On paper, it wasn't supposed to be close. But the Drexel Dragons needed double overtime to take down the Bloomsberg Huskies, 74-73, in an exhibition game at the DAC on Wednesday night. Sophomore guard Meghan Creighton finished with 22 points in 48 minutes of action, proving that she will be a key cog in Drexel's success not only for this year, but in the next three seasons.
Senior Fiona Flanagan finished with a solid stat line of nine points, eight boards and five assists, showing her all-around involvement in the team's offense and defense. Without Hollie Mershon, Flanagan will certainly need to step up across the board and it looks like she is ready for the role based on last night's game.
Just like in most pre-season games in sports, fans wanted to see the "newcomers" on the Dragons squad. Two of the newbies, freshman Sarah Curran and junior transfer Jamila Thompson, were in the starting lineup and had solid performances. Curran finished with 12 points and eight rebounds, including a couple of big shots in the lane in overtime, and Thompson had seven points and three rebounds, all offensive.
Off the bench, sophomore guard Carrie Alexander saw 28 minutes of action and ended up with 10 points and five rebounds before fouling out. Redshirt sophomore Jackie Schluth, who has been hampered by injuries her whole Dragon career, finished with a double-double of 10 points and 11 boards in 23 minutes off the bench.
The Dragons, who rely on the three-point shot, made only four triples on 21 attempts, three of which were made by Creighton. Drexel showed some youth and inexperience on the court last night and the Dragon motion offense didn't run quite as efficiently as fans are used to seeing. But head coach Denise Dillon was teaching and coaching the whole game and was trying some different combinations of lineups to find the right fit.
This Dragon season will be a work in progress and they will certainly experience some growing pains. But fans got to see some of the talented new Dragons last night and there is definitely a lot of potential for this Drexel team this season.
Drexel opens up their season on November 8th in Toledo with the two-day Glass City Tournament. Then the Dragons return to the DAC for their first home game against the Providence Friars on November 15th.