COLUMBUS, Oh. – Drury has played 35 basketball games this season and the Lady Panthers have never tasted defeat.
They don’t want to start now, in the D2 National Semifinals.
Daejah Bernard, Drury Guard said “We can’t look two games in advance right now. It’s survived and advance right now so if we lose tomorrow we won’t see Friday.“
Bernard had double, double in Thursday night’s quarterfinal win over Nova Southeastern.
Hailey Diestelkamp led Drury with 26 points and knows a possible National Championship is just days away.
But she says that won’t distract her team.
Diestelkamp said, “We’re taking it game by game. And is it getting close yes. We can feel it, but we can’t overlook it.“
Drury will play Lubbock Christian in Wednesday’s semifinal.
The Lady Chaps have won nine straight and 23 of their last 24 games, including a 45 point blowout in the National Quarterfinals.
And even Lubbock Christian is impressed with what Drury has done this season.
Steve Gomez, Lubbock Christian coach said, “And they are really aggressive, and they get on runs. And you really can’t have any weak-minded possessions against them because they expose things so fast. So, that‘s a great challenge. What a great opportunity to play the best team in the country at this time of year.“
The players want their crack at the Lady Panther’s unblemished mark.
Olivia Robertson, Lady Chaps forward said, “What’s better than to knock a team down. You have to go into games confident. They’re a highly respectable team. They’re a very good team. But we’re not going to go into it scared or passive. Heck ya, we’re licking our chops.“
National coach of the year Molly Miller understands that.
And she says she and her staff will be ready.
Molly Miller, Drury coach said, “We’ll do a good job of scouting and looking to this next game. And then devise a game plan, communicate that to the kids, and roll out the ball and see what happens.“