Drexel's 10th straight win is the 300th of head coach Dillon's career

Matt Leon
February 18, 2019 - 1:40 pm
Drexel head coach Denise Dillon flanked by associate head coach Amy Mallon (left) and assistant Michelle Baker (right).

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Sunday was a big for the Drexel University women's basketball program.

The Dragons went wire-to-wire in a 76-45 victory over Northeastern. The win was big because it improved Drexel to 18-5 overall this season. The Dragons are currently second in the Colonial Athletic Association with a 10-2 league mark. 

The win was also a big deal for Denise Dillon. It was her 300th as a college head coach (all at Drexel).

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"It's really special," she says. "The opportunity I've had at Drexel is remarkable. Them hiring a young coach and putting it in my hands to turn the program around. As I mentioned to the team, it's about the players that have come through this program, and I would be remiss if I didn't mention Amy Mallon, my associate head coach, who has been there from the start, and Stacy McCullough who was a player for us and (now) coaching, she's been there for each and every win. The staff, some who have moved on to other programs and the ones I have with me (now), Michelle Baker and Mike Halbiger, it's been extremely special. For the opportunity, I've been blessed."

Dillon has long been the winningest coach in Drexel history, and her career record now stands at 300-200 (.600 winning percentage).

Drexel has always played great defense under Dillon, and this season is no exception. In fact, the Dragons allow just 47.6 points per game, making them the toughest team to score against in the country. A key in this winning streak, though, has been an uptick in offensive production. In the win over Northeastern, Dillon says that great defense helped create a lot of their offense. She breaks down some other keys to higher totals on the scoreboard as of late.

"I think the ball movement is first and foremost," she said. "The understanding of looks within our offense. We have a lot of young players on the court, so they're still trying to understand the system, the style of play. 

"You have a freshman (guard) in Keishana Washington, who has started for us each contest, but she is now realizing what she can do in our system, and it's been nice to watch. 

"You have the leadership of (junior forward) Bailey Greenberg, who has been our most consistent player on the floor. 

"Then (junior guard) Aubree Brown, who we say is our Ben Simmons, she does so much on the offensive end. When she's out there, it just flows much easier and she's always looking for the hot hand."

Drexel will go for an 11th straight win on Friday night with a road game against UNCW.

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