School Record 17 Three-Pointers Propel Women's Basketball Past Bradley, 97-77
DES MOINES, Iowa – The 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.
Freshman Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) had a career day with 29 points, three three-pointers, five steals and five assists – all career-highs. Junior Kyndal Clark (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.
Freshman Caitlin Ingle (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 today.
“The 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 Baranczyk. “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.”
Sunday’s 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.
Drake 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.
“With 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.
The 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 points.
“Some 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 indecisiveness.”
The 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.