01 Dec 2021 | 02:07 | Basketball
PHILADELPHIA, Pa – The Drexel women’s basketball team earned five All-Philly postseason awards on Wednesday afternoon. The Dragons had two major award winners as Amy Mallon was named Co-Coach of the Year and Hannah Nihill was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year.
In addition, Drexel had several players named to the All-Philly teams. Nihill was a First Team selection, Keishana Washington was named Second Team and Mariah Leonard was an Honorable Mention pick.
Hannah Nihill / 2020-21 All-Philly Defensive POY / All-Philly First Team
Nihill was the heart and soul of the team this past season. The senior was the only player to see the floor in all 23 games this season. She averaged a team-high 16.3 points and 3.8 assists per game while pulling down 3.7 rebounds per game and had 65 steals. Nihill was the first Dragon to earn CAA Defensive Player of the Year and also received CAA All-Tournament team honors. The senior’s 14-point performance against Delaware helped lead Drexel to its second conference title in program history and first since the 2009 season. The Drexel Hill, Pa., native became the first Dragon ever to score 20 or more points in an NCAA Tournament game and moved within 39 points of joining Drexel’s 1,000-point club.
Keishana Washington / 2020-21 All-Philly Second Team
For the second consecutive season, Washington received All-Philly Postseason recognition. The junior guard’s presence on the floor was essential for the Dragons down the stretch as she recorded 30 or more points in both the CAA Semifinal and Championship matchups. Washington averaged 14.6 points, which was second on the team, and 2.5 assists per game. She earned All-CAA Third Team honors following her efforts in the regular season. The Pickerington, Ont. native was named the CAA Tournaments Most Outstanding Player after powering Drexel to a 63-52 upset over Delaware with a team-high 30 points as Drexel claimed the conference title.
Mariah Leonard / 2020-21 All-Philly Honorable Mention
Leonard averaged 8.4 points and 6.5 rebounds for the Dragons this season. The graduate student grabbed a team-high 136 rebounds. Leonard’s best performance of the year was against William and Mary where she produced a double-double performance. She scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while making 6-of-8 shots from the floor and 5-of-6 from the free throw line. The Ashburn, Va., native finished the year ranked 11th in the CAA in rebounds per game (6.5) and fifth in field goal percentage (.493). Leonard played in 81 career games and amassed 441 points and 306 rebounds.
Amy Mallon / 2020-21 Co-Coach of the Year
Mallon received Co-Coach of the Year after leading Drexel to its second CAA Championship Title in her first year as the head of the program. With the victory, Mallon became the first rookie head coach in more than 35 years to win a CAA title. The Dragons finished the year with a 14-9 overall record.
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