Rangers Fall in the “Battle of Madison”

Mal Vishwanath

The Drew University women’s basketball team opened their Landmark Conference schedule with a match against Catholic University on Saturday, December 2. The Rangers endured a 49-68 loss to the Cardinals, after playing for the first time in almost a week.

After Catholic scored the first six points of the game, the Rangers managed to tie the score with a 12-12 at the 3:27 marks, with a pair of free throws by Julia Ramos (’21). However, it was the Cardinals that ended up with an eight-point advantage at halftime, which would ultimately extend to 19 points to seal the victory.

Ramos led the Rangers’ scores with 15 points, followed by Michaela Keegan (’18), who scored 13 points, tallied 6 rebounds and three steals. Keegan was followed by Moe Davis Campbell (’21), who added 10 points, six boards and three steals. Sarah Henig (’19), had a team-high seven rebounds to her name, along with three assists.

The Rangers returned to the court two days later on Monday, December 6, to host the annual “Battle of Madison” against Fairleigh Dickinson University. The Rangers fell short against the Devils, with a score of 64-86.

Although the Devils opened up a 14-8 lead midway through the first quarter, the Rangers responded by taking a one-point lead at halftime, with a score of 31-30. The match was neck-and-neck throughout the third quarter, with a score of 43-43, but the Devils went on a 9-0 run to end the third quarter. Their momentum would carry on into the fourth quarter, as the Devils extended their advantage to 22 points, securing the victory for the Rangers.

Davis Campbell led the Rangers’ scores with a team-high 16 points. She was followed by Erin Frederick (’21), who fell just short of a double double with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Keegan nabbed 11 points and seven assists, while Henig tallied eight rebounds.

The Rangers began a five-game away streak the next day, against Centenary University.  Drew snapped their three-game losing streak with a commendable 63-47 victory against the Cyclones. The Cyclones scored the first five points of the game, by the Rangers were able to cut their deficit to one point by the end of the first period, and garnered a six-point advantage at halftime. After gaining a game-high advantage of 24 points during the fourth quarter, the Rangers earned their victory with a final margin of 16 points.

Leading the Rangers’ scorings yet again was Ramos, with 15 points and four assists. She was followed by Frederick, who contributed 13 points and three steals, while Davis Campbell tallied 11 points and seven rebounds, and Henig added seven points and seven boards.

The Rangers are all set to face-off against Cedar Crest College on Friday, December 8 in Allentown, PA.

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