Drexel women lose in CAA quarterfinals

NEWARK, Del. - Eighth-seeded Drexel lost to top seed Old Dominion, 66-55, in a Colonial Athletic Assocation tournament quarterfinal women's college basketball game today at the University of Delaware.

The loss by Drexel (10-21) means the only NCAA women's tournament hope remaining among city teams is with Temple, which is considered a strong candidate for an at-large bid.

Narissa Suber led the Dragons with 20 points in the physically-played contest. Freshman Gabriela Marginean, the CAA rookie of the year, added 18 points and 11 rebounds.

T.J. Jordan had a team-high 17 points for Old Dominion (22-8), while Sherida Triggs added 14 points, and Tiffany Green added 11 points.

"We finished the season much stronger than we started off," Drexel coach Denise Dillon said. "Old Dominion's a tough team. We missed some shots there in the second half that I thought could give us a little boost, but we can up short. You saw the result."

Drexel trailed by 14 points at 52-38 with 9 minutes, 12 seconds remaining in the game when the Dragons mounted a rally that brought them close at 59-53 with 1 minute, 47 seconds left in the game.

But Tish Lyons responded with a three-point play for ODU and the Monarchs were able to move on to tomorrow's semifinal.

The game was the last for Kiara Karlstrom, Drexel's only departing senior.

In today's other quarterfinals, fourth-seeded Hofstra was to meet No. 5 William and Mary before host Delaware, the third seed, was to face No. 6 Virginia Commonwealth. The final scheduled game matched No. 2 James Madison against UNC Wilmington, which became the first 10th seed to advance in the CAA tournament when it upset No. 7 Towson, 55-41, on Thursday night.

Contact staff writer Mel Greenberg at 215-854-5725 or mgreenberg@phillynews.com.