DES MOINES, Iowa –
Drake University women's basketball team had a record-setting win over
the Bradley Braves, 97-77, Sunday afternoon at the Knapp Center. The
Bulldogs sank a school record
17 three-pointers and scored their season-high in points with 97.
(Blue Springs, Mo.) had a career day with 29 points, three
three-pointers, five steals and five assists – all career-highs. Junior Kyndal
(Webb City, Mo.) added 17 points going 5-of-9 from behind the 3-point
arc. Clark has made 15 three-pointers in Drake's past two games,
including a school-record 10
Friday night against Loyola.
(Runnells, Iowa) had a double-double with 16 points, 12 of which came
from three-pointers, and a career-best 10 assists. Ingle set new
career-highs in points and three-pointers.
She has 18 assists to just four turnovers in the past two games. Ingle
made her first career start Friday night and got the starting nod again
confidence that these two young women [Wendell and Clark] have had in
the last two games
– you know we lost a tough one on Friday – but to be able to bounce back
from that tough loss and to be able to prepare on Saturday and come in
the way we did today, that's maturity," said Drake head coach Jennie
"That's something that these two here, along with Caitlin Ingle,
they're able to be the corner of what this team is going to be and what
we're going to continue
to be about."
win advances the Bulldogs' record to 8-11 on the season and 2-6 in
conference play. Drake's
97 points scored are the most since it had 90 in a win over Central
Michigan during the 2010-11 campaign and the most in a Missouri Valley
Conference since pouring in 95 in a win over SIU in 2001-02.
Bradley was led by redshirt sophomore Fantasia Vine with 18 points, followed by senior Kelly Frings
with 17. The loss puts the Braves at 4-14 overall and 1-6 in The Valley.
went on 19-2 scoring run midway through the first half pushing its lead
to 31-20. Both Drake
and Bradley shot better than 50 percent from the field in the first
half, but the Bulldogs maintained momentum over the Braves shooting 58.1
percent compared to Bradley's 51.9 percent in the half. Wendell and
Ingle led Drake in scoring in the first half with
17 and 11 points, respectively.
Lizzy being able to start the way that she started today, they're
coming in the game and
they're going to key completely in on Kyndal, so when other players can
really step up that's going to open up a lot of other things and I
thought Lizzy did a great job today of doing that," Baranczyk said.
Drake held Bradley without a field goal for nearly four minutes midway through the second half
and would lead by as much as 28 points to cruise to the win.
Bulldogs protected the ball today, only committing eight turnovers,
which according to Drake
historian Paul Morrison is the third lowest game total in Drake history.
Drake benefitted from Bradley's 16 turnovers by converting them into 32
of those turnovers are turnovers that are OK because we're trying to do
things and we're
trying to make reads and that was a little bit different than our
turnovers in the last game where we were a little more indecisive, we
had travels or we tried to create things that weren't there," Baranczyk
said. "Today they were there and we just had a turnover.
So when you can do that, that's where all of a sudden your turnovers are
going to go down and I can appreciate that a lot more than our
Bulldogs will face Northern Iowa next Sunday, Feb. 2 in Cedar Falls
with tipoff set for 2:05
p.m. The game will be broadcast locally on WOI 5.2. Drake does not
return to the Knapp Center until Friday, Feb. 14 when conference leader
Wichita State visits.