Drexel drubs Black Bears

Posted Dec. 29, 2008, at 9:53 p.m.

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania — The turnover struggles continued Monday afternoon for the University of Maine women’s basketball team.

The Black Bears turned the ball over 28 times, which led directly to 37 points by Drexel, which breezed to an 87-55 victory in the second round of Saint Joseph’s University’s Hawk Classic.

It was the sixth consecutive setback for coach Cindy Blodgett’s Bears (2-10), who return to action Friday in their final nonleague game at Holy Cross.

Drexel (5-6) of the Colonial Athletic Association scored the first five points of the contest while building a 21-7 first-half advantage. The Dragons extended the lead to 32-9, thanks in part to 15 UMaine turnovers during the first 13½ minutes.

Junior forward Brittany Boser led the way for the Bears with 14 points and five rebounds. She also accounted for seven turnovers.

Freshman center Samantha Baranowski posted 12 points and four rebounds, while junior guard Amanda Tewksbury contributed nine points, four rebounds and four assists.

Drexel was able to exploit UMaine’s defensive efforts behind All-CAA first-team forward Gabriela Marginean, who tallied a game-high 23 points, including a 14-for-14 performance from the foul line.

Kamile Nacickaite tossed in 16 points and Andrea Peterson scored 14 for the Dragons, who shot 49 percent from the field, including 50 percent (10-for-20) from 3-point range.

Drexel also converted 27 of 30 foul shots (90 percent) and outrebounded UMaine 30-24.

Mary Hardin-Baylor 82, USM 73

At San Antonio, Texas, Landie Thompson scored 18 points as the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor of Belton, Texas handed the University of Southern Maine its first loss.

Kallie White had 15 points for the Crusaders and Jessica Kelly added 10 points.

Stacey Kent led the Huskies with 26 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. Haley Johnson added 16 points and nine rebounds and Kristi Violette scored 15 points.

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