Elon women’s basketball will not be advancing in the 2021 Colonial Athletic Association championship. The no. 6 Phoenix lost to the no. 3 Dragons 65 - 59 in the quarterfinals.
Despite the loss Elon head coach Charlotte Smith said she was happy with the team’s performance.
“I couldn't be more proud of this team to come out and play the way we played tonight with all the adversity that we faced throughout the season, to not have played a game since Feb. 7, that was a huge hurdle to climb” Smith said.
In the first half the Phoenix scored 33 points to the Dragons 39 points. Junior center Evonna McGill was the leading scorer for the Phoenix in the first half, grabbing 10 of Elon’s points.
Elon’s only lead came in the first minutes of the game, however, the Dragons quickly surpassed them and scored due to having multiple rebound advantages as the game progressed.
In the second half, the Phoenix were able to basket 26 more points, but ultimately were unable to keep up with the Dragons.
Overall, the leading scorer for Drexel was senior guard Hannah Nihill, scoring 24 points. McGill led the Phoenix in points for the game, capturing 18 total points. Teammate Ariana Nance, redshirt junior guard, captured 13 points of the team’s total 59.
The Phoenix shot 28% from the 3-point line compared to their season average of 32.5%.
Coach Smith wants the players to take time moving forward to focus on their mental health.
“We're not even worried about basketball at this point in time,” Smith said. “It's just everybody just needs to take a deep breath and just enjoy life because it's been a grueling season.”
The Drexel Dragons are expected to face the James Madison Dukes tomorrow at 6 p.m. to continue with the tournament.
The loss comes just days after the men’s team lost the CAA championship and a spot in the NCAA’s March Madness tournament to the same school.