After Drexel’s practice on Tuesday, basketball coach Denise Dillon gathered the team to make a big announcement - junior forward Bailey Greenberg had been named the Colonial Athletic Association player of the year.

“It was really nice being with everyone when I heard it,” Greenberg said in a phone interview. “It was so cool.”

The 5-foot-11 Greenberg showed great improvement this season. As a sophomore, she was Drexel’s leading scorer, averaging 11.6 points and earning second-team all-CAA honors.

This year, she is leading the CAA in scoring with a 17.9 average. Greenberg is also third in rebounding (7.0 per game), helping Drexel finish the regular season 22-7 and 14-4 in the CAA.

Despite her credentials, Greenberg, a graduate of Archbishop Wood, said she was surprised when she received the news and said the individual award came from a total team effort.

Neumann-Goretti's Felicia Aiyeotan tries for the ball with Archbishop Wood's Bailey Greenberg during the 4th quarter in Warminster, Friday, January 16, 2015. NG wins 59-33. ( STEVEN M. FALK / Staff Photographer )
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Neumann-Goretti's Felicia Aiyeotan tries for the ball with Archbishop Wood's Bailey Greenberg during the 4th quarter in Warminster, Friday, January 16, 2015. NG wins 59-33. ( STEVEN M. FALK / Staff Photographer )

“It is a great accomplishment but I wouldn’t be able to do it without my teammates, coaches, and family,” she said. “They helped me through every bit of the way.”

The Dragons are the No. 2 seed in the CAA tournament, hosted by the University of Delaware this year. Drexel earned a first-round bye and opens play on Thursday in a 5 p.m. game between the winner of No. 7 William & Mary and No. 10 Charleston.

I am pretty excited," she said. “It is a complete new season and I really think we can do well as long as we stay together and hopefully get the result we want.”