Women’s Basketball Closes First Half of MVC Season at Bradley Sunday

first_imgAlso, key to the rally was Drake’s turnaround at the free throw line in the fourth quarter. Going into the final period, the Bulldogs were just 6-of-11 at the line, but they made 10-of-11 in the fourth quarter, led by Hittner who went 5-of-5, with all five makes in the final 1:13. Overall, the team made 16-of-22 (72.7 percent). ESPN3 Following Sunday’s road game, Drake returns home to begin the second portion of the MVC slate. The Bulldogs will host Southern Illinois on Feb. 2 with tipoff scheduled for 7 p.m. Print Friendly Version Despite a loss Friday to UNI, Bradley is coming off one of its best defensive efforts of the season after holding the Panthers to 51 points and forcing 21 turnovers. Georgia State transfer Shunseere Kent leads the Braves in scoring at 9.3 points per game. Bradley is the only team to rank in the top five of the MVC in both scoring offense (66.3 ppg, 4th) and scoring defense (61.5, 3rd). Sophomore Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) scored a game-high 21 points, including 16 points in the final two quarters along with pulling down six rebounds. Redshirt sophomore Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) added 16 points off the bench. Redshirt junior Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) also came off the bench and just missed double digits with nine points. Dean made a key jumper with 2:52 left in the game that helped propel Drake to the comeback win. Story Links Drake (13-7, 8-0 MVC) visits Bradley (10-9, 4-4 MVC) after it rallied for a 65-58 win at Illinois State Friday night. The Bulldogs fell behind 12 points to the Redbirds in the second quarter and it’s the largest deficit overcome this season for the team. PEORIA, Ill. – The Drake University women’s basketball team closes the first half of the Missouri Valley Conference season Sunday at Bradley. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. at Renaissance Coliseum and the action will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3. Live Audio Live Stats Drake Game Notes last_img read more