Rodrigues' defense on Drexel's leading scorer, senior Hollie Mershon, was brilliant for much of the game. The 20-point scorer went 5 for 20, including 1 for 8 in the first half. But a play the Dragons call "Zip" shook Mershon loose for a layup with 21 seconds left, and that proved to be the game winner.
"I just played," said Rodrigues, who scored Utah's first five points and finished with a team-high 12. "I tried to keep her from doing everything. … I felt like I did a great job. She came up and made a couple tough ones that put them in the lead."
Michelle Plouffe also kept the Utes in the game, grabbing a game-high 14 rebounds, but at least she will get another chance next season, she said.
With Utah trailing by three in the final seconds, Plouffe got a pretty good look at a 3-pointer, but it wasn't to be.
"The look was there," said Plouffe, who made 58 treys this season. "I just fumbled the ball a little bit and then I had to hurry and put it up."
After Mershon's free throws put Drexel up 46-43 with 9.7 seconds left, the Utes were setting up a play when the Dragons knocked the ball out of bounds with 2.6 seconds left. Levrets said they wanted the ball in Plouffe's hands, and that's where it went.
"She's a big-time player," he said. "More often than not, she [hits] that shot."