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PHILADELPHIA - The Drexel women's basketball team fought back from a 17-point deficit in the first  half to overtake the visiting Providence Friars and win a 62-52 game in their home opener in front of 1,003 fans at the Daskalakis Athletic Center on Friday night. Freshman guard Alexis Smith poured in 17 points, 13 of which came in the second half, while senior Fiona Flanagan put together her first-career double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds to lead Drexel.<br />
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The Dragons (2-1) trailed 26-9 in the first half before turning on the jets. By halftime, the lead was down to eight, and the Dragons retook the lead just under eight minutes into the second half when Smith knocked down a jumper to make it 37-35.<br />
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Sarah Curran chipped in with 12 points and six rebounds, her first double-digit scoring output of her career. Carrie Alexander had eight, while Meghan Creighton had seven points, five rebounds and four assists. Abby Redick had five points, three rebounds and five assists without a turnover. For Flanagan, who had earned a spot on the Glass City Tournament All-Tournament Team with showings of 19 and 17 points last weekend against Toledo and Villanova, her 11-point outing marked the first time in her career that she reached double figures in three-straight games.<br />
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Alexis Harris had a team-best 14 points and 11 rebounds for Providence (2-1), which had come into the game scoring no less than 104 points in each of its first two contests. The Friars were held to exactly half that on Friday night.<br />
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The game started slow for the Dragons, who hit just three of their first 20 shots as Providence built its 26-9 lead. When Aliyah Miller's layup built that lead with 8:11 to go, the Dragons began to turn up the defensive pressure, methodically going on a 15-3 run over the next 7:12 that sliced the deficit to just five points. Creighton had five points during the run, with Flanagan and Smith each adding four and Alexander chipping in two.
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PHILADELPHIA - The Drexel women's basketball team fought back from a 17-point deficit in the first half to overtake the visiting Providence Friars and win a 62-52 game in their home opener in front of 1,003 fans at the Daskalakis Athletic Center on Friday night. Freshman guard Alexis Smith poured in 17 points, 13 of which came in the second half, while senior Fiona Flanagan put together her first-career double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds to lead Drexel.

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