Drexel coach Denise Dillon and the Dragons erased a long run of winless efforts against local teams at the Palestra yesterday afternoon with a 62-52 victory over their neighborhood rival, Penn, in a nonconference matchup.
It was Drexel's first triumph over Penn at the Quakers' venue since December 1992. That was also Dillon's freshman season at Villanova, where she helped earn several wins at Penn.
"I said it last night at practice, too," Dillon said. "I had a lot of success here as a player in high school and college, but it's the first time as a coach."
It looked as if the negative trend would continue when the Quakers (2-7) built a 32-24 lead late in the first half before Drexel (4-4) reduced the advantage to 32-28 at the break.
The rest of the game, however, belonged to the Dragons, who opened the final period with a 17-2 rally to move ahead.
A key was containing Penn's Carrie Biemer, who scored 13 of her game-high 22 points in the first period, when the Quakers shot 54.2 percent from the field.
Drexel adjusted defensively, limiting Pat Knapp's team to 17.9 percent in the second half.
Drexel's leading scorer, Gabriela Marginean, finished with 21 points but scored only eight in the first half.
That gave another member of Dillon's roster an opportunity to perform, and freshman Kamile Nacickaite delivered with a career high of 17 points.
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