As a team, Drexel didn't shoot that well overall. After shooting 50% in the first half (13-26), the Dragons managed to shoot just 29% (8-27) in the second half. Drexel was able to maintain its lead with impressive free throw shooting (87.5%!) and by playing their best defensive game of the season. There were many occasions when the Drexel defense simply frustrated La Salle into poor shot selection or unforced turnovers. The nation's second leading scorer, Jordan Price, posted nineteen points but was largely ineffective shooting 5-14 from the field and 1-5 from downtown.
The Dragons took another six point lead into halftime and extended that margin to eight points before an Explorer run tied the game with 15:27 remaining in the second half. After a bit of back and forth, Drexel took the lead for good about ninety seconds later and never looked back. Leading by double digits for a good chunk of the second half, the Dragons eventually pushed their lead to fourteen late in the game.
Despite a poor shooting game from Sammy Mojica (1-5 for 2 points), who had been on fire as of late, the Dragons handled La Salle with strong guard play from Tavon Allen, Terrell Allen (9 points and 3 assists) and Rashann London (12 points and 3 assists). Drexel led La Salle in pretty much every statistical category: rebounding (41-32), turnovers (15-17), shooting (39%-37%), three point shooting (27%-25%), free throw shooting (87%-56%), and the all-important total points (66-53). La Salle has now dropped three straight games, not including their big victory over Rowan. The Dragons have a long break for finals before they travel to South Carolina to take on the undefeated Game Cocks on 12/15.
On the women's side, Drexel led start to finish over a winless Hampton team despite some cold second quarter shooting. The Dragons came out hot, a welcome site after some rough shooting performances in recent games, and jumped out to a thirteen point lead after ten minutes by way of ten points from Jessica Pellechio and six from Sarah Curran. The second quarter was one to forget for both teams. The Dragons managed just two points in the period by way of a couple of Pellechio's free throws. Drexel's defense remained stout as the Pirates scored just six points in the first quarter and five in the second.
The Dragons ran away with the game in the third quarter when their shooting rebounded and they outscored their hosts 23-11. Hampton posted its best ten minutes of play in the final frame, outscoring the Dragons by a point 14-13. When it was over, Drexel was left with an impressive twenty-one point win. Overall, the shooting wasn't great again as the team shot 32% from the field and 33% from behind the arc. One encouraging sign was the rate that Drexel was able to get to the free throw line. The Dragons earned eighteen trips to the line (a season high) and made fourteen of them. Drexel, a very solid free throw shooting team, is averaging just half that many attempts on the season.
The Dragons were led on the offensive side by their three top scoring threats in Rachel Pearson (16 points on 5-9 shooting including 5-8 from 3), Sarah Curran (15 points on 5-10 shooting), and Pellechio (15 points on 5-11 shooting). Drexel point guard Meghan Creighton had a rough day at the office going 0-10 from the field including 0-7 from three. The junior did post seven assists. If she keeps up her average assist rate she's on pace to break the all-time school record in that category, a record that has stood for three decades.
After finals, the Dragons will return to action on Hawk Hill when they take on St. Joes next Sunday.