Game Info: Sunday, February 20, 2022 – 1:00 p.m
Location: Bob Carpenter Center – Newark, Del.
The Drexel University women’s basketball team returns on Sunday, February 20 when they travel to Newark, Delaware to play archrival Delaware. The notice from the Carpenter Center is scheduled for 1:00 p.m
Hannah Nihill With five three-pointers, the Dragons set a career-high Wednesday night when they defeated James Madison 64-61. Nihill led all scorers with 18 points and added three assists and three rebounds. She also contributed on defense with four steals, her fifth straight game with three or more shots. Keishana Washington counted 17 in the contest and had six assists.
The win against the Dukes was DU’s 20th of the season. It is the fifth full season in a row that the Dragons have won 20 or more games and the tenth overall in program history. Amy Mallon also became the fastest head coach in Drexel history to win 20 games in a season, reaching the mark in her sophomore year. It took Lil Haas five years to hit a 20-win season, and Denise Dillon did it in six years.
Brugler received some major recognition for her work in the classroom and on the court by being named a First Team CoSIDA Academic All-District Performer. She is the first basketball player since Michelle Maslowski in 2002 to receive Academic All-District honors and only the fourth in the program’s history to receive the honor.
The last three weeks have tested the Dragons’ skills as DU faced three separate double-digit deficits, winning twice and equaling on the third point. Starting with Elon on Jan. 28, Drexel came back from a 35-25 deficit with 2:33 in the second quarter to win 72-60. On Wednesday against James Madison, DU rebounded from a 39-28 deficit with 7:49 left in the third for a 64-61 win. That game was capped with a game against Charleston on February 6, which saw the Dragons trail 55-31 and go 2-18 in the third before leveling 66-66 with 1-23 left.
Drexel is 8-0 in real road games this season. DU is one of only two teams in Division I to remain unbeaten away from home, joining Florida’s Gulf Coast (7-0).
Delaware goes into the game 18-5 overall with a 12-1 mark in the CAA after beating Hofstra 71-58 on Feb. 13. The Blue Hens are undefeated since falling to Drexel on Jan. 23, and their eight-game winning streak is the ninth-longest tie in NCAA Division I.
Leading the offense for Delaware is Jasmine Dickey, who leads the CAA and is third nationally with 25.5 points per game. As a volume shooter, Dickey leads the nation in field goal attempts per game with 22.45 and is second in total field goal attempts percent with 494 percent. Not to be outdone is Ty Battle, who is averaging a double-double with 13.0 points and a conference-best 10.9 rebounds per game. Tyi Skinner is another scoring option at 14.0 per game. She also surpasses UD with 78 assists.
One thing the Blue Hens do exceptionally well is rack up their own errors and rank third in the country with 16.8 offensive rebounds per game. On the other hand, they put their opponents on the line as teams average 16.8 free throws per game.
Natasha Adair is in her fifth season in Delaware with a record of 89-55 at UD and 161-140 in 10 seasons overall as a collegiate head coach. She has led her Blue Hens teams to the WNIT twice, in 2018 and 2021, and only had two under-.500 seasons as a head coach.
All Time Series
Sunday is the 88th all-time meeting between Delaware and Drexel at the Division I level, with the Blue Hens holding a 48-39 series lead. The 87 games is the most for either school against any opponent. The Dragons had won 11 straight games against UD before the Blue Hens won both regular-season games last season. Drexel had the final say, however, coming from behind last season and winning the CAA title game 63-52, winning the conference championship and a trip to the NCAA tournament. Washington led DU by 30 points in the contest. Drexel won the final game between the teams, a 70-62 win at the DAC on January 23.
The Dragons return to the DAC for their final two home games of the regular season, beginning with William & Mary on Friday, February 25. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m