Women’s Basketball To Host Bradley On Senior Day

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team 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 following the conclusion of the game Drake will honor its lone senior, Emma Donahue (Naperville, Ill.), on the Knapp Center court. Drake (18-8, 11-4 MVC) snapped a two-game losing streak with a big win over Loyola, 91-61, Friday night 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 was paced by junior Lizzy Wendell’s (Blue Springs, Mo.) game-high 27 points. Drake handed out 25 assists on 32 field goals, led by junior point guard Caitlin Ingle’s (Runnells, Iowa) game-high seven assists. 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. Donahue scored five points and matched her career high in rebounds with 10. Sophomore Paige Greiner (Williamsburg, Iowa) added eight points, including a key three-pointer midway through the first quarter that broke a 12-all 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 led the rest of the way to the victory. Donahue is the first student-athlete Drake head coach Jennie Baranczyk has coached all four seasons since taking over the Bulldogs in April, 2012. Donahue played limited minutes her first three seasons with zero career starts, but started this year’s opener against Iowa State and has started every game since. This season she ranks second in the MVC in blocks with 50 and blocks average at 1.9 per game and is steadily climbing the career blocks list, currently with 80 to rank sixth all-time in program history. It’s been a special season for Donahue capped with being awarded the MVC State Farm Good Neighbor award earlier this week by the conference office. The award is given each sport season to 10 student-athletes who are in good academic standing and demonstrate good citizenship through sportsmanship and community service. Donahue is an excellent student with a 3.64 GPA in elementary education and is on track to graduate in December after student teaching during the fall semester. Bradley (8-19, 4-12 MVC) lost at UNI Friday night by a score of 65-41. Drake rallied to beat Bradley, 76-64, in Peoria, Ill. on Jan. 29. The Braves are led in scoring by Anneke Schlueter at 9.9 points per game. Drake closes the regular season with a two-game road trip next weekend with games at Evansville on March 3 at 7 p.m. and the season finale at Southern Illinois on March 5 at 2 p.m. Both games will broadcast on The Valley On ESPN3.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more