PHILADELPHIA - Alexis Scott sizzled for 33 points, shattering her previous career high of 21 in a 72-59 loss at Drexel on Monday night in La Salle's first game back after an 11-day layoff for finals.
She became the second player this calendar year to hit the 30-point mark as Ashley Gale kicked off 2011 with a 31-point performance at Lehigh on Jan. 2.
Scott scored seven of the Explorers' first nine points and hit double digits just 7:13 into the contest. She added six rebounds and three assists.
Brittany Wilson was the other Explorer in double figures, adding 11 points along with four assists.
Taylor Wootten led the home squad with 20 points, while Kamile Nacickaite added 18 and Hollie Mershon chipped in 13. Mershon pulled down a game-high nine rebounds.
The two squads hung together early with neither squad pulling ahead by more than four through half of the first period. With the score at 18-16 at the 9:40 mark, however, the Dragons went on an 8-0 run over three and a half minutes to go up 26-16 at the 6:15 mark. The Explorers responded with a 6-0 run keyed by two Scott layups to pull within four at 26-22 with 3:25 until the break but the Dragons closed out with a 12-4 response to take a 38-26 lead into halftime.
Scott came out of the break to go on another scoring streak, keying the Explorers to a 15-6 spurt to pull within one point at 44-43 with 13:39 on the clock. An Ayana Lee free throw and a Nacickaite three-point play pushed the Dragon lead back to five at 48-43 before Scott sank another trey at 9:40 to get back to a two-point game at 48-46.
That was the closest the Explorers got the rest of the way as the Dragons outscored the Explorers 24-12 down the stretch for the final 72-59 score.
The Dragons edged the Explorers on the glass, 32-29, and shot 52.7 percent (29-for-55) to the Explorers' 45.5 percent (25-for-55). Drexel also made the most of 13 La Salle miscues, scoring 19 points off turnovers, but committed 11 turnovers of their own.
Jess Koci also returned to the lineup tonight for the first time since Nov. 22 after sustaining a back injury. She scored four points, pulled down three rebounds and recorded three steals in her return game.
The Explorers return to action on Thursday (12/22) when they host Fairfield at Tom Gola Arena at 2 p.m.