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Drake Trio Earn Missouri Valley Conference Honors

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
         
Release: March 12, 2014
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ST. LOUIS – Drake University junior Kyndal Clark (Webb City, Mo.) and freshman Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) have been named to the All-Missouri Valley Conference women’s basketball first team, the league announced Wednesday. Freshman Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) joined Wendell on the MVC All-Freshman team.

Clark has had a historic junior campaign for Drake, averaging a league-leading 19.6 points per game along with 4.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. She dropped in a career-high 41 points versus UNI on March 2, and has scored 30 or more points in a game an MVC-best four times. Her 41 points is the highest individual scoring performance in the conference this season.

She has been prolific from long range this year with a school and MVC record 108 three-pointers, including setting a new Drake single-game mark with 10 against Loyola on Jan. 24. Her 108 three-pointers surpassed the previous record of 104 that Melody Howard of Missouri State hit during the 1993-94 campaign.

Clark earned all-freshman team honors her first year and was named to the all-MVC second team last season as a sophomore.

Wendell has had made history of her own in her debut season for the Bulldogs, as she is second on the team and fifth in the conference in scoring at 16.1 points per game. She has scored 20 or more points in a game nine times.

Wendell has been named MVC women’s basketball newcomer of the week a league-high eight times this year. The previous Drake record for most weekly newcomer awards in a season was three. This year she has scored 468 points and is just the third MVC freshman to score 400 or more points in their first campaign.

Ingle, who didn’t crack the Drake starting lineup until the Loyola contest on Jan. 24, helped the team win eight of its last 12 games. For the year, Ingle is averaging 8.9 points per game, but is at 12.4 points per game along with 4.7 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game, since joining the starting five.

She has tallied an MVC-leading two points/assists double-doubles in her first season. She scored 16 points and dished out 10 assists against Bradley on Jan. 26, and followed that in the game at Bradley on Feb. 21 with 15 points and a career-high 11 assists.

No. 5 seed Drake takes on fourth-seeded Evansville on Friday, March 14, at 2:37 p.m. in its first game at the MVC Women’s Basketball Tournament in St. Charles, Mo.

The Valley will announce its specialty award winners Thursday evening in between the first and second games of the tournament, including the Jackie Stiles Player of the Year and the MVC Freshman of the Year.

All-Conference First Team

Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, Indiana State

Jamillah Bonner, Wichita State

Kyndal Clark, Drake

Sara Dickey, Evansville

Alex Harden, Wichita State

Troy Hambric, Loyola

Jen Keitel, UNI

Chloe Nelson, Illinois State

Dyana Pierre, Southern Illinois

Michelle Price, Wichita State

Lizzy Wendell, Drake

All-Conference Honorable Mention

Mallory Ladd, Evansville

Anna Munn, Indiana State

Tyonna Snow, Missouri State

Kenzie Williams, Missouri State

Michelle Young, Bradley

All-Defensive Team

Jamillah Bonner, Wichita State

Troy Hambric, Loyola

Alex Harden, Wichita State

Michelle Price, Wichita State

Tyonna Snow, Missouri State

All-Freshman Team

Sara Dickey, Evansville

Caitlin Ingle, Drake

Leti Lerma, Bradley

Dakota Weatherford, Evansville

Lizzy Wendell, Drake

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