PHILADELPHIA - Opening with the game's first nine points, the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team's early surge only served to awaken the Dragons as Drexel outscored Penn 62-22 the rest of the way and finished with a 62-31 victory over the Quakers on Friday night in the Battle of 33rd Street at the Daskalakis Athletic Center.
The Red and Blue had trouble finding the hoop, going 11-for-50 from the field, including 5-for-23 in the second half. Freshman Alyssa Baron led the team with eight points and also contributed four boards while sophomore Brianna Bradford contributed five points and three rebounds in 23 minutes.
Penn rebounded with Drexel, pulling down 34 boards, including 16 on the offensive end, compared to 35 and just nine offensive rebounds for the Dragons. Senior Erin Power had a team-high five boards and junior Jess Knapp pulled down four, including two on the offensive end.
The Quakers grabbed the opening tip and took the early 2-0 advantage on a jumper by Baron, 20 seconds into the contest. The Red and Blue pushed its lead to six over the next 2:27 with a layup by Caroline Nicholson and a jumper by Knapp. The Penn defense meanwhile kept the Dragons off the board.
Knapp added a free throw and Nicholson another layup before Drexel finally scored on a Jackie Schluth lay-in at the 10:21 mark. It was all the Dragons needed to get going, as they tightened up on defense, holding the Quakers without a point for the next 12:20. During Penn's scoreless streak, the Dragons stretched their lead to 18-9.
A Bradford free throw broke the scoring drought with 41 seconds left in the half and Penn went into the break down 22-12.
In the second frame, the Dragons scored on their first two possessions while the Quakers struggled to penetrate the 2-3 zone. Knapp ended the scoring drought with 17:25 left in the half on a contested jumper in the lane to make it a 27-12 contest.
Drexel continued to stretch their advantage and bottle up the Penn offense, scoring seven straight, two via the three, to make it a 35-14 game and prompt a Red and Blue timeout.
Out of the break, Drexel connected on a pair of triples to extend its lead to 38-14 with 15:11 left. The Dragons continued their hot shooting, pushing their advantage to 50-23 over the next seven minutes.
The loss drops Penn's record to 1-1 on the season while Drexel improves to 2-0. The Quakers return to action on Tuesday when they travel to take on Rider at 7 p.m.
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