PHILADELPHIA - The Drexel women's basketball team snapped a brief two-game losing skid and used a big second half to handle Georgia State at the Daskalakis Athletic Center on Sunday, 79-55. Hollie Mershon had 25 points and Taylor Wootton added 20, the second time in 10 days that Drexel had two scorers with at least 20 points after not accomplishing that feat since the 2010-11 season.
Drexel (14-6, 7-2) got scoring contributions from all 10 players who saw the court on Sunday. The Dragons shot 64.0 percent in the second half and 52.8 percent for the game, turning a two-point halftime edge into a 24-point final margin.
After a back-and-forth first half saw the Panthers score the last six points of the period, Drexel came out of intermission focused. The Dragons forced three consecutive Georgia State turnovers, and took advantage to the tune of nine points. Mershon drained a three-pointer fromt he right corner, Taylor Wootton drove to the hoop and finished an old-fashioned three-point play, and Meghan Creighton got her first points of theg ame with a three-pointer from the right side. A Renee Johnson-Allen drive and lay-up finished an 11-0 run for Drexel that pushed the lead to 44-31. They would lead by double digits the rest of the way.
Johnson-Allen pulled down eight rebounds, the fourth time in six games that the 5'6" guard has recorded at least seven. Georgia State had controlled the boards in the first half, but Johnson-Allen, among others, helped Drexel pull out a 31-28 overall rebounding edge on the afternoon. Georgia State did outdo Drexel on the offensive glass 12-10, but the Dragons were more effective in using their second chances, scoring 19 second chance points to just eight for the Panthers.
Drexel once again was superb from the free throw line, hitting 15 of its 16 chances. Mershon was a perfect 6-for-6, and has now hit 30 of her last 32 from the line. Wootton, who was 5-for-5 on Sunday, has been nearly as impressive with a 22-for-24 stretch daying back to December 31 at Princeton.
The Dragons got strong post play from Nicki Jones and Abby Redick. Jones finished with eight points and four rebounds in 16 minutes, while Redick was impressive during her 12 minutes with six points, three rebounds and two assists.
Drexel will return to the court on Tuesday, when it visits Towson. The Dragons handled the Tigers in Philadelphia earlier this season, 76-55 in the CAA opener for both squads. That game on Tuesday will tip off at 7:00 p.m.