Niagara's women's basketball team (4-5) has taken its lumps from nationally-ranked Maryland and Syracuse and absorbed a 72-point defeat at Michigan. Tuesday night, the Purple Eagles take on another strong opponent when it faces Drexel at the Daskalakis Athletic Center in Philadelphia.
Drexel (4-2) is not ranked, but the Dragons own a 62-61 upset over Syracuse, last season's runner-up to Connecticut in the NCAA Tournament. Drexel lost to Bucknell on the road, 78-66 and by 10 at Vanderbilt. Bucknell was a decisive (57-35) winner of St. Bonaventure at the Reilly Center last week.
So, Niagara, coming off 49-point lost at Syracuse (109-60) will have its hands full to say the least. Tiffany Corselli had 12 points, senior Emily Granruth scored a career-high 11 points and freshman Jai Moore had 10 in the loss at Syracuse. Only Corselli is a starter.
Drexel, which has been off for 10 days for exams, is led by seniors Sarah Curran, a 5-foot-11 forward averaging 16.7 ppg and guard Jessica Pellechio, averaging 15.2.
Drexel and Niagara have met only once. The Dragons won, 74-45, in 1987.