Tribe lays smackdown on Drexel

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February 2, 2007

8:05 PM

Junior forward Kyra Kaylor paced the Tribe with 18 points, and senior guard Sarah Stroh and junior guard Devin James each added 12 of their own as the College routed CAA opponent Drexel University 75-50 last night at Kaplan Arena.

p. Despite its loss to Old Dominion University Sunday, the team went into last night’s game with a 13-7 overall record and a 5-4 record in CAA play. The Tribe defeated Northeastern University and Georgia State University before falling to ODU, the only undefeated team in the conference. Additionally, the College won nine of its last 12 games and has already surpassed its total number of home wins from last season.

p. Kaylor recorded her 7th double-double of the year, leading the Tribe with 18 points and 10 rebounds in its 58-49 victory over Northeastern. Stroh also tallied 13 points and four steals, while sophomore guard Courtney Portell and freshman forward Tiffany Benson each poured in 11 points.

p. Though Northeastern got on the scoreboard first, the College countered with an 11-0 run, six points of which came from Benson. The Huskies answered with a 7-2 spurt to narrow the Tribe’s advantage to 4 points with 12:59 remaining in the first half. After rampant scoring on each end, the College built a sizable 27-18 lead with 6:17 left in the first. The Tribe only allowed the Huskies another four points the remainder of the half, and held them scoreless in the last four minutes. The College went into the locker room with a 32-22 lead.

p. The Tribe came out strong in the second half, going on an 8-0 run within the first two minutes to build a 40-22 lead. The Huskies refused to back down, however, as they charged back with a 7-0 run to cut the lead to 44-34. With consecutive three-pointers from Portell and Stroh, the College pushed the margin back up to 16 points by the second media timeout. Despite a valiant eight-point comeback attempt by the Huskies, the Tribe managed to keep the lead and finish with a 58-49 victory.

p. The College earned its second win of the week in its triumph over Georgia State in Atlanta last Thursday. It was a grueling match, as the Tribe only out-shot the Panthers 47.4 percent to 45.2 percent to secure a 77-76 victory.

p. Kaylor again led the College with 30 points, which enabled her to reach the 1,200-point mark, becoming only the sixth player to do so in the program’s history. James also gave a stellar performance, recording a career-high 27 points along with eight rebounds and two steals. Stroh and Benson again played key roles in the win.

p. The Tribe led 8-6 at the first media timeout, as all of the points came from Kaylor. While the College commanded an 8-point lead with 13:12 on the clock, the Panthers countered with a 9-2 run to cut the Tribe lead to one. There was back-and-forth scoring for the remainder of the half, and although the College held a five-point lead with under six minutes remaining, by the end of the first half GSU again only trailed by one point.

p. After intermission, the Tribe went on a 7-0 run to gain a six-point lead with 16:57 showing. Although the College held a six-point lead multiple times in the second half, an 11-0 spurt by the Panthers caused the Tribe to trail 68-63 with less than 5 minutes left in the game.

p. The College surged forward, however, outscoring GSU 7-1 to put the Tribe ahead by one point with 1:45 remaining. Although the Panthers briefly reclaimed the lead, a three-pointer and a pair of foul shots by Kaylor, followed by two free throws from James, allowed the College to clinch the 1-point victory over GSU.

p. ODU ended the Tribe’s winning streak Sunday by a score of 63-47. Benson led the Tribe with 12 points, marking her first career double-double and giving her a total of 45 blocks so far this season. Benson is now in first place for most rejections in a single season, exceeding the previous record of 42 set in 1991. Devin James and Sarah Stroh added 12 and 10 points, respectively.

p. The Lady Monarchs opened scoring with a 15-0 run to take an early lead. The Tribe managed to hold ODU scoreless for almost six minutes before the Lady Monarchs made another 12-3 spurt. The College answered with a 9-2 run of its own, but it wasn’t enough as the Tribe trailed by 13 at halftime.

p. Although James and Stroh were the Tribe’s only scorers in the first half, Benson and Taylor managed to knock down some baskets to help the College in the second. The Lady Monarchs charged ahead, however, making another run to gain a sizable 50-33 lead with 9:38 showing. With a pair of three-pointers by senior guard Katy Neumer, the College cut the margin to 13 points with 5:38 to go. Despite an all-around team effort, the Tribe was unable to significantly narrow the lead as it fell 47-63.

p. The Tribe hosts James Madison University Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Kaplan Arena.

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