The Drew University men’s and women’s basketball teams had a busy week of play. After winning their last two games, the men’s record stands at 5-1 while the women stand at 2-2 after solidifying a victory.
The women’s squad defeated the Penn State Berks with a score of 86-74 on Nov. 20. Drew was down 15-11 at the end of the first period and responded by outscoring their opponents 27-22 in the second to take a one-point advantage at the half. The Rangers trailed 51-48 with just over six minutes left in the third quarter before finishing the period on a 21-6 run to open up a 12-point advantage from which the Lions were unable to recover from. Erin Fredrick (‘21) led the Rangers with a career high 20 points and an 8 for 16 shooting performance. Julia Ramos (‘21) and Hailey Stine (‘19) scored 18 points each. Ramos also posted a career high in points with eight assists and four blocked shots. Sekya Campbell (‘22) scored 13 points, Aly Axman (‘20) grabbed a career-high six rebounds and Cecelia Kracht (‘22) blocked three shots. Drew shot a season best 49.3 percent from the field, including 42.9 percent from 3-point range.
On Nov. 25, the men’s side reached a 75-62 victory over Centenary University. The Rangers opened the game with a 7-0 run before Centenary responded to take the lead midway through the first half. With just under five minutes remaining in the period, Drew went on a 9-2 run to set up a second half rush. With 15 minutes remaining in the game, the Rangers gained an 11-point lead with a 14-3 run. Riley Collins (‘20) scored 10 straight points before Dan Roibal (‘19) scored on back-to-back layups. Collins became the 19 1,000_point scorer in the first half before he dropped 18 of his game-high 22 points in the second half. He led the Rangers with a seven for nine ratio from the field, including four for four from 3-point range. Nate Aldrich (‘19) shot seven for nine while posting his second straight double-double. Sky Harris (‘19) contributed eight points and seven rebounds, and Darius Reiter (‘19) finished with five assists. The Rangers shot 44.6 percent while holding Centenary to 36.7 percent.
On Nov. 28, the Rangers posted a 67-65 win over Wilkes University. After leading 49-29 early in the second half off a 3-pointer by Brian Oehme (‘20), Drew had to overcome a six-point deficit late in the game by going on an 11-3 run in the final three minutes of play to knock off the undefeated Colonels. The Rangers’ final run was kicked off with a pair of free throws from Collins. Aldrich scored on a conventional 3-point play with 45 seconds on the clock. In addition to his 14 points, Collins tied a career-high with seven rebounds. Aldrich grabbed seven boards on offense and defense respectively, while he recorded his 33 career double-double. Harris added 11 points and Cole Hanntz (‘20) contributed eight points and four steals. The Rangers shot 36.5 percent while Wilkes finished at 38.1 percent.
Both squads continue their season on Saturday, Dec. 1 when they open Landmark Conference play on against Catholic University.