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Drake Women’s Basketball Returns Home To Host North Dakota

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team returns home to the Knapp Center Sunday afternoon to host the University of North Dakota at 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast onlineThe Valley On ESPN3 and on the radio on 1350 ESPN Des Moines.Drake is 2-0 on the young season with impressive wins over Iowa State in the season opener Sunday and at Wisconsin Wednesday. In Madison, Wis., the Bulldogs led for nearly the entire game building up a lead over the Badgers that stretched to as many as 20 points in the third quarter.The victory over Wisconsin is a milestone win for Drake head coach Jennie Baranczyk. It’s the 50th career win for the fourth-year head coach of the Bulldogs. Drake is the first head coaching job for Baranczyk, who was named the sixth head coach in program history back on April 17, 2012.Junior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.), the Preseason Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year, is averaging 18.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game. Sophomore Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) is averaging 11.5 points and a team-leading 9.0 rebounds per game. Wendell and Dean haven’t been the Bulldogs’ only offensive threats as they have received balanced scoring from the whole team.Two freshmen, Nicole Miller (Walker, Iowa) and Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.), have provided sparks off the bench in their first seasons. Miller is second in scoring at 13.5 points a game, and she knocked down four crucial free throws in the final minute to beat Iowa State and then buried back-to-back threes to end a late Wisconsin rally. Rhine is scoring 10.0 points a game and pulling down 5.0 boards per game.  The two first-year players along with sophomore Paige Greiner (Williamsburg, Iowa) have helped Drake’s bench average 33.5 points per game through the first two games. Greiner drilled four three-pointers and finished with 12 points against Wisconsin.Beginning Sunday, North Dakota will play three straight road contests traveling to San Francisco (Nov. 25) and Oregon (Nov. 28) next. North Dakota opened its season at the Hawkeye Challenge hosted by the University of Iowa. UND lost to the Hawkeyes and UT Martin, but bounced back with a win at home against Omaha Tuesday. Makailah Dyers leads UND at 15.0 points per game.Drake and North Dakota have met six times with the Bulldogs owning a 4-2 advantage. However, UND won the last game back in 2012 in Grand Forks, N.D., by a score of 67-63 in overtime.Following Sunday’s game, Drake welcomes former MVC rival Creighton to the Knapp Center on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The contest will be broadcast on The Valley On ESPN3.Print Friendly Versionlast_img


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