Kan. - The Drake women's basketball team travels to Wichita,
Kan. in search of its first Missouri Valley Conference win when they take on Wichita
State at Charles Koch Arena Monday night. You can listen to the action on KRNT-1350 with Ric
Silvestrini and former Drake standout Kristin Turk and follow live stats at www.GoDrakeBulldogs.com.
-The Drake Bulldogs (5-11, 0-5 MVC) lost at Missouri
State, 80-77, in a wild finish Saturday afternoon at JQH Arena.
Kyndal Clark (Webb City, Mo.) poured
in a career-high 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds to go along with three
steals and three assists. Clark's hometown of Webb City, Mo. is just 71 miles
Mary Pat Specht (Shawnee, Kan.), making her second career start, scored
a career-high 18 points behind a career-best five three-pointers.
Bulldogs connected on a season-high 11 three-pointers and finished 11-of-20 (55
percent) against Missouri State and tied its highest scoring total of the
State led by as many as 10 points in the second half, but ended up having to
rally from a six-point deficit for its first conference win of the season.
the Bulldogs at 14.5 points per game while Morgan
Reid (Kansas City, Mo.) averages 10.7 points per game to go along with a
team-leading 8.1 rebounds per game. Clark now ranks fifth in the conference in
is averaging 16.0 a game in MVC contests while Specht is averaging 7.7 points
per game overall but the junior transfer has bumped that average to 10.8 points
per game in conference action.
Bulldogs are trying to avoid its first 0-6 start to conference play since the
2006-07 season when they dropped their first seven conference games.
WICHITA STATE QUICKLY
State (10-6, 4-0 MVC) cruised past Creighton, 67-45, Saturday night at home and
now sits in sole place atop the Missouri Valley Conference standings.
Alex Harden scored a career-high 20 points and added four rebounds and four
assists while Jasmine Jones scored a career-high 16 and Michelle Price had 14
points and grabbed eight boards off the bench.
Jessica Diamond, selected to the MVC preseason first-team, leads the Shockers
at 13.8 points per game while Harden averages 8.3 points per game.
State has won eight out of its last ten games after starting the season 2-4.
Shockers are one of the most experienced teams in the conference with one
redshirt junior and six seniors. Two freshmen and two sophomores round out the
State holds opponents to just 52.2 points per game, which is narrowly behind
the MVC's scoring defense leader, Indiana State, at 52.0 points per game.
Shockers shoot 41.3 percent from the field, which ranks second in the Valley
and holds opponents to a conference-low 37.2 percent.
State has only made 47-of-164 three-point attempts this season. The Shockers
rank second to last in three-point percentage (29 percent) and last in total
makes and three-pointers made per game (2.9)
DRAKE VS WICHITA STATE
contest will be the 69th, in the all-time series between the
Shockers and the Bulldogs in a series that started on Jan. 13, 1983 in Des
Moines in a game Drake won, 89-78. The Shockers have a slight edge at home with
a 16-15 record against the Bulldogs. Drake beat Wichita State, 56-52, last
season in the MVC tournament semifinals in St. Charles, Mo, which snapped a
five-game losing streak to Wichita State. Before that streak Drake had won 11
straight over the Shockers. The Bulldogs last win in Wichita, Kan. was Feb. 6,
Bulldogs return home for games against Bradley on Friday, Jan. 25 at 7:05 p.m.
and against UNI on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 2:05 p.m. The women's basketball alumni
game is scheduled to be played after the game against the Panthers.
BULLDOGS LOVE THE 60'S
has scored 60 or more points in nine out of its last 10 games and in 14-of-16
games in 2012-13. The 49 points scored against Indiana State was the Bulldogs
second lowest scoring output of the year and it snapped an eight-game streak of
60 or more points scored. Drake is averaging 65.1 points per game this season,
which is up from 57.8 points per game at the same point last season.
KYNDALING PART TWO
Kyndal Clark (Webb City, Mo.), a
member of the 2012 MVC All-Freshmen team, is averaging a team-leading 14.1
points per game this season, which ranks fifth in the Valley. In addition, she
is pulling down 5.0 rebounds per game and dishing out 3.1 assists per game with
both marks second on the team. The sophomore has scored in double figures in
all but two games this season, and along with Whitney Edie of Missouri State,
they are the only players in the MVC to accomplish this feat. The sophomore was
inserted into the starting lineup of last year's first game at Illinois of
Chicago and has now started 50-straight games for the Bulldogs.
RISE AND FIRE
sophomore Carly Grenfell (York,
Neb.) is burning up the nets this year shooting 42 percent from the floor and 40
percent from behind the three-point line, which ranks fifth in the Valley and 40th
in the nation going into Saturday's game at Missouri State. Grenfell is
averaging 8.8 points and 2.8 rebounds per game and has knocked down a team-high
Stephanie Running (Oak Creek, Wis.),
the lone senior on the team, is shooting 51.9 percent (54-of-104) from the
floor this season, which is second in the MVC narrowly behind Sarah Nelson of
Creighton (52 percent). Running is averaging 7.6 points and 3.2 rebounds per
IMPROVEMENT AT THE LINE
forward Morgan Reid (Kansas City,
Mo.) knocked down 10 free throws on 12 attempts, both career highs, in the loss
to the Iowa Hawkeyes. The Kansas City, Mo. native is 53-of-74 (71.6 percent)
from the charity stripe this season and her makes and attempts lead the
Bulldogs. She has improved her percentage from last season in which she shot 68
percent from the line.
guard Alyssa Marschner (Plymouth,
Minn.) is averaging 26.8 minutes per game after only playing 56 minutes all of
last season. Marschner scored a career-high 16 points in the win at Milwaukee
to go along with five rebounds and three assists. She is averaging 5.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and
a conference leading 4.7 assists per game.
CALL THE POLICE
Drake Bulldogs average seven steals per game and had 12 in each of the games
against Milwaukee and Southern Illinois. Clark and Reid each swiped a
career-high six steals in the wins over North Dakota State and Milwaukee,
scored a season-high 80 points in the win at Milwaukee. The Bulldogs connected
on a season-high 33 field goals and finished a season-best 51.6 percent from
the floor. Four Bulldogs scored in double figures with another finishing with
nine points and another with eight points against the Panthers. Drake's 37
first half points against the Panthers equaled its highest first-half point
total of the season, which occurred against South Dakota in the opener. Drake
tied its season-high in the loss at Missouri State and its 44 second-half
points against the Lady Bears were a season-high.
win over Saint Louis was the 715th in school history. The Drake
women's basketball program first started in 1974-75 finishing 10-10 under the
direction of Carol Baumgarten. The 2013-14 season will be the 40th
anniversary of Drake women's basketball.
win over Chicago State, Drake pulled down a season-high 58 rebounds. The total
doubled Chicago State's 29 boards. Drake pulls down a league-high 30.6
defensive rebounds per game and its rebounding margin (2.9) is third in the
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.
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.
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
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 1,661 points. She also led the
entire nation with 26 double-doubles.
BULLDOGS PICKED NINTH
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 Monday, Jan. 21 due to the Drake at Wichita
State women's basketball game that night at 7:05 p.m.
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.
DRAKE BASKETBALL LUNCHEONS
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 and February 5 and women's basketball
luncheons: February 19.
DRAKE 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 Kansas State.
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 three schools.
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 2004.
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.
father, Terry played college baseball and basketball at Simpson College and her
brother, Brian played college basketball at the University of Albany in New
and her husband, Scott Baranczyk, were married in May 2009 and have a son, Eli,
who was born on May 8, 2012.