Drew men’s and women’s basketball are nearing the end of their regular seasons following Landmark Conference matchups this past week with Elizabethtown College and the University of Scranton. The Rangers traveled to face the Blue Jays on Saturday, Feb. 15, men’s basketball tipped off first, followed by the women’s basketball contest.
After the Rangers opened the game on a 14-2 run they comfortably controlled the lead for the entire game. Out on the hardwood, Drew was led to a 92-75 victory by guard Riley Collins (’20) who posted a stat line of 30 points, 10 assists and six rebounds. Other outstanding contributors were David Gervase (’22) who dropped 18 points, while Lybrant Robinson (’21) and Howard McBurnie Jr. (’23) both reached double digits to contribute 13 points.
Unlike their male counterparts, the women’s basketball team trailed most of the game and despite a late rally were unable to secure a win, dropping the decision 72-61. Joey Meyers (’23), who has had a tremendous first year, notched her fifth double-double of the year and added a season-high 24 points, paired with 13 rebounds. Off the bench, Katrina Wojtowicz (’23) tallied a career-high 14 points.
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Both teams faced off against the Royals on Wednesday, Feb. 19. The men’s team traveled to the Electric City where they exploded on a 21-2 run late in the second half to earn a hard fought come from behind 73-70 victory. Following the win the Rangers are now only tied with Susquehanna University, after they had entered the night in a three way tie that had included Scranton. Collins scored 25 points to go with his seven assists and Robinson battled all night, as well, adding 20 points.
Some 100 miles away the women’s basketball team squared off against Scranton on the hardwood in Baldwin Gym.Though Drew scored the first three points of the game, unfortunately they would relinquish their lead to the No.14 ranked Royals for the duration of the contest. The 59-40 setback pushed the fifth place Rangers out of playoff contention. Erin Frederick (’21) fueled the team with 17 points and three blocks, while Sekya Campbell ('22) tied her career-high with 16 points.
The Rangers men’s and women’s basketball teams will finish their regular season schedules on Saturday, Feb. 22 when they host Senior Day against the Catholic University of America. Men’s basketball will also have the opportunity to clinch a home Landmark Conference playoff semifinal game with a win.