Women’s basketball opens two-game stand against UMES

Game Info: Saturday November 19, 2022 – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Daskalakis Athletic Center – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Opening Tip
Drexel University women’s basketball returns to Daskalakis Athletic Center for the first of two straight home games and looks to get back on the winning track when they host the University of Maryland East Coast Hawks on Saturday. November 19. Tipoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

Last game – Dragons upset at the buzzer against La Salle

Kylie Lavalle posted career highs with 31 points and nine rebounds, but the Dragons were toppled by La Salle, 77-74 on Tuesday afternoon.


  • Lavelle recorded his total points on 12 shots for 19, including a pair of threes and went 5 for 6 from the line.
  • Hetta Saatman had a personal best 12 points, going 4-for-5 both from the field and from the free throw line. She also had three interceptions and two blocks.
  • Maura Hendrixson had a career-high 10 assists in the game.
  • Keishana Washington scored 16, extending his back-to-back streak to double digits to 36.


  • Both teams struggled to find their rhythm out of the gate. Drexel started to find the back of the net first, making a 13-6 run to take a 17-11 lead over a trey Hendrixson with 2:34 remaining. DU took advantage of La Salle’s errors in the frame, scoring 10 points on Explorer’s seven turnovers in the quarter.
  • Early in the second, it looked like the Dragons were poised to take control, going up 30-22 on a Lavelle base jumper at 5:52. La Salle then turned hot from range, using a trio of treys to spur an 11-0 run in just 75 seconds of action. Battling fouls, Drexel stayed in the game, trailing 42-36 at halftime.
  • The start of the second half didn’t go well for DU as the Explorers stretched their lead to 48-38 just 53 seconds into the third period. Drexel fought back, scoring eight straight to close in a pair before heading into the final 10 minutes 56-51.
  • Trailing 66-58 with 6:31 remaining, the Dragons roared to tie the contest, scoring 10 of the next 12 points as Jasmine Valentine pulled in a board and hit a layup with 4:07 to go. Saatman was instrumental in the quarter, scoring eight of his points.
  • Drexel had a chance to go forward, but a pull up came off the rim with 17 seconds left. La Salle managed to score against a double team with 2.1 seconds left to escape with the win.

A start like no other

It was an incredible two-game run for Kylie Lavalle to start his academic career. His 31 points against La Salle are the most for a Drexel freshman in a regulation game in program history. Heading into Tuesday, two players had 29 without needing overtime, Barbara Yost (12/3/85 at Philadelphia Textile) and Michelle Maslowski (1/27/99 at Delaware). Lavelle’s 51 points in two games are also the most for a Drexel freshman, eclipsing Gabriella Marginean’s mark of 38 in 2006 (12 against Penn State, 26 against Loyola). Finally, Lavelle’s 20 points in Game 1 against Rider is the second most for a Dragon in his college debut. Maslowski scored 22 goals against UMBC on November 26, 1998.

drop pennies

Maura Hendrixson was impressive on its own against La Salle, contributing a career-high 10 assists. It’s the first time a Drexel player has hit double figures in assists since Aubree Brown had 11 against Charleston on Feb. 4, 2018.

At Hetta La Classe
Seeing his first extended playing time since the 2021 NCAA playoffs, Hetta Saatman is making the most of his opportunity, averaging 8.0 points per game. She came out on top in the fourth quarter at La Salle, scoring eight of her career-high 12 points. Saatman also leads the Dragons with three blocks and is second on the team with four steals.

36 and count
Despite objectionable problems, Keishana Washington extended his double-digit game streak to 36 by totaling 16 at La Salle. It is the second-longest streak in program history behind a 52-game streak for Gabriela Marginean, beginning Jan. 8, 2009, and extending to the end of her career.

Climb the ladder
In addition to entering the top 10 on Drexel’s pointer list, Keishana Washington climbs the NCAA charts. Her 1,555 career points are currently 24th among active Division I players. She trails Indiana’s Grace Berger by nine points to move into the next spot on the list.

Screening report
UMES enters the game 1-3 on aggregate and enters the match after a 72-60 loss to Wagner on Wednesday. The Hawks were selected fifth in the MEAC after a 12-16 season a year ago.

Zamara Haynes, a preseason All-MEAC second-team pick, is leading the way for UMES, with 11.8 points per game. Mya Thomas provides a second scoring option for the Hawks, also totaling 11.8 per game. Despite only playing 16.0 minutes per outing, Ariana Sewell is averaging 5.5 rebounds per game to lead UMES. Thomas leads the list with eight assists.

The Hawks haven’t been afraid to play competitively this season, opening the year with the University of Miami out of the ACC and George Washington out of the A10.

One area where UMES has performed well is in forced turnovers, as their four opponents have coughed the ball 77 times in three games. He struggled to hold onto the ball himself, however, with 21.3 turnovers per game. The Hawks also haven’t shot well from range, going 14 for 73 (19.2%) on the season from three-pointers. They hit their free throws when given the chance, connecting on 74.2% of their shots from the line with 12.3 marks per game.

The oldest MEAC coach, Fred Batchelor is in his 18th season at the helm of UMES with a 214-293 record at Princess Anne. He has a record of 17 wins twice, in 2007-08 and 2018-19.

All Time Series
Saturday marks the fifth all-time contest between Drexel and UMES, with the teams splitting from the previous four. Prior to last year, schools had not played women’s basketball since Dec. 17, 1990.

Last time against UMES
Hannah Nihill became the 26th member of the Drexel Women’s Basketball Club to 1,000 points as the Dragons held Maryland Eastern Shore 65-60 on Nov. 20, 2021. Trailing by two at the start of the final period, Drexel shot well, hitting a pair of threes and using the offensive glass to his advantage, starting the fourth with a 14-6 run. Both Tessa Brugler (16 points, 11 rebounds) and Mariah Leonard (10 points, 14 rebounds) recorded double-doubles.

First honors

Kylie Lavalle was recognized for her efforts against Rider, earning CAA Rookie of the Week honors.

hold good ground
Drexel has done more than compete on home soil, he has thrived in recent years at DAC. Since the start of the 2014-15 season, the Dragons are 93-25 at home, with a .788 winning percentage. Three times in that span, DU have had 14 or more wins on their home turf with 14 in 2019-20, 16 in 2017-18 and 17 last year.

Finish what you started
The win over Rider marked the 48th straight win for DU where they were victorious in the lead at halftime. Drexel did not lose a game he led at the break, a 53-49 loss at Penn on Dec. 20, 2019. Drexel went 24-0 as he led after 20 minutes in 2021-22.

All in the family

Grace O’Neill may be a newcomer to the Dragons this year, but she’s no stranger to the program and its culture. Her cousin, Meghan Creighton is one of the most decorated players in the program’s history. Creighton held the record for most tag team appearances until last season and was a member of the 2013 WNIT Championship team.

International atmosphere
While it has not been uncommon for Drexel to have several international players on its roster over the past 15 seasons, this year’s trio is unique as they are all the first players from their country to suit up for the Dragons. . Keishana Washington (Pickering, Ontario) was the first Canadian player to appear for DU, followed by Sira Ba (Montreal, Quebec) last year. Chloe Hodges (Adelaide, Australia) is the first player from Down Under to play for Drexel.

Among our peers
Across the country, people have taken notice of the Dragons’ success and preseason ranking in the CAA as Drexel is ranked seventh in the latest Top 25 Mid Major. DU is the only CAA team in the poll with four other conference teams receiving votes.

“One of the best sports venues in town”
Not our words, but the headline of an Oct. 10 Philadelphia Inquirer article describing improvements to Daskalakis Athletic Center. The Drexel Arena underwent a $6 million upgrade over the summer, including the addition of a jumbotron and ribbons as well as improved score tables, a lighting system and sound system.

If you can’t be here
Fans who can’t make it to the DAC will still have the option to watch the Dragons as all Colonial Athletic Assocation games and non-conference home games will be broadcast on FloHoops. For a 12th season, Ari Bluestein will have the show for the Dragons women’s basketball team. He will be joined this year by Maggie McIntyre, who recently completed a four-year career at Niagara where she played 118 games, scoring 863 points.

The Dragons play their last home game for three weeks when they host Lehigh on Tuesday, November 22. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.

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