With the score tied at 40 with four minutes to play, Drexel converted 10 straight free throws down the stretch to come away with a 50-40 victory over the American University women's basketball team. The game was played Wednesday night at the Daskalakis Athletic Center in Philadelphia, Pa.
Early on, Drexel (3-2) jumped out to a 9-4 lead with all nine points being scored by Gabriela Marginean. American (3-4), however, responded with a 6-0 run over the next four minutes on Stephanie Anya and Ohemma Nyanin buckets and a pair of free throws by Michelle Kirk to take a 10-9 advantage. The teams would trade the lead over the next several minutes until a Kirk three-point play gave the Eagles an 18-15 advantage with 2:02 to play in the opening half. Ashley Yencho then knocked down a straight-away three on the following possession to give AU a 21-15 lead before a late Drexel bucket trimmed the Eagles' halftime margin to four, 21-17.
The Eagles increased their lead to six, 23-17, on a pair of Liz Leer free throws to start the second half. After a Dragons' three, Leer knocked down a jumper from the corner to give AU a 25-20 advantage. Kirk scored American's next four points, although Drexel rallied to knot the score at 29 on a Marginean basket with 14:32 to play.
After Drexel opened up a four-point lead, a heads-up steal in the frontcourt and three-point play by Ebony Edwards cut AU's deficit to one, 35-34. The Dragons would regain its four-point lead, 40-36, although back-to-back beautiful turnaround jumpers by Kirk tied the score at 40 at the under four-minute media timeout.
Kirk's basket at the 3:51 mark would end up being the last field goal converted by either team in the game. Unfortunately for American, the Dragons would end up going a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line in the game's final three-plus minutes, and that proved to be the difference in Drexel's 50-40 victory. Overall, in the game, the Dragons shot 17-of-18 from the free throw stripe.
Marginean knocked down six of the free throws for Drexel in the final few minutes, and was 11-of-12 from the line. She converted seven-of-12 field goal opportunities, and scored a game-high 26 points. She also collected a team-high six rebounds for the Dragons.
For the sixth time in seven games this season, Kirk led the Eagles on the offensive attack. She scored 13 points on five-of-11 shooting from the floor. Leer recorded nine points and seven rebounds, while Lisa Strack grabbed a career-high eight rebounds for AU.
The Eagles will return to Washington, D.C., begin a three-game homestand on Sunday, December 6 versus High Point. Opening tip from Bender Arena is set for 2 p.m.
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