Washington Scores 37 As Dragons Hold Off UMES

PHILADELPHIAKeisha Washington posted her second 30-point game of the season as the Drexel women’s basketball team rallied for a 66-61 win against the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks on Saturday afternoon.


  • Washington netted 37 points, her seventh career 30+ point game. She also had season-highs with seven rebounds, five assists and four steals. The graduate student was 16-for-19 at the free throw line.
  • Kylie Lavelle also reached double figures with 11 and added six rebounds.
  • Grace O’Neill had seven points. Maura Hendrixson led the Dragons with eight assists.
  • Drexel held a significant advantage at the free throw line, going 19-for-24 while UMES was 8-of-17.
  • DU forced 19 Hawks turnovers.


  • Trailing 54-49 with 5:10 to go, Drexel began to chip away. A free throw by O’Neill and a layup from Jasmine Valentine were followed by a three-pointer from Washington to slice the lead to 56-55. From there, Washington took over at the line. After a pair of makes at the stripe gave DU the edge, she closed by hitting 9-of-10 at the free throw line in the final 2:27 as Drexel never relinquished the lead.
  • The Dragons got off to a slow start as the Hawks opened a 12-6 lead six minutes into the contest. Rallying, Drexel ended the period on an 8-2 run, closing the opening period with a buzzer-beater bank shot by Hendrixson and taking a 17-16 lead after 10 minutes.
  • The stretch extended into the second quarter with DU netting the first six points of the frame. UMES came back, tying the game at 30-30 with just less than three minutes left in the period, but a layup by Lavelle and five points from Washington helped Drexel to a 37-30 lead at intermission.
  • Early in the third quarter, UMES came out on fire, hitting six of its first nine shots to take a 42-41 lead midway through the period before the Dragons recovered and held a 49-46 edge into the final 10 minutes.


“Sometimes you talk about Drexel basketball and grinding out wins and I think today was a perfect example of that. Any team that comes in here is going to give us their best shot and (UMES) challenged us in so many ways and I’m really proud of the way we handled the pressure.” -Head Coach Amy Mallon on the win against the Hawks

“We knew they were going to be extra physical; we’d watched the film on them and were prepared for that. I think my teammates did a great job, when the doubles were coming, of flashing to the ball and making a play. ” –Keisha Washington on the team’s preparedness against UMES


The Dragons play their final home game for three weeks when they host Lehigh on Tuesday, November 22. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:00 pm

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