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Women’s Basketball Visits In-State Rival UNI

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
Release: January 30, 2014
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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team travels to in-state rival UNI Sunday, Feb. 2 in its lone contest this week. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the McLeod Center. You can listen to Ric Silvestrini and Laura Leonard call the action on 1350 KRNT. Live stats will be available at www.GoDrakeBulldogs.com. The game will be televised in the state of Iowa via the following Panther Sports Network affiliates, KCRG 9.2, CFU 15, WOI 5.2 and KCAU 9.2. The game will also be streamed online on ESPN3.


  • Drake looks to win its third straight in the series against UNI in the first of two games between the teams this season.
  • The Bulldogs snapped a three-game losing skid with their record setting 97-77 win over the Bradley Braves last Sunday at the Knapp Center.
  • 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 game since pouring in 95 on SIU in 2001-02.
  • Drake drilled a school record 17 three-pointers against the Braves as five different Bulldogs each hit two or more.
  • Junior Kyndal Clark (Webb City, Mo.) led the way going 5-of-9 from the three-point line, while freshman Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) nailed a career-high four. Redshirt junior Carly Grenfell (York, Neb.) and freshman Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) each made three, while junior Liza Heap (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) added two.
  • Wendell finished with a career-high 29 points along with five steals, five assists and four rebounds. Her steals and assists are new career marks.
  • Clark scored 17 points in the Bradley win, which came one game after she set a Drake women’s basketball record with 10 three-pointers and scored a career-high 36 points against Loyola. She played all 40 minutes for the first-time in her career and finished with eight rebounds, six steals and two assists.
  • She broke the previous school record of eight three’s held by former standout Erin Richards, who accomplished the feat against Creighton on Jan. 7, 2001.
  • On Tuesday, Clark earned her second MVC Player of the Week award of the season.
  • Her 53 points in the two games are the seventh most by a player in Drake history.
  • Clark scores a team-leading 16.8 points per game, which ranks third in the MVC.  She averages an MVC-leading 3.05 three-pointers per game, which ranks 12th nationally.


  • UNI comes into Sunday’s contest on a three-game winning streak as the Panthers have won eight of their last 11 games.
  • The Panthers beat Loyola in their last game, 70-59, as Stephanie Davison finished with a team-high 19 points. Jen Keitel added a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Keitel leads UNI in scoring at 11.4 per game, while Davison is next at 10.5 per game.
  • UNI ranks second in The Valley in three-pointers per game at 6.8.
  • Panthers head coach Tanya Warren is the longest tenured head coach in the conference as the former Creighton standout is in her seventh season at the helm.

Sunday afternoon’s contest will be the 74th in the all-time series between Drake and UNI. The Bulldogs lead the series, 53-20, including a 19-14 record in games played in Cedar Falls. Drake snapped a six-game losing streak to the Panthers last season with its win in Des Moines and followed that with a win at the McLeod Center.


Ingle made the most of her first two career starts as the freshman dished out 18 assists in Drake’s two games over the weekend. Friday night she had eight assists to just two turnovers before topping that performance Sunday against Bradley with 10 assists to just two turnovers. She added a career-high 16 points in the Bradley win. For the season, Ingle is dishing out 2.3 assists per game, which ranks 11th in The Valley.


The Bulldogs protected the basketball against Bradley committing a season-low 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.


Drake smashed the previous mark for three-pointers (14) in its win over Bradley with 17 three-pointers against the Braves as five different Bulldogs each hit two or more. Earlier this season against Coastal Carolina the Bulldogs tied the record with 14, which was set by the 2000-01 Drake team against Indiana State. The 2013-14 Bulldogs make a MVC-best 8.3 three-pointers per contest, which ranks 19th nationally. Drake has made 10 or more three-pointers in seven games this year.


Clark reached 1,000 points on a free throw with 1:30 left in the game at Indiana State on Jan. 5 and is the 24rd player in Drake history to score 1,000 or more career points. The Webb City, Mo., native scored 332 points, while averaging 9.8 points per game and was named to the all-MVC freshman team in her debut season. Last year, she dropped in 453 points averaging a team-leading 14.6 points per game, which ranked third in The Valley. She’s the first Bulldog to score 1,000 or more points since Rachael Hackbarth did it during the 2010-11 campaign.


Clark is the first Bulldog to have two 30+ games in one season since former standout Kristin Turk accomplished the feat during the 2010-11 campaign. She tallied a then career-high 35 points against SIUE on Dec. 17.


Wendell continues to shine for the Bulldogs in her debut season as she’s earned three MVC Newcomer of the Week awards. She is averaging the second-highest point total among freshmen in The Valley behind only Sara Dickey of Evansville, who leads the conference. Wendell has won newcomer honors on Nov. 11, Dec. 2 and Dec. 31. She is the first Drake player to win the newcomer award three times in a season since Jill Martin and Whitney Pegram each accomplished the feat during the 2003-04 campaign. She hit the game winning basket with two seconds left against SIU on Jan. 10.


Clark has nailed a MVC-best 58 three-pointers this season, which is 19 more than Anna Munn of Indiana State. Clark ranks second in the conference in three-point shooting percentage at 42.3 (58-of-137), while Wendell is fourth at 38.4 percent (28-of-73). Grenfell is 13th as Drake is the only Valley school to have three players ranked in the top-15 individually.


As a team, the Bulldogs shoot the ball exceptionally well from the field and beyond the arc as they rank second in three-point percentage (33.5 percent) and field goal percentage (41.8 percent). Wichita State has the top marks in both categories at 37 and 46.3 percent, respectively.


Drake ranks third in the MVC in team assists at 13.5 per game, while senior Alyssa Marschner (Plymouth, Minn.) is for sixth at 3.6 assists per game.


Drake opened its conference season on the road for the sixth-straight season when it visited Illinois State to start MVC action. In addition, the Bulldogs have started their MVC slate on the road in 10 of the last 11 seasons. The loss to the Redbirds dropped Drake’s record to 18-13 all-time in MVC openers with a 10-12 record on the road. Drake and Illinois State have met five times in Valley openers with the Redbirds holding a slight, 3-2, advantage.


Drake’s thrilling 74-72 comeback victory over SIU Friday night (Jan. 10) improved its all-time record in MVC home openers to 18-3, including taking eight out of the last 10 at the Knapp Center.


Drake played four different opponents (Cornell, Coastal Carolina, Idaho State, SIUE) for the first-ever time in school history this season. The Bulldogs finished 3-1 with wins over Coastal Carolina, Idaho State and SIUE, with its lone loss to Cornell of the Ivy League.


Iowa State’s win over Drake earlier this season gives the Cyclones a 27-26 advantage in the all-time series between the schools. Next season Drake will look to end a slide that has seen it win just once in the last ten contests against Iowa State.


Drake’s 89-81 overtime win at South Dakota was its first overtime victory since beating Evansville, 69-62, on Jan. 9, 2011. The Bulldogs had dropped its previous three overtime games before knocking off the Coyotes.


Heap poured in a career-high 18 points, including a career-best four three-pointers at Colorado State. It was the first time the Colorado native played in her home state as a Bulldog. Heap added two rebounds, one assist and one steal in a career-high 37 minutes.


The Drake University women’s basketball program hosted its first-ever “Pay It Forward” presented by the West Des Moines Sheraton game against Iowa State on Sunday, Nov. 24.

Earlier this year, the women’s basketball program set a goal to perform 1,000 hours of community service in honor of the late Kum & Go co-founder William Krause and his work in the Des Moines community. Part of this goal led to the program hosting a Pay It Forward game to challenge the Des Moines community to get involved with service work. The game showcased what Mr. Krause meant to the women’s basketball program and to the Des Moines community.

The collected items were donated to The Community Action Agency of the City of Des Moines as a part of National Hunger and Homeless Awareness week. In addition there was a special half-time presentation at the game that highlighted junior Cara Lutes (Maplewood, Minn.) and a group of Drake students’ humanitarian trip to Uganda this past May.


The game at Wisconsin was a homecoming Bartow, who is from Verona, Wis. which is outside of Madison. Bartow scored eight points and snagged six rebounds in 22 minutes.


The Drake Bulldogs hold a 38-24 advantage in the all-time series against the Creighton Bluejays after its 62-55 victory in its season-opener at the Knapp Center. The Bluejays departed the Missouri Valley Conference for the newly configured Big East after last season. The teams have met at least twice annually since 1981, a run that will come to an end in 2013-14, unless the squads meet in the postseason. Clark scored a team-high 19 points as the Bulldogs overcame a 30-26 halftime deficit to snap a three-game losing streak to the Bluejays


Creighton shot just 24.1 percent (7-of-29) in the second half as Drake forced 22 turnovers and scored 23 points off of the turnovers. Preseason all-Big East selectee Sarah Nelson scored eight points for the Bluejays, but was held scoreless in the second period.


The Creighton win improves the Bulldogs season-opening record to 24-16 overall record, dating back to the program’s first game on Nov. 20, 1974 - a 78-65 home victory over Iowa.


The Bulldogs were picked to finish fourth in the MVC’s annual preseason poll, the conference office announced prior to the league’s basketball tipoff event on the campus of MVC-newcomer Loyola.

The Indiana State Sycamores, who received 26 out of 40 first-place votes and 378 total points, have been tabbed as the preseason favorite in the MVC's women's basketball race in the annual survey of the league's coaches, sports information directors and media members. Wichita State, which captured its first-ever regular season and MVC tournament championships in 2012-13, is second with 13 first-place votes and 360 points. Drake’s in-state rival the Northern Iowa Panthers garnered 259 points for third place in front of the Bulldogs, who tallied 221 points.

Missouri State, Loyola, Bradley, Illinois State, Evansville and Southern Illinois round out the poll.


Clark, who capped off a great sophomore campaign by being named to the all-MVC second and all-defensive teams, was nominated to the 2013-14 preseason all-conference squad the league also announced.

Alex Harden of Wichita State, Simone Law of Loyola, Cartaesha Macklin of Southern Illinois and Anna Munn of Indiana State round out the all-conference team. Harden is tabbed the MVC Preseason Player of the Year.


One year after having one of the youngest teams in the conference with just one senior on the roster, Drake head coach Jennie Baranczyk has eight players back with significant playing experience. Two freshmen, Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) and Wendell, join two seniors, four juniors and two sophomores on the 2013-14 Drake roster.


Similar to her team’s experience Baranczyk, in just her second season, is now one of the Missouri Valley Conference’s most tenured coaches. With Creighton’s departure for its new conference, Loyola joining and with several staff changes at other conference schools, Baranczyk and Bradley’s Michael Brooks are the fifth-most tenured coaches in the MVC. UNI head coach Tonya Warren is the longest tenured coach as she enters her eighth season. Illinois State, Loyola, Missouri State and Southern Illinois all have coaches in their first season in charge. Sheryl Swoopes, perhaps the greatest women’s basketball player of all-time, begins her first season of coaching as the head coach of Loyola.


Drake Women’s Basketball will again hold its special game day event, Bulldog Breakdown, prior to each home contest this season. One of the assistant coaches will meet with Bulldog fans in the Paul F. Morrison Room before tip-off to break down the opponent, share the game plan and give an inside look at the team’s preparation and keys to the game. Doors to the Morrison Room will open one hour before the start time and a member of the basketball staff will share his or her comments approximately 40 minutes before tip-off. Concessions will be available for purchase (cash only) just outside the Morrison Room. Fans may continue to enjoy the pre-game excitement after the Bulldog Breakdown, but are asked to make their way to their seats with 10 minutes left on the pre-game warm-up clock to get ready to cheer on the Bulldogs!


Former University of Iowa standout and Des Moines native, Jennie (Lillis) Baranczyk (pronounced bah-rahn-check) enters her second season at the helm of the program. She was named the sixth head women's basketball coach at Drake University on April 17, 2012.

In her first season leading the Bulldogs, Baranczyk became the fifth Drake women's basketball coach to win 10 or more games in their first season. Clark netted a pair of honors being named to the all-MVC second team and the all-Defensive team. The Bulldogs averaged 2,265 fans per game in Baranczyk’s first season, which ranked third in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Baranczyk came to Drake after a two-year stint as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Colorado, where she was on the staff of head coach Linda Lappe, a former Drake assistant coach. Prior to Colorado, Baranczyk was an assistant coach for four seasons at Marquette after two seasons as an assistant coach at Kansas State. She qualified for postseason play every season as an assistant coach and as a player.

Baranczyk helped recruit and develop numerous all-conference student-athletes at all three schools and was instrumental in Colorado securing the No. 27th-ranked 2012 recruiting class by ESPN HoopGurlz. At Colorado, she coached All-Big 12 first-team forward Brittney Spears and All-Pac-12 guard Chucky Jeffrey as well as Pac-12 all-freshman team members Lexy Kresl and Jen Reese. On the floor she has had a coaching emphasis in the development of the post player's at all three schools.

She has coached in two NCAA tournaments and has won two WNIT championships as an assistant coach (Kansas State in 2006 and Marquette in 2008). At Iowa, she played in three NCAA tournaments and one WNIT and helped Iowa win the 2001 Big Ten Tournament.

A three-time captain at Iowa, Baranczyk, was a four-year letterwinner at forward from 2000-04 under coach Lisa Bluder. One of the best all-around players in Hawkeye basketball history, she was a three-time All-Big Ten Conference selection, earning first-team honors as a junior in 2003 and second-team honors as a sophomore in 2002 and as a senior in 2004.

She graduated as the only player in Iowa history in the top 10 of five major statistical categories: points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks, and is one of only two Hawkeye players to score more than 1,700 points and grab 800 rebounds.

Baranczyk graduated from Iowa in 2004 with her bachelor's degree in Communication Studies and from Kansas State in 2007 with her master's degree in Counseling and Student Development. At Iowa, she was the recipient of the 2004 Big Ten Conference's Medal of Honor.  First awarded in 1914, the Big Ten's oldest award is given annually to a student in the graduating class of each university that demonstrated proficiency in scholarship and athletics. Baranczyk was also a three-time Academic All-Big Ten pick, a WBCA Scholarship Award recipient, CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree, and a Collegiate Basketball Award for Excellence semifinalist as a senior in 2004.

In her prep career, she helped Dowling Catholic in Des Moines win state championships in 1998 and 2000 and she is a member of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union Hall of Fame.

On the date of her hire, Baranczyk was the second youngest Division I head women's basketball coach.

Jennie's father, Terry, played college baseball and basketball at Simpson College and her brother, Brian, played college basketball at the University of Albany in New York.

Jennie and her husband, Scott Baranczyk, were married in May 2009 and have a son, Eli, who was born on May 8, 2012. The couple is expecting their second child in March, 2014.

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