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Old Dominion Holds Off Drexel

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Release: January 10, 2003
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Jan. 10, 2003

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PHILADELPHIA- The Drexel women's basketball team had three chances to tie the game in the last 35 seconds, but their upset bid fell short as the Lady Monarchs of Old Dominion defeated the Dragons 54-52 in a Colonial Athletic Association contest Friday night at the Daskalakis Athletic Center.

Drexel (6-6, 2-1 CAA) held Old Dominion (5-5, 2-0 CAA) scoreless over the last six minutes of the game, but could not get closer than the final two-point deficit, themselves not scoring over the final three minutes.

Freshman center Corrina Turner led Old Dominion with 17 points and a game-high 10 rebounds, while senior guard Okeisha Howard had 10 points and a team-high five assists. Junior forward Monique Coker had seven points and six rebounds.

Bridget Scanlan (Glenolden, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) had a game- and season-high 18 points, including six-of-nine shooting from three-point range. Scanlan's six threes ties the Drexel single-game record held by Barb Yost and Jessica Copskey. Senior guard Steph Frysinger (York, Pa./Central York) contributed 12 points and a game-high six assists.

A lay-up by Candace Wilkins (Fort Washington, Md./Gwynn Park) brought Drexel within two at the final 54-52 with 3:14 to go. Neither team could manage a shot over the next two-and-a-half minutes, until Wilkins was fouled with 35 seconds remaining. Wilkins missed both free throws, but the Dragons regained possession after the Lady Monarchs knocked the ball out of bounds on the rebound attempt. Wilkins missed a lay-up on the ensuing possession, then committed a foul on the rebound. With Drexel pressuring the inbound pass, Coker broke long, but missed an uncontested lay-up that Catherine Scanlon (Drexel Hill, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) gathered as a time-out was called. Wilkins again drove to the right side, but her shot was blocked out-of-bounds by Turner with one-tenth of a second remaining. Drexel could not manage a tip off of the inbounds pass.

Drexel, led by five first-half three pointers by Scanlan and a tough zone defense actually led Old Dominion 30-27 at the break, helped, though by 14 Lady Monarch turnovers, compared to Drexel's eight. Drexel was out-shot 48 percent (23-48) to 33 percent (20-61) and out-rebounded 42-27, but forced Old Dominion into 27 total turnovers, compared to 13 for the Dragons.

Wilkins finished the night with eight points, as did junior forward Viktoria Hollosy (Budapest, Hungary/Nagy Sandor), who reached her career-high in points all in the second half. The 6-5 Hollosy played much of the second half, as Katrina Martin (Bowie, Md./Elizabeth Seton), the starting forward at 5-9 was held scoreless for the first time this season.

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