The Quakers hope that the two-week lay-off has allowed them to regroup following two tough losses at Villanova (26-66) and at home against Lafayette (56-71).
While the Dragons have lost seven games so far this season, the total margin of victory in those games is 42 points. Drexel defeated Monmouth, 57-49, in its most recent game on 12/16 to end a four-game losing streak.
If the Red and Blue are to stop their own snide, they will need to keep a better handle on the ball. The Quakers are averaging 18.4 turnovers-per-game while only forcing 11.9 turnovers on their opponents.
Carrie Biemer continues to lead Penn in scoring with 15.9 ppg. The junior forward has scored in double-digits in all but one of Penn’s games this season and twice has contributed 20-plus points.
For Drexel, the game revolves around Gabrielle Marginean. The 2006-07 CAA Rookie of the Year has continued her success in her sophomore season. She leads the Dragons with 18.8 ppg., a total that puts her among the high scorers in the country. In addition, the native of Cluj-Napoca, Romania is the team-leader in field goal percentage (.448), three-point field goal percentage (.400), and rebounds-per-game (8.4).
Chances are, if Marginean misses a shot, fellow Romanian Anca Popovici will be there to gather the defensive rebound for Penn. The junior guard, who teamed with Marginean in high school at Mount de Chantal Academy in West Virginia, leads the Quakers with 4.9 boards per game.
Both teams have struggled to score points this season. Penn averages 53.5 ppg to Drexel’s 54.5. Only once has either team scored 70 points and that was when the Quakers hit that exact total against Loyola (Md.) in a 70-57 win.
The three-block trip to Drexel starts a busy stretch for the Red and Blue. After not playing a game for two weeks, the Quakers play four in eleven days including Thursday’s meeting with Drexel.
Penn resumes Big 5 play on December 27 at Temple (7 p.m.) and then heads to Jersey City, N.J. to participate in the St. Peter’s Tournament. Penn meets host St. Peter’s on December 29 at 5:30 p.m. And will play either Eastern Kentucky or High Point the next day.