Women’s Basketball Earns 20th Win Of The Season With 86-66 Victory At Evansville

first_img Preview at Southern Illinois 3/5/2016 – 2:00 PM Story Links Next Game: Full Schedule Roster Box Score (HTML) Live Stats ESPN 1350 The Valley On ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live Box Score (PDF) EVANSVILLE, Ind. –­­ The Drake University women’s basketball team defeated Evansville by a score of 86-66 on Thursday evening at the Ford Center. The 20-point win improved Drake’s record to 20-8 overall and 13-4 in the MVC. The Bulldogs have now tallied back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons. Junior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.), the MVC Preseason Player of the Year and league’s top scorer, continues to post impressive scoring numbers as she poured in 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting. Wendell’s game-high moved her to ninth all-time at Drake in career points with 1,790. Junior point guard Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) equaled a career-high with 15 assists, which she has reached three times in her career. For her career, Ingle has 495 career assists and ranks fifth all-time at Drake. The 15 assists are tied for third all-time in school history for most assists in a single game. Freshman Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) finished with 19 points while sophomore Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) just missed a double-double with 16 points and eight rebounds. Drake led by 10 points going into the final quarter and it stayed around that margin for nearly six minutes in before the Bulldogs finally pulled away from Evansville (2-26, 1-16 MVC) behind a 7-0 scoring run, started by Emma Donahue’s (Naperville, Ill.) jumper, and nine points from Rhine in the final four minutes of play. Drake shot 52.2 percent from the floor (35-of-67) with 29 assists, just missing its season-high of 30, which the Bulldogs had in the first meeting with Evansville on Jan. 1 in Des Moines. On Thursday, Drake dominated in the paint with 56 points and the Bulldog bench outscored the Purple Aces’ by a 33-12 margin. Junior Cortni Rush (Mason, City) knocked down a pair of key three-pointers off the bench and finished with eight points and six rebounds. All nine Bulldogs scored in the game. Drake led 22-17 after one quarter of play as Evansville was able to stay close behind four three-pointers. Seven different Bulldogs scored in the opening quarter, led by Dean with five points. Ingle and Wendell teamed up for a big play right before halftime. With just seven seconds left, Ingle took an inbounds pass and was quickly fouled by the Purple Aces. Ingle then inbounded the basketball on the sideline and hit Wendell with a perfect baseball pass on the left wing as Wendell buried a deep three right before the buzzer to give Drake a 42-36 halftime lead. Wendell led all scorers with 14 points in the first two quarters while Ingle handed out eight assists and the team had 15 assists on 18 field goals. Drake shot 53 percent from the floor while Evansville stayed close with seven three-pointers. The season regular season finale for the Bulldogs is set for Saturday at Southern Illinois with tipoff scheduled for 2 p.m. The game will be shown online via The Valley On ESPN3.Print Friendly Versionlast_img