PHILADELPHIA - Playing their third game in six days, the Drexel women's basketball team finished off an impressive 3-0 homestand on Sunday afternoon, defeating William & Mary 62-47. Meghan Creighton hit her first four three-point shots on her way to a career-high 20 point outburst as the Dragons finished off their third-straight season sweep of the Tribe.
Creighton's 20-point game was the first by a Drexel freshman since Gabriela Marginean did it eight times as a freshman in 2006-07. Hollie Mershon added 16 for the Dragons (19-7, 12-3) while Emily Correal paced William & Mary (6-20, 4-11) with 20. Mershon also had eight assists, tying her career high. Renee Johnson-Allen pulled down a career-best 12 rebounds including six offensive boards that helped Drexel outdo the Tribe in second chance points 17-6.
Drexel came out firing from long range, with Creighton and Mershon hitting two three-pointers apiece in the first 5:15 to help the Dragons build a 14-6 lead. William & Mary fought back, however, scoring the next five points and pulling within a bucket at 20-18 with 7:01 remaining in the first.
All seven Dragons who got into the game in the first half had scored by the 6:26 mark when Tory Thierolf hit two free throws. Thierolf finished with four points, all free throws. As a team, Drexel was 8-for-8 from the line and a perfect 24-for-24 during the three-game homestand.
After Creighton sank her fourth three-pointer to push Drexel's lead to 30-22 with 2:11 remaining in the half, William & Mary caught a spark. Janine Aldridge sank a three, following that with a lay-up that cut the Tribe deficit to 30-27 at the break. William & Mary then scored the first four points after intermission, briefly taking a 31-30 lead over the Dragons.
Losing the lead seemed to wake Drexel up. Johnson-Allen knocked down a jumper to push Drexel back in front. That started a 7-0 Dragon run, capped by yet another three-pointer from Creighton. The Dragons did not ease off after William & Mary snapped their scoreless drought, getting a jumper by Abby Redick and consecutive buckets from Mershon to push their lead to double digits at 43-33.
William & Mary sliced that 10-point lead down to six with 8:54 to play when Taylor Hilton hit a turnaround jumper that made it 43-37. Johnson-Allen had an answer, however, dropping in her fifth and sixth points of the afternoon to push the lead back to eight. A Creighton jumper with 7:57 remaining gave Drexel a double-digit cushion that this time, it would not relinquish.
Taylor Wootton, who finished with 10 points and six rebounds, scored six points down the stretch to help the Dragons ice the game away. Drexel led by as many as 17 after Wootton's bucket with 2:01 remaining made it 62-45.
The Dragons assisted on 21 of their 23 made field goals, using good ball movement to keep William & Mary's defense from getting much going. Mershon led with eight assists, while each member of the starting five had at least two.
After successfully completing its three-game homestand, the Dragons will enjoy three days off before their next contest, at Georgia State on Thursday evening. Drexel will play just once more at the Daskalakis Athletic Center this season, the Dragons' final game of the year on Senior Night, March 6, against James Madison.