The Drexel women's basketball team snapped a brief two-game losing skid on Sunday, going into Boston and defeating Northeastern, 63-41. Kamile Nacickaite
put together her first double-double of the season, scoring a game-high 18 points and adding a season-best 11 rebounds.
The Dragons (11-10, 7-4) got on the board quickly. After controlling the opening tip, Kamile Nacickaite
found Marisa Crane
on the right wing, who banked it in for a 2-0 lead less than 10 seconds into the game. Drexel would never relinquish that lead. They kept it going early with an efficient, well-balanced offense that saw no player score more than eight points in the first half as the Dragons shot 55.6 percent (15-of-27) from the field and 66.7 percent (4-of-6) from three-point range.
When the Huskies (4-18, 2-9) hit a couple of baskets and looked like they might get back into the game late in the half, the Dragons had an answer from long distance. Tory Thierolf
hit her first three-pointer of the year from the right side, followed on the next possession by a trey from Fiona Flanagan
. Flanagan would add another three-pointer moments later to give the Dragons a 35-18 lead that they would take into the intermission.
Flanagan finished with 10 points, tying her career high set earlier this season at VCU. Tory Thierolf
had a season-best seven points, while Tyler Hale
also contributed seven. Taylor Wootton
added six, Crane had five and Hollie Mershon
had four points and seven rebounds.
Drexel maintained a double-digit lead throughout the second half. Their lead reached as much as 25 points with 6:36 to play.
Drexel ran an efficient and effective offense throughout on Sunday, assisting on 20 of 25 made field goals, collecting 42 rebounds to match their season-high. That total included 11 offensive rebounds. The Dragons turned the ball over only 11 times, and notched 17 points off Northeastern turnovers. Nacickaite, Mershon and Crane had four assists apiece to lead the team.
The win gives head coach Denise Dillon
143 in her career, one behind the Drexel all-time Division I record of 144 set by Lil Haas. She will take her first shot at tying Haas in the Dragons' rematch with James Madison at the Daskalakis Athletic Center on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Drexel defeated the Dukes in Harrisonburg earlier this year, their first-ever win over James Madison on the road during the regular season.