Drake Defeats Missouri State Behind A Career-High 38 Points From Kyndal Clark
DES MOINES, Iowa – Junior Kyndal Clark (Webb City, Mo.) scored a career-high 38 points as the Drake University women’s basketball team defeated Missouri State, 79-69, in the program’s annual Hoops 4 Hope game on Sunday in front of 2,943 fans at the Knapp Center.
Clark finished 13-of-22 from the floor, including six three-pointers along with eight rebounds, five assists and three steals for Drake (12-12, 6-7 MVC). Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) had 12 points, five boards and three steals. Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) chipped in 11 points.
Tyonna and Bry Snow led Missouri State (12-12, 7-6 MVC) in scoring with 20 and 16 points, respectively. Tyonna, who played with Wendell at Blue Springs High School, pulled down six rebounds, while her sister, Bry, had a team-high seven boards.
The Lady Bears pulled to within two points, 63-61, on two free throws from Bry Snow with 5:33 to play after trailing by 12 at the 8:31 mark. However, the Bulldogs ripped off seven straight points, the last on a three from Clark, to extend the lead to 70-61 and force Missouri State to call a timeout with 3:45 left in the game.
“I’m really proud of how our team bounced back today,” said head coach Jennie Baranczyk. “We did some really good things. We rebounded much better than we did in the first game against Missouri State. I like the way we are playing our offense, how we are moving the ball around and setting each other up.”
“Today was a really a day of runs,” Baranczyk said. “We had our runs and they had their runs. But we stayed confident and poised. Nothing really rattled us. It was a team victory.”
Mikala McGhee of Missouri State made a three-pointer out of the timeout, but it was not enough as Drake pulled away for the win in the final minutes behind seven points from Clark.
In the first half, Clark nailed a three-pointer to cap a 15-4 run as Drake built a 27-18 lead and forced Missouri State to call a timeout. After the timeout, the Lady Bears responded with five straight points to trim the deficit to 27-23 at the final media timeout of the half.
The Bulldogs answered the run with an 8-2 scoring run to close the half as they led 35-25 at halftime. Clark led all scorers with 14 points, while Ingle added 10 points and four rebounds. Wendell scored five points as the three each played all 20 minutes.
Redshirt junior Carly Grenfell (York, Neb.) knocked down two three’s off the bench as she tallied eight points. Junior Liza Heap (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) followed a strong game Friday night against Wichita State with seven points and eight rebounds in 36 minutes today.
Drake recorded 12 second chance points off of nine offensive rebounds, while outscoring Missouri State 38-32 in the paint. The Bulldogs protected the basketball committing just 11 turnovers after having 19 in the first meeting between the two teams.
Clark leads the Valley with three games of 30-plus points and her 38 points against the Lady Bears is the top single-game scoring mark of any player in the conference this year. She is averaging an MVC-leading 20.3 points per game in conference play.
The Bulldogs hit the road for their final regular season away games with a trip to Bradley up first on Feb. 21 followed by a visit to Loyola on Feb. 23. Those games will tipoff at 7 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.
Prior to Drake’s next home game against UNI on March 1, a youth clinic for eighth graders and younger in recognition of National Girls & Women in Sports Day, will take place in the Bell Center. Click on this link for more information and to register for the event.