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Dragons slowly out-pace Tigers, 80-65

Despite making over half of their shots from 3-point range and for a second-straight game seeing three players score in double digits, the Towson Tigers women’s basketball team suffered an 80-65 loss to the visiting Drexel Dragons on Friday night at SECU Arena.

Sianni Martin, Raine Bankston, and Etalyia Vogt were all 2-for-2 from 3-point range. Martin led the team with 15 points while Raven Bankston was just behind her with 14 points and Raine Bankston scored 11, but Drexel shot 51-percent from the floor and capitalized with 27 points off 17 Tigers turnovers to get the victory.

Meghan Creighton opened the game with a 3-pointer for the Dragons. Raven Bankston scored five of six-straight Towson points, including a completed three-point play, in response. But after that, Jessica Pellechio and Aubree Brown hit back-to-back 3-pointers for Drexel and the Dragons never trailed after that.

Towson did not let the Dragons just run away, but it was a slow and steady build for the Dragons.

Drexel led by only two points at the end of the first quarter, 15-13. The most they led by in the second quarter was eight points after a seven-point run; their biggest run of the first half.

It then took seven minutes into the third quarter before the Dragons led by double-digits after a Bailey Greenberg 3-pointer pushed them ahead of Towson 49-37. that lead was cut down to 10 points at the end of the quarter when Raven Bankston stole the ball from Pellechio and threw the ball over to Martin for a fast-break layup.

Including that layup, Towson used a seven-point run to make it a five-point game with 7:23 remaining in the game. Then after Sara Woods hit two free throws, Vogt nailed a 3-pointer to get the Tigers within four points at 55-51 with 6:45 remaining.

Then the Dragons started to tighten up on defense and hit even more of their own stride on offense.

A 3-pointer by Ana Ferariu put Drexel back up by seven points. Bailey Greenberg then stole the ball from Vogt and Ferariu finished the play with a layup on the other end.

A 3-pointer by Martin made up for some of the damage, but Brown made two free throws and then a 3-pointer to give the Dragons the 11-point lead. Towson had four turnovers in the last five minutes and 10 seconds. Ferariu hit two more three’s and a steal and fast-break layup to give Drexel a 73-58 lead with 2:12 left.

With the Tigers only hope of a comeback with little time left being to intentionally sent the dragons to the line, they needed then to miss some free throws, but in the final 67 seconds, Drexel went 7-for-8 as they kept ahead for the 15-point victory.

Towson will remain at home with a short turnaround as they host Northeastern on Sunday at 2 pm.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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