Fourteen Three-Pointers Power Women's Basketball Past Evansville, 72-57
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Drake University women’s basketball team buried 14 three-pointers to defeat the Evansville Purple Aces, 72-57, Thursday night at the Ford Center. Freshman Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) led all scorers with 28 points, including a career-high six three-pointers.
“We played inspired tonight from the very beginning,” said Drake head coach Jennie Baranczyk. “I was very proud of our overall effort. I think we moved the ball really well.”
Drake (10-11, 4-6 MVC) never trailed in the contest and led by as much as 20 points as it snapped a three-game losing streak to Evansville (7-14, 2-8 MVC).
Junior Kyndal Clark (Webb City, Mo.) scored 21 points along with six rebounds, four assists and two steals for the Bulldogs, while freshman Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) had 15 points and a career-tying seven rebounds.
Sarah Dickey, the leading scorer in the Missouri Valley Conference coming into the game, paced the Purple Aces with 19 points. Sasha Robinson added a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Kat Taylor chipped in 10 points
Drake raced out to a 9-5 lead at the first media timeout of the contest drilling three three-pointers, two by Wendell and one from Ingle. The Bulldogs extended their lead to 18-9 as Wendell added five points at the under-12 timeout.
The Bulldogs took a 36-26 halftime lead behind a season-tying 10 first half three-pointers, with Wendell leading the way with four. Wendell was the leading scorer in the opening half with 14 points, while Clark added 10 along with three boards and three assists.
Wendell’s layup at the 12:37 mark in the second half gave Drake its biggest lead at 57-37 as it cruised to its third straight win. The Bulldogs forced 17 turnovers and scored 15 points off them.
Drake’s next game is at Southern Illinois Saturday, Feb. 8 with tipoff set for 1:05 p.m.