Bailey Greenberg leads Drexel into WNIT

Matt Leon
March 21, 2019 - 3:34 pm
Drexel junior forward Bailey Greenberg leads the team in scoring and rebounding.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Drexel University women's basketball team will open play in the WNIT on Friday night when the Dragons visit Harvard University out of the Ivy League.

Drexel has put together a fine season with a record of 24-8, and they fell just short of winning the CAA Championship and advancing to the NCAA Tournament, losing the title game to Towson University, 53-49.

One of the players most responsible for Drexel's success this season is junior forward Bailey Greenberg.

"I'm really proud of the team, we just played so well together I thought this year and we really stayed together," Greenberg said this week during a visit to KYW Newsradio. "We just, unfortunately, couldn't get that one win at the end. But we're really excited for the WNIT."

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Greenberg is averaging 17.5 points, leading not only the team, but also the CAA. She also leads the team in rebounds, pulling down 7.2 a game. Numbers like that helped Greenberg become the first Dragon to be named the CAA Player of the Year in a decade.

"It was definitely a surprise," she said of earning the award. "There's a lot of other great players in the CAA this year. I'm really thankful for it, but I would like to thank my coaches who have made me a lot better player since I've gotten to Drexel and then my teammates dishing the ball to me, especially the guards like Hannah (Nihill), Aubree (Brown) and Kei (Washington)."

Greenberg also earned a spot on the CAA All-Defensive team.

"It's been tremendous watching Bailey grow as a player," said Drexel head coach Denise Dillon. "She's a junior and to see where she has come in these three years is tremendous. The well-roundedness of her game, her as a teammate, taking on more of a leadership role this year, her willingness to do whatever is necessary for us to be successful."

In addition to enjoying the team success with the Dragons, Greenberg, a native of North Wales and a graduate of Archbishop Wood High School, is also relishing getting to experience her college career at Drexel, so close to her family.

"It's so nice," she said. "I have a really big family, so they all come out to all the games. My parents, they come almost everywhere and it's just really nice to have that support behind us."

Drexel and Harvard will get underway at 7 p.m. on Friday night in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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