Women’s Basketball Cruises Past Loyola, 91-61

first_img Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats ESPN 1350 The Valley On ESPN 3 Listen Live Watch Live Box Score (PDF) Photo Gallery Full Schedule Roster Bradley 2/28/2016 – 2:00 PM Story Links Next Game: Box Score (HTML) DES MOINES, Iowa – Junior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) dropped in a game-high 27 points for the Drake University women’s basketball team in a 91-61 victory over the Loyola Ramblers in the program’s annual “Pink Game” on Friday night at the Knapp Center in front of 2,834 fans. Drake (18-8, 11-4 MVC) snapped a two-game losing streak with Friday night’s big win as the Bulldogs scored more than 90 points for the sixth time this season. All nine Bulldogs scored at least three points as the team, led by junior point guard Caitlin Ingle’s (Runnells, Iowa) game-high seven assists, handed out 25 total assists on 32 field goals.”When we wear pink jerseys it means a little bit more,” said Drake head coach Jennie Baranczyk of the program’s annual tradition to honor those women in the Drake and Des Moines communities who are or have fought cancer along with celebrating members of the local medical community who assist the women in their fight. “A lot of the Drake family has been touched by this disease, so to fight with and fight for these women is at the forefront of why we host this night every year.” Sophomore Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Freshman Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) just missed her second straight double-double with 15 points and eight rebounds in only 18 minutes. Sophomore Paige Greiner (Williamsburg, Iowa) added eight points, including a key three-pointer midway through the first quarter that broke a 12-12 tie. Greiner’s three along with eight-straight points from Dean was part of an 11-1 closing run to the opening period as the Bulldogs never trailed again in the contest. Freshman Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) had a career-high six assists while senior Emma Donahue matched her career-high with 10 rebounds. Freshman Nicole Miller (Walker, Iowa) chipped in seven points. Wendell added four rebounds and five steals. “Right now is when we need to start getting better and find our momentum,” Baranczyk said as her team has just three regular season games remaining before the MVC Tournament on March 10-13. “For a young team this was really fun tonight. We have had some not so fun games as of late so this was really fun for us. I love this team and believe in them. Everyone has gotten a year older in experience as this season has gone on. Our freshmen are sophomores, are sophomores are juniors, our juniors are seniors.” Drake dominated the glass with a 48-28 advantage over Loyola (13-14, 9-7 MVC), including a 13-3 advantage on the offensive glass. The Bulldogs doubled their previous two game total of three-pointers made (six) with 12 against the Ramblers. Drake hosts its final regular season home game on Sunday afternoon when the Bradley Braves visit the Knapp Center. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. and the program will honor Donahue, its lone senior, after the game. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more