Back on the Court: Drexel Basketball Opens 2015-16 Season
Drexel’s men’s and women’s basketball teams open competition this Friday. Both squads are laden with veteran talent and will have their sights set on making strong performances in the Colonial Athletic Associations.
The Drexel men will travel to play city rival Saint Joseph’s at Hagan Arena in an 8 p.m. game that will be televised on WPHL-17. The Dragons return seven players who started games last year during the team’s injury-plagued season. And with starting forward Kazembe Abif and point guard Major Canady returning from injuries, Head Coach Bruiser Flint will put a well-season group on the floor this season.
The team will play its first home game on Nov. 18 against High Point and also host Monmouth before traveling to Alaska to participate in the Great Alaskan Shootout over Thanksgiving. At least eight of the men’s games will be televised this season, including its opening-round match-up in Alaska against UNC Ashville, which will air live on the CBS Sports Network.
An equally experienced Drexel women’s team will get its season underway with a 7p.m. contest against Dartmouth in the opening round of the Preseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament at the Daskalakis Athletic Center on Friday. Led by All-CAA selections Sarah Curran and Rachel Pearson and returning starters Meghan Creighton and Jackie Schluth, Head Coach Denise Dillon's Dragons are in search of their second consecutive 20-win season.
The team had the opportunity to come together in preseason competition this summer when it traveled to Europe for a 10-day exhibition tour that included four victories over professional teams from the Netherlands, Belgium and France. This early season chemistry could propel the Dragons to another run to the top of the Colonial Athletic Association this season.
All home games are free for students with a Drexel ID. For more information about how to purchase season and single-game tickets in advance visit www.DrexelTickets.com. Follow the Dragons all season at www.drexeldragons.com.