Women’s Basketball Drops Road Contest At UNI, 85-74

first_imgBox Score CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Five players scored in double figures, led by junior Caitlin Ingle’s (Runnells, Iowa) season-high 19 points, for the Drake University women’s basketball team in an 85-74 road defeat to the UNI Panthers on Friday night at the McLeod Center. Joining Ingle in double digits for Drake (17-8, 10-4 MVC) was freshman Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) who notched her fourth career double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Junior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.), sophomore Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) and senior Emma Donahue (Naperville, Ill.) scored 14,11 and 10 points, respectively. UNI (16-9, 11-3 MVC) was paced by junior Madison Weekly’s game-high 22 points while Stephanie Davison added 19 points and Amber Sorenson had 14 points. Jen Keitel chipped in 12 points for the Panthers who assumed sole possession of first place with the in-state win. In the opening quarter, Drake battled cold shooting and turnovers as UNI led 18-7 after one quarter of play. Ingle and Wendell both picked up two early fouls and had to go to the bench with just over two minutes left. The Panthers extended their lead to 42-24 at halftime as they outscored the Bulldogs, 24-17, in the period. Drake shot the basketball better out of the halftime break making five of six from the floor, but UNI answered nearly every basket. Donahue knocked down a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 11 points, but Weekly answered with her own as the Bulldogs could only get as close as 11 points three more times in the game. The Bulldogs improved their shooting in the final two quarters finishing the game at 42 percent. Drake was good at the free throw line making 21-of-27 paced by Ingle who made a career-high eight points. Drake controlled the paint with a 38-24 advantage and a 40-29 margin on the glass. Drake returns to the Knapp Center for its final regular season home games as the Bulldogs first host Loyola on Feb. 26. The game with the Ramblers will be the annual “Hoops 4 Hope” game with tipoff set for 7 p.m. on ESPN3. Drake welcomes Bradley on Feb. 28 for a 2 p.m. matinee with a senior day ceremony for Donahue set to take place after the game.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more