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Women's Basketball Cruises Past Coastal Carolina, 90-74

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
         
Release: November 30, 2013
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SEATTLE Behind its best shooting performance of the season the Drake University women’s basketball team cruised to a 90-74 victory over Coastal Carolina in the consolation game of the 2013 Delta Dental Thanksgiving Tournament at the Connolly Center on the campus of Seattle University.

The Bulldogs (3-4) finished at a blistering percent 50.7 percent (34-of-67) from the field as six players had double digits led by junior Kyndal Clark’s (Webb City, Mo.) 19 points. Clark connected on a season-high five three-pointers as Drake knocked down a season-best 14 as a team. Six different Bulldogs hit at least one three-pointer against the Chanticleers (4-3) as Drake tallied its season-high in points scored.

Freshman Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds, while Liza Heap (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) added 14 points and five boards. Sophomore Ashley Bartow (Verona, Wis.) recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Drake knocked down seven three-pointers in the opening half to help it hold a 42-32 halftime lead. Six Bulldogs scored paced by Heap’s 11 points. Freshman Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) had 10 points off the bench in the first and went on to score a career-high 14 points. Sophomore Emma Donahue (Naperville, Ill.) added 10 points to help Drake’s bench outscore Coastal Carolina’s, 30-20.

“We had 25 assists on 34 field goals,” said Drake coach Jennie Baranczyk. “We are sharing the basketball and I’m so proud of our team today. We looked so selfless out there. Alyssa (Marschner) with just six assists and just one turnover. Caitlin (Ingle) our freshman was great. We put the ball in her hands when it really mattered. Liza (Heap) shot extremely well this weekend especially tonight. She brought it.”

The Bulldogs raced out to an 11-4 lead behind two three-pointers by Clark and one by Heap along with a nice opening bucket from Bartow off a great pass from senior Alyssa Marschner (Plymouth, Minn.). The Chanticleers quickly called their first timeout at the 16:48 mark. Drake never trailed in the game and would lead by as much as 24 points in the second half.

Marschner dished out a game-high six assists with just one turnover. Clark had five assists with just one turnover as well on her way to being named to the all-tournament team. The Bulldogs distributed a season-best 25 assists and had a season-low 11 turnovers. Heap posted solid numbers across the board as she added five rebounds, four assists and three steals.

“This is the team we want to be play for,” said Baranczyk. “This is the team we want to continue to grow. We are so excited to get back to the Knapp Center and play better than the last time we were at home.”

Drake returns to the Knapp Center on Thursday, Dec. 5 as it hosts Idaho State. Tip-off with the Bengals is set for 7:05 p.m.

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