NEWARK, Del. – The Dragons took the early lead and never looked back Thursday evening as Drexel defeated the Blue Hens, 72-53, in Delaware’s regular season home finale at the Bob Carpenter Center.
The Hens (17-11, 10-7 CAA) saw at least two points from all active players while sophomore Samone DeFreese (Bergenfield, N.J./Berkshire (Mass.)) led the way with 17 points to go along with three rebounds, two assists and a steal in 32 minutes of action.
Junior Nicole Enabosi (Gaithersburg, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel), sophomore Rebecca Lawrence (Ridgefield, Conn./Ridgefield) and freshman Justina Mascaro (at left; Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) each posted six rebounds and four points in the loss.
Senior Kelsi Lidge netted a career-high 27 points for the Dragons, who pulled into a first place tie in the CAA with a 23-6 overall record and 15-2 mark in conference play.
Head Coach Natasha Adair
“Drexel is a very disciplined team and you can tell they just know where everyone’s suppose to be. They do what they do, and they wear you down physically and mentally in the process. At this time of year, and in any game, it comes down to the details and winning plays. You have to finish around the rim. You have to get the rebounds and not give them second or third chances. You have to have a short memory this time of year as we’ll get on a bus and play at Towson on Saturday. And it’s not going to be easy at Towson. From top to bottom, everyone’s fighting for something.”
Sophomore Samone DeFreese
“Great teams like Drexel capitalize on every mistake you make and tonight we made a lot of uncharacteristic mistakes and mistakes that need to be fixed. It didn’t come down to who was more talented, it was sheer will and effort. We worked hard today, but let up at times and you can’t do that against top teams.”
   ·   Delaware enters the final game of the season tied with Northeastern at 10-7 in CAA standings. The two teams will face each other in the CAA Championship Quarterfinals with fourth and fifth team seeding being determined following Saturday’s contests.
   ·   A candidate for the CAA Player of the Year, Nicole Enabosi was held to single digit scoring and rebounding for just the second time this season.
   ·   The Blue Hens finish regular season home play with a 9-4 (.692) record.
   ·   Saturday, March 3 – Delaware at Towson * – 2 p.m. – SECU Arena (Towson, Md.)
   ·   Thursday, March 8 – Delaware vs. Northeastern (CAA Tournament Quarterfinals) – 2:30 p.m. – Daskalakis Athletic Center (Philadelphia, Pa.)
   ·   Friday, March 9 – Delaware at CAA Tournament Semifinals – Opponent TBD – 1 p.m. – Daskalakis Athletic Center (Philadelphia, Pa.)
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