Women’s basketball continues road trip in Drexel

WILMINGTON, NC – The third leg of a four-game Colonial Athletic Association road trip pits the UNCW women’s basketball team against conference leader Drexel on Friday, February 6 at 7 p.m.

Tuesday’s game at the Daskalakis Athletic Center will be broadcast on FloHoops.com. Live stats are available online at UNCWStats.com.

The Seahawks, amid a seven-game loss, see a record of 3-14 and are 0-7 in the CAA game. The leading Dragons have a 16-2 record and have come out at an 8-0 in conference play.

UNCW is shooting 36.4 percent from the field this season, with 31.7 percent from the three-point range. Drexel, meanwhile, hits 42.8 percent from the floor and 30.6 percent from the arch.

senior security guard Sierra DaCosta accelerates the Seahawks by 13.3 ppg. DaCosta, a product of Philadelphia, Pa., saw her double-digit scoring streak broken in six games in Tuesday’s 56-40 loss to Hofstra.

Drexel senior guard Keishana Washington, the CAA’s second leading scorer, marches into the game averaging 18.8 ppg on 42.6 percent shooting. Graduate striker Tessa Brugler, meanwhile, has averages of 13.5 ppg and 9.1 rpg, the fourth best mark in the conference.

Drexel, winners of 13 games in a row, returns home after escaping William & Mary last Sunday with a double 75-67 overtime win.

UNCW and Drexel last met on January 9, 2022, with the Dragons ruining the Seahawks’ distorted bid, 71-68, in Wilmington overtime.

After Friday’s game, the Seahawks will conclude their road trip in Delaware on Sunday, February 6, 2022. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.


FIVE FACTS TO KNOW

SERIES UPDATE | Drexel leads the all-time series 30-8. The Seahawks last defeated the Dragons on March 11, 2011, a 63-51 win in the CAA Tournament.

SEE YOU AT THE CHARITY STRIPE | Drexel (76.2 percent) and UNCW (75.1) are the CAA’s top two teams in free throw percentage this season.

DEFENSIVE DRAGONS | The Seahawks face an uphill battle against the dragon’s defense, which limits opponents to 55.7 ppg which is low for the conference. The Seahawks have the third-highest percentage of three points (31.7 percent) in the conference, but the Dragons have forced opponents to shoot 24.9 percent of the competition.

WRITING HISTORY | DaCosta’s 18 fourth-quarter points against Drexel on Jan. 9 was the most by a UNCW player in a single period since the NCAA adopted the four-quarter format for the 2015-16 season. The previous figure was 15 points by Madison Raque in the fourth quarter against Hofstra on February 4, 2018.

KNOW THE COACH | Drexel coach Amy Mallon is in her second season as the Dragons’ bank boss and has been a member of the Drexel staff since 2004. The Dragons have had seven seasons of 20 wins during Mallon’s time in Philadelphia.

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