Drexel women's basketball an elite defensive group

Matt Leon
January 04, 2019 - 11:17 am
The Drexel University women's basketball team is 8-3 so far this season

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Drexel University women's basketball team opens Colonial Athletic Association play on Friday night, welcoming Towson to the DAC.

Drexel is 8-3 on the season, thanks in large part to stifling defense. In fact, Drexel has the best scoring defense in the country as they hold opponents to just 46 points per game.

Head coach Denise Dillon breaks down what makes her team so tough at the defensive end.

"I would say with our guards, (sophomore) Hannah Nihill and (freshman) Keishana Washington — they are extremely quick, and they do a great job of pressuring the basketball," Dillon said. "So I think they're dictating our defensive presence each and every possession. Then you have (junior forward) Bailey Greenberg, who is dynamic on the offensive end, but just doing a really nice job of post play, post (defense) and whatever is necessary there, even though sometimes she is outmatched size wise.

"(Junior guard) Aubree Brown is a great anticipator and does a good job of reading things," Dillon added. "(Junior forward) Niki Metzel has moved into the starting lineup this year and has been playing big in the post. That's something we've lacked in the past." 

Opponents shoot just 34 percent from the field against the Dragons and just 21 percent from three (that's second-best in the nation). Dillon says everyone on the roster is aware that it starts with defense for the Dragons.

"The whole buy-in of, 'Okay, if you want to get on the floor, if you want to help this team, you're going to play defense,'" she said. "The team as a whole is doing just that."

Towson is 6-5 heading into Friday night's game.

"One thing the Towson Tigers can do is score the basketball," Dillon said. "They get out in transition and they rebound the ball well. So we're going to rely on our defense. We have to force them to play a half-court game. We do that, we slow them down a little bit, we give ourselves a chance."

Friday night's game gets underway at 7 p.m.

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