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PHILADELPHIA - An outstanding offensive performance from Drexel was too much for the University of Pennsylvania women's basketball team on Friday afternoon at the Daskalakis Athletic Center. The Dragons shot better than 63 percent from the field and won the 23rd annual Battle of 33rd Street, 77-50.
Penn lost for the first time in more than a month (Nov. 18 at Army) and fell to 4-4 on the year. Drexel snapped Penn's four-game winning streak with its eighth straight win over the Quakers at home. The Dragons are now 7-2 this season.
Friday's matinee tip off also marked another edition of the Battle of 33rd Street. The two campuses are located just blocks away and each year the visiting team walks to the opposing gym. The teams have split the last two meetings and Drexel owns a slight 13-10 edge in the all-time series.
Drexel had a 20-day break between games, but looked sharp throughout. There are not many guarantees in life, but its safe to say the Quakers won't face another team as efficient as the Dragons this year or for quite some time.
The Dragons, who shot 63.5 percent from the floor on the day and 47.4% from three, jumped to an 11-4 lead in the first two minutes, but after a timeout from head coach Mike McLaughlin, the Quakers settled in.
Freshman Keiera Ray had six of her team-high 16 points in the early going to close the deficit to just 13-10 at the 12:49 mark. After senior captain Brianna Bradford drained a three from the top of the key and sophomore Katy Allen converted a three-point play, the game was tied, 18-18, with 8:17 left until half.
Drexel built up another small lead, 29-24, but that catapulted to a 14-point edge at the break. The Dragons went on an 11-2 run over the final three minutes to take a 40-26 lead into the locker rooms.
The Dragons scored the first six points of the second half and were quickly up by 20. Penn cut the deficit to 15, 48-33, with 15:54 remaining after junior Alyssa Baron and Ray hit back-to-back layups. But that was as close as the Red and Blue would get. Penn's largest deficit of the game was at the buzzer.
Ray led the team in points, rebounds (four), minutes (33) and assists (four). Ten different Quakes scored. Bonenberger had seven points, three rebounds and two steals. Bradford finished with five points and two steals off the bench, while sophomore Jessica Monsman, who missed all but three games last season due to injury, scored her first two collegiate points.
Penn had decent offensive numbers at 36.5 percent overall and 4-of-12 (33.3%) from three, but couldn't keep up with Drexel's astonishing rate. Drexel also won the rebounding battle, 34-23. Penn had just 10 turnovers, but only eight assists, while Drexel had 23 assists and just 13 miscues.
Drexel's 40 points at the break were the third-most ever allowed under Coach McLaughlin and the 77 points were the most allowed by Penn this season.
Penn next travels to Ames, Iowa for the Cyclone Challenge. The Quakers will face Alabama State on Dec. 29 at 2 p.m., and then will face either Air Force on Dec. 30, also at 2 p.m. Penn’s next home game isn’t until Jan. 5 against Saint Joseph’s (2 p.m.).