PHILADELPHIA -- Gabriela Marginean scored a school-record 47 points and Drexel beat Northeastern, 98-90, in five overtimes last night in the longest game in NCAA women's basketball history.
The 65-minute game eclipsed the previous record of four overtimes, which occurred 11 times, most recently between Northern Illinois and Bowling Green Feb. 18, 2004. Northern Illinois won, 102-97.
The NCAA men's record is seven overtimes, set in
Marginean, a freshman, scored 20 of her points in four overtime periods and finished with 22 rebounds before fouling out for Drexel (8-19, 3-13 Colonial Athletic Association).
Shaleyse Smallwood scored a career-high 37 points for the Huskies (4-23, 3-13), and tied the game six times down the stretch.
Drexel held a 13-point lead at the half before Northeastern rallied in the second half and forged a 55-55 tie at the end of regulation. Each team scored 7 points in the first overtime, 10 in the second extra period, 8 in the third, and 5 in the fourth OT.
In the fifth overtime, Delise Johnson made two free throws that put Drexel ahead to stay, and teammate Narissa Suber followed a timely field goal with a pair of 3-pointers as the Dragons used a 13-5 run to clinch the win.
Northeastern shot 28 for 74 from the field, including 5 for 23 from 3-point range, and was 29 for 35 from the free throw line.
Drexel shot 35 for 73, including 6 for 23 from long distance. The Dragons were 22 for 29 from the foul line.