Women's Basketball Visits Southern Illinois
CARBONDALE, Ill. – The Drake University women’s basketball team will look to win its fourth consecutive game when it visits Southern Illinois on Saturday afternoon. You can listen to Ric Silvestrini and Kristin Turk call the action on 1350 KRNT, while live stats will be available at here. Tipoff is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. at SIU Arena.
- Drake is coming off a 72-57 victory at Evansville on Thursday night as the Bulldogs drilled 14 three-pointers and never trailed in the game.
- The win improved Drake’s overall record to 10-11 and 4-6 in the Missouri Valley Conference.
- Freshman Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) continues her hot streak as she finished with a game-high 28 points behind a career-high six three pointers. Wendell, who just missed her career mark by one point, is averaging 26.7 points per game during Drake’s three-game winning streak.
- Junior Kyndal Clark (Webb City, Mo.) added 21 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals against the Purple Aces. Clark has scored in double-figures in four-straight and six out of seven games.
- Drake edged SIU in a thriller in the last matchup between the two teams as Wendell’s putback with two seconds left propelled the Bulldogs to a 74-72 win at the Knapp Center on Jan. 10.
- After their matchup against the Salukis, the Bulldogs will return to the Knapp Center to host the conference-leading Wichita State Shockers on Feb. 14. Drake then hosts Missouri State on Feb. 16 in its annual “Hoops 4 Hope” game.
- SIU was blown out by Northern Iowa, 78-48, in its last game on Thursday night.
- The Salukis are led by first-year head coach Cindy Stein, who is the 10th head coach in program history. Stein has 16 years of previous head coaching experience with a combined record of 286-223 with stops at Illinois Central College, the University of Missouri and Emporia State University.
- The Salukis have been hit with injury woes as three key players have been lost to season-ending injuries, including MVC preseason first team selection Cartaesha Macklin. Alexus Patterson and Rishonda Napier are the other two players out for the year.
- Two sophomores, Dyana Pierre and Azia Washington, have filled the void for SIU. Pierre leads the squad in scoring and rebounding at 13.3 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. Washington is second in both categories at 10.5 ppg and 6.9 rpg, respectively.
DRAKE VS SIU
Drake is 51-26 all-time against Southern Illinois and has won eight of the last 10 games. The Bulldogs hold a commanding, 30-6, lead in games played in Des Moines as the two schools have played twice annually since 1980. Drake and SIU have played 77 games in the all-time series, which are the most matchups for the Bulldogs against a conference opponent. The Salukis have a slight edge in Carbondale at 19-17.