Sunday afternoon, the College of Charleston Cougars hosted the Drexel Dragons at TD Arena, hoping to turn their season around. However, the Drexel Dragons had other plans and dominated the College 80-53.
Heading into this game, Drexel sat in second place of the Colonial Athletic Division, while Charleston was caught in a dogfight to stay off the bottom of the pile in ninth.
This was an important game for both teams, but for drastically different reasons. Drexel needed a win to keep the pressure on first-place James Madison and Charleston was searching for something to kick-start their season.
To start this game, both teams opted for smaller lineups. Neither team started a player over six foot, as Tanisha Brown of Charleston and Bailey Greenburg of Drexel played the roles of center.
From the opening tip, Drexel imposed a full court press, making Charleston work even harder just to get the ball out of their side of the court. This heavy press forced the Cougars into mistakes, resulting in numerous careless turnovers in the opening period.
After going down 17-9 early, Charleston introduced 6’1 Junior Bri Sullivan to bring more structure to their defense and offense. This strategy slowed the Drexel offense down, but couldn’t stop them from outscoring the Cougars 8-2 in the remaining four and a half minutes of the first quarter.
Entering the second quarter, the College switched their defensive scheme from man-to-man to a 2-3 zone. Drexel took a few minutes to adjust and after a few possessions, they were back to firing on all cylinders.
Bailey Greenberg and Aubree Brown ran the offense for the Dragons, as Charleston had very few answers for them defensively. For the Cougars, Shiclasia Brown performed admirably, scoring ten points in the half, seven of which came in the second quarter. Going into the locker room, the College was down 16 with a score of 42-26.
After the break, Drexel came out red-hot again. The Dragons chipped in a quick ten points, prompting Coach Jackson to call a timeout faster than she would have like to. From this point on, the Drexel Dragons continued to pour it on as they coasted to a 62-38 lead to end the third quarter.
The fourth quarter was more of the same for Drexel, as they easily held off the Cougars for the entirety of the period and scored at will. Dee Heath made a consolation three for Charleston with under 30 seconds left in the game that got the fans excited for one of the first times in the contest, but in the grand scheme of things, it was insignificant. The final score was Drexel 80, Charleston 53.
An issue that has plagued the College this season is their field goal percentage. For the second game in a row, they failed to shoot above 38% and allowed their opponent to convert almost half of the shots they took. The Cougars have struggled to create good looks for their players, and haven’t been able to find a way to minimize easy buckets on the other end of the floor.
Following this loss, the College of Charleston’s women’s basketball team drops to bottom of the conference with a 1-10 record as their losing streak extends to ten in a row.
February has started terribly for the Cougars, something that they certainly did not want to happen after their tumultuous January where they lost all of the eight games that they played. Charleston has not won a game in 35 days.
The team’s next game is at UNCW on Friday the 9th at 7:00 PM. UNCW has had their fair share of struggles this season, and currently sit just one game above the College in the conference standings.