PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Blue Hens opened the Colonial Athletic Association portion of their schedule Friday afternoon with a 74-53 loss to Drexel at the Daskalakis Athletic Center.
Junior Nicole Enabosi, who was held without a double double for the first time in nine games, guided all scorers with 18 points to go along with eight rebounds in 40 minutes of action.
Sophomore Samone DeFreese added 13 points, eight rebounds and three assists of her own.
Delaware (7-5, 0-1 CAA) was hindered by 20 turnovers while shooting just 13.3 percent (2-of-15) from behind the 3-point arc.
The Dragons (9-4, 1-0 CAA), who led by as much as 23 in the third quarter, saw three players with double figure scoring efforts. Kelsi Lidge posted 16 points and five steals for Drexel while Bailey Greenberg notched 14 points and Aubree Brown tallied 10.
Head Coach Natasha Adair
“Drexel set the tone early and was very aggressive and active defensively. We didn’t play Delaware basketball today. We will become a better team because of this and we have a lot of basketball left to play. There were different levels to this game and against an opponent like Drexel, the room for error is very small. This was a tough one for sure.”
Sophomore Abby Gonzales
“They’re a solid team that works together very well. A big thing for us is discipline. A few of us got in trouble with fouls, but when it comes down to it, you need to make defensive stops. When you get those stops, it leads to offensive possessions and we need to convert off their mistakes.”
   ·   Justina Mascaro logged a season-best six rebounds for the Hens.
   ·   Delaware outrebounded Drexel, 36-32, while both teams collected three blocked shots.
   ·   The Blue Hens will play once again at the Daskalakis Athletic Center in spring as the Dragons host the 2018 CAA Women’s Basketball Tournament from March 7-10.
   ·   UD has lost five straight to Drexel, but continue to lead the all-time series by a margin of 49-31.
   ·   Friday, January 5 – Elon at Delaware – Noon – Bob Carpenter Center (Newark, Del.)
   ·   Sunday, January 7 – Delaware at College of Charleston – 1 p.m. – TD Arena (Charleston, S.C.)
   ·   Friday, January 12 – Delaware at Hofstra – 7 p.m. – Mack Sports Complex (Hempstead, N.Y.)
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