Lauren Dybing scored 21 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Drake as they fought off Bradley and held on for a 75-70 win. Creighton ended their three-game slide with a home win over UNI behind a double-double from Sam Schett and Evansville won the final non-conference tilt of the season, 69-57, at Lipscomb.
Drake 75, Bradley 70
DES MOINES, IOWA On a night when Drake senior Lindsay Whorton (Independence, Mo./Truman) became the Bulldogs’ career leader in three-pointers, it was a 18-7 run over the final 4:42 that helped preserve a 75-70 home victory for Drake over Bradley on Thursday (Jan. 24).
Junior Lauren Dybing (Bloomington, Minn./St. Croix Lutheran) contributed five of her career- and game-high 21 points in the run to allow the Bulldogs to overcome a six-point deficit and improve to 12-5 overall, including 5-1 in the Missouri Valley Conference. The loss dropped Bradley to 7-10 on the campaign and 1-5 in league action.
History was made at the 4:09 mark of the second half when Whorton drained her second three-pointer of the affair, to move into sole possession of first place in school history with her 237th career triple. The three-pointer vaulted her past Julie Rittgers (1991-95), who recorded 236 during her distinguished Drake career.
The Bulldogs were fortunate to come out of the contest with the victory as the Braves jumped out of the gates on fire offensively and three times held a nine-point advantage in the first half.
Drake kept the contest close before taking its first lead of the affair on the play of the game from junior Ashleigh Brady (Lubbock, Texas/Frenship). Brady went up for a layup with 5:27 remaining on the first-half clock and had the shot rejected by Renee Frericks before getting her own offensive rebound and going up again only to again snare the offensive board. The third time proved to be charm as Brady converted the layup while drawing a foul to go to the line, where she converted the free throw to give the Bulldogs a 27-26 lead with 5:22 left before halftime.
The advantage swelled to three before Drake went into the intermission holding a 35-32 lead. The Bulldogs connected on 46.4 percent of their attempts in the first half, while holding the Braves to a 36.4 percent shooting mark.
Drake stretched the margin to as many as seven in the second stanza, before Bradley erased the deficit with a 10-0 run fueled by four points from Devyn Flanagan to assume a 53-50 lead with 8:48 remaining.
The Braves maintained the advantage until senior Jill Martin (Norwalk, Iowa/Norwalk) hit a pair of free throws to start the Bulldog comeback with 4:42 left in the second half.
Three Bradley players finished in double-figures, led by Skye Johnson with 20 points.
A 21-point, career-best nine-rebound effort from Dybing sparked the Blue and White, while Martin and sophomore Jordann Plummer (St. Louis, Mo./Cardinal Ritter) added 13 and 12 points, respectively. Dybing fell one rebound shy of posting the sixth Drake double-double of the season and first of her career.
Nearly recording her first career double-double was Brady, who finished with nine points and a career-high seven rebounds off the bench. Freshman Kristin Turk (Des Moines, Iowa/Lincoln) added seven of Drake’s 20 bench points in a reserve role.
Drake finished the affair shooting 46.4 percent, while Bradley nearly matched the number connecting on 45.3 percent of its attempts.
The Bulldogs corralled 38 rebounds to 32 for the Braves. Drake committed 16 turnovers, while forcing Bradley into 13.
An in-state showdown with Northern Iowa looms on Sunday (Jan. 27) for the Bulldogs. Game time is set for 1:08 p.m. with KDSM Fox 17 carrying the contest live.
Creighton 71, UNI 63
OMAHA, Neb. Sophomore Sam Schuett posted her second double-double of the year with 18 points and a career-high 13 rebounds to lead the Creighton women’s basketball team past Northern Iowa, 71-63, Thursday night at the Civic Auditorium. The win snaps a three-game losing streak for Creighton and moved the Jays to 10-7 overall and 3-3 in Missouri Valley Conference play.
UNI (6-11, 2-4 MVC) scored the first basket of the game and led 6-5 before the Bluejays scored the game’s next 11 points to take control of the game. CU led by as many as 16 in the first half and carried a 36-22 lead into halftime. The Jays out-worked UNI on the glass 24-17 in the opening half and owned an 8-0 edge in second-chance points during that span.
The Panthers scored the first six points of the second half to draw within eight, with CU ahead 36-28. After exchanging baskets, the Jays scored nine straight points to claim their largest lead of the night, up 47-30 with 15 minutes remaining in the game. But the pesky Panthers, led by CU Athletics Hall of Famer Tanya Warren, stayed in the game and got within eight, down 61-53 with 4:23 to play. But the Bluejays responded to go back up by 15 and a late surge by UNI was aided by missed CU free-throws to make the final margin 71-63.
Schuett scored in double figures for the first time since Dec. 5, leading the Jays with 18 off the bench. She chipped in a career-best 13 boards, including 10 on the defensive end, for her fifth career double-dime. The sophomore led four Bluejays in double figures.
Kelsey Woodard added 12 points and a pair of steals, while going 4-for-4 at the free-throw line for the third straight game. Kristina Voss added 11 points, including a 5-for-5 performance at the free-throw line. Ally Thrall finished with 10 points, making 3-of-6 three-pointers.
Kelsey Crites came off the CU bench to lead the team with a career-high six assists in just 13 minutes of play.
Three Panthers reached double figures, led by senior Traci Ollendieck’s 19 points. Ollendieck added a team-best nine rebounds, four steals and three assists. Jacqui Kalin had 16 points and Lizzie Boeck added 10 for the Panthers.
The Bluejays return to action on Saturday when they play host to Bradley (7-10, 1-5 MVC). The Jays and Braves will tip off at 4:05 p.m. at the Civic on Saturday. The game can be heard live on Spirit 88.9 FM and online at www.kvss.com.
Evansville 69, Lipscomb 57
NASHVILLE, Tenn.An 18-6 Evansville run five minutes into the second half finally gave the visiting University of Evansville women’s basketball team a double-digit lead it would never lose on Thursday, as the Purple Aces collected their fourth-straight victory with a 69-57 win over the Lipscomb University Lady Bisons at Allen Arena in Nashville.
After collecting a pair of eight-point leads in the first half and a seven-point cushion at the start of the second half, the Purple Aces were finally able to grab a double-digit lead, 49-39, on a jumper by junior forward Robyn Jennings with just over 11 minutes to play. Jennings would cap UE’s run with two more jumpers over the next three minutes to help the Purple Aces grab a 57-43 lead with 8:12 to play. Lipscomb would not get within 10 points the rest of the way.
Senior guard Courtney Felke led a pack of five Purple Aces in double-figures with 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the floor. Junior guard Ashley Austin also added 12 points, senior guard Rebekah Parker and junior forward Shannon Novosel chipped in 11 points each, and Jennings finished with her second career double-double with 10 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. As a team, Evansville out-rebounded Lipscomb, 46-37.
With the victory, Evansville extends its season-best winning streak to four games and improves to 10-7 overall. Lipscomb, meanwhile, falls to 4-15 on the season. The Purple Aces now return home to host defending Missouri Valley Conference regular-season champion Southern Illinois in the sixth annual Women’s Hoops For The Cure at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday night at Roberts Stadium. Tickets, which are also good for the UE men’s game later that night against Missouri State, will be discounted to $2.00, with half of the ticket proceeds going to benefit the Greater Evansville Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen For The Cure.