolly has been a big contributor, hitting five career-best shots from distance.

Thursday was Drexel’s fourth game of the season with 23 assists. That’s the highest total this year for a CAA team against a Division I opponent.

Recognition Towson
Towson comes into play 22-6 overall and 13-4 in CAA after an 85-71 loss to Delaware on Thursday. The Tigers, who set a new program record for regular season wins, will be the third seed in the upcoming CAA tournament.

Aleah Nelson leads three Towson players in double figures with 17.1 points per game with Allie Kubek 14.8 and Anissa Rivera 10.4. Rivera leads the team in rebounding at 7.3 per game while Nelson has 150 assists and is second in the conference at 5.4 dimes per game.

There’s not much Towson doesn’t do well as he’s in the top three in CAA in scoring (75.6 – 1st), scoring defense (61.3 – 3rd), rebound (45.4 – 1st) and three-point percentage (31.3 – 3rd). He wasn’t afraid to challenge himself either, taking on three teams in the top 50 of the NET rankings, falling to NC State and Princeton, but beating Florida.

Weaknesses are hard to find, but if there is one, it may be the success rate at the free throw line as the Tigers are one of only two teams in the conference with a shooting percentage. free throws less than 70. They compensate in volume. , ranking second in the CAA in attempts (522) and third in makes (364) with both numbers in the top 70 nationally.

Diane Richardson is in her fifth season in charge of the Tigers with a 78-64 record. After going 9-21 in his freshman year, Towson went 20-13 in 2018-19 and won the CAA Tournament title.

All Time Series
Tuesday is the 84th all-time meeting between the Dragons and Tigers with Drexel holding a 61-22 series lead. Much of the building of that advantage came from February 28, 2010 to February 25, 2018, when DU won 19 straight against Towson. The Tigers came back a bit, winning three of seven before the Dragons won the final game, a 58-54 game on January 18, 2022.

Last time against the tigers
And speaking of that final game, Drexel held off a furious Towson rally to come away with that 58-54 win. Washington had 17 points to lead four DU players in double digits and Mariah Leonard had a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

following
Drexel opens the playoffs Friday, March 11 at noon in the CAA quarterfinals where he will face the winner of the first round match between Hofstra and UNCW.