Dartmouth used its overall height advantage to clog the paint for a good chunk of the game, forcing the Dragons to utilize their motion offense to get open looks off of back door cuts and and nifty ball movement. Pearson was on fire from downtown hitting four of her five three point attempts and shooting eight for ten overall. In her first game as a Dragon, transfer Jessica Pellechio struggled shooting early on before settling in and scoring eight points including a couple of three pointers.
Sixth year senior Jackie Schluth was steadfast as always in the low post, pulling in a game high twelve rebounds to go along with eight points. Sophomore Megan Marecic notched a couple of three pointers to add six points to the home effort while Meghan Creighton returned from last year's injury to add five points and a game high eight assists.
The Dragons, the second leading free throw shooting in the nation last year, shot 92% from the line in the opener. Drexel dominated on the boards, out rebounding Dartmouth 41-28. The Big Green didn't get its first offensive rebound until the second half. European freshmen Eline Maesschalck and Tereza Kracikova made their debut for the Dragons, both playing a couple of minutes.
Drexel will travel to South Florida for a second round WNIT match-up on Sunday at 4pm. The Bulls are ranked #20 in the nation in the ESPN poll and #19 in the USA Today poll. South Florida was paced by a thirty-four point outburst from Courtney Williams in a 74-52 win over Jacksonville in their opener.