Penn defeatedits University City foe, Drexel 60-57Thursday afternoon at The Palestra. The Quakers found their first homewin with the help of senior Joey Rhoads' career-high 28 points. Penn evened its record to 4-4 while Drexel fell to 3-7.
The win was important for the Quakers who rebounded from a tough loss in their last outing,in addition to inking their first home win of the season. With four wins under their belts, the Quakers are now just one shy of matching their 2005-06 season win total.
Penn led early in the game with a six-point lead at the midpoint of the first half. Drexel chipped away and took its largest lead--three points--with six minutes remaining. Though the Red and Blue regained the lead momentarily, the Dragons held a narrow one-point edge heading into the locker rooms.
Penn tied the score with a free throw from Rhoadsearly in the period and despite a 19-point second half effort from Rhoads, the Quakers could not extend their lead to more than five. But it was all they needed hanging onto a three-point victory.
It seemed as if Rhoads could not miss, sinking improbable and at times acrobatic shots. Hitting 10-of-16 from the field, the senior guard also managed to find time for a season-high five rebounds.
Monica Naltner added 19 points and co-led the team with seven boards. Sophomore Maggie Burgess was her counterpart on the glass and stepped up as Penn's elusive third scorer, tallying a career-high 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
It was just the third time this season the Red and Blue had three players scoring in double digits.
The Dragons' Gabriela Marginean led her squad with 18 points with Andrea Peterson backing her up with11. Kira Karlstrom had 12 boards and was inches away from a double-double with nine points.
Penn is back at The Palestra Dec. 29 to take on the defending Big 5 champion, Temple, at 7 p.m. Live stats will be available on PennAthletics.com.