PHILADELPHIA--After heading into the locker rooms tied at 26, the Dragons' defense smothered the Penn women's basketball team in the second half andhanded the Quakersa 60-41 loss. Penn fell to 3-6 while Drexel improved to the same mark.
The teams traded baskets in the first half, but the Quaker offense stalled at the midway point of the half and watched Drexel build a five-point lead. Penn surged at 7:39thanks to three quick baskets from junior Maggie Burgessand and a three-pointer from sophomore Sarah Bucar to tie the score at 23. Amy Donovan hit a three to go ahead, but Narissa Suber gave her team three a minute later to keep the score tied heading into the locker room.
In the second, the Penn offense was stymied, shooting a mere 16-percent on 3-of-18 from the field. Turnovers plagued Penn with Drexel scoring 29 points on 25 turnovers.
Sophomore Caitlin Slover contributed the most points of the half, going 6-for-8 from the free throw line. The Dragons effectively shut down all three of Penn's top scorers from the first half, allowing just two points to Bucar.
Bucar led the Quakers in both points (10) and rebounds (8) and set a career-high in boards. Anca Popovici tied her career high five assists. She also brought down six boards, as did Burgess. As a team, the Quakers dominated the Dragons, out-rebounding them 39-22 including a season-high 15 offensive boards.
The Quakers will be busy during the university's winter break with two Big 5 match-ups, a holiday tournament and the start of the Ivy League season. Next up is Temple, Dec. 27 at the Liacouras Center. Game time is set for 7 p.m.