Drexel, in search of its first win against a top 25 program in five years looked poised to just that through much of Sunday's game. The Dragons hung with #19 South Florida through three quarters, trailing by one after the first, four at halftime, and seven after the third. A cold shooting streak through the second half of the fourth quarter ultimately allowed the Bulls to run off with a 73-58 win in the second round of the Preseason WNIT.
South Florida dominated on the glass in the first half, outrebounding Drexel 26-13. Alisia Jenkins posted huge numbers in support of the Bulls, outrebounding the Dragons all by herself with fifteen boards to go along with thirteen points. Drexel was able to keep USF's top player, Courtney Williams, relatively in check in the first half, holding her to eight points.
Drexel held South Florida to thirty-four points in the second half but was only able to answer with twenty-three of their own after posting just eight points in the final quarter. The Dragons had a tough night shooting, making 21 of 62 shots, a 34% shooting percentage. Drexel hoisted a ton of three pointers, thirty-one to be exact, making ten of them. The Dragons were able to force more turnovers (ten) than they committed (eight), but the rebounding disparity got no better in the second half with the Bulls ultimately pulling in forty-seven to Drexel's thirty-one.
The Dragons were once again led in scoring by Sarah Curran and Rachel Pearson who both netted fifteen points. After a big outburst in the second half, Alexis Smith was held to just a pair of points in the second. It was a solid outing overall for Kracikova who finished with five points, nine rebounds, three blocks, and a couple of assists. Her emergence could loom large for a Drexel team in need of additional help at the center position to go along with senior Jackie Schluth.
Drexel will return to action on Friday evening in a WNIT consolation game against a team and at a location to be determined. The Drexel men return to the DAC on Wednesday in search of their first win of the season against 0-1 High Point. We'll have more on both of those match-ups later in the week.