Apr 2, 2013, 11:27 AM EDT
The postseason came to a close for the Blue Hens and the Dukes on Saturday, but not for the Dragons. CAA women’s hoops has had a really amazing season overall from some breakout moments during the regular season, to impressive outings during the CAA Tournament to the extended postseason run. Delaware made a historical run to the NCAA Sweet 16 and James Madison played to the WNIT Elite 8. Now the Drexel Dragons are playing in the WNIT Final Four, the furthest they have gone in postseason play in program history, as they will host Florida on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.
The Dragons earned their trip to the semifinals with a 56-43 win at Auburn on Saturday evening as they led nearly the entire game. Hollie Mershon posted 19 points to go along with 13 rebounds and seven assists, while Fiona Flanagan added 13 points and Taylor Wootton chipped in 12. The win was Drexel’s 11th of the road this season as they established a new program record for road wins. It was also the program’s first ever victory over an SEC opponent and now they are looking for a second. Drexel will have to repeat that particular feat on Wednesday if the Dragons want to advance to the WNIT title game. Drexel has defeated Iona (59-50), Harvard (82-72), Bowling Green (50-47) and Auburn to reach the semifinals.
The opponent in the semifinal will be Florida (22-14), which has won its first four WNIT games on the road to reach the semifinals. The Gators have visited Florida International, Winthrop, Charlotte and James Madison to reach the Daskalakis Athletic Center on Wednesday night, winning those four games by an average of 6.0 points per contest. Florida averages 70.9 points per game for the season, and has not slowed down in the WNIT, with two games in the eighties and a low of 67 in their 67-65 win at Charlotte. You can check out all of the live options on CAASports.com/GameDay as well as DrexelDragons.com for Wednesday’s action.
Delaware (32-4) wrapped up its historical season as they fell to Kentucky, 69-62, in the NCAA Sweet 16 contest on Saturday. The sixth-seeded, 15th-ranked Blue Hens challenged the second-seeded, seventh-ranked Wildcats in the Bridgeport Regional semifinals, but fell short as the clock expired. UD’s season included a school-record 32 wins, a second straight CAA tournament title, and the school’s first ever trip to the NCAA Sweet 16. You can read all about Delaware’s run and the amazing career of senior Elena Delle Donne in our previous post – Historical Run for the Blue Hens. You can also check out the photo gallery from UD’s trip the the NCAA Sweet 16.
Delaware’s Post Game Press Conference
The Dukes of James Madison (25-11) completed their season in the quarterfinals of the WNIT with a tough 85-80 loss at home to Florida on Saturday evening as the Gators won their fourth straight road contest. JMU fell for the first time in 17 home postseason games. JMU senior Tarik Hislop scored a team-high 26 points and added a game-high six assists. She was joined in double figures by junior Kirby Burkholder with 17 points and freshman guard Precious Hall with 11. Burkholder also finished with a game-high five steals. The game was tight throughout, as it saw 10 ties and 16 lead changes. The largest lead by either team was seven by Florida, on two occasions in the second half.
JMU Players Post Game Press Conference
JMU’s Kenny Brooks Post Game Press Conference
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