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MADISON, N.J. (December 7, 2011) – The Battle of Madison Ave. ended as it has the previous four meetings, with a Drew (4-3) victory. The Rangers outlasted Fairleigh Dickinson (2-6) earlier this evening with a 62-52 win in Baldwin Gym. Senior Victoria Ault (Middletown, N.J./Mater Dei) led the Rangers with a career-high 21 points.
The junior forward was a force in the paint for the home team the whole night, pulling down eight rebounds and putting forth a 3-for-4 effort from the free-throw line. Senior Britta Olsen (Hallowell, Maine/Hall-Dale) also had a career night, going a perfect 7-for-7 from the floor en route to a career-high 18 points. Her only shot that didn't fall was from the free throw line where she went 4-for-5 on the night.
The Rangers shot a season-best 52 percent from the floor, including 59 percent in the first half of play. Drew jumped out to a nine-point lead over the first nine minutes of play, thanks to back-to-back three pointers by Whitney Mackay (Suffield, Conn./Berkshire) and Danielle Barber (Cape May Court House, N.J./Middle Twp.) in the 12th minute. A 13-4 run by the Devils immediately after, tied the game at 19 with 8:22 remaining in the period.
The two teams would exchange baskets four more times in the frame but the Rangers never relinquished the lead. Olsen finished the half with 11 of her 18 points and was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field to help the Rangers capture a 33-31 lead at the break.
The second half of play was once again controlled by the Rangers. The Devils kept the game within two points all the way to the 14-minute mark but were put away by a 13-3 run by the home team. The run gave the Rangers a 12-point lead, their largest of the game , with 6:23 remaining in the game. Drew closed out the contest with four-straight free throws by Jennifer Mateo (Union City, N.J./Union City) and Olsen to seal their second win in a row.
Barber was the only other Ranger in double figures, adding 12 points and four assists. Brianna Nicholls and Tasza Carter led the way for the Devils, scoring 13 and 11 respectively.
The Rangers will wrap up their semester at home on Saturday when they welcome Montclair State on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.