- The Washington Times - Friday, March 11, 2005

Though Drexel’s All-Colonial Athletic Association frontcourt duo combined for one of its lowest outputs of the season, Katrina Martin and Catherine Scanlon did just enough in the closing moments last night to rescue the Dragons.

Martin made third-seeded Drexel’s last two field goals as it defeated CAA tournament host George Mason 53-49 in a quarterfinal game at Patriot Center.

The Dragons will play second-seeded Old Dominion at 7:30 in tonight’s semifinals after Delaware takes on James Madison.

“We knew it was going to be difficult playing the home team,” Drexel coach Denise Dillon said. “We talked about their pressure. We knew they were going to be all over us. We run our motion offense, and teams focus a lot on [Martin] and Catherine Scanlon.”

Sixth-seeded George Mason (12-16) had a chance to tie after Martin put Drexel up 51-49 with seven seconds left. Freshman Keyhana Wakefield slipped behind the Dragons’ pressing defense but appeared to slip as she went up for a layup with two defenders in pursuit, and no foul was called.

Wakefield, the Patriots’ top scorer off the bench this season, carried the George Mason offense in the second half, scoring 14 of the team’s final 19 points. Her 16 points for the game matched her career high at Georgetown on Dec.8.

“Things just started to go our way when we ran this one option off of our triangle offense,” Wakefield said. “We just kept going to it.”

Narissa Suber led Drexel (19-9) with 11 points, and Candice Williams came off the bench to add 10. Martin and Scanlon ” third and fifth among conference scorers during the regular season ” combined for just 19 points and missed 16 of 23 shots.

Lauren Hediger added 10 points for the Patriots. She and Wakefield combined to make all nine of their free throw attempts and three of six from beyond the 3-point arc. The rest of the Patriots were 0-for-5 from long distance and a crippling 3-for-15 from the line.

“If you come in our gym anytime between now and next November, we will probably be on the foul line,” George Mason coach Debbie Taneyhill said.

In other CAA quarterfinal action:

James Madison 71, Towson 66

Lesley Dickinson led the fourth-seeded Dukes (18-10) with 23 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. It is the third time in six career games against Towson that Dickinson has scored more than 20 points.

“I think she plays like this against most teams that are our size on the perimeter,” Towson coach Joe Mathews said. “Leslie is listed at 5-foot-9 but she plays much bigger than that. She has a lot of reach and she elevates well and has a high release on her shot. She’s a tough cover.”

James Madison frontcourt players Meredith Alexis and Krystal Brooks combined for 22 points ” 20 in the second half. Fifth-seeded Towson (16-14) closed the first half on a 15-4 run, but the Dukes shot 64 percent from the field in the second half.

Old Dominion 87, Hofstra 68

The Monarch backcourt duo of Lawona Davis and Shareese Grant combined for 35 points and second-seeded Old Dominion (20-8) fought off a pesky Pride squad (13-16) in the second half.

Hofstra, the No. 7 seed, never led but knotted the score at 39 early in the second half. Cigi McCollin led the Pride with 20 points, including four 3-pointers.

Sherida Triggs corralled 11 of Old Dominion’s 53 rebounds. The Monarchs had 23 offensive rebounds ” two more than Hofstra had on defense. The Pride were still within six with 12 minutes left before a 19-2 Monarch run ended any doubt.

Delaware 71, VCU 56

CAA regular-season champion Delaware (24-4) had five players in double figures, led by sophomore Tyresa Smith’s 14. Smith also dished out seven assists and set the Blue Hen single-season record for steals (92).

Lauren Hogan had 11 points, nine rebounds and five steals for the No. 8-seeded Rams (11-18), but struggled from the field (four of 14).

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