Tuesday, December 27, 2016

George Mason faces tough test vs. Drexel

In 2004-05, Denise Dillon's second as Drexel's head coach, the Dragons won 19 games and came within a point of toppling then-perennial Colonial Athletic Association champion Old Dominion in the conference tournament semifinals. Four years after that, Drexel won 24 games and snapped ODU's NCAA-record 17-year reign as CAA champs. Four years after that, Drexel won the WNIT.

It's four years since then, and the Dragons are 7-2 with an RPI of 38 and wins over Penn State and nationally ranked Syracuse. Right on schedule, huh?.

Buckle up, George Mason.

Tuesday, December 27

George Mason vs. Drexel in FIU Tournament, 2 p.m.

As our intro suggests, we'd consider a George Mason victory here a major accomplishment. The Pats (7-5) are surging a bit having won two straight and four of their last five. Three of those victories came on the road. In last week's overtime victory over Navy, redshirt sophomore forward Casey Davis shattered her career highs with a 16-point, 16-rebound effort. It's been that kind of year for the deep Patriots - from game-to-game the firepower can come from just about anyone. But a constant has been the work of senior guard Kara Wright, who is averaging a team-best 15.0 points on 51.7 percent shooting - 81.8 from the free throw line - and 2.17 steals per contest. The Patriots will play host FIU in their tournament finale Wednesday.

Morgan State at Richmond, 6 p.m.

A 54-48 victory over Furman last week sent the Spiders (5-7) home for the holiday on an uptick. But that win snapped a four-game losing streak, which followed a four-game winning streak, which came after a three-game losing streak. Richmond has little margin for error offensively and could clearly use a return to form by senior guard Janelle Hubbard. One of the greatest scorers in school history, Hubbard is just 12 of 61 from the field over her last five games (2 of 15 from 3). Hubbard was 30-62  (9-21 from 3) during Spiders' four-game winning streak. Morgan State (2-9) comes in on a three-game losing streak.

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