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NCAAW Season Recap: No. 50 Drexel denied chance to emerge from WNIT rut

Bailey Greenberg and the Drexel Dragons were stopped in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament quarterfinals after five consecutive seasons of participating in the WNIT.

The Dragons celebrate their CAA regular-season title.
Photo courtesy of Drexel women’s basketball via Twitter.

The NCAA isn’t releasing a bracket this year but at Swish Appeal we’ve decided to make one anyway, based on this formula created by our Zack Ward. Here’s a recap of one of the 64 teams who made the cut according to the Swish Appeal bracket:

No. 50 Drexel Dragons

The Dragons (23-7, 16-2 CAA) won the Colonial Athletic Association’s first-place tiebreaker against the James Madison Dukes but were unable to play a quarterfinals matchup against the UNC Wilmington Seahawks in the CAA Tournament because the event was canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Drexel had been to five WNITs in a row prior to the 2019-20 season and nine times total since their only NCAA Tournament appearance in 2009. Two years ago, they won the CAA regular-season title but failed to win the tournament. In 2019, they went 24-9 overall and 14-4 in the conference before losing in the first round of the WNIT.

The Dragons, a 13-seed in the Swish Appeal bracket, lacked a win over a ranked team but they earned a split with the Dukes, who ended up as a 10-seed.

The team started off 2-0 before running into a then-No. 18 and now No. 15 DePaul Blue Demons on Nov. 11. The Dragons lost to the eventual Big East champs, 81-57.

From there, the Dragons were up-and-down throughout their remaining non-conference slate and lost their first game of conference play to the College of Charleston Cougars on Jan. 3. After that, their only loss came to James Madison on Feb. 28 — a 30-point drubbing by Dukes who were returning the favor for a 22-point loss to the Dragons on Feb. 2.

Senior forward Bailey Greenberg (All-CAA First Team) led Drexel with 17.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per contest, while sophomore guard Keishana Washington (All-CAA Third Team and Sixth Player of the Year) recorded 10.0 points per game. Senior guard Aubree Brown was another key player, averaging 4.7 assists (57th in the nation) and 1.8 steals.

Dragons head coach Denise Dillon was named CAA Co-Coach of the Year, along with Ed Swanson (William & Mary Tribe).

Drexel allowed 55.4 points per game (17th in the nation) and forced 19.3 turnovers. They made 10.3 free throws per contest and shot a decent 74.1 percent from the line. To succeed moving forward, they’ll want to improve on their rebounding margin, which was -2.1.

Highlights: Drexel tops Charleston in final 2019-20 regular-season game