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Drexel next up for Falcons in WNIT PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE/Sentinel Sports Editor   
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 08:29
Members of the BGSU women's baksetball team celebrate near the scoreboard after a 61-54 victory against Duquesne last Saturday. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Facing a team with 24 victories is scary enough, especially in the postseason.
And while Drexel comes into Thursday’s third-round WNIT game against Bowling Green State University with a 24-10 record, it’s three of the Dragons’ losses that really stand out.
Tipoff is at 7 p.m. in the Stroh Center for the Falcons’ first meeting with Drexel.
Drexel plays in the Colonial Athletic Association with Delaware, arguably the top mid-major program in the country.
The Dragons gave the 15th-ranked Blue Hens everything they wanted in three games during the season. Delaware won all three by margins of nine points at Drexel, five points at Delaware, and by three points in the CAA tournament on a neutral floor in Upper Marlboro, Md.
‘‘Drexel ... they played their best (against Delaware) when the most was at stake and had a chance to win at the buzzer,’’ BG head coach Jennifer Roos. ‘‘That would have afforded two Colonial Athletic Association teams to go to the NCAA, as opposed to just the automatic bid with Delaware.
‘‘Drexel is an extremely talented team,’’ Roos continued. ‘‘If you asked our kids do they know where Drexel is — ‘No.’ But if you asked the Drexel kids where Bowling Green is they will say no as well.’’
Drexel runs a similar offense to the Villanova spread offense. Bowling Green lost to Villanova earlier this season in the Lady Rebel Round-Up.
‘We’re familiar with that system, but Denise (Dillon, Drexel’s head coach) has added a couple of more things,’’ Roos said
‘‘They have similar type of hard-nosed type players from that Philadelphia area, especially Archbishop Carroll,’’ Roos added about Villanova and Drexel.
A first-team All-CAA selection, Hollie Mershon is averaging 19.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game. She has made 75 3-pointers this season.
In Drexel’s 82-72 win over Harvard in the second-round of the WNIT, Mershon scored 32 points and had nine assists, accounting for 61 percent of the Dragons’ points.
‘‘You’re not going to be able to shut down a Hollie Mershon, you’re only going to hope to contain her,’’ Roos said.
Roos said BG’s recent defensive efforts in the WNIT against SMU’s Kenna Mays and Duquesne’s Wumi Agunbiade, give her some hope about containing Mershon.
Taylor Wootton is averaging 11.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. She scored 20 points and had nine rebounds and five assists in the win over Harvard.
‘‘I have the mind-set that it could be a slugfest, yet that last game, they were able to put up a lot of points and give up a lot of points,’’ Roos said.
Bowling Green is 33rd in the nation, allowing 54.5 points per game.
Drexel is 13th in country, allowing 51.8 points per game. The Dragons mix man-to-man and a matchup 2-3 zone at the defensive end.
‘‘They will play makes and misses,’’ Roos said. ‘‘On a make they will go zone and on a miss they will go man ... Honestly I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s about half and half, and whatever they feel more comfortable with, they will settle in.’’
HOME: The Falcons are playing at home for the third straight game in the WNIT. Bowling Green (24-10) has drawn a total of 2,060 fans for the first two WNIT games.
‘‘It’s a fantastic commitment by our administration and our community to be able to host the WNIT. And to have three consecutive home games says a lot for how we are doing and how we are finishing,’’ Roos said. ‘‘Our kids in the last two games have played extremely well together and several different kids have stepped up.’’
NEXT: The BG-Drexel winner faces the winner of tonight’s Tulane at Auburn game in the quarterfinals of the WNIT.
The date and site of the quarterfinal game will be determined later this week.
Auburn has played all three of its WNIT games at home and averaged 891 fans for the first two games. Auburn is averaging 2,180 fans for 17 home games and is 14-3 on its home court.
Tulane played a first-round WNIT game at home and drew 317 fans for the matchup with San Houston State. Tulane has been on the road for its games with Arkansas and Auburn.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 March 2013 08:36

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