PHILADELPHIA – Drexel took advantage of off-target shooting by Dartmouth and had a commanding lead by halftime to cruise to victory in the first round of the Preseason WNIT.
The Dragons (1-0) will play at South Florida in Round 2 on Sunday, Nov. 15, with tipoff set for 4 p.m. ET; the Big Green (0-1) will play next week in the consolation round, at a site to be determined.
Drexel had a 55-31 lead after three quarters and was able to get most of the roster on the floor by the final buzzer. Dartmouth had a more productive fourth quarter, but even that was just enough to get its shooting percentage into the low 30s overall.
Senior guard Rachel Pearson had 21 points, six rebound and five assists; junior forward Sarah Curran came through with 20 points and six rebounds. The Dragons had more turnovers than Dartmouth, but benefitted from a 41-28 edge in rebounding.
For the Big Green, senior forward Lakin Roland had 15 points and five rebounds. Sophomore guard Kate Letkewicz chipped in with seven points and eight rebounds.