Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Hollie Mershon's layup with 21 seconds
remaining proved to be the difference maker as Drexel held on to edge Utah,
46-43, on Saturday to earn the 2013 WNIT title.
Mershon, who finished with 14 points and eight rebounds, scored the critical
basket to put the Dragons ahead by one and break a scoreless streak that
lasted two-plus minutes as the contest came to a close.
Taylor Wootton scored 16 points and grabbed six boards for Drexel (28-10),
which defeated Florida on Wednesday in the semifinals.
Iwalani Rodrigues paced Utah with 12 points and Michelle Plouffe added
nine points and 14 rebounds for the Utes (23-14), who defeated Kansas State on
Wednesday in overtime to advance.
Utah held a 24-21 lead at the break in a poor shooting effort from both
squads. Drexel led by five with just over four minutes remaining before
consecutive treys put Utah up 43-42 at the 3:07 mark.
The next basket, which was also the most important, didn't come until
Mershon's lay-in with 21 ticks remaining. She also made two free throws with
nine seconds left to secure the victory.
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