Women's Basketball Cruises To An 80-55 Win Over Southern Illinois
CARBONDALE, Ill. – The Drake University women’s basketball team cruised to an 80-55 win over the Southern Illinois Salukis Saturday afternoon at SIU Arena.
Drake has won four straight games to improve to 11-11 overall and 5-6 in the Missouri Valley Conference. SIU with the loss moves to 4-18 overall and 2-9 in the MVC.
Junior Kyndal Clark (Webb City, Mo.) paced all scorers with 29 points on 10-of-20 shooting, including 7-of-12 from beyond the arc. Freshman Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) added 16 points, five rebounds and three assists. Wendell and Clark are averaging 24 and 21.5 points per game, respectively, during the winning streak.
Drake finished the game 31-of-64 (48.4 percent) from the floor, including 10-of-24 (41.7 percent) from behind the three-point line. The Bulldogs recorded 19 assists and forced 18 turnovers. Drake dominated in the paint with 28, while holding SIU to 20.
“I love the way we came out today, and what a fun way to play,” said Drake head coach Jennie Baranczyk. “In the first half we had 13 assists on 14 field goals. We ended the game with 19 assists on 31 field goals. I’m really proud of our balance.”
The Bulldogs led 18-12 with 11:47 remaining in the opening half behind Clark and Wendell, who scored six and five points, respectively. Drake for the second consecutive game never trailed in the contest.
SIU trimmed its deficit to 20-16, but Clark answered with back-to-back three-pointers to extend Drake’s lead to 26-16 with 9:20 on the clock. The Salukis outscored the Bulldogs, 13-11, to close the opening half as the Bulldogs held a 37-29 halftime lead.
Clark scored 19 points just one point away from her career-best for a first half. She had 20 against Loyola on Jan. 24. Wendell chipped in nine points today.
The Salukis used a 6-3 scoring run out of halftime to trim their deficit to 40-35, but the Bulldogs once again answered. This time with a 14-3 burst to extend their lead to 54-38. Drake would lead by as many as 25 points in the second half as it pulled away for the victory.
Freshman Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) finished with 14 points, three assists and three boards. Marschner sparked the Bulldogs off the bench with seven points, a season-tying seven assists, four rebounds and three steals. Sophomore Emma Donahue (Naperville, Ill.) chipped in eight points off the bench as Drake’s bench outscored SIU’s, 18-11.
The spark she (Marschner) brought to our team today was huge,” commented Baranczyk. “She made her presence known. She is playing great basketball and doing what her team needs her to do.”
Drake, who has played its last three games on the road, finally returns to the Knapp Center on Friday, Feb. 14 when it welcomes Wichita State. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. against the Shockers, who are in first place in the conference. The Bulldogs close the weekend with their annual “Hoops 4 Hope” game, taking on Missouri State on Sunday, Feb. 16.