ATHENS, Greece – The Drexel women’s basketball team had a packed day on Saturday, their first full day in Greece, as they visited some of the most popular tourist attractions in the morning and picked up a solid victory in the first game of their tour in the afternoon.
On the business end, the Dragons handled the Greek U16 national team, 78-61. Keishana Washington led the way for the Dragons with 15 points. Bailey Greenberg added 11 with four steals and Mariah Leonard chipped in 10. Every active player on the roster played at least nine minutes in the victory, with saw the Dragons take control in the second quarter and never look back.
The Greek team, which has been training together all summer for an international tournament, jumped out to a quick 7-3 start and held the lead for most of the first quarter. As expected, it was the Drexel defense which helped the team overcome a slow offensive start. Drexel forced six first-quarter turnovers by the Greek team and pulled even by the end of the period, 19-19.
In the second quarter, Drexel came out firing. The Dragons scored the first six of the period and never looked back, leading 36-27 at the break. Aside from the fast start which saw Drexel sink three straight field goals, the Dragons did most of their damage on the defensive end and at the line, where they were 14-for-20 in the half. Leonard and freshman AJ Davis had six points apiece at the break to lead the team.
The third quarter opened with a trio of quick threes from the Dragons, who had not knocked one down from long range in the opening half. Greenberg had two of the three with Brown adding another. Greenberg would net eight in total in the third quarter after being held to just three free throws in the first 20 minutes. By the end of the third, the Dragons’ lead had grown to 61-49.
Prior to the game, the Dragons had already put in a full day on their feet touring sites around the city of Athens. The day started where Friday had ended, at the Acropolis. This time, the Dragons climbed the hill to the ancient ruins, walking by the Temple of Athena Nike and around the Parthenon. The team’s tour guide explained the foundational engineering and construction concepts used to build them as the Dragons took in breathtaking views of the city laid out below the hill.
From there, the team got a bus tour of Athens, highlighted by stops at the Panathenaic Stadium, the world’s largest stadium made entirely of marble and the home of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. It also hosted events, including the finish of the marathon, during the 2004 Olympics.
The Dragons continued on to the Old Royal Palace, which houses the Greek Parliament. In front, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was guarded by two members of the Greek military, and the Dragons’ stop was timed to see the elaborate changing of the guards which takes place on the hour every hour. After lunch at a nearby restaurant, the travel party returned to the hotel to rest before heading to the game.
Sunday’s action will be highlighted by the team’s first excursion outside of Athens. Drexel will visit Epidaurus and Nafplion, the first capital of the Greek state after its formation in 1823. To follow the team throughout its Greek tour, be sure to follow the Dragons on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.