The Drew women’s basketball team has been having a successful winter season with a 12-4 overall and 3-2 in the conference record so far. The Rangers have been more competitive this season than in the past few years.
Women’s basketball welcomed the new semester on Jan. 15 with a close loss against Susquehanna. Julia Ramos (’21) scored a game-high 29 points but host Susquehanna rallied from a 12-point second-half deficit to hand the Rangers a 75-71 setback in the Landmark Conference. Ramos posted the second-highest scoring outpost of her career, her career-high also versus Susquehanna, as she scored 33 in a 67-50 Ranger victory last season.
Guard Joey Meyers (’23) added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Rangers while forward Sekya Campbell (’22) contributed 14 points. Forward Cecelia Kracht (’22) notched five blocked shots and leads the team in the statistic.
The Ranger’s next matchup was an away Landmark Conference game against Goucher. Drew outscored Goucher 21-9 in the third quarter, breaking open a close game en route to a 63-45 road victory. Twelve different players scored a point for Drew which has posted its best record in school history through 15 games.
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Campbell and forward Erin Frederick (’21) posted 10 points and five rebounds apiece for the Rangers while Frederick also blocked three shots. Ramos added eight points, six rebounds and four assists while guard Brooke Timinski (’22) scored eight points off the bench. Kracht contributed three blocked shots.
Drew trailed by 14-9, its largest deficit of the game, with 1:23 left in the first quarter. But that's when the Rangers put together an 8-0 run spanning the first two quarters, which gave them the lead for the remainder of the game. The Rangers held Goucher to 25 percent shooting, including just 8.7 percent (2-23) from 3-point range.
On Wednesday evening, Jan. 22 the Drew University women’s basketball team outscored Moravian 25-10 in the fourth quarter, lifting the Rangers to a 64-49 Landmark Conference victory in Baldwin Gym. The Rangers held Maddie Capuano, the leading scorer in the Landmark Conference, to nine points, 10 below her season average entering the night.
Meyers with 20 points, 10 rebounds and Campbell with 15 points, 12 rebounds each posted a double-double to lead the Rangers. Drew has now started the season with the best record through 16 games in team history. Ramos contributed 12 points all in the second half while dishing out six assists. Kracht tied a career-high with six blocked shots.
Drew led 43-41 with 8:25 left in the game, but that's when the Rangers broke it open with a 10-0 run. Frederick scored a pair of buckets during the surge, and her lay-up with 4:59 to go made it 53-41. The Rangers would lead by at least 10 the rest of the way. The hosts settled any doubt with a late 8-1 run, capped by three-straight fastbreak lay-ups in which Meyers finished off an outlet pass from Ramos.
The Rangers will return to Baldwin Gym at 4 p.m on Saturday, Jan. 25, when they take on Elizabethtown College in another Landmark Conference tilt.