GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The Drake women's basketball team will play at North Dakota Saturday
afternoon at 2:05 p.m. Live stats will be available at www.GoDrakeBulldogs.com
and be sure to tune into Ric Silvestrini on KRNT-1350 to listen to the action.
(3-4) has won two-straight games after its road win over North Dakota State
win over the Bison was Drake's first road win of 2012-13 and the first career
road win for head coach Jennie Baranczyk.
Bulldogs shot a season-high 83.3 percent (15-of-18) from the free throw line
and 42.9 percent from the floor (21-of-49) against the Bison.
is 4-1 all-time against North Dakota.
is 15-4 all-time against schools from the Big Sky Conference.
Saturday's game, the Bulldogs will take next week off for finals before
welcoming the Iowa Hawkeyes to the Knapp Center on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2:05 p.m.
NORTH DAKOTA QUICKLY
Dakota (2-4) has won two-straight games (Air Force and North Dakota State)
after starting the season 0-4.
forward Madi Buck is NDU's leading scorer averaging 11.3 points per game and
rebounder with 6.3 rebounds per game.
Brewster is in his first season as UND head coach but has been in some capacity
with the program for the last nine seasons.
Drake standout and assistant coach Linda Sayavongchanh is in her first season
as an assistant coach at NDU. Sayavongchanh played at Drake from 2002-06 and
scored 1,129 career points and is second in career steals with 266.
Dakota is a new member of the Big Sky Conference and was picked to finish sixth
in the preseason coaches poll and fifth in the media poll.
is located in Grand Forks, N.D. and has an enrollment of 13,950.
DRAKE VS NORTH DAKOTA
contest will be the sixth meeting between Drake and North Dakota with the
Bulldogs holding a 4-1 lead in the all-time series. Drake has won the previous
four meetings with the last win coming in 2011-12. Rachael Hackbarth scored 21
points as Drake beat North Dakota, 74-60, at the Knapp Center on December 1,
LAST TIME OUT
forward Morgan Reid (Kansas City, Mo.) scored 14 points and grabbed nine
rebounds on her 21st birthday as the Drake Bulldogs beat North
Dakota State, 62-50, Thursday night in Fargo, N.D. Reid is averaging 10.9
points per game and a team-high 8.6 rebounds per game this season. Ashley Bartow (Sun Prairie, Wis.) scored seven key points off the bench and
knocked down a clutch three-pointer late in the game to help the Bulldogs pull
away for the win.
KYNDALING PART TWO
Kyndal Clark (Webb City, Mo.), a
member of the 2012 MVC All-Freshmen team, is averaging 13.1 points, 5.4
rebounds and 2.7 assists per game through Drake's first seven games. She
finished with an impressive stat line against North Dakota State with 11
points, six rebounds, six steals and five assists.
5 X 3
guard Alyssa Marschner (Plymouth,
Minn.) has started all seven games for the Bulldogs this season and averages 5.6
points per game. The Minnesota native only played 56 minutes all of last season,
but this year is averaging 5.4 assists per game and 5.5 rebounds per game.
sophomore guard Carly Grenfell
(York, Neb.) is averaging 9.0 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. The Nebraska native
is shooting a blistering 52.4 percent from the field. She was second in the
country in three-point shooting going into the North Dakota State game at 63.6
percent. Grenfell knocked down 3-of-9 behind the arc against the Bison and saw
her average dip to a 54.8 percent.
Liza Heap (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
played her best game against South Dakota in the season opener recording
career-highs in points (12) and rebounds (5) in just 28 minutes. Her previous
career-high was four points. Against Iowa State, fellow sophomore forward Cara Lutes (Maplewood, Minn.) scored a
career-high 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting in just 17 minutes. Lutes' previous
career-high was four points.
five newcomers on the 2012-13 roster have seen minutes so far this year. Freshmen
Emma Donahue (Naperville, Ill.) and Ashley Bartow (Verona, Wis.) along with
junior college transfer Mary Pat Specht
saw the court against South Dakota in the opener. Drake's other two newcomers, Alexis Eckles (Milwaukee, Wis.) and Dilonna Johnson (Milwaukee, Wis.) played in the Bulldogs' second game of
University of Iowa standout and Des Moines native, Jennie Baranczyk is in
her first season as head women's basketball coach at Drake University.
Baranczyk is the sixth Drake women's basketball head coach in school history
and comes to Drake after a two-year stint as assistant coach and recruiting
coordinator at the University of Colorado. Baranczyk also served as an
assistant coach at Kansas State and Marquette.
the first head coaching position for Baranczyk but she brings an impressive
postseason resume as a player and assistant coach, having reached postseason
play every season. She also captured two Iowa high school state titles at
Dowling Catholic. Baranczyk has coached in two NCAA tournaments and has won two
WNIT championships as an assistant coach (Kansas State in 2006 and Marquette in
2008). At Iowa, she played in three NCAA tournaments and one WNIT and helped
Iowa win the 2001 Big Ten Tournament.
the loss to South Dakota in the opener, Carol Baumgartner, who was the
program's first head coach, remains the only Drake head coach to win her debut.
The Bulldogs beat the Iowa Hawkeyes, 78-65 on November 20, 1974 in the
program's first ever game.
first hire as head coach was retaining veteran assistant coach Allison Pohlman. Pohlman has been an
assistant at Drake since the 2007-08 season. Former Chipola College head coach
and Iowa native David Lane was hired
as an assistant coach. Courtney Graham who
coached at Holy Cross for three seasons was the final assistant hired by
Baranczyk. Former Iowa State standout Kelsey Bolte is the new coordinator of basketball operations for the Bulldogs.
HIGH SCORING STAFF
Baranczyk (Iowa), Bolte (Iowa State), Pohlman (Northern Iowa) and
Graham (Mississippi St.) all played Division I basketball and the four scored
4,963 points combined. Baranczyk scored 1,762 career points followed by Bolte
(1,639), Pohlman (1,463) and Graham (99).
Drake Bulldogs finished the 2011-12 season at 18-16, 9-9 MVC and lost in the
first round of the WNIT to South Dakota. Drake won seven of its last eleven
games to close the regular season and advanced to the postseason for the first
time since the 2007-08 season. Drake won three games (Evansville, Illinois
State, Wichita State) in three days to advance to the MVC tournament title game
before falling to Creighton. The Bulldogs' 18 wins were the most since the
play 11 non-conference games with home games against South Dakota (Nov. 11),
Illinois Chicago (Nov. 18), Chicago State (Dec. 2), Iowa (Dec. 16), Saint Louis
(Dec. 21) it also travels to Iowa State (Nov. 27), North Dakota State (Dec. 6),
North Dakota (Dec. 8) and Milwaukee (Dec. 29). Iowa and Iowa State both were
NCAA tournament participants in 2011-12. A trip to the New Mexico State
Tournament in Las Cruces, N.M. with matchups against UC Irvine (Nov. 23) and
George Mason or New Mexico State (Nov.24) is also scheduled. MVC play will
start Jan. 3, 2013 when the Bulldogs visit Evansville. Drake will again play a
round-robin 18 game conference slate.
DRAKE IN SEASON-OPENERS
The loss to the
Coyotes gives the Bulldogs a 23-16 overall record in 39 debut games, dating
back to the program's first game on Nov. 20, 1974 - a 78-65 home victory over
Iowa. Drake dropped its season opener last year at Illinois at Chicago, 61-48.
Bulldogs will have a large hole to fill in 2012-13 with the graduation of 2012
Jackie Stiles Player of the Year, Rachael Hackbarth. Hackbarth had one of the
greatest seasons in school history. In addition to the conference player of the
year award she was named Honorable Mention on the Associated Press All-America team and finished her career as the
tenth all-time scorer in school history with 1,161 points. She also led the
entire nation with 26 double-doubles.
The Drake women's basketball team was picked to finish
ninth in the Missouri Valley Conference's annual preseason poll, the conference
announced Monday. Creighton received 26 of 40 first-place votes and 382 total
points, out-distancing Wichita State (347). Illinois State (323), UNI (272) and
Missouri State (265) followed the Bluejays to round out the top-five. Bradley
(144), Indiana State (135), Southern Illinois (123), Drake (121) and Evansville
(119) made up the lower half of the poll.
COACHES RADIO SHOW
The Drake Basketball Coaches' Radio Show with
Jennie Baranczyk and Mark Phelps will be broadcast live from Rock Bottom, 4508
University Avenue in West Des Moines on Monday nights at 7:00 p.m. through
March 4. There will be no show on December 24 and 31.
This year, Drake Women's Basketball will hold a game day
event, Bulldog Breakdown, prior to each home game. One of the assistant
coaches will meet with Bulldog fans in the Paul F. Morrison Room before tip-off to break down the opponent,
share the game plan for that day's game, and give an inside look at the team's
preparation and keys to the game. Doors to the Morrison Room will open one hour
before the game, and a member of the basketball staff will share his or her
comments approximately 40 minutes before tip-off. Concessions will be available
for purchase (cash only) just outside the Morrison Room. Fans may continue to
enjoy the pre-game excitement after the Bulldog Breakdown and are asked to make
their way to their seats with 10 minutes left on the pre-game warm-up clock to
get ready to cheer on your team.
The Drake Basketball Coaches' Luncheons have
returned to Overtime, located at 4810 86th Street in Urbandale. The luncheon
costs $12 per person and runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the following
dates: men's luncheons: January 22, February 5 and women's basketball
luncheons: December 18, January 8, and February 19.
HEAD COACH JENNIE BARANCZYK
Former University of Iowa standout and Des Moines native, Jennie
(Lillis) Baranczyk (pronounced bah-rahn-check) was named the sixth head
women's basketball coach at Drake University on April 17, 2012.
Baranczyk, 30, comes to Drake after
a two-year stint as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the
University of Colorado, where she was on the staff of head coach Linda Lappe, a
former Drake assistant coach. Prior to Colorado, Baranczyk was an assistant
coach for four seasons at Marquette after two seasons as an assistant coach at
Baranczyk helped recruit and develop
numerous all-conference student-athletes at all three schools and was
instrumental in Colorado securing the No. 27th-ranked 2012
recruiting class by ESPN HoopGurlz. At Colorado, she coached All-Big 12
first-team forward Brittney Spears and All-Pac-12 guard Chucky Jeffrey as well
as Pac-12 all-freshman team members Lexy Kresl and Jen Reese. On the floor she
has had a coaching emphasis in the development of the post player's at all
Baranczyk has reached postseason
tournament play every season as a player and coach. She has coached in two NCAA
tournaments and has won two WNIT championships as an assistant coach (Kansas
State in 2006 and Marquette in 2008). At Iowa, she played in three NCAA
tournaments and one WNIT and helped Iowa win the 2001 Big Ten Tournament.
A three-time captain at Iowa,
Baranczyk, was a four-year letterwinner at forward from 2000-04 under Bluder.
One of the best all-around players in Hawkeye basketball history, she was a
three-time All-Big Ten Conference selection, earning first-team honors as a
junior in 2003 and second-team honors as a sophomore in 2002 and as a senior in
She graduated as the only player in
Iowa history in the top 10 of five major statistical categories: points,
rebounds, assists, steals and blocks, and is one of only two Hawkeye players to
score more than 1,700 points and grab 800 rebounds.
Baranczyk graduated from Iowa in
2004 with her bachelor's degree in Communication Studies and from Kansas State
with her master's degree in Counseling and Student Development in 2007. At
Iowa, she was the recipient of the 2004 Big Ten Conference's Medal of
Honor. First awarded in 1914, the Big Ten's oldest award is given annually
to a student in the graduating class of each university that demonstrated
proficiency in scholarship and athletics. Baranczyk was also a three-time
Academic All-Big Ten pick, a WBCA Scholarship Award recipient, CoSIDA Academic
All-District honoree, and a Collegiate Basketball Award for Excellence
semifinalist as a senior in 2004.
In her prep career, she helped
Dowling Catholic in Des Moines win state championships in 1998 and 2000 and she
is a member of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union Hall of Fame.
On the date of her hire, Baranczyk
was the second youngest Division I head women's basketball coach.
Jennie's father, Terry played
college baseball and basketball at Simpson College and her brother, Brian
played college basketball at the University of Albany in New York.
Jennie and her husband, Scott
Baranczyk, were married in May 2009 and have a son, Eli, who was born on May 8,