Drew Basketball Teams Fall Short in ECAC Playoff Runs

March 13, 2020

Drew men’s basketball team had a great game on Friday, March 6. Riley Collins specifically had a night to remember. The senior guard became Drew's all-time leading scorer in impressive fashion, scoring 31 points while draining a career-high nine 3-pointers and dishing out eight assists, leading the Rangers to a 95-71 win over Hood College in the ECAC quarterfinals at Gwynedd Mercy University. Forward Howard McBurnie Jr. (’23) added a big double-double of 12 points and a season-high 18 rebounds––the most by a Ranger all season.

 

The Rangers moved on to the ECAC semifinals for the second year in a row where they took on  Rutgers-Newark the next day, Saturday, March 7, and fell 71-54. Drew had a tremendous year with a 21-7 record, and they finished the season with the second-most victories in program history, trailing only last year's team that went 23-7. Drew qualified for both the Landmark Conference and ECAC playoffs for the third year in a row.

 

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Drew women’s basketball team used a  fourth quarter push to defeat Misericordia University 74-65 in the ECAC quarterfinals on Friday, March 6. The victory pushed the Rangers to 17-9 for the season, giving them one more victory than the 2003-04 team posted when it set the former record with a 16-10 mark.

 

Guard Sekya Campbell (’22) led the Rangers with a career-high 20 points, shooting a perfect 8-for-8 on all her attempts as well as notching seven rebounds and five steals. Guard Julia Ramos (’21) contributed 17 points while guard Joey Meyers (’23) notched 11 points and eight rebounds. Center Erin Frederick ('21) also scored 11 points and swiped five steals while forward Cecelia Kracht (’22) posted eight points and four blocked shots. Drew came up with 16 steals for the night and scored 30 points off turnovers.

 

In the semi-finals against Rensselaer Institute of Technology on Saturday, March 7, Ramos scored her thousandth career point, while her team used another fourth quarter surge to clinch the 78-69 victory and reach the final of the ECAC Championship. Frederick led the Rangers in the scoring column, tying her career-high with 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting. Meyers posted 15 points, eight rebounds and four steals while guard Campbell notched 12 points and seven boards. Ramos registered 10 points, six steals and four assists while Kracht pitched in with eight points and six rebounds.

 

The Seventh-seeded Rangers women's basketball team saw its record-setting 2019-20 season come to an end in the final of the ECAC Championship with a 75-43 loss to top-seeded Cabrini University on Sunday, March 8. This was just the second appearance for the Drew program in an ECAC final, joining the 2003-04 squad that won the ECAC Metro Region title. Ramos and Meyers earned spots on the All-Tournament Team. Meyers also finished the season leading all Landmark Conference freshmen in scoring (13.6 ppg) and netted the third-most points (381) by a first-year in team history. The team itself finished the season at 18-10, setting program records for both wins and winning percentage (.643) and posted its best Landmark Conference record (7-7) in team history. Women’s basketball earned their first postseason victories since 2009-10 with its two ECAC tournament wins.

 

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