After losing their previous four games, the Drexel women's basketball team (4-5) won two games at the St. John's Chartwells Holiday classic this weekend while the Drexel men's squad (7-2) defeated a solid Davidson Wildcat team in North Carolina on Sunday.
For Denise Dillon's bunch, a trip to Jamaica, New York was just what the doctor ordered. On Saturday, the Dragons played the host St. John's Red Storm, going in as an underdog to the Big East Conference powerhouse. After being down 31-18 with a minute to go in the first half, the Dragons stormed back to take a 62-55 victory. Sophomore guard Rachel Pearson registered her first career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds and freshman Sarah Curran had 14 points, five boards and three assists. Senior Fiona Flanagan scored 9 of her 11 points in the second half after being limited in the first half because of foul trouble.
On Sunday, both teams were in action and the Drexel women handled the Prairie View A&M Panthers, 53-45, a game in which the Dragons were on fire in the first half leading the Panthers by as many as 17 points in the period. Drexel shot 47% from the floor for the game, including 8-for-18 from beyond the arc, and held Prairie View to only 26% shooting. Pearson followed up her first double-double with a 14-point, 9-rebound performance, thus earning the team's MVP award for the weekend.
Meanwhile, Brusier Flint's team was down south in North Carolina and knocked off Davidson, 72-58, to claim their fourth victory in a row. Drexel dominated from start-to-finish over the Wildcats, led by senior point guard Frantz Massenat, who had a game-high 26 points. Senior guard Chris Fouch finished 17 points while the CAA's top rebounding duo of Dartaye Ruffin and Kazembe Abif combined for 20 rebounds. Seton Hall transfer, guard Freddie Wilson, saw his first game action of the year, scoring seven points and pulling down five boards in 23 minutes of action off the bench.
As a result of their performances, Massenat and Pearson earned CAA player of the week honors and Curran earned her first ever CAA rookie of the week award.
Both Drexel teams are back in action on Wednesday with the women hosting the Hampton Pirates at the DAC and the men travelling crosstown to take on the Saint Joseph's Hawks.