Gophers Get Stellar Effort From Charity Stripe
MADISON, N.J. — Ebonie Diggs (Mt. Rainier, Md./Northwestern) scored 17 points off the bench, making seven of her 13 attempts from the field, but the Gophers fell at Drew 67-49.
Opening the scoring, Olivia Nono (Silver Spring, Md./Montgomery Blair) hit a jumper off of a Drew (9-14, 5-7 Landmark) turnover to give Goucher (6-16, 2-10 Landmark) an early 2-0 lead.
The Rangers responded immediately with a 13-0 run, taking the lead for good.
The Gophers scored the next five points courtesy of a Diggs layup and a traditional three-point play from Amaka Ezeani (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch), but could never get closer than the six-point deficit.
Drew had a 14-0 run late in the first half in response to six straight Goucher points in order to head into the break up 41-23.
To start the second half, Drew hit a three on its first shot with 19:21 left on the clock. Over the next 10:48, however, the Rangers only made one shot from the field as Goucher went on a 14-4 run. After their lead was sliced to nine, the Rangers put the game away, closing on a 19-10 clip.
Diggs and Ezeani led the Gophers with 17 and 11 points respectively, both coming on as substitutes. In addition to her game-high point total, Diggs had the most rebounds of any player with nine. Both totals were career highs for the freshman, coming one rebound shy of her first career double-double.
As a team, Goucher shot 12 of 13 from the free-throw line. The 92.3% clip marks a team-high for the Gophers. On the year, the team is now shooting 58.7%.
For Drew, each of the eight players that played scored at least six points. Three players reached double figures.