Women’s Basketball Defeats Missouri State, 95-72

first_img DES MOINES, Iowa – A 21-2 second quarter run by the Drake University women’s basketball team helped propel Drake past Missouri State, 95-72, on Sunday afternoon at the Knapp Center.Drake improved to 16-6 overall and 9-2 in the Missouri Valley Conference as the Bulldogs claimed sole possession of first place in the MVC with Sunday’s win.Junior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) finished with a game-high 23 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including drilling three three-pointers. Junior Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) recorded her second points/assists double-double this season with 16 points and 10 assists with just three turnovers. Ingle has handed out 20 assists to just four turnovers in the last two games.”Today was really fun and I loved the way we played in second quarter,” said Drake head coach Jennie Baranczyk. “I loved the great energy from our fans and our bench. I was really happy with how we were able to step up and play the way we wanted to play. Caitlin has been facing tough pressure from opposing defenses every game and I’m really proud of the way she has stepped up these last few games. It’s amazing looking at Caitlin and Lizzy, how Lizzy teaches our team to play without the ball and Caitlin teaches with the basketball. We did a good job of setting each other up and getting good looks.”After Missouri State pulled within three points at 27-24 midway into the second quarter, the Lady Bears suffered a four-minute scoreless drought before finally scoring as Drake used a 21-2 run to break open the game. The Bulldogs made 14 of their first 18 shots and at one point in the second quarter scored eight points in 44 seconds.Sophomore Paige Greiner (Williamsburg, Iowa) and Wendell, who each scored six points in a key second quarter run Friday night in a big win over Wichita State, helped lead the charge on Sunday as Greiner nailed three three-pointers and Wendell scored seven points in the decisive run.For the second straight game, freshman Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) scored 16 points along snagging seven rebounds on Sunday while Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) had 10 points for the second consecutive game. Greiner and Drake’s other freshman Nicole Miller (Walker, Mo.) each finished with nine points.Missouri State (15-8, 8-3 MVC) was led by senior Tyonna Snow’s 21 points while Hillary Chvatal had 12 and Liza Fruendt scored 10 points. The Lady Bears’ 10-game MVC road win was snapped with Sunday’s loss.In the final two quarters, Drake’s smallest lead was 14 points midway through the fourth, but the Bulldogs quickly answered with six consecutive points to stretch it 20 points as they earned their first regular season sweep of the Lady Bears since 2009.Drake has road games at Illinois State (Feb. 12) at 7 p.m. and Indiana State (Feb. 14) at 1 p.m. next weekend. Both games will be online via On The Valley On ESPN3.Print Friendly Version Next Game: at Illinois State 2/12/2016 – 7:00 PM Story Links Photo Gallery Box Score (HTML) center_img Box Score (PDF) Full Schedule Roster Preview Live Stats ESPN 1350 The Valley On ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Livelast_img read more