Women’s Basketball Travels To SIU

first_imgSIU is 10-10 overall and 4-5 in MVC play after a road wins at Bradley and Illinois State last weekend. The Salukis trailed the Bulldogs by just three points at halftime in the first matchup between the two teams in Des Moines on Jan. 8, but a 22-7 run to open the second half helped Drake to the win. SIU senior point guard Rishonda Napier is averaging 13.8 points and is second in assists in the MVC behind Ingle at 4.7 per game. Drake made 34-of-36 free throws at the McLeod Center as Hittner (8-of-8) and Rose (9-of-10) set career marks at the charity stripe and Wendell made 8-of-9. The Bulldogs also had a 54-40 rebounding advantage. Rose and Jonas were recognized by the MVC for their performances as Rose earned her first career MVC Newcomer of the Week award and Jonas was named MVC Scholar-Athlete for the second time this season. The Bulldogs had five players finish in double figures, led by redshirt sophomore Becca Jonas (Independence, Mo.) with a team-high 18 points. Jonas added 12 rebounds and a career-high six assists for her second double-double this season and 12th in her career. Two others recorded double-doubles in freshmen Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) and Brenni Rose (Shawnee, Kan.). Hittner had a career-high 11 rebounds and had 10 points for her second career double-double while Rose set new career-highs with 17 points and 10 rebounds for her first. Senior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) added 16 points with 14 coming after halftime while Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) tallied 12 points and eight assists. Drake is on a 10-game winning streak and when the Bulldogs takes the floor in Carbondale will try to match their best start to league play (10-0) since the 1997-98 season. Following Friday’s game, Drake plays at Evansville on Sunday with tipoff set for 1 p.m. Print Friendly Version CARBONDALE, Ill. – The Drake University women’s basketball team begins the second portion of its Missouri Valley Conference schedule on Friday night when it visits Southern Illinois. Tipoff at SIU arena is scheduled for 6 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3 and on the radio on 1350 ESPN Des Moines. Drake is coming off an 88-79 win at UNI on Jan. 27 that lasted two overtimes and featured 16 ties and 12 lead changes between the top two MVC teams. Drake improved to 16-4 overall and 9-0 in the MVC with the road victory to take sole possession of first place in the conference standings. The two overtimes are the most extra periods in the series since the two teams played a four-overtime thriller on Jan. 23, 1992, which Drake won 112-106 in the Knapp Center.last_img read more