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Women’s Basketball Set to Host Two Home Games this Weekend


first_imgDrake is on the verge of its fifth-straight 20-win season. The impressive streak began in 2014-15 with a 20-11 record followed by records of 23-10 (2015-16), 28-5 (2016-17) and last season at 26-8. It will be just the third time in the program’s history that five straight 20-win seasons take place. Drake recorded six-straight 20-win seasons from 1996-2002 and 10-straight 20-win seasons from 1976-1986. Indiana State ESPN+ Story Links DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team is set to host two of its annual games this weekend at the Knapp Center. Evansville Game Notes Drake Game Notes Drake (19-5, 11-1 MVC) starts the weekend Friday against Evansville (3-21, 1-12 MVC) at 6 p.m. for its Pink Game presented by Mercy One before it closes the weekend Sunday against Indiana State (11-13, 5-8 MVC) at 2 p.m. for its Alumni Game. Both games will be streamed on ESPN+. Buy Tickets Live Stats Evansville claimed its first MVC win since March 4, 2017, with its 77-65 victory over Valparaiso Feb. 15. The home victory snapped a conference record 29-game MVC regular season losing streak. Indiana State nearly beat Drake in the first meeting between the teams in Terre Haute. The Bulldogs rallied from a 13-point, fourth-quarter deficit after Rhine made two free throws with four seconds left and the Sycamores missed a pair of free throws with .08 seconds left as Drake won 70-68. Evansville ESPN+ Following this weekend, Drake goes on the road for its final two away games of the regular season. The Bulldogs start the trip March 1 at SIU at 6 p.m. before they visit Missouri State March 3 at  2 p.m. Both games will be on ESPN+. Print Friendly Version In its lone game last week, Drake, which reentered both top 25 polls this week at No. 24 in each, defeated UNI, 76-61. Four Bulldogs scored in double figures led by Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) with 19 points. Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) and Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) each scored 14 points while Maddie Monahan (Silver Lake, Minn.) added a career-high 13 points behind a career-best three three-pointers. Monahan also handed out seven assists. The Bulldogs improved to 64-24 all-time against the Panthers and have won eight-straight in the series that started in 1975.last_img read more