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Philadelphia, Pa. – Junior Alexandra Masaquel scored a team-high 16 points, but the William & Mary women’s basketball team couldn’t overcome an early fourth quarter scoring drought, falling at Drexel 69-53.
With the decision the Tribe falls to 15-13, 6-11 in Colonial Athletic Association play, while the Dragons improve 16-12, 12-5 in league action.
Masaquel added six rebounds, two assists and a block to go along with her 16 points, and was the lone Tribe player in double-figures. Sophomore Jeanne Gaumont chipped in nine points, had five rebounds, two assists, in a career-high 31 minutes.
After spotting the Dragons a 5-0 lead, W&M used a 20-2, run building its largest lead of the game. Gaumont sandwiched five points around a Masaquel basket, giving the Tribe its first lead. Masaquel scored six points as the run continued while junior Marlena Tremba and freshman Bianca Boggs added two points apiece. After a Drexel bucket, senior Brooke Stewart canned a three, giving the Tribe a 20-7 lead.
Trailing by six, Drexel used to 7-0 run to build its first lead since the 5-0 lead late in the second quarter. Sarah Curran opened the run with a jumper followed by a layup from Meghan Creighton. A triple from Jessica Pellechio gave the Dragons a 29-28 advantage with under a minute left in the half.
Gaumont hit a layup on the Tribe’s last possession of the period, giving W&M a 30-29 advantage at the break. It was the 15th time this season, the Tribe lead at intermission. The Green and Gold shot 54.2-percent (13-of-24) in the first half, while they limited Drexel to just 39.4-percent (13-of-33) from the floor.
Trailing by four, Drexel used an 8-0 run to take a four-point lead with 7:12 left in the third quarter. Rachel Pearson sandwiched a pair of 3-pointers around two Curran free throws, giving the Dragons a 37-33 lead.
After the Dragons built another four point lead, W&M responded with a 5-0 run to regain its advantage late in the third quarter. Stewart canned a triple followed by a Gaumont layup, which gave the Tribe a 42-41 lead with 2:09 left in the stanza.
Drexel used a 16-0 run on the final basket of the third quarter to the6:02 mark of the fourth to build a commanding 15-point lead, and never looked back. Crieghton canned a triple on the Dragon’s last possession the third quarter. Pellechio scored five in a row opening the final period, followed by a Jackie Schluth jumper and another Creighton three, building a 57-42 lead.
The shooting script was flipped in the second half. The Dragons shot 56-percent (14-of-25) from the floor, while holding the Tribe to just 22-percent (7-of-31) from the field.
Sophomore Jenna Green and Stewart provided the scoring off of the bench for the Tribe. Green scored seven points, had five rebounds, and two assists, playing 37 minutes. Stewart hit two triples, finishing with six points.
Pellechio led all scorers with 21 points for Drexel. She added three rebounds and five assists, leading three Dragons in double-figures. Curran finished with 17 points, seven rebounds, and four assists, while Schluth had 12 points, seven rebounds, and five blocks.
The Green and Gold concludes the regular season when they host Elon at Kaplan Arena on Wednesday, March 2. Tipoff between the Tribe and Phoenix is set for 7 p.m.