HARRISONBURG, Va. (March 14, 2009) –Top-seeded Drexel ended #4 Old Dominion's NCAA record 17-year reign as CAA Tournament champions with a 62-41 victory on Saturday afternoon in the semifinals of the CAA Women’s Basketball Championship at the James Madison University Convocation Center in Harrisonburg, Va.
Junior forward Gabriela Marginean, who increased her CAA single-season scoring record to 728 points, led Drexel (23-8) with a game-high 20 points. Sophomore guard Jasmina Rosseel added 12 points and senior forward Nicole Hester contributed 10 points and three assists for the Dragons.
Old Dominion (17-13) was led by sophomore guard Jasmine Parker’s 14 points, while junior forward Jessica Canady finished with 11 points and nine rebounds for the Lady Monarchs.
Drexel, which extended its winning streak to 15 games and recorded a single-season school record for wins with 23, advances to its first-ever title game against the winner of #2 VCU/#3 James Madison on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Old Dominion, which had captured 17-straight CAA Tournament titles, lost its first tournament game in 52 tries.
Old Dominion went up by five points on a layup by Canady with 9:35 to go in the opening period. Marginean scored six-straight points over the next three minutes to give Drexel its first lead of the game at 14-13 as part of an 18-4 run spanning nine minutes, putting the Dragons on top, 26-17, with just under a minute to go before the break.
Parker converted a pair of free throws with 32 seconds left and hit a three-pointer as time expired to cut the Drexel lead to 26-22 at the half.
Drexel used a 10-2 run to start the second period, capped off by a trey from Hester to put the Dragons on top 36-24 with 16:41 remaining.
Old Dominion pulled within 41-34 with 9:07 showing but it was as close as the Lady Monarchs would get the remainder of the contest.
Drexel scored 21 of the final 28 points to put the game out of reach.
Drexel held Old Dominion to a season-low 41 points. The Lady Monarchs’ previous low came against then 14th-ranked Texas on Nov. 17 when they scored 44 against the Longhorns.
Old Dominion shot just 26.0% (13-for-50) from the field in the contest, while Drexel shot 42.2% (19-for-45). The Dragons held the advantage on the glass as well, outrebounding the Lady Monarchs, 38-30.
Sunday’s championship game will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic and on The Comcast Network-Philadelphia only at 3:30 p.m. Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia will air tape delay at 4 p.m., Comcast SportsNet-New England will join in progress at 4 p.m., and Comcast Sports Southeast will air tape delay at 6 p.m.
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