Women’s Basketball Travels To Missouri State Friday Night

first_imgSPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Drake University women’s basketball team travels to Missouri State on Friday night to open the Missouri Valley Conference road portion of its 2015-16 season. The contest between the longtime MVC rivals is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will be broadcast online on ESPN3. Drake (8-6, 1-1 MVC) is coming off a big home win over Evansville. Junior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo) dropped in 23 points on the Purple Aces as four others joined her in double digit points. As a team, the Bulldogs shot a blistering 62.5 percent from floor to tie the eighth best single-game performance in school history. Also as a team, the Bulldogs recorded an impressive 30 assists on 40 made field goals, led by junior Caitlin Ingle’s (Runnells, Iowa) 14 assists, just one off her career high. Missouri State (9-5, 2-0 MVC), who was picked to win the league in the preseason poll, collected a pair of road wins over Indiana State and Illinois State on opening weekend. Seniors Tyonna Snow and Kenzie Williams pace the Lady Bears in scoring at 14.2 and 13.4 points a game, respectively. Missouri State is the only Valley team to hold an advantage in an all-time series with Drake as the Lady Bears hold a 40-37 edge over the Bulldogs. Home court advantage has been key in the series the last three seasons as the home team has won every game. Drake is seeking to win its first game in Springfield, Mo. since Feb. 8, 2009. Friday’s game features two of the top scoring teams in the conference with Drake averaging a league-best 80.2 points per game while Missouri State is third at 69.6 points per game. The Bulldogs also lead the Valley in field goal percentage (44.8), free throw percentage (74.1), assists per game (18.7) and average three pointers made (7.9). The Lady Bears are shooting a league-high 33.6 percent from behind the arc. Following Friday evening’s game, Drake visits Wichita State on Sunday, Jan. 10 for a 2 p.m. contest that will be broadcast online on The Valley On ESPN3. Print Friendly Versionlast_img

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