Women’s Basketball Returns To Knapp Center To Host Green Bay Sunday Afternoon

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team returns to the Knapp Center Sunday afternoon to host Green Bay. Tipoff with the Phoenix is set for 2 p.m. and will be broadcast online on The Valley On ESPN3. Drake holds a 6-1 overall record after dropping its first contest of the season Thursday night in Vermillion, S.D. to South Dakota. The Coyotes edged the Bulldogs, 92-87, in overtime after Drake junior Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) nailed a clutch three with less than a second in regulation to send the game to extra time. The teams swapped points earlier in overtime before the Coyotes pulled away for their 17th consecutive victory at the DakotaDome. Wendell, who earlier this week received her third Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week award, scored a game-high 26 points with a season-high five three-pointers. Senior Emma Donahue (Naperville, Ill.) had a career night against South Dakota setting new highs in points (15), rebounds (10) and blocks (6). Sophomore Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) added 18 points and six rebounds. Drake’s offense is off to a blazing start this season averaging a league-best 81.6 points a game, having scored 73 or more points in every game. The Bulldogs will look to get back on track with their rebounding as they allowed a season-high 54 boards by the Coyotes, which led to 17 second chance points for South Dakota. Green Bay is off to 3-2 start with wins over Marquette, Vanderbilt and Tulane, and neutral court losses to Rutgers and Virginia at the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands last week. The Phoenix are led by head coach Kevin Borseth, who is in his fourth season in his second stint at Green Bay. Borseth won over 200 games in nine seasons with the Phoenix before departing for the same position at the University of Michigan. He returned to Green Bay in 2012 after five seasons as head coach of the Wolverines. Tesha Buck (14.2) and Kaili Lukan (14.0) are one-two in scoring for the Phoenix, who average 62.8 points a game. Green Bay owns a slight advantage, 3-2, in the all-time series against Drake. Following Sunday’s game, the Bulldogs have a break before welcoming William Penn for the annual “Pack the Knapp” game on Dec. 11 at 11 a.m.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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