BOSTON (Jan. 2) - Boston University junior forward Alison Dixon (Norwood, Mass.) became the second fastest player in school history to reach 1000 career points, but it was for naught as the Terriers bowed to Drexel, 60-59, in America East women's basketball action.
The loss dropped the Terriers' record to 4-7 overall and 1-2 in league action, while Drexel ended its four-game losing streak en route to improving to 5-5 overall and 2-0 in the league.
Dixon, who finished the game with 19 points, brought her career total to 1010 in 65 games. The only former Terrier to reach that plateau quicker was Debbie Miller. Miller, who went on to become B.U.'s all-time leading scorer with 1869 points, reached the 1000-point mark in 54 games.
"It's nice to have reached the 1000-point total, but it would have meant a lot more if we had won," said Dixon. "I am not enjoying that accomplishment as much now as I would if we had won.
"The problem was we dug ourselves a big hole in the first half," she went on. "In the second half, though, we showed the kind of heart we have. We started hustling and played good defense, and managed to come back."
Trailing by nine at the half, 38-29, the Terriers fell down by as many as 14 points in the second half44-30 with just 18:54 to play.
At that point, they staged a valiant comeback behind leading scorer Dia Dufault. The sophomore from Malone, NY finished with a team-high 20 points, 13 of which came in the second half.
The Terriers actually took the lead, 59-57, with 1:52 to play in regulation behind a 12-foot jumper by Dufault.
However, a free throw by Maureen Michaels with 1:27 to play and a putback off a rebound by Michaels with :59.5 to play provided the Dragons' their winning margin.
Mikki Miller led the way for Drexel with 18 points, 10 of which came in the second half. Michaels added 12, and Megan McIntyre had 11 for the winners.
Dufault (20 points) and Dixon (19, 13 of which came in the first half) were the only B.U. players to score in double figures.
Statistically, the Terriers shot better from the field than the Dragons, 40.3 percent to 39.3 percent. Unfortunately, in the first half, Drexel converted on 15-of-29 shots for 51.7 percent, compared to 12-of-30 for 40.0 percent for the Terriers.
In the second half, as Dixon noted, the tenacious B.U. defense limited Drexel to just 9-of-32 from the field for 28.1 percent. In the meantime, B.U. was 12-of-32 for 41.3 percent after intermission.
One of the key statistics was rebounding, and here B.U. came up short, 45-34.
B.U. is off until Tuesday night when they host Hofstra at 7:00 p.m.