PHILADELPHIA - Hollie Mershon scored 21 points, one of four Drexel players to reach double figures on Sunday as the Dragons' women's basketball team handled Philadelphia University in an exhibition contest, 87-42. In all, 10 Dragons scored, with nine of those 10 scoring at least five points in a balanced attack that put away the visiting Rams early and did not let up.
Drexel put the game away early, going up 8-2 in the first 2:48. Before the Rams were on the board, Drexel had easy layups from seniors Tyler Hale and Kamile Nacickaite, as well as a short jumper from Mershon. After Philly U. came back to make it a 10-6 game, the Dragons exploded for a 36-9 run, making the score 46-15 with just under three minutes to play in the half. Mershon contributed three three-pointers during the run. She would finish the game 3-of-5 from beyond the arc, adding seven assists and four boards to her 21 points.
In all, five different Dragons contributed at least five points to the run that put the game away for Drexel. Junior transfer Nicole Jones knocked down six points during the run, finishing with 10 points, four boards and two blocks in her first appearance in a Drexel uniform. Nacickaite, senior Ayana Lee and sophomore Fiona Flanagan dropped in five points each to help fuel the run.
The Dragons got exactly what they wanted out of Sunday's exhibition, with a strong defensive effort that saw them force 20 turnovers while committing just seven of their own. They blocked seven Rams shots, adding nine steals and holding Philly U. to just 42 total points.
All 11 players who suited up for Sunday's game played at least 11 minutes, with head coach Denise Dillon looking to get her whole squad game experience leading into Friday's season opener. Freshman Tiffany Johnson contributed six points and four assists without a turnover in 16 minutes in her first collegiate outing.
Drexel will now have four days of practice ahead of them before Friday's season opener against Long Island in the first round of the Preseason WNIT. That game will tip off at 7:00 p.m. at the Daskalakis Athletic Center, with the winner moving on to face the victor of Friday night's Manhattan/Hartford contest on Sunday.