Saturday afternoon will often Drexel fans the rare opportunity to watch both basketball teams in action in back-to-back games. The men continue their strong out-of-conference schedule when they take on Monmouth at 2pm. The women will return to the DAC to take on St. Bonaventure in their third and final game of the WNIT. Their game will begin at 5pm or 45 minutes after the men's game, whichever is later.
Robinson is a short (5'8") and quick guard who has done a little of everything for his team in the first few games. He has shot well from the field (40%), the three point line (35%) and free throw line (100%). The Hawks bring Stewart off the bench who is listed as a huge 6'8" guard. The big shooter has hit 38% of his shots from behind the arc. In keeping with the trend of guards on either end of the height spectrum, Seaborn checks in at 6'5" and has the highest shooting percentage (48%) of any of the Monmouth regulars. Deon Jones (oh hey, another huge guard at 6'6") rounds out the Hawks' top scorers.
Jones is also Monmouth's top rebounder, though at an average of 6.5 per game, he's not in great company. As a whole, the Hawks were dominated on the boards on their west coast trip, they were outrebounded by an average of 14 rebounds per game. This is not a team the Dragons want to continue their foul barrage against as they're currently shooting 81% from the free throw line. Zach Tillman, the team's top forward, has fouled out of both of this season's contests in just twenty-nine minutes of court time (sound like anybody you know?).
On paper, this seems like the type of match-up which could give the Dragons fits. Drexel has struggled with teams that can shoot and have a wealth of size at the guard positions. Drexel should once again have an advantage in the offensive post with Kazembe Abif and Rodney Williams both better scorers than any of the Hawks' big men. The Dragons will need to win the fight on the glass, stay out of foul trouble down low, and guard the perimeter against an excellent shooting team.
As a side note, Ahmad Fields is not expected to play again on Saturday. The Dragons will continue player Terrell Allen, Rashann London, Sammy Mojica, and Tavon Allen in the backcourt which suddenly doesn't have a ton of depth. Monmouth's schedule looks like Drexel's of years past: a ton of really tough away games, a premier Thanksgiving tournament, and no home games until the middle of December.
On the women's side, the Dragons are coming off a hard-fought defeat at the hands of #19 South Florida in the second round of the WNIT. Drexel battled with one of the nation's top teams and trailed by just four points with a few minutes remaining in the game before their shooting went cold. This is absolutely a team that deserves a ton of support and hopefully the home faithful will remain for the second game of the day tomorrow.
St. Bonaventure has taken a similar road to this consolation match-up. They easily handled Siena (57-40) in their tournament opener before dropping a twenty-three point decision (77-54) against #22 DePaul.
The Bonnies are led in scoring by four players. Miranda Drummond (13.0 ppg), Nyla Rueter (11.5 ppg), Katie Healy (10.0 ppg), and Mariah Ruff (9.5 ppg) have paced them so far in the WNIT. Drummond is a 6'1" forward who has shot extremely well from the floor (53%) but poorly from behind the arc (0-5). She's not a great rebounder and has turned the ball over twelve times already this season. Rueter has taken the vast majority of the team's three point attempts (16 of 28 total) but has so far only hit on three of them. At this point, she's scoring more on volume and less on efficiency.
Healy is perhaps the team's most rounded player where in addition to her offensive output she has pulled in a team-high nineteen rebounds and blocked five shots. The 6'1" senior is shooting 43% from the floor. Ruff has shot well from the field in the early going (47%) but has struggled to hit threes so far (20%).
As a team, St. Bonaventure is averaging twenty-two turnovers a game (that's three quarters of a Sixers game worth, if you're keeping up with us) and has a nearly even rebounding margin.
Drexel has been led by the scoring of it's top shooters in Sarah Curran and Rachel Pearson. It will be interesting to see if freshman Tereza Kracikova can continue to build on her promising early progress for the Dragons. The freshman is the tallest player on the team and gives them a much needed size presence to go along with senior Jackie Schluth.
After Thanksgiving, Drexel will take on suburban Philadelphia rival Villanova in the first round of the Lehigh Tournament to be held in Bethlehem. The game will take place on Saturday the 28th at 2pm, with a second game to be played against a team (Lehigh/Montana) and at a time to be determined by the day's results.
Pack the DAC!