PHILADELPHIA, PA. – Despite having three players in double figures, the College of Charleston women’s basketball team fell in their CAA conference opener to the Dragons of Drexel University on Thursday night, 68-55.
The Cougars (7-7) shot 35% from behind the arc, led by 11 points from senior Alyssa Frye (Chester, Va.), while senior point guard Jill Brown (9 rebounds, 5 assists) became the program’s all-time career leader in minutes played, passing Jade Hughes (2005-10).
After winning the tip, the College, led by Christy Hewatt (Cumming, Ga.), jumped out to an early first half lead. The Dragons, however, quickly responded with an 8-0 run, giving Drexel an advantage it would not relinquish.
Down by as many as 10 points at the 8:40 mark of the first half, the Cougars continued to claw their way back in to the game, eventually cutting the deficit to just two following a deep trey from Frye with 6:03 left in the opening twenty. Numerous buckets from Abby Redick and a late three-pointer from Meghan Creighton reasserted Drexel’s advantage, giving the Dragons a 13-point advantage heading in to the break.
In the second half, both teams traded baskets until consecutive put-backs from Cougar freshman Jasmine Carter (Lexington, N.C.) and deep three from the top of the key by Frye gave the Cougars life and cut the Dragon lead to just seven with 11:16 to play.
The Cougars would get no closer though, eventually falling 68-55 to last year’s WNIT champions in front of 700+ fans at the Daskalakis Athletic Center in downtown Philadelphia.
Senior Afreyea Tolbert (Teaneck, N.J.) led the Cougars in scoring with 12, while Frye chipped in with 11. Standout freshman Breanna Bolden (Edgewater, Md.) finished the game with 10 points, 3 assists and 3 rebounds. Bolden is averaging over 10 points and 5 rebounds per game since entering the starting lineup against South Carolina State nine game ago.
The Dragons were led by Abby Redick’s 16 points and 11 eleven rebounds.
Next up for the Cougars is a home date with conference foe William and Mary. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.
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