Senior forward Abby Redick posted her first career double-double as she led the Drexel Dragons (6-8, 1-0 CAA) to a 68-55 victory over the College of Charleston Cougars on Thursday night. In what was the first conference game of the year for Drexel, this was also the first ever CAA sanctioned game for Charleston and it was also the first time these two programs ever played each other.
Redick registered career highs in points and rebounds with 16 and 11, respectively, leading a balanced Dragon scoring attack. The Archbishop Carroll trio of Sarah Curran, Meghan Creighton and Rachel Pearson all finished in double figures with 11, 11 and 10, respectively, while senior guard Fiona Flanagan dropped in nine points. Creighton also dished out a career-high seven assists and grabbed six rebounds while Flanagan had six boards and five assists.
The Dragons also got a solid contribution off the bench from junior forward Jamila Thompson, who had five points, five boards and four assists in her first game since November 15th. Reserve sophomore forward Jackie Schluth also contributed four points in nine minutes of action.
Except for a 1-0 deficit at the 19:00 minute mark in the first half, Drexel led the entire game and held off a couple Charleston comebacks in both the first and second halves.
After a rough non-conference schedule, the Dragons needed to start off CAA play on the right foot and they did so with a solid win over Charleston. Now Drexel hits the road for three games starting with a trip to Williamsburg, Virginia next Thursday to take on the William & Mary Tribe, who lost their CAA opener to Delaware last night.