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

Masibhera wins MVC Title During First Day of Competition

first_imgLong Jump1. Cloud Masibhera, 24-8.25 (7.52m) Saturday Results (PDF) Women’s Individual Results60 Meters (Prelims)15. Sophia Jackson, 7.8016. Mariah Crawford, 7.87 Weight Throw16. Devin Cates, 48-2.5 (14.69m)17. Peter Read, 47-5.75 (14.47m) Drake will continue action at the MVC Championships Sunday with field events beginning at 11 a.m. and track events at 1:25 p.m. and will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3. Mile (Prelims)1. Kevin Kelly, 4:14.24 Story Links 60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)4. Mary Young, 8.53 Mile (Prelims)13. Olivia Rogers, 5:15.4915. Elizabeth Aho, 5:24.0116. Millie Bretl, 5:32.17 5,000 Meters7. Kyle Brandt, 14:58.6016. Kyle Cass, 15:33.53 800 Meters (Prelims)9. Xavier Lechleitner, 1:54.6418. Alec Bognar, 2:08.0719. Michael Cooper, 2:08.16 Senior Bailee Cofer (Overland Park, Kan.) recorded her best finish at a MVC Championships taking fifth place in the 5,000 meters with a time of 17:31.70. The men’s distance medley relay closed out the first day of competition taking second place with a time of 10:04.86 while sophomore Kyle Brandt (Maple Grove, Minn.) turned in a top-10 finish taking seventh in the men’s 5,000 meters. Saturday Results (HTML) 800 Meters (Prelims)10. Meghan Kearney, 2:15.6816. Kayla Giuliano, 2:21.76 Distance Medley2. Lechleitner, Van Leersum, Erickson, Kelly, 10:04.86center_img Six Bulldogs advanced out of their preliminary heats including junior Aaron Chier (Belgium, Wis.) who set personal-bests in both the 60 and 200 meters to advance to the finals. Sophomore Deonne Witherspoon (South Bend, Ind.) and freshman Kundai Maguranyanga (Glen Zorah, Zimbabwe) also advanced in the 60 meters as Kevin Kelly (Kilcok, Ireland) advanced with a mile time of 4:12.24, the fastest of the day. Senior Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) ran 8.53 in the 60-meter hurdles to finish fourth in the preliminary run.After the first day of scored competition, the Drake men’s team sits in fifth place while the women are in eighth. Long Jump11. Taryn Rolle, 18-5.25 (5.62m) Distance Medley8. Kearney, Ahmed-Green, Giuliano, Rogers, 12:35.37 200 Meters (Prelims)3. Aaron Chier, 21.8611. Kundai Maguranyanga, 22.2117. Caulin Graves, 22.48 CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Freshman Cloud Masibhera (Harare, Zimbabwe) made his Drake debut with a dominant performance in the long jump to win the Missouri Valley Conference title during the first day of the MVC Championships Saturday, Feb. 24. Men’s Individual Results60 Meters (Prelims)5. Aaron Chier, 6.847. Deonne Witherspoon, 6.858. Kundai Maguranyanga, 6.9114. Caulin Graves, 7.00 60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)11. Dominic Lombardi, 8.40 400 Meters (Prelims)8. Victoria Coombe, 57.6113. Rai Ahmed-Green, 57.84 400 Meters (Prelims)10. Malik Metivier, 49.3712. Bas Van Leersum, 49.6116. Hudson Priebe, 50.7317. Tyler Zak, 51.6718. Blair Barrow, 51.81 5,000 Meters5. Bailee Cofer, 17:31.70 Masibhera’s mark of 24-8.25 bested the field by more than three inches and is the best performance in the Valley this season. His jump is the fifth-longest in school history and is Drake’s first conference long jump title since 2009. 200 Meters (Prelims)18. Mariah Crawford, 26.1222. Sophia Jackson, 26.93  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more