First Drexel senior Gabriela Marginean became part of local women's basketball history.
Later she saved the Dragons from becoming history against St. Joseph's. The native of Romania hit two foul shots with 10 seconds left yesterday for the deciding points in a 71-69 nonleague win at the Hawks' Hagan Arena.
Marginean became the seventh player in Big Five-plus-Drexel history to reach 2,000 career points when she sank a jumper with 4 minutes, 41 seconds left in the first half for a 33-13 lead.
She finished with 26 points for the Dragons (4-3); her career total stands at 2,010.
The 6-foot-1 forward needed to make the foul shots (she was 11 for 11 from the line) at the finish after Drexel had squandered nearly all of a 29-point lead.
Shelby Smith's three-pointer for the Hawks (3-7) at the buzzer accounted for the game's final points.
"We know each other perfect, and they know us, so it's nothing new," Marginean said of a rivalry that extends in the off-season to the summer league in Northeast Philadelphia. "They know our plays and we know theirs, so it's just about hustling and who wants it more."
Kamile Nacickaite had 16 points for the Dragons and Jasmina Rosseel scored 12. Brittany Ford scored 25 points for St. Joseph's, while Michelle Baker had 13 points and Mariane Djouara scored 12.
The other six players with 2,000 or more points: Penn's Diana Caramanico (2,415), Villanova's Shelly Pennefather (2,408), St. Joseph's Sue Moran (2,340), Temple's Marilyn Stephens (2,194), St. Joseph's Dale Hodges (2,077), and Villanova's Nancy Bernhardt (2,018).
Delaware 54, La Salle 46 - Elena Delle Donne scored 17 points for the Blue Hens (6-3), as did Jamie Walsh for the Explorers (2-7) in a nonleague game in Newark, Del.
Tennessee 68, Rutgers 54 - Shekinna Stricklen scored 19 points for the No. 5 Vols (8-0) in a nonleague win over the Scarlet Knights (7-5), who got 29 points from Brittany Ray at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Holy Family 73, American International 60 - Catherine Carr had 24 points as the Tigers (7-1), playing in Philadelphia, won their seventh in a row.