Delaware Women’s Basketball Escapes with 55-50 Victory Over Drexel to Retain Sole Possession of Second Place in CAA Standings
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Sophomore Courtni Green (Winchester, Va.) tied a career-high with 18 points as the University of Delaware women’s basketball team picked up a crucial 55-50 win over Colonial Athletic Association rival Drexel Tuesday evening at the Daskalakis Athletic Center.
The victory marks the sixth straight for the Blue Hens, who improve to 17-6 overall and 9-3 in the CAA to retain sole possession of second place in the league. Drexel drops its second straight to fall to 12-13 overall and 7-5 in conference play to remain in third place. A matchup of the 2012 and 2013 CAA Championship, the two teams have now split the season series after Drexel defeated Delaware, 61-52, on Jan. 19.
Green posted a game-high 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field while knocking down four baskets from behind the arc. The guard added five rebounds and three assists for Delaware.
Erika Brown (Haledon, N.J.) came through in the clutch for the Blue Hens as the freshman collected career-highs of eight assists and five steals in addition to seven points and five rebounds.
Despite battling foul trouble the entire game, senior Kelsey Buchanan (South Riding, Va.) registered a game-best seven rebounds in addition to eight points.
The three-point basket was the focal point of the night and that was immediately evident as Drexel’s Megan Creighton opened the game with a trey and Green countered with her own just 30 seconds later.
The Dragons continued to go on a 12-2 run and led by as much as 10 following another three from Creighton just nine minutes in. The Blue Hens battled back and eventually tied things at 21-21 before holding a 25-24 lead at the half.
Drexel kicked off the second half by overtaking the lead and the two teams kept things close the entire way. With just under 10 minutes to go in the game, Delaware went on an 8-0 run, including two clutch layups from Brown, to go up, 45-41. The Dragons threatened multiple times with various three-point attempts, but the Hens would never look back en route to the win.
Tory Thierolf led Drexel with 16 points, including four three-pointers, in addition to six rebounds and three assists. Creighton tallied 12 points, all on treys while Abby Redick picked up eight points, seven rebounds and four assists in the loss.
Head Coach Tina Martin
“I don’t know how we won that game, but we came through in the end. We hung in there when we needed to and our kids didn’t hang their heads. They stayed with it and we came out with the victory. It seemed as though our whole front line was in foul trouble early on and Stephanie Leon, Erika Brown and Alecia Bell stepped up huge. While it may not show up in the stats, our bench was crucial tonight. I’m happy to leave here with a win because Drexel is always a tough team and even more so on their home court.
Freshman Erika Brown
“We went in to the lockerroom at halftime with a lead and coach was really harping on our defense. I felt that we did a better job and improved in the second hal. We were able to play through our fatigue and continued to play tough defense because we knew the offense would follow. This win meant a lot and this was a big game.”
· Delaware has won six straight games.
· UD has had at least two players score in double figures in all 23 games this season.
· Delaware holds an advantage of 48-24 over Drexel in the all-time series. The Blue Hens are 21-11 over the Dragons in Philadelphia.
· Drexel led by as much as 10 in the first half.
· The Dragons made 11 three-pointers, the most made by a Delaware opponent since March 13, 2011 when James Madison also collected 11 against the Blue Hens.
· Delaware outshot Drexel, 44.7 percent (21-47) to 30.4 percent (17-56). The Hens also dominated in the paint, picking up 22 points to just two for the Dragons.
· Kelsey Buchanan scored eight points against the Dragons; snapping a 22-game streak where she scored at least 10 in each game.
· Courtni Green dished out a career-high and team-best eight assists against Drexel on Jan. 19.
· Thursday, Feb. 20 – James Madison at Delaware* - 7 p.m. – Bob Carpenter Center (Newark, Del.)
· Sunday, Feb. 23 – William & Mary at Delaware* - 12 noon – Bob Carpenter Center (Newark, Del.) – Senior Day
· Thursday, Feb. 27 – Delaware at Hofstra* - 7 p.m. – Mack Sports Complex (Hempstead, N.Y.)