MOINES, Iowa - The Drake women's basketball team added
two high school standouts to its 2013-14 roster today. The Bulldogs signed
point guard Caitlin Ingle (Altoona,
Iowa) and small forward Lizzy Wendell
(Blue Springs, Mo.) to National Letters of Intent.
"We are excited about this incoming class," Drake head
coach Jennie Baranczyk said. "Caitlin
and Lizzy are great additions to our team and the overall Drake community, and
will help us moving forward toward our future goals."
Ingle plays for Southeast Polk High School and has led
the Rams to the semifinals of the Iowa Class 4A state high school tournament
the past two years. She was named first-team all-state her junior season
averaging 15 points, six assists, three steals and 2.5 rebounds per game. Ingle
was recognized as the Female Athlete of the Year by the Des Moines Area Sports Commission in its 2012 Central Iowa sports
awards. Her older brother, Cole, played quarterback at Drake from 2004-08.
"Caitlin is a point guard with an exceptional basketball
IQ from an athletic family that is no stranger to Drake athletics," Baranczyk
said. "She is a highly successful local player that has bled Drake blue since
she was little, and she fits in with our style of play and the campus."
Wendell, a forward for Blue Springs High School (Mo.),
led the Wildcats to three-straight Missouri Class 5 runner-up finishes. A
standout in basketball, track and field and volleyball, she, has garnered
multiple all-state honors in each sport.
"Lizzy is an athletic scorer who fits in with our style
of play and our team," Baranczyk said. "She has been a part of some very
successful teams in high school and has also excelled at other sports. She will
fit in perfectly at Drake."
The Bulldogs return to action this Sunday at the Knapp
Center against the University of Illinois at Chicago. Tip-off is set for 2:05