DES MOINES, Iowa - The Drake women's
basketball team came up just short in a 71-66 loss to Illinois State Sunday
afternoon at the Knapp Center in front of 2,016 fans. Morgan Reid (Kansas City, Mo.) collected her fourth double-double
of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds along with six assists. Kyndal Clark (Webb City, Mo.) scored a
game-high 20 points and pulled down eight rebounds.
the loss the Bulldogs fall to 5-10 overall and 0-4 in Missouri Valley
Conference play. The Redbirds improve to 11-5 overall and 3-1 in the MVC with
lineup change worked for the first-year head coach as the Bulldogs jumped out
to a 20-14 lead at the 8:01 mark in the first half with a jumper by Clark.
Reid with a phenomenal stat line with 12 points, 10 rebounds along with six
assists and no turnovers," Baranczyk said. "She did a great job of
understanding our offense. Kyndal, we really challenged to hit the boards and
she did that today with the eight rebounds to go along with 20 points."
runs in each half gave Illinois State breathing room after a back and forth
affair for most of the afternoon. There were 14 lead changes and two ties, with
no team's largest lead more than eight points.
liked our shot selection today, we got some great shots and got to the free
throw line," Baranczyk said. "I loved our motion offense and thought we did a
great job executing it. We still need to do a better job of attacking early in
the shot clock so we aren't scrambling at the end but that will come with
maturity and time."
trailing at the half, 36-31, Drake came out strong in the second half. Grenfell
hit a three, and Reid scored four points to give Drake a 43-42 lead five
two teams traded baskets for the majority of the half. Clark had eight of her
20 points in the second half giving the Bulldog's their largest lead, 60-52,
with 8:23 to play.
Redbirds answered with a 13-0 run, taking back the lead for good with a Janae
Smith lay-in with 4:13 to play.
Sykes led the Redbirds with 19 points and Smith added 16 points along with
eight rebounds. Alexis Jenkins was the other ISU player in double figures with
finished with eight three-pointers against a tough Illinois State defense that
came into the day limiting conference opponents to just 4.67 per game. It was
the most three-pointers made for the Bulldogs since the Iowa game on Dec. 16.
Bulldogs outrebounded the Redbirds, 40 -35, including fifteen offensive
rebounds for 17 second chance points. In the loss Friday to Indiana State,
Drake committed 20 turnovers but only committed 14 today with seven in each
will look for their first conference victory when they travel to Missouri State
on Saturday, Jan. 19. The start time in Springfield, Mo. has been moved to
12:05 p.m. from 2:05 p.m.