After absorbing a 49-point loss on Sunday at Syracuse, the 2016 NCAA runner-up, Niagara’s women’s team hung in against a good Drexel team Tuesday night before falling to the Dragons, 69-57, at the Daskalakis Center in Philadelphia.
The Purple Eagles (4-6) bounced back with a competitive performance against Drexel (5-2) which had defeated Syracuse, 62-61, last month in Philadelphia.
Niagara led only briefly, in the first quarter and early in the second. The Purple Eagles’ largest lead was three points (16-13) in the first minute of the second quarter. The Dragons tied the game on a three-point shot by junior guard Kelsi Lidge, then went in front for good on another three by Lidge 1:32 into the period. Drexel led 30-24 at the half. Its largest lead was the final 12-point margin.
Victoria Rampado had a standout game for Niagara with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Jamie Shelburne had 11 points and Tiffany Corselli 10 for NU. Senior guard Meghan Creighton, with 24 points including 6 of 8 from three-point range, led Drexel. Sarah Curran had 14, Lidge 12 and freshman Bailey Greenberg 11.
Niagara’s men will try to string two wins together for the first time this season against Youngstown State in the Beeghly Center in Youngstown, Ohio (Radio 550, 7 p.m.).
The Purple Eagles defeated Norfolk State, 65-61, on Alumni Weekend last Saturday afternoon to run their record to 3-7. Niagara is 1-6 away from the Gallagher Center.
Youngstown State defeated Niagara, 88-70, last season in Lewiston.
Niagara will be facing one of the nation’s hottest scorers in Youngstown State junior guard Cameron Morse. A 6-foot-2 junior from Flint, Mich., Morse is averaging 23.4 points per game. He was a second team All-Horizon League last season averaging 20.3 ppg while making 41.3 percent of his threes. This season, Morse is hitting them at a 30 percent rate.
Youngstown State (5-6) has two of the wins over Division III opponents and lost to Canisius, 90-84.