Indiana State Rallies To Beat Drake, 90-81
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Indiana State Sycamores rallied for a 90-81 win over the Drake University women’s basketball team on Sunday afternoon at the Hulman Center. The game featured 13 ties and 11 lead changes as the Sycamores improved to 7-6, 2-0 in the Missouri Valley Conference, while the Bulldogs moved to 6-7, 0-2 MVC on the season.
Drake’s Kyndal Clark (Webb City, Mo.) scored 12 points to become the 23rd player in school history to reach the 1,000 career points mark. She added a game-high seven assists with zero turnovers. Sophomore Emma Donahue (Naperville, Ill.) had 12 points off the bench, while junior Liza Heap (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) and sophomore Ashley Bartow (Sun Prairie, Wis.) each scored 10 points.
Bartow’s layup with 5:53 remaining in the contest put the Bulldogs ahead 71-69, but it was their final lead as the Sycamores tied the score on their next possession then forced two missed three-pointers by Drake. Chelsea Small’s jumper gave Indiana State the lead for good at 73-71 with 4:07 on the clock. Three consecutive turnovers by the Bulldogs followed as the Sycamores extended their lead to 77-71 after Stephanie Wittman made a layup with three minutes left.
“We were doing such a great job of taking care of the ball,” said head coach Jennie Baranczyk. “We finished with 19 assists to just 11 turnovers, but those last three turnovers were what really hurt us. We let those turn into points for them (Indiana State).”
Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir had a game-high 26 points and four others finished in double-digits for the Sycamores. Small recorded a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Anna Munn and Marina Laramie each added 13 points, while Wittman chipped in 12 points.
“We were in the game, we competed in the game and we got better today,” said Baranczyk. “I loved the way we started, but the glaring part is the rebounding and the three turnovers we had in the last three minutes in the game. That really was the difference and we have to get better at those two things.”
The action was back and forth early until Drake used an 8-0 scoring run that started just before the eight minute timeout to build a 25-19 lead. Two free throws from Laramie ended the scoring run, but the Bulldogs answered on the next opportunity with two free throws by Clark. Clark went to the line after Munn, who joined Clark on the preseason all-MVC first team, picked up her third foul on a hand check with 7:10 left in the half.
At one point in the opening half, Drake scored on nine straight possessions, starting with Donahue’s jumper at the 9:12 mark and capped by Cara Lutes’ three-pointer with 5:24 left. The streak helped the Bulldogs take a 34-27 lead.
Indiana State had a 10-3 scoring run to even the score at 37-37, before Heap stopped the run with two free throws with 12 seconds remaining. Donahue paced Drake with 10 key points off the bench, while Wendell added seven points. Friday night at Illinois State, the Bulldogs struggled with turnovers committing 15 in the opening half, but today they had just five.
Out of halftime, Indiana State took its first lead since early in the first half going up 45-44 with 18:01 remaining. However, Clark answered with a deep three-pointer from the top of the arc to put Drake back ahead at 47-45.
Clark joined the exclusive club with a free throw with 1:31 left in the game. The last Drake player to score 1,000 career points or more in the 40 years of Drake women’s basketball was Rachael Hackbarth, who accomplished the feat during the 2010-11 campaign.
“It is an incredible honor and she (Clark) had a tremendous game,” said Baranczyk. “She’s battling the flu right now, so for her to be able to focus and have the line she did today with adding seven assists and zero turnovers is huge. She has done tremendous things for this program, but she’s not done yet. She will appreciate this honor, but isn’t satisfied yet and ready to get better as her career moves forward.”
Drake hosts its MVC home opener Thursday, Jan. 10 when Southern Illinois (3-10, 1-1 MVC) travels to the Knapp Center. Tipoff is set for 7:05 p.m. against the Salukis.